An Indo-Canadian film project, Siddharth, won the best film award at the 4th Beijing International Film Festival (BIFF), ahead of favourite, China’s martial art epic, The Grandmaster, directed by acclaimed Wong Kar-wai.
Wong Kar-wai's The Grandmaster, which had swept the Hong Kong Film Awards with record 12 wins, won three awards last night -- including Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Actress (Zhang Ziyi), the state media reported.
Noted Indian film director, Rajkumar Hirani, was among the seven judges – headed by noted director John Woo – at the film festival. Incidentally, Hirani’s Three Idiots was a big hit in China in 2011.
According to the report, Siddharth, is about the struggles of a father, who does menial jobs in Delhi, to find his lost son.
“Surprised audiences witnessed Richie Mehta and the film's producers take to the stage to accept the award, with their facial expressions clearly showing that even they themselves couldn't believe they had actually received the honour,” the state media report added.
The best actor award went to Guillaume Gouix for his performance in French film Attila Marcel, which also won the Best Music award.
Best supporting actor and actress respectively went to Alan Rickman for the French film A Promise and Re Lee for the South Korean production Hope. The Best Visual Effects award was handed to Australian film The Rocket.
Fifteen films shortlisted from 837 submissions, from 88 countries and regions, entered the race.
Richie Mehta receives the best film award for Siddharth at the Beijing International Film Festival. (Photo credit: Facebook)