It was curtain call for the seven-day Mumbai Film Festival on Thursday, at JW Marriott. The results were declared and Dominic Murphy took home the best film award, with a cash prize of Rs 50 lakh and the Golden Gateway of India trophy, for his film White Lightnin. The grand jury prize— a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh— went to La Pivellina.
The festival jury—Shyam Benegal, Yash Chopra, Jaya Bachchan, Amit Khanna, Amol Palekar, Paul Schrader, Brillante Mendoza, Vimukthi Jayasundara, Shaji N Karun, and Irene Bignardi— chose the winners.
Amitabh Bachchan was conferred the Lifetime Achievement award for completing 40 years in the industry. Also, Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos was awarded the International Lifetime achievement award for his cinema par excellence. Navketan Films, Dev Anand’s production house, was felicitated for completing 60 years.
Here’s a list of the winners and synopses of the films.
Best film and the best actor (Edward Hogg) awards — White Lightnin
Jesco is the last of the Appalachian mountain dancers. Hopping from bar to bar as a young man, trying to make his daddy proud, Jesco meets Cilia, twice his age, half his height and the love of his life. But trouble was never far from him throughout the hollers of West Virginia.
Grand Jury Prize — La Pivellina (The Little One)
Abandoned, the two-year-old girl Asia is found by Patti, a circus woman living with her husband Walter in a trailer park in San Basilio on the outskirts of Rome. With the help of Tairo, a teenage boy who lives with his grandma in an adjacent container, Patti starts to search for the girl’s mother.
La Pivellina is a film about a cosmos of outcasts in present-day Italy: a tale of courage and discrimination, of loss and togetherness, a look behind the corrugated-iron fence of a gated community.
Best director— Adria’n Biniez for Gigante
The gently humorous account of a supermarket security guard obsessed with a cleaning woman he’s never spoken to, Gigante is a pint-sized indie from Uruguay.
Best actress — Paprika Steen for Applaus
Critically acclaimed actress Thea Barfoed has gone through turmoil, which have resulted in a divorce and the loss of
custody of her two boys. She now wants to regain control over her life. Her ex-husband Christian is persuaded by her manipulative but charming personality and she must prove to both herself and him that she is capable of getting her life back on track.
Jury Award — Mark Gyori and Gyorgy Kovacf for Katalin Varga
Banished by her husband and her village, Katalin Varga is left with no other choice than to set out on a quest to find the real father of her son, Orbán.
Taking Orbán with her, under another pretence, Katalin travels through the Carpathians where she decides to re-open a sinister chapter from her past and take revenge. The hunt leads her to a place, she prayed eleven years prior, she would never set foot in again.
Best film in Dimensions Mumbai — Sagar Setu
The film discovers the life of two boys as they work towards making their dream of watching the ocean from the skies come true. The story is that of two young boys who sell kites in order to collect enough money to go on the Bandra Worli Sea Link, a new structure that they watch everyday and dream of taking a ride on.
Second best film in Dimensions Mumbai — Mumbai Lego
The hums drum of the city life, the daily drudgery of trains, and the pace at which the entire city moves and the people. The stations, restaurants, bars are characteristic of every city. But what makes Mumbai stand out is its population. Mumbaittes make Mumbai. This is effectively filmed.
Mumbai Young Critics Jury Award — Whisper With The Wind
Mam Baldar, the winged uncle, is a postman like no other who, for many years, has travelled among the mountainous villages of Iraqi Kurdistan recording and delivering people’s messages. One day, a partisan commander asks him to make a recording of his newborn child’s first cry. Mam sets off to find the commander’s village and, once there, is informed that all the children in the area, as well as the commander’s pregnant wife, have been evacuated to a far-off valley. Mam at once heads out for the valley.