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Top prize for Colombian film

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Coveted win: Carlos Gaviria, director of ‘Portraits in a Sea of Lies,' and Paola Baldion, who acted in the Spanish film, with the Suvarna Chakoram award at the valedictory of the 15th International Film Festival of Kerala in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Colombian film Portraits in a Sea of Lies has won the Golden Crow Pheasant Award (‘Suvarna Chakoram') at the 15 {+t} {+h} International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK). The award was announced at the valedictory of the eight-day festival here on Friday evening. The film's director Carlos Gaviria and producer Erwin Goggle will share a cash prize of Rs.15 lakh that go with the award.

The Silver Crow Pheasant Award for the best director went to Julia Solomonoff for her film The Last Summer of La Boyita, an entry from Argentina. This award carries a cash prize of Rs.4 lakh. The Silver Crow Pheasant Award and a cash prize of Rs.3 lakh for the best debut film went to Belma Bas, director of the film Zephire from Turkey.

The international jury for these awards had Julie Dash, a film maker from the United States, as its chairperson. Other members of jury were Mexican film maker Maria Novaro, Thai film maker Apichapong Weerasethakul, Japanese film maker Yashuhiro Hariki and Indian screenplay writer and photographer Sooni Taraporevala.

The Silver Crow Pheasant Award for the film judged the best by the audience at the festival went to A Japanese Wife, an Indian film directed by Aparna Sen. This award carries a cash prize of Rs.2 lakh. The award instituted by the Network for Promotion of Asian Film Centre (NETPAC) for the best Asian film shown at the festival went to the Indian film I Am - Afiya Megha Abhimanyu Omar directed by Onir Anirban.

Veettilekkulla Vazhi (The Way Home), directed by Biju was adjudged the best Malayalam film at the festival. This award is also instituted by NETPAC. Tunisian film Buried Secrets directed by Raja Amari won the award instituted by the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) for the best film in the competition. The FIPRESCI award for the nest Malayalam film went to Makaramanju directed by Lenin Rajendran.

The Hassankutty Award for the best Indian Debut Film, instituted by filmmaker Meera Nair, was bagged by Chithra Suthram directed by Vipin Vijay. This award carries a cash prize of Rs.50,000.

Awards were also given to Sree Padmanabha Theatre for infrastructure facilities and Ajantha Theatre for technical perfection. Media awards went to N. Sreeja (Indiavision), Aswin Jayakumar (The New Indian Express), N.P. Jishar (Madhyamam daily), Abdul Rasheed (Madhyamam daily) and Sajeev and Sumesh (All India Radio).

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