Japanese Film “Ring Wandering” Wins Golden Peacock at 52nd IFFI

Japanese film by director Masakazu Kaneko Wandering Ring (Ringu Wandaringu) took home the highest honor on the final day of the 52nd International Indian Film Festival (IFFI) on Sunday, winning the coveted Golden Peacock Award.

The Japanese film is about an aspiring manga artist who, while searching for bones that he thinks will help him complete his artwork, ends up digging up memories of war.

Calling the film a delightfully uplifting experience, the jury observed that while it sought to bring back memories of war, it was not a war film and instead focused on human relationships.

Czech-born British director Vaclav Kadrnka save the dead won the Silver Peacock for Best Director.

Jitendra Bhikulal Joshi, known outside of Marathi cinema as Constable Katekar from sacred games, did India proud by winning the Silver Peacock for Best Actor (Male).

He got it for his brilliant portrayal of Nishikant Kamat in Marathi film Godavari, which also earned its director Nikhil Mahajan a Special Jury Prize.

Sharing the Special Jury Prize with Nikhil Mahajan was Rodrigo de Oliveira for his Portuguese film The first fall.

The Silver Peacock for Best Female Actor went to Spanish actress Angela Molina for her role in Charlotte.

Russian cinema The dormitory/Obschaga by director Roman Vasyanov, received a Special Mention from the International Competition Jury, while Swiss director of Argentine origin Mari Alessandrini Zahori won Best First Feature by a Director.

Marie A. Evans