IFFI 52 l Awards Ceremony Japanese Film ‘Ring Wandering’ wins Top Honor!

  • Japanese Film ‘Ring Wandering’, a film which resurrects memories of Tokyo’s hidden war-torn past, bags The Golden Peacock at 52nd IFFI
  • Czech Director Václav Kadrnka bags IFFI 52 Silver Peacock for Best Director for ‘Saving One Who Is Dead’, a Candle of Hope Amidst the Winter of Despair
  • Indian and Marathi Actor Jitendra Bhikulal Joshi’s brilliant portrayal of Late Marathi actor and filmmaker Nishikant Kamat in ‘Godavari’ earns him Silver Peacock for Best Actor (Male)
  • Silver Peacock for Best Actor (Female) goes to Spanish Actor Angela Molina for her role as Charlotte, a performance which captivated all jury members
  • Marathi Director Nikhil Mahajan’s ‘Godavari’ receives Silver Peacock for Special Jury Award, sharing the award with Brazilian Actress Renata Carvalho for her role in Director Rodrigo de Oliveira’s ‘The First Fallen’
  • Russian Director Roman Vasyanov’s ‘The DORM’ receives Special Mention for its impactful narration of the complicated and corrupted society of 1984 USSR
  • Director Mari Alessandrini’s ‘Zahorí’, which lampoons religion and colonisation and gives respect to the organic indigenous people of Patagonia in an elegant and visually intelligent way, is IFFI 52 Best Debut Feature Film
  • Spanish film 'The Wealth of the World' by debut Director Simon Farriol receives Special Mention in IFFI 52 Debut Competition Category

“Ringu Wandaringu is a beautifully photographed combination of fantasy and manga-inspired reality”

A day labourer and aspiring manga artist in search of bones which he believes will help him complete his piece of art ends up unearthing forgotten war-time memories buried deep under the collective consciousness of the nation and its shared history. Japanese film "Ring Wandering" by Director Masakazu Kaneko, an ode to the thousands of souls whose bodies as well as memories were enshrouded in a forgotten past, has bagged the coveted Golden Peacock Award, at the 52nd edition of the International Film Festival of India.

Expressing their commendation for the film, the International Competition Jury of the festival has described the 2021 film Ringu Wandaringu as a beautifully photographed combination of fantasy and manga-inspired reality, reflecting a fascination with the echoes of the past reverberating in present-day Japanese society. The jury notes that the narration of the complex, multidimensional and tormentous trauma of the nation has been very subtly handled by both the direction and the performances, making the film a delightfully rewarding experience.

Though seeking to bring war-time memories to life, the film is not a war film; rather, it is centred on human relationships and exhorts us to think beyond the limits of what is readily comprehensible to us. Read more Here.

Director Masakazu Kaneko receives the Golden Peacock and a Certificate, in addition to a cash prize of Rs. 20 lakh; while producer of the film Takashi Shiotsuki receives a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 20 lakh.

“Saving One Who Is Dead: a very masterful and confidently envisioned visual tale of a mother and son caught in a twilight imagining of life and death”

Czech Director Václav Kadrnka’s Saving One Who Is Dead, a Czech film which holds out a candle of hope even amidst the winter of hopelessness, has been selected for the honour of the IFFI 52 Silver Peacock for the Best Director. Inspired by the near-death experience of the Director’s father who falls into a coma, Zpráva o záchrane mrtvého invites viewers on a spiritual journey, to places man is seldom permitted to enter. To places where life huddles up tightly to death and only the resurrected can return.

The jury has praised the film to be a very masterful and confidently envisioned visual tale of a mother and son caught in a twilight which conjures imaginations of life and death, where each portrait-style frame is composed and performed with telling details.
IFFI 52 has conferred the Silver Peacock for Best Actor (Female) to Angela Molina, the grande dame of Spanish cinema. Molina receives the award for her lead role in Director Simon Franco’s eponymous film Charlotte, in which she depicts the surreal role of the yesteryear actress, who undertakes a quixotic and life-changing journey to weave her past with the present in the quest to craft a future of her dreams. In its citation, the jury observes that Angela Molina is playing a character who as an aged Diva, is both manipulative and insecure. “She gives a performance that elicits sympathy and frustration in equal measure and has a beguiling on-camera presence that captivated all of the jurors.”

The awards have been announced at the closing ceremony of the festival, held in Goa today, November 28, 2021.