'Majority' Wins in Mumbai

Nyay Bhushan

Oliver Stone Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

MUMBAI -- Turkey's Majority directed by Seren Yüce, won the Golden Gateway award for best film at the 12th Mumbai Film Festival, which concluded Thursday night and also saw Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone receiving a lifetime achievement award.

“India has great culture, you make great movies and I am honored to accept this award,” Stone said after he was draped with a shawl – a traditional way of bestowing honor in India -- by one of Indian filmdom's most respected figures Yash Chopra and this year's MFF jury president director Jane Campion.

MFF also honored veteran Indian actor and film-maker Manoj Kumar with a lifetime achievement award and as part of his acceptance speech, Kumar also added, “Oliver Stone was Oliver Stone until he came to India; after landing here he became a precious gem and a priceless stone.” 

The Silver Gateway award for best film in the international category was presented to Danish prison drama R directed by Michael Noer and Tobias Lindholm.

The Silver Gateway award for best director was presented to Thailand's Anocha Suwichakornpong – the only female director in competition --  for Mundane History.

The Silver Gateway award for best actor went to Bartu Kucukcaglayan for Majority. The award for best actress was presented to Marie Hélène Bellavance for her performance in Canadian film Vital Signs.

Greek film Black Field directed by Vardis Marinakis won the Jury award for technical excellence while the audience choice award went to Alejandro González Iñárritu's Biutiful.

The Dimensions Mumbai section – featuring films based on Mumbai – saw a best film win for Mumbaikar Ganesh directed by Collin D'cunha.

The awards ceremony was followed by the screening of closing film Red starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Mary Louise Parker and John Malkovich and directed by Robert Schwentke.