Marathi language film ‘Dear Molly’ has won the best film award while Arjun Dutta has won the best director award for his film ‘Abyakto’ (The Unsaid) in the third edition of Guwahati International Film Festival (GIFF) that concluded in Guwahati on November 6.
Special Jury Award went to Sumitra Bhave for Art Direction for Seeing (Dithee) in Marathi language.
Special Mention Certificates for 90-year-old Philip Sangma for his acting in the Garo film Ma.Ama and Rajni Basumatary for her direction in the Bodo film Jwlwi – The Seed.
The seven-day festival, organized by the state government-owned Jyoti Chitraban in association with the Dr Bhupen Hazarika Regional Government Film and Television Institute (DBHRGFTI), screened more than 100 films from around 65 countries.
Directed by filmmaker and scriptwriter Gajendra Ahire, ‘Dear Molly’ is based on a father-daughter relationship which explores the journey of a daughter in search of her father in Sweden. The protagonist Molly had last seen her father when she was five-years-old.
Abyakto is Dutta’s debut feature film which is about the relationship between a mother and her son. Abyakto narrates the journey of Indra from childhood, through adolescence to adulthood through snippets from his past, as he is forced to revisit them when he returns to his hometown of Kolkota to take care of property matters a couple of years after his father’s death.
Rajni Basumatary, who played Mary Kom’s mother in the Priyanaka Chopra-starrer biopic, deals with insurgency and counter-insurgency operations and its impact on the common people in the 1990s in her Bodo language film Jwlwi (The Seed). While, Philip Sangma who portrays himself as the protagonist in ‘Ma.Ama’ directed by his son Dominic Sangma, got Special Mention Certificates.
Festival director Monita Borgohain said that the competition section, which was limited to the Northeast only in the previous editions, has been expanded to pan-India in this edition. Borgohain said that they received 40 entries and some of the best films from across the country.
Argentine film ‘To The Desert’ (Al Desierto) by Ulises Rosell was the closing film of the festival.
Apart from Rosell, Argentinean ambassador to India Daniel Chuburu, veteran Indian actor Mohan Agashe, jury members – Nenad Dukic from Serbia, Abu Sayeed from Bangladesh and Santwana Bardoloi were also present in the closing ceremony.
Daniel Chuburu thanked the organizers for the association of the Latin American countries which was the ‘Region of Focus’ in the festival. He also appreciated the audience at the GIFF for turning out in large numbers to make it a success.
Pabitra Margherita, chairman of Jyoti Chitraban said that it was an overwhelming response from the people at the festival. “We are thankful to everyone for making this a successful event with more than 7,000 registered delegates. GIFF is really going great. We hope to reach newer heights with your support,” said Margehrita.