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Arun Karthick's Nasir wins Grand Prix award at Andrei Tarkovsky International Film Festival

The festival, named after the Russian filmmaker, was held online this year from 25 - 30 June.

Photo: Courtesy Andrei Tarkovsky International Film Festival website

Sonal Pandya

Arun Karthick's Tamil film Nasir, which was recently part of YouTube's global online film festival, We Are One, has won the Grand Prix award at the 14th edition of the Andrei Tarkovsky International Film Festival also known as Zerkalo [Mirror]. The filmmmaker announced the good news on his Facebook page.

"We are elated and honoured to be awarded the main prize from a festival held in honor of the great master Andrei Tarkovsky," he shared. "The award was announced by jury head Fred Kelemen (cinematographer of Bela Tarr's films A Man From London and The Turin Horse). This is indeed a special recognition for the entire team of Nasir and I would personally like to dedicate this award to the memory of our late editor Arghya Basu."

Nasir, starring Koumarane Valavane, takes place over one day in the life of an ordinary salesman living in Tamil Nadu. The Indo-Dutch co-production already won the NETPAC award for Best Asian Film premiering at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam earlier this year.

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The festival is held annually at Ivanovo, Russia, but due the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it was held online from 25 - 30 June. The closing ceremony, hosted by actor Yuri Kolokolnikov and actress Olga Bodrova, was held inside a Russian studio with winners announced virtually. Karthick accepted the award on behalf on his team.

The international jury was made up of German director and cinematographer Fred Keleman from Berlin, film expert and curator of international festivals Alena Shumakova from Rome, director Lina Chaplin from Tel Aviv, director Juho Kuosmanen from Finland, director Petar Vylchanov from Bulgaria, and actress Olga Sutulova from Moscow, who tuned into the ceremony. Festival program director Andrei Plakhov from Moscow and festival president Sergei Bodrov from Los Angeles were also present virtually.

The online festival was held over six days, with over 30 films shown on Tvzavr online cinema platform. More than two million people watched the festival's live broadcasts.

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