IFFI’13: ‘Beatriz’s War’ from E.Timor bags ‘Golden Peacock’

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The Governor of Goa, Mr. Bharat Vir Wanchoo presenting the Golden Peacock award for best film to the East Timor Film ‘Beatriz’s War’ Directed by Luigi Acqisto, Bety Reis, at the closing ceremony of the 44th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2013), at Panaji, Goa on November 30, 2013. Photo: PIB, New Delhi.

By our correspondent

Panaji(Goa), 30 Nov., 2013: East Timor film ‘Beatriz’s War’ bagged the Golden Peacock award for the Best Film at the closing ceremony of 44th International Film Festival of India (IFFI).The film, directed by Bety Reis and Luigi Acquisto, is a passionate story of one woman’s conviction to remain true to the man she loves. The award carries a Golden Peacock, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 40 lakh. The 11-day extravaganza of films ended
Indian Director Kaushik Ganguli bagged the award for the Best Director for his Bengali film ‘Apur Panchali’. The award carries a Silver Peacock, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 15 lakh.
Special Jury Award went to the Turkish film ‘Thou Gild’st The Even’, directed by Onur Unlu. The award carries a Silver Peacock, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 15 lakh.
Best Actor (Male) award went to Alon Moni Aboutboul for his performance in Israeli movie ‘A Place in Heaven’. The award carries a Silver Peacock, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh.
Best Actor (Female) award was presented to Boczarska Magdalena for her excellent performance in Polish film ‘In Hiding’. The Award carries a Silver Peacock, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh.
The Special Centenary Award was given to the Bengali film ‘Meghe Dhaka Tara’, directed by Kamaleshwar Mukherjee. The award carries a Silver Peacock, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs.10 lakh.
On the occasion of the festivals closing ceremony Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Mr. Manish Tewari said the 44th IFFI was a celebration of freedom of the human spirit, liberated from the mores of conventionalism, imbued with the ability to dare and above all the power of a ‘New Idea’.
Describing the initiatives in the past one year, he said, the single window mechanism that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has been put in place to allow overseas film makers to shoot in any part of the country with convenience.”
“The same has been extended to local film makers also”, he said.
He said the government has also decided to replace the archaic Cinematograph Act with a new legislation, the draft of which is on the Ministry’s website for public consultation. He said the government is proposing to increase the number of cinema screens across the country by working with the state governments.
The festival closed with Justin Chadwick’s film ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’. The film is based on the anti-apartheid revolutionary and former South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiographic book, ‘Long Walk to Freedom’. The film chronicles his life from his childhood in a rural village to his emergence as the first democratically elected President of South Africa.

- SAT News Service

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