Jahnu Barua’s Baandhon has won the Best Film award in the Indian Films Competition at the Bengaluru International Film Festival that concluded today. Girish Kasaravalli’s Kurmavatara was awarded the Best Kannada Film Award while the NETPAC Award for Asian Cinema went to Susan Youssef’s Habibi.
Baandhon received a Plaque and a cash prize of Rs 4 lakhs, to be distributed equally between the producer and the director. Produced by the Assam State Film (Finance and Development) Corporation Limited, the film is a statement pointing at the sole preys of terrorism- common man. The film opened the Feature film Section of Indian Panorama at the 43rd International Film Festival of India. It was also screened at the International Film Festival of Kerala and the Mumbai Film Festival earlier this year.
Kurmavatara that won Kasaravalli his 12th National Award was rewarded with a Plaque and Rs 2 lakhs, to be equally distributed between the producer and the director. The film is based on a short story by K Veerabhadrappa narrating the tale of Anand Rao, a naive, non-corrupt and about-to-retire government employee who has little interests in worldy matters, even his son and daughter-in-law. The film won the National Award for Best Feature in Kannada this year.
Susan Youssef’s Arabic film Habibi was awarded with a NETPAC Certificate and a cash prize of Rs 2 lakhs. An adaptation of the tragic romance ‘Laila-Majnu’ and set in Gaza over 15 years, the 2011 film won the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Feature Film and the Muhr Award for Best Editing and Best Film at the Dubai International Film Festival the same year. It was also nominated for the New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize at the Palm Springs International Film Festival 2011.
The fifth edition of BIFFES was held from 20th to 27th December, 2012.