Taiwan lifts golden peacock

PTI, PANAJI | 03 December 2007 23:44 IST

A film from Taiwan, based on the white terror in 1950s, `The Wall' bagged the coveted Golden Peacock award at the 38th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) that concluded here on Monday.

Directed by Lin Chih Ju, the film outwitted 13 other films from Asia, Africa and Latin America competing in the competition category.

A jury headed by Hungary's filmmaker Marta Meszaros and comprising Turkish actress Meltem Cumbul, Pablo Cesar, Robert Sarkies and Malayalam director Shaji N Karun, selected the film.

Renowned Bengali filmmaker Buddhabeb Dasgupta, who was the chief guest, gave away the Golden Peacock and a citation.

The Golden Peacock carries a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh and citation. As none was present to take the Golden Peacock, the organisers decided to send it through diplomatic channels to Taiwan.

In the promising director category, Thailand's debutant director Pongpat Wachirabunjong bagged the silver peacock for his movie `My Myself.' The award carries cash of Rs five lakh and citation.

The special jury award was given to two films-- Bangaladeshi film "On The Wings of Dreams" got the award for its story and Mexican film "More Than Anything In The World" for acting.

Both were given Rs 2.5 lakh and a citaiton.

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