On Tuesday (December 12), the curtain fell on the 29th Kolkata International Film Festival. Who will get the Golden Royal Bengal Trophy in the grand finale, that was the curiosity in the minds of the movie lovers starting from the makers.
According to Indian media Anandbazar, Arup Biswas, Firhad Hakim, Indranil Sen, Chandrima Bhattacharya, Mohan Agase, Gautam Ghosh, Dhrithiman Chatterjee, Chapal Bhaduri, Mamata Shankar, Raj Chakraborty were special guests in the event. Director Sudhir Mishra and actress Aditi Rao Hydari appeared from Bollywood.
This year’s international competition i.e. ‘Innovation in Moving Images’ category won the best title of Israeli director Erez Tadmor’s ‘Children of Nobody’. Venezuelan director Carlos Daniel Malay was named the best director in this category (Photo: One Way). ‘Chalchitra Now’ is the only Bengali film in this category that has won the Special Jury Award. The film’s director Anjan Dutt got up on stage to receive the award and thanked the judges and the audience.
‘Manpatanga’ directed by Rajdeep Pal and Sharmistha Maiti has been selected as the best film in the Bengali panorama category at the festival. The Special Jury Award in this category went to the film ‘Incomplete’ (Director: Amartya Sinha). Myanmar film ‘Broken Dreams’ won the award for the best film in the netpack category this year. The director got up on stage to accept the award and dedicated the film to the people of his country.
There were three awards in the Indian language film category at the festival. Hiralal Sen Nominated Best Film Award ‘Gorai Pakhri’ (Director: Rajni Basumatari). On the other hand, Shanet Anthony Barreto has been adjudged the best director for the film ‘Avni Ki Kismat’. The Manipuri film ‘Joseph’s Son’ directed by Haubham Pawan Kumar won the Special Jury Award in this category. The best documentary at the festival was ‘Challenge’ (Director: Ramen-Shibanu Bora). Kamil Saif’s ‘Last Rehearsal’ was adjudged the best short film.
This year’s festival was well done by the visiting guests. Actress Sharmila Tagore and Munmoon Sen came to Nandan Chatter on Tuesday (12 December) afternoon. Sharmila Shishir watched her film ‘Outhouse’ on stage. On the other hand, Munmun visited the exhibition titled Nandane Mrinal Sen.