‘Donbass’, the official submission of Ukraine for the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 2019 Oscars, directed by Sergei Loznitsa won the coveted Golden Peacock Award at the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which concluded in Goa on Wednesday.
Donbass tells the story of a hybrid war taking place in a region of Eastern Ukraine, involving an open armed conflict alongside killings and robberies perpetrated on a mass scale by separatist gangs. While Lijo Jose Pellissery took home the Best Director honour for his Malayalam-language film Ee Ma Yau. The Best Actor (Male) Award went to Chemban Vinod for his spectacular portrayal of Eeshi in the same film.
‘Ee Ma Yau’ is a stunning satire on death and how it affects human lives. Set in Chellanam, a coastal village in Kerala, the film shows the plight of a son who tries to arrange a worthy funeral for his father but is met with unpredictable obstacles and reactions from different quarters.
Anastasiia Pustovit won the Best Actor (Female) Award for playing Larysa, a teenage girl in the Ukrainian film When the Trees Fall. Both Best Actor (Male) and Best Actor (Female) were honoured with the Silver Peacock Trophy and a cash prize of Rs 10 lakhs each.
Milko Lazarov walked away with the Special Jury Award for his film Aga, which focuses on the story of Sedna and Nanook, an elderly couple from Yakutia.
Alberto Monteras II received the Centenary award for ‘Best Debut Feature Film of a Director’ for his Filipino Movie Respeto. Walking with the Wind, directed by Praveen Morchhale, won The ICFT –UNESCO Gandhi Medal instituted by the International Council for Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication, Paris and UNESCO.
‘Walking with the Wind’ tells the story of a 10 year old boy in Himalayan Terrain, who mistakenly breaks his friend’s school chair.
Veteran writer Salim Khan was honoured with the IFFI 2018 Special Award. The prestigious award consisting of a cash prize of Rs 10 lakhs, certificate, shawl and a scroll was conferred upon Khan for his outstanding contribution to cinema.