Kazakh film wins top prize at fest

HONG KONG – Kazakh film “Tulpan” added to its impressive haul of festival kudos Tuesday when it added the top prize from the International Film Festival of India (Nov 22- Dec 2) in Goa. The pic’s helmer Sergey Dvortsevoy was also named as best director.

Jury headed by helmer Peter Chan Ho-sun (second ref: Chan) gave its special jury prize to Malani Fonseka for Sri Lankan film “Akasa Kusum.”

Fest, which toned down festivities and cancelled certain events as a mark of respect to the victims of the Mumbai terror and the unconnected death of forme Indian prime minister V.P. Singh, screened 14 films in competition and spanned a 225 movie selection from 44 countries.

It wrapped with a simple ceremony at the Kala Academy complex. “I am happy to see the film festival has become a success. Life has to go on as normal, at least to prove a point,” chief guest, Tamil acting star Kamal Hassan said.

“Tulpan,” which is Kazakhstan’s contender for the foreign-language Oscar, previously won the Un Certain Regard prize in Cannes and grabbed top honors at the recent Tokyo fest and the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

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