Thursday, December 2, 2010

41st IFFI- Moner Manush directed by Guatam Ghose won Golden Peacock

Moner Manush directed by Guatam Ghose won Golden Peacock for best film and Susanne Bier of Denmark gets the Best Director Award for her film “In A Better World”
THE 11-day long 41 st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) concluded this evening with the screening of 'The Princess of Montpensier'(French) directed by Bertrand Tavernier .Chowdhary Mohan Jatua, Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting was the chief guest . Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamath and eminent film personalities were present in the closing ceremony held at the Kala Academy in Panaji. National Award Winner Saif Ali Khan was the Guest of Honor. Actors Arjun Bajwa and Neetu Chandra were the anchors in the closing ceremony. A cultural programme curated by actor Gracy Singh has been presented at the function. A five member jury led by Polish filmmaker Jerzy Antczak , Emmy award winning Canadian filmmaker Sturla Gunnars, Australian legendary actor Mick Molloy and French filmmaker Oliver Pere and South Indian film actress Revathy Menon judged the films. 18 films (15 foreign and 3 Indian) feature films have competed for the International Competition Section. The section had films from China, Iran, Israel, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Denmark, Mexico, New Zealand US and UK. Two new awards- Best Actor and Best Actress-were introduced this year. “ Moner Manush “directed by Guatam Ghose won Golden Peacock award for the Best Film and a Prize money of Rs.40 lakh -to be shared equally between the Director and Producer. The film is a saga of the life and times of Lalan Faqir and his liberal sect who lived a life of high order in an otherwise superstitious 19th century Indian society and developed an extremely secular and tolerant philosophy based on the bast of the liberal and enlightened tradition of Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. Susanne Bir ,the Director of Denmark film ” In a Better World” won the Best Director award of Silver Peacock and Prize money of Rs.15 lakh. The Best Actor award with a silver peacock and cash of 10 lakh went to Turkish actor Guven Kirac for his role in the film “The Crossing” and Best Actress Award with a Silver Peacock and a Prize money of Rs.10 lakh is bagged by Magdalena Boczarska of Poland for her role in “Little Rose” The Special Jury Award with a Silver Peacock and Prize money of Rs.15 lakh was given to “Just another love story “directed by Kaushik Ganguly and “Boy” from New Zealand directed by TaikaWaititi.

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