At Masakazu Kaneko’s Wandering Ring, which explores Japan’s wartime past, won the top prize at the 52nd Indian International Film Festival which ended on Sunday. The winner of the Golden Peacock in the International Competition section was selected for being a “beautifully photographed combination of manga-inspired fantasy and reality, reflecting a fascination with echoes of the past that reverberate in present-day Japanese society”, the judging panel headed by Iranian director Rakhshan Banietemad said in a press release.
The Golden Peacock has a cash prize of Rs 20 lakh for Kaneko and Rs 10 lakh for producer Takashi Shiotsuki. The jury also included Ciro Guerra, Stephen Woolley, Vimukthi Jayasundara and Nila Madhab Panda.
The prize for best director was awarded to the Czech Vaclav Kadrnka for save the dead, described as “a very masterful and confidently envisioned visual tale of a mother and son caught in a twilight that conjures up imaginings of life and death, where each portrait-style frame is composed and interpreted in telling detail” .
by Roman Vasyanov The dormitory, which examines corruption in the former Soviet Union, received a special mention in the International Competition category.
The Silver Peacock for Best Actor (Male) was won by Jitendra Joshi for his performance in Nikhil Mahajan’s Godavari. Joshi, who is also the co-producer of the Marathi language drama, received a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh.
Godavari explores family dynamics and legacy through the experiences of Joshi’s rent collector. The film also stars Vikram Gokhale, Neena Kulkarni, Gauri Nalawade, Priyadarshan Jadhav and Sakhee Gokhale.
Joshi’s performance was praised for a “brilliant performance [that] made him flow like a river from his rage to tears”.
Godavari also shared the Silver Peacock for Special Jury Award with Brazilian actress Renata Carvalho for her performance in Rodrigo de Oliveira The first fall. The film was hailed as a “passionate and courageous attempt to tell the untold stories of suffering and discrimination suffered by sexual minorities in 1980s Brazil”.
The Silver Peacock for Best Actor (Female) went to Angela Molina for Charlotte, “a captivating performance that elicits both sympathy and frustration,” the quote notes.
The Simon Franco film stars Molina, an alumnus of Pedro Almodovar’s films, as an actor pursuing a role in an upcoming production.
by director Mari Alessandrini Zahori, which examines the difficulties of the indigenous peoples of Patagonia, won the prize for best first feature film. According to the members of the jury, “Serious but sometimes witty and satirical, the director’s debut film denounces religion and colonization and pays homage to organic indigenous peoples in an elegant and visually intelligent way.”
The Spanish language The wealth of the world, Simon Farriol’s first drama about the Chilean War of Independence, received a special mention from the jury in the First Feature Films Competition category.
The Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award had already been presented to Martin Scorsese and Istvan Szabo during the inaugural ceremony.
Famous Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s Lingui, The Sacred Bonds won the ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi Medal. Lingui explores patriarchy through the relationship between a mother and her daughter. The film is Chad’s entry in the Best International Feature Film category at the Oscars.
The media is awarded by the International Council of Cinema, Television and Audiovisual Communication, Paris, and UNESCO. Lingui beat out eight other films for the award, including Koozhangal, 21st Tiffin and Niraye Thathakalulla Maram from India.