New Delhi Correspondent
Acclaimed Ukrainian feature film ‘Donbass’, which tells the story of the effects of the civil war on the society in Ukraine, has won the coveted top award Golden Peacock at the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) which concluded in the coastal city of Panaji on Wednesday night amidst glitz and glamour.
Bollywood’s octogenarian scriptwriter Salim Khan, father of actor Arbaaz Khan, was named the IFFI Special Award for his lifetime contribution to cinema at the closing ceremony of the Festival. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh, a certificate and a hawl. Arbaaz received the award on behalf of his father. Salim Khan, who turned 84 five days ago, has written the screenplays of several super-hit films such as ‘Sholay’, one of the biggest blockbusters of Indian cinema, ‘Deewar’, ‘Zanjeer’ and many others. He has registered a memorable contribution as an actor and producer as well.
Directed by Sergei Loznitsa, ‘Donbass’ tells the story of the conflict taking place in a region of eastern Ukraine, the killings and robberies perpetrated on a mass scale by separatist gangs.
Indian director Lijo Jose Pellissery won the Best Director award for his Malayalam language feature film ‘Ee.Ma.Yau’, a satire on death and how it affects human lives. Set in Chellanam, a coastal village in the southern state of Kerala, the film shows the plight of a son who tries to arrange a worthy funeral for his father. He, however, faces unpredictable obstacles and reactions from different quarters. The Best Director gets the Silver Peacock Award and a cash prize of Rs 15 lakhs.
Alberto Monteras received the Centenary award for ‘Best Debut Feature Film of a for his Filipino Movie ‘Respeto’ while ‘Walking with the Wind’, directed by Praveen Morchhale, won Gandhi medal instituted by the International Council for Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication, Paris and UNESCO. The criteria for the medal reflect UNESCO’s basic mandate of building peace in the mind of men and women, human rights, intercultural dialogue, promotion and safeguard of diversity of cultural expressions.
The valedictory ceremony for the 49th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa got off to a glittering start with Bollywood celebrities Anil Kapoor, Rakul Preet, Chitrangada Singh, Diana Penty and Keerthi Suresh walking the red carpet, adding to the colour and glamour of the star-studded evening.
Over the nine days of the IFFI, more than 220 movies from 67 countries were screened after the Festival opened with the world premiere of English film ‘The Aspern Papers’. The world premiere of German film Sealed Lips marked the conclusion of the Festival in which 26 feature films and 21 non-feature films were screened in the Indian Panorama section.