Saturday, December 16, 2017

22nd IFFK-International Film Festival of Kerala 2017-Wajib,directed by Annemarie Jacir from Palestine won the Suwarna Chakoram (Golden Pheasant Crow )

The 22nd  edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (22 nd IFFK 2017) concluded this evening ,with the Award presentation ceremony and Screening of the film Wajib which won the Suwarna Chakoram (Golden Pheasant Crow )at Nishagandhi Auditorium,Thiruvananthapuram. 
This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award was conferred to iconic Russian director Alexander Sokurov by A.K.Balan ,Minister for Cultural Affairs,Govt.of Kerala, who presided over the function.The festival opened on 8th December  with the film 'Insult' directed by Ziad Doueiri .Aravindan memorial lecture by Aparna Sen ,Trevor Jamieson in conversation with Bina Paul,Anup Singh in Conversation with KM Kamal, Alexander Sokurov in conversation with film C.S. Venkiteswaran, K P Kumaran in conversation with Meera Sahib Meet the director moderated by MeeraSahib,P K Nair Colloquium  on the ‘Tradition of Dissent’, ‘Women in Cinema Collective Stall’  were other functions.

Rani George, Secretary to Government welcomed the gathering and Kamal, IFFK Festival Director presented the report. Beena Paul Artistic Director of announced the awards in the presence of the respective juries. Mahesh Panchu , Secretary, Chalachitra Academy proposed a vote of thanks. Following the Closing Ceremony  and Award presentation, the film WAJIB  was screened.
Wajib,directed by       Annemarie Jacir from Palestine won the Suwarna Chakoram (Golden Pheasant Crow )   A  Memento ,Certificate and an award price of 15 Lacs was presented to her.Rajatha Chakoram (Silver Pheasant Crow )  for the Best Director was  given to        Anucha Boonyawatana for the film Malila- The Farewell Flower. Certificate, Memento & award Price INR 4 Lacs/. Rajatha Chakoram for the Best Debut Director was given to Sanju Surendran for his film Eden. The film is from malayalam. Award :Certificate, Memento & INR 3 Lacs/.Special Jury prize to Candelaria directed byJhonny Hendrix. FIPRESCI Award: Best Film in Competition bagged by Newton , a film from India  and directed by Amit V.Masoorkar  Award: Certificate and Memento. FIPRESCI Award: Best Malayalam Film won by Sanju Surendran for his film Eden  . Award: Certificate & Memento.NETPAC Award: Best Asian Film Award: Certificate & Memento  : Newton , a film from India  and directed by Amit V.Masoorkar. NETPAC Award: Best Malayalam Film  Booty and the Witness  , a film from India  and directed by Dileesh Pothen.  Award: Certificate& Memento. Rajatha Chakoram for best film selected by Audience :The Audience Poll Award goes to ‘I Still hide to smoke’,a film directed by  Rayana .Award: Certificate, Memento & INR 2 Lacs/
Report presented by Jury Chairman at the Conclusion of the festival The International Jury at the 22nd International Film Festival of Kerala, held between the 8th - 15th Dec 2017, at Thiruvanthapuram, consisting of 1) Marco Mueller (Chairman) 2) Mary Stephen 3) T V Chandran 4) Aboubaker Sanago Has viewed 14 films in the International Competition and made the following recommendations: 1) Rajatha Chakoram for the Best Debut Director: Film: Aedan / The Garden of Desire by SanjuSurendran from India Citation: By unanimous vote, the RajathaChakoram award for Best Debut Director goes to SanjuSurendran for his film Aedan / Garden of Desire. The jury was impressed by the freshness and boldness of the director’s cinematic vision and deployment of film language and wished to welcome a promising new voice in the cinema. 2) Rajatha Chakoram for the Best Director: Film: Malila / The Farewell Flower by Anucha Boonyawatana from Thailand Citation: The RajathaChakoram award for Best Director goes to Ms. Anucha Boonyawatana from Thailand for her film Malila / The Farewell Flower. The jury was impressed by the seamless way in which the director merged the physical and metaphysical quest of her characters, producing a film at once powerfully sensuous, yet also deeply meditative. 3) Suvarna Chakoram for the Best Film: Film: Wajib Director: Annemarie Jacir from Palestine Citation: The SuvarnaChakoram for Best Film goes to Wajib directed by Annemarie Jacir from Palestine. The jury wished to reward the profoundly subtle ways in which the director, through the intimacy of family conflicts, hopes and regrets, succeeds in painting a compelling portrait of contemporary Palestinian Society as it copes with its Israeli neighbours in a highly volatile political space 4) Special Mentions or Jury Prizes (if any) with name of Film and Citation By unanimous decision, the jury presents a Special Mention to the film Candelaria, directed by Johnny Hendrix from Columbia for its loving celebration of resilient third age in a time of crisis.

FIPRESCI: Best International Film- 'Newton' Trevor Jamieson In Conversation with Bina Paul


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