Russian film Leviathan won the prestigious Golden Peacock Award for the best film while Marathi movie Ek Hazarachi Note won the Centenary award at the 45th International Film Festival Of India, which concluded in Goa on Sunday.
Srihari Sathe, director of Ek Hazarachi Note, received the award on behalf of the team. Ek Hazarachi Note also bagged the Special Jury Award.
Best female actor award went to Alina Rodriguez for Behavior and Sarit Larry for The Kindergarten Teacher. 'Leviathan' star Alexis Serebryakov shared the best actor award with Dulal Sarkar of Chotoder Chobi.
The award for best director went to Nadav Lapid for The Kindergarten Teacher. Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Chinese director Wong Kar-wai.
The festival came to an end with the screening of Wong Kar-wai’s movie The Grandmaster.
The closing ceremony saw a lot of political and film dignitaries walking the red carpet. Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, minister of state for information and broadcasting, was the chief guest along with Goa chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar. Film personalities such as Waheeda Rehman, Nana Patekar, Jackie Shroff and Aarti Chhabria also attended the event.
The closing ceremony was hosted by actors Rajkumar Rao and Richa Chadda. Shankar Mohan, IFFI director, delivered the vote of thanks.
This year's festival saw a huge increase in the number of footfalls as it broke all the previous records. The 11-day festival screened 179 films from 75 countries across different categories which include World Cinema (61 films), Masterstrokes (11 films), Festival Kaleidoscope (20 films), Soul of Asia (7 films), Documentaries (6 films), and Animated Films (6 films).