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Spanish film bags award at Chennai festival

S.R. Ashok Kumar

CHENNAI: Spanish film `Fragile' won the best film award in the International Film festival of Chennai which ended here on Sunday.

The film portrays the feelings of a 25-year-old woman, Venus. She awaits her true love and thinks she has achieved her objective after she meets charismatic actor David. But in real life, there are no fairytale endings as the film shows. It turns out to be the most popular film among the audience.

The best director award went to Lithuanian woman director Janina Lapinskatie. Her film "A Land of Glass" is the story of a woman whose life runs into problems after her second baby's difficult birth and subsequent illness. Her partner cannot understand her fragile state, making the tragic outcome inevitable.

Most promising actress

The most promising actress award went to Teresa Cheung for her performance in "Color Blossoms"(Japan /Korea). She has won the best new performer award in the recent Manila film festival, 2005.

The best actress award was won by Zuzana Canoczova for her role in the Czech film "From Subway to Love". The best actor award went to Carlos Leal, the hero of the film "Snow White" from Switzerland. He is the lead singer of the popular Swiss band `Sens Unix'.

Ms. Janina Lapinskatie and Ms. Teresa Cheung received their awards in person.

Among those who spoke at the valedictory session were: Greater Chennai police commissioner R. Nataraj, Director Bharathi Raja, actors Parthiban, Simbu and Vivek and director S.A. Chandrasekar.

The festival's director Manicam Narayanan said, Czech stars Marek Vasut and Canoczova could not attend the festival due to other commitments.

More categories

From next year, he said, the organisers would include more categories for awards.

"Compared to last year we have improved a lot but we wish to include more number of films and as suggested by all we wish to include more directors and technicians next year to get more films and make the festival more interesting ".

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