Top Awards For Japanese Movie ‘Ring Wandering’, Marathi Movie ‘Godavari’
Masakazu Kaneko’s ring roaming, which explores Japan’s wartime past, took home the top prize at the 52nd International Film Festival of India that concluded Sunday. The winner of the Golden Peacock in the International Competition section was selected as a “beautifully photographed combination of fantasy and manga-inspired reality, reflecting a fascination with the echoes of the past that reverberate in today’s Japanese society”, the jury led of the Iranian director Rakhshan Banietemad said in a press statement.
The Golden Peacock has a cash prize of Rs 20 lakh for Kaneko and Rs 10 lakh for producer Takashi Shiotsuki. The jury also included Ciro Guerra, Stephen Woolley, Vimukthi Jayasundara and Nila Madhab Panda.
The prize for best director went to Vaclav Kadrnka from the Czech Republic for save someone who was dead, described as “a most masterfully and confidently presented visual story of a mother and son caught in a twilight that evokes the imagination of life and death, with each frame composed portrait-style and executed with telling detail”.
Roman Vasyanov’s the dormitory, which investigates corruption in the former Soviet Union, received a special mention in the International Competition category. Saving Someone Who Was Dead (2021).
The Silver Peacock for Best Actor (Male) was won by Jitendra Joshi for his performance in Nikhil Mahajan’s Godavari. Joshi who is also the co-producer of the Marathi drama was awarded a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh.
Godavari explores family dynamics and legacy through Joshi’s rent collection experiences. The film also stars Vikram Gokhale, Neena Kulkarni, Gauri Nalawade, Priyadarshan Jadhav and Sakhee Gokhale. Godavari (2021).
Joshi’s performance was praised for a “brilliant performance” [that] made it flow like a river from his wrath to tears.”
Godavari also shared the Silver Peacock for Special Jury Award along with Brazilian actor Renata Carvalho for her performance in Rodrigo de Oliveira’s The first fallen. The film was hailed as a “passionate and courageous attempt to portray the untold stories of the suffering and discrimination of sexual minorities in 1980s Brazil”. The First Fallen (2021).
The Silver Peacock for Best Actor (Female) went to Angela Molina for Charlotte, “a captivating performance that evokes sympathy and frustration in equal measure,” the quote reads.
In Simon Franco’s film, Molina, an alumnus of Pedro Almodovar’s films, stars as an actor who is set to star in an upcoming production.
Director Mari Alessandrini’s it will burn, which explores the afflictions of the indigenous people of Patagonia, won the Best Feature Film Debut award. According to the judges, “Serious but at times witty and satirical, the debut director’s film taunts religion and colonization and pays respect to organic indigenous people in an elegant and visually intelligent way.” Zahori (2021).
The Spanish language The wealth of the world, the drama by the first director Simon Farriol about the war of independence in Chile, received a special mention from the jury in the Debut Feature Film Competition category.
The Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award was previously presented to Martin Scorsese and Istvan Szabo at the inaugural ceremony.
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