Bengali 'Moner Manush' bags Golden Peacock at 41st IFFI

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 03 December 2010 13:43 IST

“Moner Manush”, a Bengali film by Gautam Ghosh, bagged the Golden Peacock Award for the Best Film at the 41st International Film Festival of India 2010, which ended yesterday evening.

The Silver Peacock Award for the Best Director has gone to Susanne Bier of Denmark for her film “In a Better World”.

‘Just Another Love Story’, yet another film from India and “Boy” from New Zealand won the Special Jury Awards.

The Best Actor Award of Rs 10 lakh went to the Turkish actor Guven Kirac for his role in the film “The Crossing” while the Best Actress Award was won by Magdalena Boczarska of Poland for her role in “Little Rose”.

Film director Ghosh received the Golden Peacock and Rs 20 lakhs in presence of the Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Shri Choudhury Mohan Jatua, Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and Bollywood actor and National Award Winner Saif Ali Khan, the Chief Guest at the closing ceremony.

The above films were chosen by a five Member Competition Jury out of 18 entries in the Competition Section from UK, Czech Republic, Finland, Denmark, China, Iran, Israel, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Turkey, New Zealand, Taiwan, Thailand, including three films from India.

The Competition Jury was headed by the noted Director from Poland Jerzy Antczak. Other members of the jury were Sturla Gunnarsson (Canada), Mick Molloy (Australia), Olivier Pier (Switzerland) and  Revathi Menon (India).

The Festival concluded with the screening of the French film ‘The Princess of Montpensier’, directed by Bertrand Tavernier, the premier French Director and Screenplay writer.

The 11-day extravaganza, which began on November 22, with the screening of UK filmmaker Andy Emmony’s “West is West” witnessed screening of 300 films from 61 countries, in 11 theatres.

In the international section, a total of 162 films were shown. These included 68 in Cinema of the World, 18 in the Competition and 25 in the Country Focus. Films from Mexico, Georgia, Taiwan and Sri Lanka were screened under Country Focus section.

The films of Jan Jakub Kolski, Mira Nair, Michael Cacoyannis, Jean Baker and Jim Jarmusch were screened in Retrospectives Section whereas three films were screened in homage to Eric Rohmer.

Ten films were shown in Cannes Kaleidoscope section whereas 9 films were shown in the section on contemporary Iranian cinema.

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