Ilo Ilo director, Katiyabaaz and other winners at Mumbai Film Festival
A week of films, films and more films came to an end as the 15th Mumbai Film Festival came to a close yesterday. At the closing ceremony, the following awards were announced.
Best Film in International Competition: La Juala de Oro by Diego Quemada Diez. The film premiered at Un Certain Regard in Cannes Film Festival this year, it's about a trio that sets out from Guatemala to America.
The Silver Gateway of India award (for the second best film in competition): Fandry by Nagaraj Manjule. This Marathi film is about a Dalit boy and his rebellion. Fandry is part of the Indian Panorama at the International Film Festival of India to be held in Goa later this year.
Best Director: Anthony Chen, for Ilo Ilo. Ilo Ilo is about how relationships change between the members of a family when they hire a maid. This is Chen's first film and it won Camera d'Or at Cannes Film Festival.
Best Actress: Yann Yann Yeo, for Ilo Ilo. Yeo played the role of the mother of a nuclear family, who finds herself becoming more and more redundant when she hires a maid.
Best Actor: Vincent Macaigne, for Tonnerre. Macaigne played a somewhat successful rock musician who falls in love with a journalist. When she breaks up with him, things take a darker turn.
Best cinematography: Andrew Commis, for The Rocket. This film was shot entirely in Laos and shows a young boy's attempt to redeem himself in face of his family's fear that he is cursed.
HT Cafe Mumbai Young Critics Jury Award: The Voice of the Voiceless. The film is about a young hearing-impaired woman who is sent to a sign language school but becomes involved in a crime syndicate.
Harmony Celebrate Age Award: Gloria. The film is about a divorced woman in her 50s who falls in love and finds herself.
Best Indian film: Katiyabaaz. Fahad Mustafa and Deepti Kakkar's documentary is about electricity theft in Kanpur. You can read an interview with Mustafa here.
Second Best Indian film: Qissa. Anup Singh's film about a man who is so desperate to have a son that he brings up his youngest daughter as a boy won over the jury.