Kaushik Ganguly won the Best Director Award of the 44th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) for Apur Panchali. The award comprises of Silver Peacock, Certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 1.5 million (USD 24000).
Apur Panchali (Apu’s Song) is a real-life story inspired by Subir Banerjee, the child actor who played the iconic role of Apu in Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali. The film released theatrically in August 1955 and it has been 58 long years hence. But ironically Subir never became a part of any film again in his entire life. On his way to receive an award in a film festival in Germany, he reminisces about his life.
Beatriz’s war from East Timor bagged the Golden Peacock for Best Film and a cash prize of Rs. 4 million (USD 64000). The film is directed by Luigi Acquisto and Bety Reis.
Alon Moni Aboutboul won the Best Actor (Male) award for his performance in A Place in Heaven while Polish actress Magdalena Boczarska won the Best Actor (Female) award for the film In Hiding.
Onur Unlu won the Special Jury Award for the film Thou Gilds’t The Even.
Meghe Dhaka Tara directed by Kamaleswar Mukherjee won the Centenary Award 2013. The award, comprising a Silver Peacock, Certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 1 million (USD 16000), was instituted in 2012 for a feature film that “reflects a new paradigm in motion pictures in terms of aesthetics, technique or technological innovation.”