AR RAHMAN DELAYS THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF IFFI GOA 2015
And finally it was curtains down for the International Film Festival of India (IFFI GOA 2015) last monday. And as usual like every year there were some skirmishes and this time it was the airborne flight, carrying the musical maestro Allah Rakha Rahman, which got delayed by 3 hours and everything got delayed including the award ceremony as well as the screening of the closing film namely The Clan. So time to have a spotlight on the closing award ceremony! To start off with Indian filmmaker Kaushik Ganguly won the newly-instituted UNESCO Fellini medal for his film Cinemawala.
South American filmmaker Ciro Guerra’s film Embrace of the Serpent won the prestigious Golden Peacock award. British filmmaker Peter Greenaway won the best director award for his film Eisenstein in Guanajuato, while Julia Vargas’ film Sealed Cargo won the Special Jury award. The best actor male award was won by French actor Vincent Lindon for Measure of a man, while five actresses — Gunes Sensoy, Doga Dugusulo, Tukba Sungurugulu, Eltitz Kan, and Liada Akdogan, who acted in the Turkish film “Mustang” jointly won the best actor female award, which is the 1st time ever in the history of IFFI. Goran Radovanovic’s Serbian film Enclave won the special mention award from the IFFI jury headed by renowned director Shekhar Kapoor also.
The IFFI closing ceremony came to an end with the awarding of the lifetime achievement to Russian filmmaker Nikita Mikhailkov. The 11-day festival began on 2oth Nov, 2015, with the opening film The Man Who Knew Infinity directed by Mathew Brown a film on the 1913 self-taught Indian mathematical genius Ramanajun and his friendship with G.H. Hardy who helped reveal the mathematics genius to the world. Over 7,000 delegates from 38 countries, most from India, attended the festival, which closed with the screening of the Argentinian film The Clan (El Clan). A total of 187 films from 89 countries, 26 of which are official Academy award entries, were screened at IFFI apart from the films which were part of the Indian Panorama section.
THE MOST POPULAR MOVIE OF IFFI GOA BOX
Augenschein Filmproduktion, Fantascope & MPM Films & director Forin Serban’s film Box is an unusual & silent love story of 2 unusual people namely Rafael and Cristina, they are 2 people that were never supposed to meet. Rafeal is 19 year old gypsy, who works in a car-wash and wants to make it big as a boxer; he lives with his grandfather and is about to have a breakthrough as an athlete. Cristina is 34, Hungarian, actress in the local theatre, married, and goes through a professional & personal crisis; her husband is the star of the theatre ensemble and it seems that she has been living in his shadow for a while. Without knowing each other, Rafael follows Cristina everyday on the cobblestone streets of an old provincial town. She knows it and enjoys the attention. One time, she turns back and they face each other. The following day he looks her in the eyes and asks: “If you hadn’t been married, would you have married me?” From that moment on there is no way back for neither of them, 2 different destinies, 2 different worlds facing different dilemmas. It stars Rafeal Floria as Rafeal & Hilda Peter as Crsitina. Bo was one of the film screened at the recently concluded IFFI Goa 2015.