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Taiwanese film "I Can't Live Without You" wins Golden Peacock at IFFI

Governor of Goa, S.S. Sidhu presenting the Golden Peacock to Leon Dai, Director of the film ‘I Can’t Live Without You’ at the closing ceremony of the 40th IFFI-2009 at Panaji, Goa on December 03, 2009.
Governor of Goa, S.S. Sidhu presenting the Golden Peacock to Leon Dai, Director of the film ‘I Can’t Live Without You’ at the closing ceremony of the 40th IFFI-2009 at Panaji, Goa on December 03, 2009.

The Taiwanese film "I Can't Live Without You", directed by Leon Dai, won the coveted Golden Peacock Award for the Best Film at the 40th International Film Festival of India (IFFI 2009) which drew to a close in Goa this evening.

The Silver Peacock for the Best Director went to Ounie Lecomte for the South Korean film "A Brand New Life". The Special Jury Award went to "The Other Bank" from Georgia.

The Golden Peacock Award has a cash prize of Rs 40 lakh. Apart from the Golden Peacock, director Leon Dai received Rs 20 lakh and a certificate from Goa Governor S S Sidhu.

Malayalam superstar Mammootty was the Chief Guest at the closing ceremony, while Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting S Jagathrakshakan and Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat were amongst those present at the function.

The producer of "I Can't Live Without You" got Rs 20 lakhs and a certificate. The award was collected on his behalf by the lead actorof the film Wen-Pin Chen.

Based on real life characters, the film is the sensitive story of a father and his seven-year-old daughter who face separation due to bureaucratic red tape. The movie revolves around the subtle portrayal of the anxiety and the predicament of the central character and his relentless efforts to ensure that he does not lose his daughter, who is told that her legal guardians are her mother and the man she is legally married to.

The Silver Peacock Award, including a cash element of Rs 15 lakh and a certificate, was presented to Ounie Lecomte, the director of South Korean film for capturing the sentiments of a nine year old girl, given by her father to an orphanage for adoption, and her everlasting hope to see him again.

"The Other Bank", the Special Jury Award winner captures on celluloid the dangerous journey a 12-year boy embarks upon to find his father in the breakaway Republic of Abkhazia in Georgia, an enemy land.

The winners were chosen by a five-member jury from the 15 entries in the Competition Section of the festival from Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, China/UK, Georgia/Kazakhstan, Iran, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, South Korea/France, Sri Lanka and Taiwan as well as two films from India. The competition jury was headed by the noted Brazilian director Joao Batista de Andrade. Other members of the jury were Kenichi Okubu (Japan), Jean-Michel Frodon (France), Sarika (India) and Vic Sarin (Canada).

The 11-day event concluded today with the screening of the Spanish film "The Broken Embraces" directed by Pedro Almodovar.

Chief Guest and renowned film actor Mamooty presenting the Best Director’s award to Ms. Ounie Lecomte for her film ‘A Brand New Life’, at the closing ceremony of the 40th IFFI-2009, at Panaji, Goa on December 03, 2009.
Chief Guest and renowned film actor Mamooty presenting the Best Director’s award to Ms. Ounie Lecomte for her film ‘A Brand New Life’, at the closing ceremony of the 40th IFFI-2009, at Panaji, Goa on December 03, 2009.

Dr Sidhu hoped that IFFI, with Goa now as the permanent venue, would reach the level of the Cannes, Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals. He said cinema was a throbbing medium replicating human hopes and is a commercially viable industry which offers opportunties for artistic and creative engagement as well as for employment.

Mammootty said that the Indian film industry had become big not only in quantity but also in terms of quality. He said cinema had a "human languague" that was spoken by the entire film industry in the country even though it had some diversity in terms of language, culture and tradition.

Mr Kamat said the state government wanted to develop Goa as a hub of the entertainment industry.

The festival had begun on November 23 with the screening of He Ping's "Wheat". In all, 300 films from 47 countries were screened during the festival.

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