Spanish film I Have Electric Dreams bags Golden Peacock at 53rd IFFI
Spanish film I Have Electric Dreams bagged the prestigious Golden Peacock for the Best Film of the 53rd edition of the International Film festival of India (IFFI) at Panaji on Sunday.
Directed by Costa Rican film maker Valentina Maurel, the film explores 16-year-old girl Eva’s passage into adulthood. The jury remarked that the film brilliantly presented violence and grace of growing up.
Other than the Best Film award, movies from around the globe were recognised by the IFFI jury, comprising Israeli film director Nadav Lapid, American producer Jinko Gotoh, French film editor Pascale Chavance, French documentary filmmaker Javier Angulo Barturen and Indian film director Sudipto Sen, and awarded according to their merit.
Silver Peacock for Best Director and Best Actor (Male)
Iranian writer and director Nader Saeivar was awarded the Silver Peacock for Best Director for No End, a subtle portrayal of Iran’s regressive socio-political system. The film tells the story of Ayaz, a man of quiet integrity, who indulges in a lie involving the secret police in a desperate attempt to keep his house. Things get complicated when the real secret police enter the scene.
Vahid Mobasseri, lead actor of No End, received the Silver Peacock for Best Actor (Male) for portraying the complexity of feelings that torment the protagonist. The jury observed that the award had been given to Vahid “for the apparent facility of how this actor acts, with economy of gestures, being capable to transmit, with no words, and only with his face, the complexity of feelings that torment the protagonist of the film”.
Silver Peacock for Best Actor (Female)
Daniela Marín Navarro of I Have Electric Dreams was honoured with the Silver Peacock for Best Actor (Female) Award.
The jury members state that 19-year-old Daniela, who made her debut in the film, had been chosen “for the ease, freshness and credibility with which the actress carries out her work, giving life to her character, full of naivety, so typical in the difficult age of adolescence”.
Daniela’s performance in the film had earlier brought her the Best Actress at Locarno International Film Festival.
Special Jury Award
Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz got the Special Jury Award for When the Waves are Gone. The jury noted that “the film exemplifies the power of visual storytelling, where words are at the minimum, yet emotions, especially rage, are heightened to the fullest”.
The film tells the story of an investigator in the Philippines, who is at a deep moral crossroads. It follows the man’s dark past that continues to haunt him even as he tries to heal from severe anxiety and guilt.
Best Debut Feature Film Award for a Director
Greek director Asimina Proedrou received the Best Debut Feature Film for a Director Award for his Behind The Haystacks, which had its International Premiere at the festival.
The jury mentioned that the film was a culmination of “an intense psychological dissertation of redundant morality, ingrained aversiveness towards the ethnic refugee crisis and awakening adolescent consciousness”.
Special Mention Award
Director, writer and cinematographer Praveen Kandregula received the Special Mention Award for his film Cinema Bandi, which tells the story of a poor and struggling auto driver who chances upon a deserted expensive camera. The jury opined that the film narrated the aspirations and passion for cinema in India.