Thursday, December 3, 2009

40th IFFI-The Golden Peacock award for Best Film went To “I Can’t live with out you ( No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti )” ,a Thaiwanese film directed by Leon Dai

THE 11-day long 40th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is coming to a close this evening with the screening of Spanish film Broken Embraces by Pedro Almodóvar. Renowned actor Mammootty was the chief guest at the closing ceremony being held at the Kala Academy in Panaji.
The Golden Peacock awards for Best Film went to I can’t live with out you ,a Thaiwanese film directed by Leon Dai and Ounie Lecomte , Korean-born French director won the Silver Peacock for best director for her film A brand new life , which carries a cash prize of Rs 15 lakh , and the Special Jury Award to the Other Bank a Georgian film by Gagma Napiri, which carries a cash prize of Rs 15 lakh..Total prize money of $1,40,000 was declared in the closing ceremony.
The special jury award went to Georgia-Kazakhstan film 'The Other Bank' (Gangma Napiri) directed by George Ovashivili. The award also carries a Silver Peacock and cash prize of Rs 15 lakh. The awards were given by the Governor of Goa, Dr. S. S. Sidhu in presence of the Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Shri S. Jagathrakshakan, the Chef Minister of Goa, Shri Digambar Kamat and the Chief Guest of the Closing Function Mammooty. Films from India,Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Kazakhstan, Iran, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Argentina competed for these awards.
Brazilian director João Batista de Andrade, Vic Sarin (Canada), Kenichi Okubo (Tokyo), Sarika (India) and Jean-Michel Frodon (France) served as the jury. The film festival, which was inaugurated by actors Waheeda Rehman and Asin on November 23, witnessed the screening of nearly 300 films from over 50 countries. Over 6000 delegates, including media-delegates, attended the 11-day extravaganza. The “Cinema of the World” section this year showcased more than 55 films from 47 countries
According to S.M. Khan,Festival Director the organisers have introduced ,for the first time in the history of the IFFI, the Golden Peacock award with the Rs.40 lakh prize money to be shared between the best Director and the best Producer. The Best Director and Special Jury award along with the Silver Peacock carry the Rs.15 lakh prize money.

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