Panaji: The Persian film Endless Borders by Abbas Amini bagged the Golden Peacock Award for best film at the 54th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), today.
“The film depicts that the emotional and moral borders that you impose upon yourself can be more complicated than the physical borders,” observed the jury.
Iranian actor Pouria Rahimi Sam was chosen as the ‘Best Actor ‘for his role in Endless Borders, “for the richness of acting and interacting with his partners, children and adults in challenging shooting conditions.”
French actress, Melanie Thierry won the Silver Peacock Award for ‘Best Actor’ (Female) for her role in the film Party of Fools. The jury remarked that the range of expressions by the actress gives the audience with subtlety all the emotions from hope to despair, encountered in her character’s crazy journey. Juliette Grandmont of Institut Francais received the award from Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, film producer Jerome Paillard and playback singer and film score composer Hariharan on behalf of Melanie Thierry.
As curtains fell on IFFI 54 today, Hollywood actor and producer Michael Douglas received the prestigious Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award at the closing ceremony. Receiving the award, Douglas said, “It’s a tremendous honour to receive this award, a career life achievement. When I heard about the award, my family and I were elated.”
Bulgarian director Stephan Komandarev gets Silver Peacock for ‘Best Director’ for his film Blaga’s Lessons. Stephan Komandarev tells a powerful and shocking lesson through the character of a woman who has to decide to achieve her goals and in doing so compromise her values, reads the Jury’s citation. Eli Skorcheva and Rozalya Abgaryan actresses of Blaga’s Lessons received the award on behalf of Stephan Komandarev. Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, Turkish director Nury Ceylan, Australian film producer Helen Leake and film actress Esha Gupta presented the coveted prize.
The Best Web Series (OTT) Award was won by the Amazon series Panchayat Season 2. The series chronicles the life of an engineering graduate who joins as a Panchayat secretary in a remote fictional village of Phulera of Uttar Pradesh due to a lack of better job options.
The director of the series Deepak Kumar Mishra, producer of the series and president of The Viral Fever TVF Vijay Koshy and the director of content licensing, Prime Video, Manish Menghani received the award from the Goa Chief Minister. Rocket Boys Season 1 directed by Abhay Pannu received special mention in this category.
– global bihari bureau