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‘Fourth Direction’ Wins Top Prize at Singapore Festival

Gurvinder Singh’s drama “The Fourth Direction” continued its winning ways by claiming the top prize at the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) on Saturday.

Prizes were given out at a ceremony attended by David Beckham, Dev Patel and Terence Chang as well as local Singaporean celebrities Michelle Goh and Zoe Tay.

The Fourth Direction,” based on two short stories about friends during the Sikh separatists’ uprising against the Indian military, was first presented in Un Certain Regard at Cannes. Last month it won top prize for an Indian film at the Mumbai Film Festival.

The SGIFF jury, headed by Brillante Mendoza, said: “Through a masterful execution, ‘The Fourth Direction’ makes us experience the fear and tension of the era and how the political situation is influencing the life of this family.”

The festival started on Nov. 26 and will finish Sunday (Dec. 6) with a day of tributes to Iran’s Mohsen Makhmalbaf and repeat screenings of the winning films.

Makhmalbaf accepted an award from festival executive Yuni Hadi and immediately dedicated it to Busan festival programmer Kim Ji-seok, who he called on stage.

The otherwise slow-moving ceremony at the Marina Bay Sands MasterCard Theatre was punctuated by a performance from actress and singer Amy Cheng and had its high point with a Cinema Legend Award for Michelle Yeoh. “The best is yet to come,” said the Malaysia-born Yeoh.

Singapore International Film Festival 2015 Prize winners
Asian Feature Category:

Best Film

The Fourth Direction (Chauthi Koot) dir. Gurvinder Singh (India)

Special Mention

“Tikkun” dir. Avishai Sikun

Best director

Ryusuke Hamaguchi for “Happy Hour” (Japan)

Best performance

Taha Tegin Ozdemir, Yakup Ozgur Kurtaal and Omer Uluc in “Snow Pirates”

Honorary Award

Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Iran)

Cinema Legend Award

Michelle Yeoh (Malaysia)

Southeast Asian Short Film Category

Best Southeast Asian Short Film

“The Fox Exploits The Tiger’s Might” dir. Lucky Kuswandi

Best Singapore Short Film

“My Father After Dinner” dir. Gladys Ng

Special Mention

“Ferris Wheel” dir. Phuttiphong Aroonpheng

Best Director

Lucky Kuswandi for “The Fox Exploits The Tiger’s Might”

Youth Jury Prize

“Three Wheels” (Kong Bei) dir: Kavich Neang

The Most Promising Project of the Southeast Asia Film Lab

“Auntie” (A-Joom-Ma”) by He Shuming

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