Malayalam film Ottal named best children's film at Berlin International Film Festival

Feb 22, 2016 13:00 IST

2016 Berlin International Film FestivalMalayalam film “Ottal” was named the Best Children's Film at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival in Germany. It was honoured with the Crystal Bear Award in the 'Generation K-Plus' section.

The film, directed by Jayaraj Rajasekharan Nair, is about the story of an old fisherman and his grandson. The movie is an adaptation of Anton Chekhov's short story 'Vanaka'.

Jayaraj is known for adapting literary classic into films. He has earlier made films based on Shakespeare's works such as "Othello" and "Antony and Cleopatra". This is the third year in a row that Indian films have triumphed.

Earlier winners were "Killa" 2014 and "Dhanak" 2015.

"Ottal" bagged the National Award for best film on Environment Conservation/Preservation and it set a record at 20th International Film Festival of Kerala by sweeping all the top awards.

The 66th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 11 February to 21 February 2016, with American actress Meryl Streep as the President of the Jury. The Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement was presented to German cinematographer Michael Ballhaus.

Hail, Caesar! directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, was selected to open the festival. The Golden Bear was awarded to the Italian documentary Fire at Sea, directed by Gianfranco Rosi.

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