'Barber' tops as India fest concludes


NEW DELHI -- The 37th International Film Festival of India concluded Sunday in the western coastal resort town of Panaji in Goa with Chinese entry "The Old Barber," directed by Hasi Chaolu, bagging the Golden Peacock award for best film along with its accompanying 1 million rupees ($22,000) prize.

The Silver Peacock for most promising director went to Korea's An Kung-Lee for "A Short Life" while the special jury award went to director Abu Sayeed of Bangladesh for "Nirontor." Both prizes included a cash award of 500,000 rupees ($11,000).

The awards ceremony was hosted by actress and filmmaker Aparna Sen.

IFFI jury members included filmmaker Rolf de Heer, director Olivier Assayas, director Jahnu Barua and actress Leticia Bredice.

The festival, which opened Nov. 23 with a screening of Pedro Almodovar's "Volver," concluded Sunday with the Brad Pitt starrer "Babel," directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.