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IFFI 2019: Full list of winners; Particles wins Best Film, Lijo Jose Pellissery wins Best Director award

IFFI 2019: The IFFI 2019 ‘Best Director Award’ was conferred to Lijo Jose Pellissery for his Malayalam film ‘Jallikattu’.

Nov 29, 2019 11:16 IST
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IFFI 2019: Particles, the French-Swiss film directed by Blaise Harrison won the Golden Peacock Award at the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa. The IFFI 2019 concluded on November 28, 2019.

The Golden Peacock Award includes a cash prize worth Rs 40 lakh, a trophy and a citation. The jury described ‘Particles’, which is produced by Estelle Fialon, as an “ambitious yet modest film about the mysteries of being a teenager.” The prize money is to be distributed equally between the director and producer.

The IFFI 2019 ‘Best Director Award’ was conferred to Lijo Jose Pellissery for his Malayalam film ‘Jallikattu’. The film traces the story of a remote village that is pushed into a frenzy of ecstatic violence after a buffalo escapes. The Best Director award carries a Silver Peacock trophy, a citation and a cash prize worth Rs 15 lakh. 

The Best Actor (Male) Award went to Seu Jorge for his role in Marighella and Best Actor (Female) Award went to Usha Jadhav for her role in a Marathi crime film, Mai Ghatt: Crime No. 103/2005. Both the awards carry a silver peacock trophy, certificate and a cash prize worth Rs 10 lakh each.

The IFFI 2019 Special Jury Award was conferred to Pema Tseden for his Tibetan film ‘Balloon’ and the ICFT –UNESCO Gandhi Medal went to Italian film ‘Rwanda’, which has been directed by Riccardo Salvetti.

IFFI awards 2019: Complete list of winners

Golden Peacock Award: Particles

Best Director Award: Lijo Jose Pellissery (Jallikattu)

Best Actor (Male) Award:  Seu Jorge (Marighella)

Best Actor (Female) Award: Usha Jadhav (Mai Ghatt: Crime No. 103/2005)

Special Jury Award: Balloon by Pema Tseden

Best Debut Feature Film of a Director: Amin Sidi Boumediene for Abou Leila

Marius Olteanu for Monsters

ICFT –UNESCO Gandhi Medal: Rwanda

Special mention: Hellaro

IFFI 2019: Full list of winners

Award category

Winner

Description

Golden Peacock Award

Particles

The French-Swiss drama was directed by Blaise Harrison and produced by Estelle Fialon.

Best Director Award

Lijo Jose Pellissery

Lijo Jose Pellissery won the award for his film ‘Jallikattu’. Though the film begins with the man versus wild theme, it slowly evolves into man becoming the wild. The jury said that the honour the intricate and complex choreography of  the original and anarchic film. 

 

Best Actor (Male) Award 

Seu Jorge 

 

 Seu Jorge  won the award for his portrayal of his character, Carlos Marighella in the Brazilian movie ‘Marighella’. The jury said that he was honoured for the powerful and charismatic portrayal of a revolutionary, which is very relevant in our increasingly authoritarian times.

Best Actor (Female) Award 

Usha Jadhav

Usha Jadhav won the award for her portrayal of  ‘Prabha Mai’ in Marathi movie ‘Mai Ghatt: Crime No. 103/2005’. Her performance was described by the jury as an understated and powerful performance of a mother defending her child’s honour against the society’s corrupt system and its injustice.

Special Jury Award

Pema Tseden for ‘Balloon’ 

Pema Tseden won the award for his film ‘Balloon’, which is set in the background of Tibetan grasslands. He won the award for the beauty of the film’s language and the authenticity of the actors. 

The award carries a cash prize of Rs 15 lakh, silver peacock trophy and a citation.

Best Debut Feature Film of a Director

Amin Sidi Boumediene for ‘Abou Leila’

Marius Olteanu for ‘Monsters’

Abou Leila traces the story of two childhood friends who crossed the desert to search for a dangerous terrorist Abu Leila.

‘Monsters’ surrounds a relationship drama and describes the current state of a couple over 24 hours.

The award carries a silver peacock trophy, cash prize worth Rs 10 lakh and a certificate.

Special mention

Hellaro

Abhishek Shah’s Hellaro won a special mention from the jury for its”‘incredible music, colour and choreography.” The film portrays the issue of women empowerment in a time 45 years ago, which is very relevant today.

The ICFT –UNESCO Gandhi Medal 

Rwanda

Rwanda, the Italian film directed by Riccardo Salvetti has won the coveted medal. The medal bears a Gandhi portrait engraved by the French artist Pierre-Yves Tremois. It carries a message that reads, “In the midst of darkness light prevails”.

Special mention under ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi medal

Bahattar Hoorain

The Indian film won the special mention under the medal category. The movie is directed by Sanjay P. Singh Chauhan.

The ICFT –UNESCO Gandhi Medal was instituted by UNESCO and the Paris-based International Council for Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication.

IFFI 2019 closing ceremony

The IFFI 2019 closing ceremony was hosted by actors Sonali Kulkarni and Kunal Kapoor. The IFFI 2019 witnessed the screening of more than 200 films from 76 countries across the world. The illustrious list also included 26 feature films and 15 non feature films from India. Russia was the focus country of IFFI 2019. 

The IFFI 2019 closing ceremony saw the conferral of awards to innovative films from world over. The ceremony also felicitated veteran actor Prem Chopra, legendary music composer Ilaiyaraaja, actor Aravind Swamy, Manipuri filmmaker Haobam Paban Kumar, Assamese filmmaker Manju Borah and Kathak dancer Birju Maharaj. The International Film Festival was also honoured with the ICFT-UNESCO Fellini medal to commemorate its golden jubilee celebrations.  

The closing ceremony saw in attendance Goa Governor Satya Pal Malik, Goa CM Pramod Sawant, Minister of State for Environment Babul Supriyo, I&B Secretary Amit Khare and celebrities like Hindi film directors Rohit Shetty and Ramesh Sippy, Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike, actress Rakul Preet Singh and American cinematographer John Bailey. 

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