Russian film ‘Leviathan’ wins Golden Peacock at 45th IFFI in Goa

Winners of the Golden Peacock and Silver Peacock at the closing ceremony of the 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2014), in Panaji, Goa on November 30, 2014.
Winners of the Golden Peacock and Silver Peacock at the closing ceremony of the 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2014), in Panaji, Goa on November 30, 2014.
Russian Film ‘Leviathan’ won the Golden Peacock at the 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which ended here yesterday evening, while Nadav Lapid won the Best Director award for the Israeli film "The Kindergarten Teacher", an impressive portrayal of a prodigy poet and enigmatic teacher.
Director Andrey Zvyagintsev as well as producers Alexander Rodnyansky and Sergey Melkumov received the award for Leviathan from Goa Governor Mridula Sinha and veteran actress Waheeda Rehman at the glittering closing ceremony.
The Best Actor (Female) award was shared by two actors, both for their roles as teachers in different films. Alina Rodriguez was chosen for her portrayal of a teacher in Cuban film ‘Behaviour’, while Sarit Larry got it for her outstanding performance in ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’. 
The Best Actor (Male) award was also shared by two actors. Alexey Serebryakov, who was chosen for his role in the film ‘Leviathan’ and Dular Sarkar, a dwarf actor, who won it for his lead role in the Bengali film, Chhotober Chhobi. His acting depicts the struggle for survival of a community in a socially hostile environment. 
The Marathi film, Ek Hajarachi Note won two awards -- the Special Jury Award and the Centenary Award for best film. The director of the film, Shrihari Sathe received the awards. 
The Lifetime Achievement award was given to internationally acclaimed and cosmopolitan Chinese film maker Wong Kar-Wai. At the age of 56, he is the youngest film maker to get the lifetime achievement award at IFFI. Wong Kar-Wai said that he was very moved and honoured by the award. He appreciated the hospitality extended to him and the support to Chinese cinema at IFFI. 
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore said that the focus of the film festival was on China, which shows that films connect hearts across nations and cultures. The Minister said that the government will make efforts to create a market abroad for Indian films. This will be done by screening of Indian films abroad and entering into agreements which will facilitate foreign film makers to come to India and vice versa, as well as promote co-productions.
Earlier, Coa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar announced that efforts would be made to enhance infrastructure in Goa as the number of the delegates at IFFI is growing phenomenally and this year the number of delegates reached a record high of 13 thousand. 
Artistes from the North-East gave scintillating performances encapsulating various dance forms from the region. 
Actors Nana Patekar, Jackie Shroff, Bhojpuri actor Ravi Kishan and Malyalam actor Jayaram were amongst the others present on the occasion.

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