'The Wall' walks away with prestigious Golden Peacock Award

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Panaji, Dec 3 (UNI) Taiwanese film 'The Wall', directed by Lin Chih Ju, has won the Golden Peacock Award for the best film at the 38th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which came to a close today.

The awards were announced in the presence of the distinguished jury which comprised of Hungarian filmmaker Marta Meszaros, noted Argentinian filmmaker Pablo Cesar, New Zealand director Robert Sarkies and one of India's most respected filmmakers Shaji N Karun.

Noted Bengali filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta was the chief guest at the 11-day festival which was inaugurated by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan here on November 23.

Though this year IFFI had its share of controversies, it was still acknowledged as a smooth event and marked improvement over the previous years, both in terms of the arrangements and quality of films selected for various sections of the festivals and overall atmosphere.

The Directorate of Film Festival received praise from no less a person than celebrated filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan for giving 'a sort of character' to it.

He, however stressed the need for handling it more professionally and promoting it more intensively to give it an international reputatiion.

In this context, it was learnt from official sources that the government was actively considering floating a body with members drawn from the DFF, ESG and other bodies concerned like the NFDC and Films Division, to handle the affairs of IFFI throughout the year.

The new computerised ticketing system for delegates introduced this time was a success and helped in avoiding large queues.

However, friction betwen the DFF, which is under the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the state government backed Goa Entertainment Society in certain spheres, was evident.

The festival began with the screening of Palme d'Or winning Romanian film ''Four Months, Three Weeks and Two Days'' by C Istian Mungiu. Malyalam film 'Ore Kadal' directed by Shyamaprasad had opened the feature films section of the Indian Panorama while 'Bagher Bacha' (Bengali) directed by Bishnu Dev Halder was the inaugural film of the non-feature section of the festival.

During the festival, films by celebrated filmmakers from all over the world were screened.

Among the highlights of the festival was the premiere of the Amitabh starrer 'The Last Lear' (English) dircted by noted Bengali Filmmaker Ritupurno Ghosh. The film has already been premiered in the Toronto Film Festival.

Pakistani film 'Khuda Kay Liye' in which Naseeruddin Shah makes a guest appearance, also evoked great interest among the delegates.

Directed by Shoaib Mansoor, the thought-provoking drama focused on the dilemma of progressive Muslims in the country because of their modern approach towards life.

Apart from the first Pakistani entry in the IFFI in the competition section, Georgia also made its debut in the prestigious event with its film 'Svani'.

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