Chilean-French “Los Perros,” directed by Marcela Said, won the best picture prize in the international competition of the 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival. Iceland’s Asa Helga Hjorleifsdottir won best director for “Swan.”
In the Indian competition, Chezhiyan Ra’s “To Let” was awarded best film while Dr. Bijukumar Damodaran won best director for “Sound of Silence.” The jury gave a special mention to Panchakshari’s “Pathumma”.
Akanksha Sood Singh’s “Mrityubhoj – the Death Feast” won best Indian documentary while Amritanshu’s “Chaahat Ke Gubbare” won best Indian short.
Despite inclement weather, the festival was extraordinarily well attended with all screenings, talks and masterclasses witnessing capacity crowds.
This year the focus country was the U.K. and noted British academic Rachel Dwyer delivered the annual Satyajit Ray memorial lecture, named for the late Oscar-winning Kolkata director of seminal films such as “Pather Panchali” and “Days and Nights in the Forest.” Dwyer discussed how popular Hindi-language cinema imagines India, citing examples such as “Lagaan,” “Jodhaa Akbar,” and “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.” The festival concluded Friday.