Ghose's pic wins top Golden Peacock award

MUMBAI — Indian helmer Goutam Ghose’s “Moner manush” (The Quest) bagged the Golden Peacock award for film at the 41st Intl. Film Festival of India, Goa, on Thursday.

The Indo-Bangladesh co-production is about philosopher, poet and singer Lalon Fakir, who died in 1890.

Susanne Bier won best director for “In a Better World,” Denmark’s contender for the foreign language Oscar. Indian director Kaushik Ganguly’s “Just Another Love Story” and “Boy,” by New Zealand helmer Taika Waititi, who was one of Variety’s 10 directors to watch in 2007, shared the special jury award.

Turkish thesp Guven Kirac won actor laurels for “The Crossing” and Poland’s Magdalena Boczarska won best actress for “Little Rose.”

Fest opened with Andy De Emmony’s “West Is West” on Nov. 22 and closed with Bertrand Tavernier’s “The Princess of Montpensier.”

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