Saturday, December 3, 2011

42nd IFFI Closing ceremony --‘Porfirio’ declared as Best Film and bags Golden Peacock and Asghar Farhadi Silver peacock award for Best Director

The Columbian film ‘Porfirio’ directed by Alejandro Landes and produced by Franciso Aljure bagged the coveted Golden Peacock Award for the Best Film at the 42ndInternational Film Festival of India 2011, while the Silver Peacock Award for the Best Director went to Asghar Farhadi for his film ‘Nader and Simin-A Seperation’. The Indian film ‘Adaminte Makan Abu’ won the Special Jury Award. Director of the film Salim Ahamed received the award which consists of a Silver Peacock, Certificate and a Cash Prize of Rs. 15 Lakhs, in the presence of Choudhury Mohan Jatua , Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting ,Digambar Kamat and Suriya ,actor, who was the Chief Guest of the closing function.The Best Actor award of Rs. 10 lakh went to the Israeli actor Sasson Gabay for his role in the film ‘Restoration’ whereas the Best Actress Award was won by Nadezhda Markina for her role in ‘Elena’.The above films were chosen by a five member Competition Jury comprising Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Laurence Kardish, Lee Yong Kwan, Tahmineh Milani and Dan Wolman.The festival concluded today with the screening of the English film ‘The Lady’ directed by acclaimed French Director Luc Besson, which starred Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis in lead roles. At the closing ceremony, a one minute silence was observed to pay tribute to the departed soul of Brazilian Director, Oscar Maron Filho, who passed away during the festival.
The eleven day festival which began on November 23rd with the screening of the Portuguese film ‘The Consul of Bordeaux’ had ‘Retrospectives’ of eminent filmmakers like Luc Besson and Phillip Noyce; ‘Homages’ to cinematic luminaries like Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Leacock, Sidney Lumet and others; ‘Festivals Kaleidoscope’; ‘Country Focus on USA’; ‘Russian Classics’; ‘Spotlight on Poland’, Documentaries along with first time packages like ‘3D Cinema-The Third Dimension’, ‘Sketches on Screens’, ‘Soccer in Cinema’ and others.

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