IFFK: 'Wajib' wins Suvarna Chakoram for best film
Thiruvananthapuram: Palestinian film 'Wajib,' directed by Annemarie Jacir, won the Golden Crow Pheasant Award for the best feature film in the 22nd International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) which concluded here on Friday.
Anucha Boonyawatana, who directed the film 'Malila - The Farewell Flower,' was adjudged as the best director.
Hindi film 'Newton' and Malayalam film 'Aeden' bagged two awards each.
Saju Surendran, who directed' Aeden,' won the Silver Crow Pheasant award for the Best Debut Director. 'I Still Hide to Smoke', by Rahana Obermeyer from Algeria, bagged the Silver Crow Pheasant Award for the best popular film.
The FIPRESCI Award for Best International Film and the Netpack award for the Best Asian film was bagged by Newton.
'Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum' won the Netpack award for the Best Malayalam film. 'Aeden' won the FIPRESCI award for the Best Malayalam film.
'Candeleria,' directed by Jhonny Hendrix, got the special mention of the jury.
The awards were presented by state Finance Minister Thomas Isaac and the function was presided by Culture affairs minister A K Balan.
At least 190 films from 65 countries were screened at the eight day long festival, which began on a sombre note on December 8 as Kerala was hit by the Ockhi cylone that claimed 66 lives and has left 95 missing so far. A formal inaugural ceremony also was not held this time due to the devastation caused by the cyclone.