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Taiwan film wins Golden Peacock

Special Correspondent

International film festival ends sans Bollywood glamour


14 films from 13 countries competed for Golden Peacock award

Two films share Best Jury award


PANAJI: “The Wall”, a film from Taiwan, directed by Lin Chih Ju bagged the Golden Peacock, Rs.10 lakh cash award and certification for the best film at the 38th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2007).

The award winning film is based on a story of difficult times the people in Taiwan faced in the early 1950s when even small villages were under the influence of the “White Terror.” During the 20th century, in several countries the term White Terror was applied to acts of violence against real or suspected socialists and communists.

The curtains came down on the 38th edition of the IFFI here on Monday evening at a simple closing ceremony sans Bollywood glamour held at the Kala Academy Complex.

Mr. Buddhadeb Dasgupta, the noted Bengali filmmaker was the chief guest for the ceremony which was attended by Goa Governor S. C. Jamir, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, Speaker Pratapsingh Rane, Jt. Director Ministry of Information & Broadcasting B. B. Pyarelal and Director of Film Festivals Neelam Kapur, among others. Well-known actor Kabir Bedi compered the event.

Altogether 14 films from 13 countries competed in the competition section for the prestigious Golden Peacock award for the best film.

The Silver Peacock for the Best Jury Award along with a cash award of Rs.2.5 lakh was given jointly to “On The Wings of Dreams,” a Bangladeshi film (Director Golam Rabanny Biplab for his story) and “More Than Anything In The World,” a Mexican film (child artist Julia Urbini). The awards were presented by Governor S. C. Jamir and Panaji Mayor Tony Rodrigues, respectively.

The Silver Peacock with a cash award of Rs. 5 lakhs for promising Director was presented to Pongpat Wachirabunjong, the director of “Me Myself,” a film from Thailand. Mr. Dasgupta presented the award. Noting with satisfaction that the “the film screening quality at the IFFI has reached international standards,” Mr. Dasgupta said that this year’s festival managed to screen at least some of the good films made globally during 2006-07.

He opined that the success of a film festival depended on films that it offered its audiences, and the country’s culture was always known by the films it offered to the world and not by its cinema stars. “In that respect, this festival has been a success,” observed the celebrated filmmaker.

“Some watch cinema for the sake of entertainment while others look for the missing links from their life’s puzzles and hope to use the experiences as a source of inspiration in their life,” observed the noted filmmaker, conceding that there may be films which would not entertain everyone.

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat thanked the Union Government and Minister for Information & Broadcasting P. R. Dasmunsi for giving unstinted support to Goa for developing itself into a permanent venue for the IFFI. He indicated the State government’s desire to develop Goa as an ideal venue for film festivals round the year.

While Mr. Pyarelal welcomed the dignitaries, Ms. Kapur proposed vote of thanks. She said that the IFFI next year would be held in the third week of November.

The festival, which began on November 23, ended with the screening of Portugal-Spain film ‘Fados’ directed by Carlos Saura.

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