12th International Film Festival of Kerala came to a close
yesterday with the Spanish film XXY and the Iranian Film
10+4 sharing the top award of the event, the Suvarno
The Suvarno Chakram award carries a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakhs,
a statuette and a citation; the Rajatha Chakoram award for the best
director carries a cash prize of Rs. 3 lakhs; the award for best
debut director carries a cash prize of Rs. 2 lakhs.
Akbari, director of 10+4, bagged the Rajatha Chakoram
award for best director. The director of XXY, Lucia
Puenzo, bagged the Rajatha Chakoram award for best debut director.
The awards were presented by Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan
during the closing ceremony held at Nisagandhi auditorium.
Filmmaker Zhang Yang's Getting Home won the NETPAC award for the
best Asian film screened in the competition section. It also won
the audience award selected through an opinion poll. Shyamprasad's
Ore Kadal bagged the FIPRESCI award for best Malayalam
film; the FIPRESCI jury award was presented to director Teresa
Prata's Sleepwalking Land.
Fourteen films had been listed for the Competition Section
including Adoor Gopalakrishnan"s Naalu Pennungal and P.T.
Kunhu Mohammed's Paradesi. These were selected from 450
entries from 44 countries.