IFFI 2023 l Curtains fall, the joy of cinema to continue with IFFI 55

By: Amit Agarwal / Amit kumaR Agarwal
 
KEY HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Persian film ‘Endless Borders’ by Abbas Amini bags Golden Peacock Award for best film at 54th IFFI
  • Hollywood Actor/Producer Michael Douglas honoured with Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award
  • ‘Drift’ by Anthony Chen receives ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi Medal
  • Best Web Series (OTT) Award for Amazon series ‘Panchayat Season 2’
  • Over 5,000 films of multiple languages in the 4K digital format will be restored under National Film Heritage Mission: Union I & B Minister Anurag Singh Thakur
As the sun set over the Arabian Sea, casting a gleam golden glow upon the picturesque coast of Panaji, the 54th edition of International Film Festival of India concluded, reverberating the shores with echoes of cinematic excellence and charm. The festival reached its crescendo with a dazzling closing ceremony, attended by a constellation of celebrities, filmmakers and luminaries from the film and entertainment domain.
 
Notable winners at the 54th edition of IFFI were:

Persian Film Endless Borders bags Golden Peacock for the Best Film
 
Still from Endless Borders
 
The Persian film Endless Borders directed by Abbas Amini received the Golden Peacock award for the Best Film at the 54th IFFI.  The film depicts that the emotional and moral borders that you impose upon yourself can be more complicated than the physical borders, observed the jury.

Bulgarian Director Stephan Komandarev gets Silver Peacock for Best Director
 
Eli Skorcheva and Rozalya Abgaryan actresses of Blaga's Lessons
receive the Silver Peacock award for Best Director on behalf of Stephan Komandarev

Bulgarian Director Stephan Komandarev won Silver Peacock for Best Director for his film Blaga’s Lessons - a powerful and shocking lesson through the character of a woman who has to decide to achieve her goals and in doing so compromise her values, reads the Jury’s citation. Goa CM, Pramod Sawant, Turkish Director Nury Ceylan, Australian Film Producer Helen Leake and Film Actress Esha Gupta presented the coveted prize.

Iranian Actor Pouria Rahimi Sam won the Best Actor (Male) for his role in the Persian film Endless Borders. The Jury chose the actor “for the richness of acting and interacting with his partners, children and adults in challenging shooting conditions.”
 
Melanie Thierry won Silver Peacock for Best Actor (Female) for her exemplary role in the film Party of Fools. The jury remarked that the range of expressions by the actress gives audience with subtlety all the emotions from hope to despair, encountered in her character’s crazy journey. 
 
Indian Filmmaker and Actor, Rishabh Shetty of Kantara fame won the Special Jury Award for his critically and commercially successful blockbuster film "Kantara". The Jury praised the director’s ability to put across a very important story. “The film, rooted in its own culture of the forest demons, reaches out to audiences worldwide, regardless of culture and social status,” the jury cited.