'Tokyo Sonata', 'Gulabi Talkies' best films in Asian

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New Delhi, Jul 19 (UNI) Japanese film 'Tokyo Sonata' won the best film award in the Asian and Arab Competition section at the Tenth Osian's Cinefan, while Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge bagged the Best Director Award in the section for 'Three Monkeys' and French filmmaker Amor Hakkar won the Best Actor award for 'The Yellow House' as another edition of the Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema drew a glittering finale here tonight with screening of the film 'Mumbai Cutting'.

Israeili actress Rona Lipaz Michael won the Best Actress Award in the Arab and Asian competition section for the film 'Lemon Tree', while Palestinian film 'Salt of the Sea' won the Special Jury Award at a glittering closing ceremony of the Tenth Osian's Cinefan at the Siri Fort Auditorium in the Capital.

At a glittering closing ceremony, which saw presence of several renowned personalities from Indian as well as International Cinema including filmmakers Ramesh Sippy, Anubhav Sinha, Ketan Mehta and actors Koel Purie, Neetu Chandra, Nakul Vaid, Shrabani Mukherjee and many others, the Best Film Award in the Indian competition section was bagged by Girish Kasarvalli's 'Gulabi Talkies, the Best Director Award went to Remo for 'A Story of Red Hills'.

The Best Actor Award in the same section was shared by Rajat Kapoor for 'The Prisoner' and Govind Namdeo for 'Kabootar', while the Best Actress Award went to Umashree for 'Gulabi Talkies.

The Netpac jury award went to 'Bioscope' by K M Madhusudhanan while the Pakistani film 'Ramchand Pakistani' directed by debutant filmmaker Mehreen Jabbart won ther FIPRESCi Competition award along with 'Salt of The Sea' by Annemaries Jacir.

The Audience Award, which was introduced for the first time went to 'The Band's Visit' by Eran Kolirin.

The ceremony was followed by screening of the Indian film 'Mumbai Cutting', an anthology by ten renowned and respected filmmakers which offers a tantalising glimpse of life in modern day Mumbai.

Present at the screening of the film were the directors of the film Sudhir Mishra, Rahul Dholakia, Shashanka Ghosh, Anurag Kashyap, Revathi, Kundan Shah and Ayush Raina.

Adding charm to the occasion was the presence of stars like Deepak Dobriyal, Tara Sharma, Raima Sen, Neetu Chandra, Tejaswini Kolhapure Koel Purie, Sushant Singh, Sharbani Mukerjee and Nakul Vaid.

About 200 features and non-features were also screened at the festival, which kicked off on July 11 with Hong Kong film 'Sparrow' An unusual story about a beautiful woman and three professional pickpockets coming together in search of an elusive key.

The festival, this year, also had several new features.

The Osian's First Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to Cinema to renowned filmmaker Mrinal Sen. The Writer's Award, renamed as Aruna Vasudev Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Cinema, was also conferred on Jose "Pete" F Lacaba.

This year, Osian's-Cinefan announced over Rs one crore (approximately 250, 000 dollars) in Prize Money for its Competition Sections and Lifetime Achievement Awards. The winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award were presented Rs 800,000 (approx 20,000 dollars) each.

The Best Films in the Asian-Arab and Indian Competition sections were awarded Rs two million each (50,000 dollars) and the Best Director in each section Rs 800,000 (20,000 dollars).

The Special Jury Award, the Best Actor and Actress each took away Rs 200,000 (5000 dollars). The Best First Feature received Rs 200,000 (approx 5000 dollars) in addition to a guaranteed support of Rs 800,000 (approx 20,000 dollars) from FOOD: The Film Fund - Osian's Originating Development, created by Osian's, for the next feature film.

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