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‘Ixcanul’, ‘The Fourth Direction’, ‘Taxi’ win Mumbai Festival Prizes

Jayro Bustamante’s “Ixcanul” won the Golden Gateway award in the international competition section at the 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival (October 19 – November 5).

In the India Gold local competition section Gurvinder Singh’s “The Fourth Direction” won the Golden Gateway honour. Jafar Panahi’s “Taxi” won the audience choice award.

Other prizes in the international competition section included the Jury Grand Prize for Raam Reddy’s “Thithi” and the Silver Gateway award for Mirlan Abdykalykov’s “Heavenly Nomadic.”  Special Jury mentions included Cesar Augusto Acevedo for directing “Land and Shade”, Maria Telon for her performance in “Ixcanul” and Farzana Nawabi for her performance in “Mina Walking,” the ensemble cast for their performances in “Sleeping Giant” and Chloe Zhao for her screenplay for “Songs My Brothers Taught Me.”

In the India Gold competition section Karma Takapa, Heer Ganjwala and Abhishek Varma’s “Illusion of My Mind” won a Jury Special Prize, and the Silver Gateway Award went to Shlok Sharma’s “Haraamkhor.”

The festival closing ceremony was a star-studded event with attendees including Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Kunal Kapoor, Riteish Deshmukh Radhika Apte, Jackie Shroff and Vidya Balan.

Festival co-chair Nita Mukesh Ambani said, “I never imagined that Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival would be such a resounding success. It has truly exceeded our expectations. For one week, it was the talk of the town, will long queues lining up for every show. It is a matter of pride for Mumbai that Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival has become the destination where the best of Indian cinema met the best of global cinema.”

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