'No puedo' takes Peacock in India

Taiwanese actor-director Leon Dai’s “No puedo vivir sin ti” (“I Can’t Live Without You”) won the Golden Peacock for best film and a cash award of 4 million rupees ($86,909) Thursday at the 40th Intl. Film Festival of India in Goa.

The jury, headed by Brazilian filmmaker Joao Batista de Andrade, said in its citation: “‘I Can’t Live Without You’ is a sensitive and beautifully made film that depicts the relation between a father and daughter. The quality of both the technical department as well as its outstanding interpretation of human emotion makes it the winner.”

The Silver Peacock Award for director went to South Korea’s Ounie Lecomte for “Yeo-haeng-ja” (“A Brand New Life”). Georgian film “Gagma napiri” (“The Other Bank”) directed by George Ovashvili won the Special Jury Award. Both prizes come with cash awards of $32,605 each.

The festival, which opened Nov. 23, concluded with a screening of Pedro Almodovar’s “Broken Embraces.”

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