“Clash”, the Egyptian movie directed by Mohamed Diab has won the Suvarna Chakoram (Golden Crow Pheasant) Award at the 21st International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK). The awards were given away at the concluding ceremony in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday evening. “Clair Obscur” directed by Yesim Ustaoglu won the Rajatha Chakoram (Silver Crow Pheasant) Award for the Best Director. This film is co-production between Turkey, Germany, Poland and France.
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Vidhu Vincent won the Rajatha Chakoram for the Best Debut Director. The Malayalam film “Manhole” about manual scavenging won the TV reporter this award for her first feature. Spanish movie “Warehoused” directed Jack Zagha won the FIPRESCI award for Best International Fim.
Manhole also bagged the FIPRESCI award for Best Malayalam film. Turkish production “Cold of Calander” directed by Mustafa Kara won the NETPAC award for the best Asian film. “Kammattipadam” by Rajeev Ravi won the NETPAC Award for best Malayalam film. “Kammattipadam” is the ace cinematographer’s third directorial venture.
“Clash” was also voted as the best film by audience for the Audience Prize Rajatha Chakoram. The five-member international jury headed by Israel born Arab filmmaker Michel Khleifi selected the winners.
Fifteen films, including four from India were in the race for the Suvarna Chakoram. The week long festival saw an unprecedented participation of 13,000 delegates.