Girish Kasaravalli's Gulabi Talkies has been named the best Indian movie at the 10th Osian's Cinefan festival here with the Kannada film's leading lady Umashree bagging the best actress award.
Nandita Das-starrer Ramchand Pakistani by Mehreen Jabbar and Palestinian filmmaker Annemarie Jacir's path breaking Salt of This Sea jointly won the FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) award for "the quality of the cinematic treatment in depicting the cause to humanity through the futility of politics".
Gulabi Talkies was chosen for its "multi-layered portrayal of vibrant people being dragged unknowingly into an important socio-economic transition of recent times and for its deft and masterful blending of artistic sensitivity with stunning realism".
Umashree was awarded for her "bringing to life Gulabi, a fishing midwife, a truly multi-faceted character, for her effortless portrayal of a woman at once wise and childlike, brave and vulnerable, strong and compassionate".
"It is a big moment for me as this is not only an award but an important recognition," Kasaravalli told PTI after receiving the award last night.
"Though the concept of the film was conceived some years ago, it germinated while I was attending the 9th Osian's Cinefan festival last year after which I made minute changes to being out the movie in the present form," a beaming Kasaravalli said.
The best actor award in the Indian competition section was shared by Rajat Kapoor (Pryas Gupta's The Prisoner) and Govind Namdeo (Maqbool Khan's Kabootar).
The best director award in the section went to Remo for A Story of Red Hills for "effectively transposing his magnificent obsession about a dying folk art into a cinematic form and for successfully reaching out with his first film".
Bioscope, a Malayalam-Tamil film by K M Madhusudhanan that takes the audience to the realm where history, dreams and memories come together, was adjudged the best movie in the NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) section while Woven Stories of the Filipino film Confessional by Jerrold Tarog and Ruel Dahis Antipuesto triumphed in the First Features section.
In the Asian and Arab category of the 10-day festival that saw the screening of 203 films from 37 countries Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Tokyo Sonata was named the best movie for "its sensitive and panoramic portrayal of dramatically changing socio-economic and family values".
Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Three Monkeys was adjudged the best director in the section while the best actor went to Amor Hakkar (The Yellow House) and best actress award went to both the actresses of Eran Riklis' film Lemon Tree Hiam Abbas and Rona Lipaz-Michael.
Salt of This Sea also won a special jury award in the Asian and Arab section.
The newly-introduced audience award went to the Israeli film The Band's Visit by Eran Kolirin while Handan Ipekci's Hidden Faces was named the best in the Intolerance section.