Malayalam film 101 Chodyangal wins audience poll award for the best film

Iranian film Parviz, directed by Majid Barzegar, won the Suvarna Chakoram (Golden Crow Pheasant) award at the 18th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) that concluded here on Friday.

The film tells the story of a 50-year-old man who has lived his entire life with his father and never held a job and finds himself kicked out of his home one fine day.

Kamaleswar Mukherjee won the Rajatha Chakoram (Silver Crow Pheasant) award for the best director for his film Meghe Dhaka Tara, based on the life of Bengali auteur Ritwik Ghatak.

It also won the Network for Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) award for the best Asian film in the competition category.

The awards were given away by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy at the valedictory ceremony held at the Nishagandhi Auditorium, Kanakakunnu, here.

Korean director Kim ki-Duk was the chief guest at the function.

Debutant director

Argentinean Ivan Vescovo bagged the Rajatha Chakoram for the best debutant director for Errata.

Siddharth Siva’s Malayalam film 101 Chodyangal won the audience poll award for the best film by beating Kim Mordaunt’s Australian film Rocket that led the poll till the last leg.

Errata also won the best competition movie award instituted by the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) while the FIPRESCI award for the best Malayalam movie went to Kanyaka Talkies directed by K.R. Manoj.

The NETPAC award for the best Malayalam film went to C.R.No: 89 directed by P.P. Sudevan.

Actor Madhu was honoured at the function. Minister for Culture K.C. Joseph presided over the function.