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Can’t beat ‘Eggs’ at Cinefan fest

West Bengal pics dominate Indian competish section

NEW DELHI —   An offbeat Indonesian film about the rebellion of a boy who sells duck’s eggs at a small Jakarta market scooped top prize at the seventh Osian’s Cinefan Asian Film Festival in New Delhi, while West Bengal movies dominated the Indian competition section.

“Rindu kami padamu” (Of Love and Eggs), helmed by Garin Nugroho, took best film in the Asian competition, where 15 films were competing, while Bengali film “Nisshabd” (Reaching Silence) was judged best Indian film in a field of a dozen.

The Indo-French production by director Jahar Kanugo follows a Delhi resident who escapes to his native Bengal to escape the sound pollution in the city of 14 million. But the damage has been done and his malady assumes neurotic dimensions.

Actor award went to Parsa Piroozfar for his role as a soldier skilled in mine-detecting in Iranian director Azizollah Hamidnezhad’s “Ashk-e-sarma” (Tear of the Cold).

Zhang Jingchu took the actress kudo for her role as the daughter of working-class parents in a small Chinese town after the Cultural Revolution in Gu Changwei’s “Kongque” (Peacock).   Special jury prize went to Sri Lanka-Franco co-production “Sulanga enu pinisa” (The Forsaken Land) by Vimukthi Jayasundara.

In the Indian section, Sabyasachi Chakraborty nabbed the award for actor for Sandip Ray’s Bengali film “Nishijapon” (After the Night … Dawn) while the actress nod went to Trinaneelina Banerjee for “Nisshabd.”    The awards were presented Sunday by Indian Information, Broadcasting and Culture Minister S. Jaipal Reddy at the end of the 10-day Cinefan festival.

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