Japanese film “Ring Wandering” wins Golden Peacock at 52nd IFFI

Panaji: “Ring Wandering” by Japanese filmmaker Masakazu Kaneko, about a budding manga artist, won the highest honor at the closing ceremony of the 52nd India International Film Festival (IFFI) here.

The film won the coveted Golden Peacock Award, which consists of a cash prize of Rs 40 lakh.

The award for best director went to Vaclav Kadrnka for “Saving One Who Was Dead”.

Jitendra Joshi, known to audiences outside of Marathi cinema for his performance as police officer Katekar in the Netflix series “Sacred Games”, won the award for best male actor for the Marathi drama by filmmaker Nikhil Mahajan “Godavari” . Mahajan was congratulated at the festival with a special jury prize.

A philosophical exploration of life and death, “Godavari” takes its name from the titular river that flows from Nashik, Maharashtra, to the southern states of the country.

The film, which is Mahajan’s ode to the late filmmaker Nishikant Kamat, follows the story of a cranky man named Nishikant Deshmukh (Joshi) and his family as they try to cope with the deaths of two close relatives.

The award for best female actor went to Angela Molina for her Paraguayan film “Charlotte” by director Simon Franco. “Charlotte” tells the absurd journey of an actor, played by Molina, who at the twilight of his career reinvents himself.

Mahajan shared the Special Jury Prize with Brazilian actress Renata Carvalho for “The First Fallen”. The film is presented as a passionate and courageous attempt to tell the untold stories of suffering and discrimination suffered by sexual minorities in Brazil in the 1980s.

The Special Jury Mention was awarded to Roman Vasyanov for his Russian film “The Dorm”, which revolves around a group of friends from the former Soviet Union who are trying to live their lives and maintain their dignity despite the system corrupt and the people who run their student dormitories.

“The Wealth of the World” by Simon Farriol won the “Special Mention of the Jury for the Director’s First Feature”. Set in 1814, the film tells the story of the return to the country of a peasant from the militia and another soldier from the trenches of the Chilean War of Independence.

Argentinian director Mari Alessandrini’s “Zahori” won the award for best directorial debut at the festival. The film follows the story of a fearless young girl who revolts against school and her parents in order to fulfill her dream of independence.

“Lingui – The Sacred Bonds”, directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun of Chad, won the ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Prize at the film gala.

Uttar Pradesh has been awarded the Most Friendly State for Filming Movies.

Indian actor Dhanush and Brazilian actress Lara Boldorini were nominated for Best Actor and Best Actress at the BRICS Film Festival, organized alongside IFFI, on Sunday. Films from the five member countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – are eligible for the event.

While the National Award Dhanush received the award for his hit Tamil film “Asuran”, Boldorini won the honor for the Brazilian film “On Wheels”.

Lucia Marat was named best director at the BRICS Film Festival for the film “Ana” (Brazil).

The award for best film was shared by the South African film “Barakat” and the Russian film “The Sun Above Me Sets”.

Chinese director Yan Han received the Special Mention for the film “A Little Red Flower”.

The IFFI closing ceremony was attended by Manoj Bajpayee, Randhir Kapoor, main guest Madhuri Dixit as well as Union Minister Anurag Thakur and Goa CM Pramod Sawant.

The film’s gala, which opened on November 20, took place partly on the ground and online.

The film “A Hero” by famous Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi will close the famous gala. The film won the Grand Prix at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.

PTI

Marie A. Evans