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KIFF 2019: Parcel, Mai Ghat: Crime No 103/2005 win top honours at 25th edition


Parcel's director Indrasis Acharya won the Hiralal Sen Memorial award for Best Director, while Anant Mahadevan’s Marathi film, Mai Ghat: Crime No 103/2005 was selected as the Best Film.

Roushni Sarkar

This year, the Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) held its grand 25th edition with aplomb. It hosted prestigious guests including actresses Andie Macdowell, Rakhee Gulzar, and actor Shah Rukh Khan, while veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan conveyed apologies for his absence in the event due to his health problems.

The festival also had some stellar jury members for the international competition including Slovak screenwriter-director Dusan Hanak, Georgian writer-director Ana Urushadze and Iraqi film critic Intishal Al Timimi.

At the closing ceremony, held on 15 November, the winners in several categories of the competition section were announced and rewarded with due recognition. While Guatemalan director Jayro Bustamante’s The Weeping Woman (2019) won the Golden Royal Bengal Tiger award for the Best film, the award for the Best Director in the same category went to Vaclav Marhoul for the Czech film, The Painted Bird (2019). Albanian director Lendita Zeqiraj won the Special Jury award for Aga’s House (2019) in the international competition section.

Indrasis Acharya, known for is critically acclaimed films Bilu Rakkhosh (2017) and Pupa (2018), won the Hiralal Sen Memorial award for Best Director for Parcel, featuring Rituparna Sengupta and Saswata Chatterjee in the leads. Anant Mahadevan’s Marathi film, Mai Ghat: Crime No 103/2005 won the award for the Best Film, while Geetha J’s Run Kalyani was chosen for the Special Jury award.

This year, the NETPAC Award went to Aditya Kripalani’s Devi Aur Hero; he had previously directed Tikli and Laxmi Bomb (2018) and Totta Pattaka Item Maal (2019). Gaurav Puri’s Abridged bagged the Golden Royal Bengal Tiger award for the Best Indian Documentary Film, while the award for the Best Indian Short Film went to Shravan Katikaneni’s Summer Rhapsody.

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