‘Collector’ cleans up at Cinefan

Asian cinema fest hands out prizes

NEW DELHI — Filipino wrong-side-of-the-tracks meller “The Bet Collector” (Kubrador) collected some heavy winnings Sunday at the closing ceremony of Osian’s Cinefan Festival of Asian Cinema here.

Pic, which revolves around a housewife who sells tickets for a numbers racket in Manila’s slums, won best film awards from both the Asian Competition and Fipresci juries at the fest’s eighth edition.

The Asian Competition jury, which included vet helmers Stanley Kwan and Ryuichi Hiroki, also presented the actress prize to “Bet Collector’s” star, Gina Pareno. The jury declined to give an actor award.

A special jury prize went to 2005 Turkish film “2 Girls.”

The Indian Competition jury gave its top film award to digital pic “The Cleansing Rites” (Suddha), directed by Ramachandra Pn, while the stars of “Calcutta Unabashed” (Bibar), Tannishta Chatterjee and Subrat Dutta, collected actress and actor gongs, respectively.

The Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema jury awarded its prize to Thai meller “Midnight My Love” (Cherm).

Awards ceremony was followed by screening of fest closer “Offside,” the 2006 Berlin Silver Bear winner from Iranian helmer Jafar Panahi.

Cinefan’s definition of Asia embraces countries from Indonesia to Turkey; in recognition of the Indian diaspora, fest also screened pics from outside Asia such as Murali K. Thalluri’s Australian “2.37” and Varun Khanna’s “American Blend.”


“The Bet Collector” (Kubrador), Jeffrey Jeturian
Gina Pareno, “The Bet Collector”

Tareque Masud, Catherine Masud (Bangladesh)
“Love’s Lone Flower,” Tsao Jui-Yuan (Taiwan)

“The Cleansing Rites”
(Suddha), Ramachandra Pn
Subrat Dutta, “Calcutta Unabashed”
Tannishta Chatterjee,
“Calcutta Unabashed”

SPECIAL MENTION”In the Shadow of the Dog” (Nayi Neralu), Girish Kasaravalli

Fipresci Prize
“The Bet Collector”
“Midnight My Love”
(Cherm), Kongdej Jaturanrasamee

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