Panaji: The Russian Film ‘Leviathan’ has been awarded the Golden Peacock at the 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI). The award was given to Director Andrey Zvyagintsev as well as producers Alexander Rodnyansky and Sergey Melkumov. Governor of Goa Mrs Mridula Sinha and veteran actress Waheeda Rehman jointly presented the award to the director Andrey Zvyagintsev at a glittering closing ceremony of the 45th IFFI at Goa today.
The best director award was given to Nadav Lapid for the Israeli film ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’ for an impressive portrayal of a prodigy poet and enigmatic teacher. The best actor (Female) award was shared by two actors, both for their roles as teachers in two different films. Alina Rodriguez was awarded with Best Actor (Female) for her portrayal of a teacher in a Cuban film ‘Behaviour’. Sarit Larry also got the best actor (Female) award for her outstanding performance as a teacher in the film ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’.
The Best Actor (Male) award was also shared by two actors. Alexey Serebryakov, who won the best actor award for his role in the film ‘Leviathan’ and Dular Sarkar, a dwarf actor won the best actor award for his lead role in the Bengali film, Chhotober Chhobi. His acting depicts the struggle for survival of a community in a socially hostile environment.
The Marathi film, Ek Hajarachi Note had the distinction of getting two awards. It was given the Special Jury Award and the Centenary Award for best film. The director of the film, Shrihari Sathe received the awards.
The Lifetime Achievement award was given to the internationally acclaimed and cosmopolitan Chinese film maker Wong Kar-Wai. At the age of 56, he is the youngest film maker to get the lifetime achievement award at IFFI. Wong Kar-Wai said that he is very much moved as well as honoured by the award. He appreciated the hospitality extended to him and the support to Chinese Cinema at IFFI.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of State of the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said that the focus of the film festival was on China, which shows that films connect hearts across nations and cultures. The Minister said that the government will make efforts to create film market abroad for Indian films. This will be done by screening of Indian Films abroad and entering into agreements which will facilitate foreign film makers to come to India and vice versa, as well as promote co-productions. Mr. Rathore appreciated the effort by the social-media team of Information and Broadcasting Ministry which created a special programme ’Talkathon’ which served as a platform for interaction between the audience and film experts/personalities on social media at IFFI .
Earlier, the Chief Minister of Goa, Sh. Laxmikant Parsekar announced that efforts would be made to enhance infrastructure in Goa as the number of the delegates at IFFI is growing phenomenally and this year the number of delegates reached a record high of 13 thousand.
Artistes from the North-East gave scintillating performances encapsulating various dance forms from the region. The dignitaries and the luminaries who were present included Governor of Goa, Ms. Mridula Sinha; noted Veteran film actress Waheeda Rehman, versatile film actor Nana Patekar, actor Jackie Shroff , Bhojpuri actor, Ravi Kishan and Malyalam actor Jayaram among others.
Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He also served as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University.