Updated 29 Nov 2021, 6:01 am
Japanese Film ‘Ring Wandering’ by Masakazu Kaneko has been adjudged the Best Film at IFFI 52, and has been conferred with the prestigious Golden Peacock Award at the 52nd edition of IFFI.
Director Masakazu Kaneko received the Golden Peacock and a Certificate, in addition to a cash prize of Rs 20 lakh; while producer of the film Takashi Shiotsuki receives a certificate and a cash prize of Rs 20 lakh.
The International Competition Jury of the festival described the 2021 film Ringu Wandaringu as a beautifully photographed combination of fantasy and manga-inspired reality, reflecting a fascination with the echoes of the past reverberating in present-day Japanese society
The Golden Peacock Award consists of a cash prize of Rs 40 lakh (Rs 4 million) and a certificate.
Best Director - Silver Peacock
The Silver Peacock for the Best Director has been conferred to Czech Director Václav Kadrnka’s Saving One Who Is Dead, a Czech film which holds out a candle of hope even amidst the winter of hopelessness.
The jury praised the film to be a very masterful and confidently envisioned visual tale of a mother and son caught in a twilight which conjures imaginations of life and death, where each portrait-style frame is composed and performed with telling details.
The Silver Peacock for Best Director carries a certificate and cash award of Rs 15 lakh (Rs 1.5 million).
Best Actor (male) - Silver Peacock
Indian and Marathi Actor Jitendra Bhikulal Joshi receives Silver Peacock for Best Actor (Male), for portraying Late Marathi actor and filmmaker Nishikant Kamat in Godavari.
The International Jury notes that the troubled Nishikant’s fiery-eyed portrayal is engaging and mournful. Although his character is quite complex, his brilliant performance made it flow like a river from his rage to tears, commends the jury. Joshi receives the Silver Peacock, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh.
Silver Peacock for Best Actor (Female) goes to Spanish Actor Angela Molina for her role as Charlotte, a captivating performance which elicits sympathy and frustration in equal measure.
In its citation, the jury observes that Angela Molina is playing a character who as an aged Diva, is both manipulative and insecure. “She gives a performance that elicits sympathy and frustration in equal measure and has a beguiling on-camera presence that captivated all of the jurors.”.
Molina receives the Silver Peacock, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh.
Silver Peacock for Special Jury Award
Marathi film Godavari by Nikhil Mahajan and Brazilian Actor Renata Carvalho who has acted in Director Rodrigo de Oliveira’s The First Fallen share Silver Peacock for Special Jury Award.
The Special Jury Award is given to a film (for any aspect of the film which the jury wishes to award or acknowledge) or an individual (for his/her artistic contribution to a film). The award, when given to a film, is given to the director of the film.
Nikhil Mahajan’s Godavari tells the story of one man’s philosophical quest to preserve age-old traditions and culture, inspired and triggered by his relationship with the river Godavari. Here is how the jury has characterized the film, which aims to provide posterity with a snapshot of the situation of the river in the year 2020. “Godavari is an unbelievable metaphoric depiction of mighty river Godavari, how in changing time, rivers can become filthy.”
The First Fallen is Director Rodrigo de Oliveira’s passionate and courageous attempt to chronicle the untold stories of suffering and discrimination suffered by the sexual minorities in 1980s Brazil, shares. The film is a portrait of the past that is at once long gone as well as very current. Brazilian actress and assistant director has received the Special Jury Award for her contribution to the film, which according to the jury, is “beyond just performance”.
The Special Jury Award consists of a Silver Peacock, a certificate and cash award of 15 lakh rupees (Rs. 1.5 million).
Special Mention - The DORM / Obschaga
Russian film The DORM / Obschaga by Director Roman Vasyanov, has received a Special Mention from the International Competition Jury. The jury finds The Dorm, set in the erstwhile USSR of 1984, to have been well-narrated, depicting the complicated and corrupted society through the eyes of a few young people living in a university complex.
Director Mari Alessandrini’s Zahorí, the story of an intrepid young girl who revolts against school and parents in order to realize her dream of independence, has bagged the IFFI 52 Award for Best Debut Feature Film of a Director.
Spanish film The Wealth of the World / La Riqueza del Mundo by debut director and actor Simon Farriol has received Special Mention from the Jury in the Debut Feature Film Competition Category. (With inputs from PIB)
First published:29 Nov 2021, 6:01 am
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