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Distant is Cinefan's choice

Surging crowds, broken doors, vociferous audiences - the 5th Cinefan festival of Asian cinema proved beyond doubt that there is a sizable audience for alternate cinema in Delhi.

india Updated: Jul 28, 2003 13:42 IST
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Surging crowds, broken doors, vociferous audiences, - the fifth Cinefan, the Cinemaya festival of Asian cinema proved beyond doubt that there is a sizable audience for alternate cinema in Delhi.

Though there were sizable crowds for almost every film, what made the headlines was the breaking down of the door by the eager audience for Deepak Tijori's Oops, which was premiered during the festival. Not just was the theatre, Siri Fort II, full, people spilled over to the aisle, in front of the screen, behind the seats - so much so that the cast and crew found no place to sit! And there were lots more who remained behind locked gates.

And the situation almost had an encore the next day when Rituparno Ghosh's Shubho Muhurat was screened.

The nine-day festival concluded in the capital with the announcement of the awards by the chairman of the jury, Filipino filmmaker Marilou Diaz-Abaya, who was officiating for Mrinal Sen.

The award for the best film went to the Turkish film Distant, directed by Nuri Ceylan. The film had recently won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes.

The award for the best actor went to the Chinese actor Duan Long for his role in Drifters, directed by Wang Xiaoshuai.

Marina Golbahari of Afghanistan bagged the best actress prize for her role in Osama, directed by Siddiq Barmak. A moving portrayal of a young girl's loss of innocence and identity, the film received a special mention at the Camera d'Or at Cannes earlier in the year.

The NETPAC award was also bagged by Drifters, directed by Wang Xiaoshuai.

A new awards this year, the Audience Award, for which only films in the India Bazaar section were eligible, was given to Gautam Ghose's Abar Aranye.

The Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Ravi Shankar Prasad gave away the prizes. A surprise announcement from him - that films made in the digital format would also be considered for the National Film Awards from next year, was greeted with loud applause by film buffs.

Speaking on the occasion, festival director Aruna Vasudev expressed happiness over the tremendous support the festival had got and hoped the movement for Asian cinema would continue to grow unabated.

The festival screened 75 films from 30 countries at four venues in the city.