Ghosh's 'The Quest' Wins Goa Festival

First Win for Indian Film in 10 Years

NEW DELHI -- The 41st International Film Festival of India ended Thursday in Goa with Bengali film Moner Manush (The Quest) by director Gautam Ghosh winning the Golden Peacock Award for best film, giving an Indian film the honor for the first time in a decade.

Based on the story of 19th century mystic poet Lalon Faqir, Quest picked up a cash award of 4 million rupees ($88,000). IFFI is organized by the government's Directorate of Film Festivals and the Entertainment Society of Goa.

Danish film In A Better World by Susanne Bier won the Silver Peacock for best director along with a cash prize of 1.5 million rupees for its “portrayal of the sensitive human emotion of pain.”

The Silver Peacock for best actor went to Guven Kirac for the Turkish film The Crossing while Poland's Magdalena Boczarska won best actress for Little Rose with both winners each receiving a cash award of 1 million rupees.

The special jury award was shared between Kaushik Ganguly's daring homosexuality drama Just Another Love Story and New Zealand's The Boy directed by Taika Waititi.

The 11-day festival concluded with the screening of French film The Princess of Montpensier directed by Bertrand Tavernier.

The closing ceremony was hosted by top Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan.

This year's IFFI jury was headed by Polish director Jerzy Antczak and members included Sturla Gunnarsson (Canada), Mick Molloy (Australia), Olivier Pier (Switzerland) and Revathi Menon (India).