'Tulpan' takes home best film award in India
Goa festival continues despite attacks in MumbaiBANGKOK -- Adding another prize to his growing collection for "Tulpan," Sergei Dvortsevoy took home the Golden Peacock best film prize at the closing ceremonies of the 39th annual International Film Festival of India, organizers said Wednesday.
After a minute of silence, the Kazakh writer and first-time director thanked the audience in Panaji, Goa, where the fest, which began Nov. 22, continued despite last week's terrorist attacks in Mumbai.
Dvortsevoy, whose film about a shepherd in training who wants to marry a girl who thinks he has big ears, said that while films cannot change the world, they can change people.
The closing ceremony's guest of honor, actor Shri Kamal Hasan, said that despite setbacks and dark moments, life must go on as normal. He congratulated the festival and its director, Shri S.M. Khan, for its rich collection of movies.
Khan told the audience that the festival condemns terrorism, and reminded those gathered that cinema has great potential to stir the consciousness of humankind.
Hong Kong director Peter Chan led four other jurors in judging the 15 competition titles, including two Indian entries -- S. Priyadarshan's Tamil-language "Kanchivaram" and Ramesh Laxman More's Marathi-language "Mahasatta" -- plus titles from Bangladesh, Russia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, Iran, the Philippines, Argentina, China and Japan.
The other jurors were Venice Film Festival director Marco Mueller, Iranian actress Niki Karimi, Filipino director Lav Diaz and Indian actress Tabassum Hashmi.
The Special Jury Award went to Sri Lankan actress Malini Fonseka, whose film, the India/Sri Lanka co-production "Akasa Kusum," urges a closer relationship between the two countries.