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Mexican, Indian films win top awards at Mumbai Film Festival


Marathi director Nagraj Manjule’s ‘Fandry’ won the jury grand prize

MAMIMumbai: Mexican drama ‘La Jaula De Oro’ (The Golden Cage) won the best film award by a debutante director on the closing day of 15th Mumbai Film Festival that also recognised Singapore’s ‘Ilo Ilo’ and Indian films ‘Fandry’, ‘Katiyabaaz’ and ‘Qissa’.

Directed by Diego Quemada-Diaz, ‘The Golden Cage’ was honoured with the Golden Gateway of India award and a cash prize by the jury headed by director Bruce Beresford.

Quemada-Diaz said he was happy to see a topic like illegal migration, which is a huge issue in his country, find resonance with the audience here.

Marathi director Nagraj Manjule’s maiden effort ‘Fandry’, dealing with issues of adolescence and caste prejudices, was given the jury grand prize.

“My father is no more. He loved me a lot but worried about me as he thought I was of no good. My mother is in the village as she has no interest in films but I must thank my friends who encouraged me at every step,” Manjule said.

‘Ilo Ilo’, Singapore’s entry this year to the best foreign film Oscar, had a double win for director Anthony Chen and actress Yeo Yann Yann who won in the best director and actress categories.

The best actor prize was given to French actor Vincent Macaigne for his role in French film ‘Tonnerre’ while ‘The Rocket’, Australia’s entry to the Oscars this year, won the best cinematography award for Andrew Commis. The award was accepted by director Kim Mordaunt.

Fahad Mustafa and Deepti Kakkar’s factual drama ‘Katiyabaaz’, about the electricity crisis in Kanpur, surprised by scooping the best film in the India Gold segment while Anup Singh’s ‘Qissa’ was named the second best film by the jury headed by Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi.


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