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Chinese film The Old Barber bags Golden Peacock

Written by: Staff

Panaji, Dec 3 (UNI) Chinese film 'The Old Barber' today won the coveted Golden Peacock award for best film at the 37th International Film Festival of India(IFFI) which came to a close today.

Announcing the awards, chairman of the Jury Mr Rolf De Heer said, ''The Old Barber was a beautifully realised story that makes us ponder about ourselves, our friends and family and how to live in this changing world.'' The Golden Peacock award, which comprises a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh, was given away to director Hasi Chaolu by chief guest and noted filmmaker and actress Aparna Sen at the closing ceremony of the festival at the Kala Academy here this evening.

Director of Bangladeshi film 'Nirontor' (Forever Flows) Abu Sayeed won the Special Jury Award.

Korean filmmaker An Kung-Lee was the recepient of Silver Peacock for the most promising director for her film 'A Short Life'.

About winner of Special Jury Award Abu Sayeed's film, Mr Heer said it was a strong drama about the ambiguities of relationship in a strong middle class family, and the complex portrayal of the fate of a woman sacrificing herself for her kin.

About Ms Lee, he said she was a director with strong cinematic vision and deep human compassion.

Mr Abu Sayeed received the Special Jury Award, consisting of a Silver Peacock and a cash prize of Rs five lakh, at the hands of Mr S K Arora, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Winner of the Silver Peacock for most promising director An Kung-lee was not present to receive the award, comprising a cash component of Rs five lakh.

Joint Secretary(Films), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Director of the Film Festival V B Pyarelal received the award from Goa Chief Minister Pratapsinh Rane on her behalf.

The international jury comprised eminent Australian director Rolf De Heer (Chairman), Mr Olivier Assayas, Award winning director from France, Polish actress Grazyna Szapolowska, Argentinian actress and director Leticia Bredice and noted Indian director Jahnu Barua.

Earlier, speaking on the occasion, Ms Aparna Sen said ''the film festivals were a complex and massive exercise, which were easy to criticise but difficult to execute.'' The USP of the International Film Festival of India(IFFI) was that it celebrates the many cinemas of the country and was the only platform to showcase regional movies which depict diverse ethnicities, she said.

Strongly rejecting the concept of a roaming festival, she said international film festivals were known by the city in which they were held.

''Now since Goa has been declared the permanent venue, some people were upset, but they will get used to it in course of time.'' MORE UNI NAZ/MR YA KN1952

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