By Nita Deshmukh. Posted on February 06, 2016
The 8th Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFFes) concluded on a high note at the illuminated Mysuru Palace on Friday. Lauding the quality of films shown, veteran filmmaker Girish Kasarvalli, called the festival a “celebration of art and cinema,” and said that the high standards of the films shown during the festival had given it a huge boost.
Ram Reddy's Thithi shared The Best Asian Cinema Award with the Kyrgyzstani film Under Heaven directed by Dalmira Tilepbergen. Thithi is chasing the festival awards count of Court and has already won in all the Indian film festivals it has participated yet. A family drama from a remote village in south of India, it is the story of how 3 generations of a family react to the death of their 101-year-old patriarch.
Just like Thithi, Under Heaven by Dalmira Tilepbergen too is a sensitive family drama where a bitter dispute between two brothers over a local village girl leads to unforeseen and tragic circumstances. The jury praised the film for its gripping narrative.
The Network for Promotion of Asian Cinema for Kannada Film Award was given to Saalada Magu directed by Umashankar Swamy. The film takes a humanistic approach to address the issue of discrimination in today's society.
Based on true story, The Silence by Gajendra Ahire, bagged The Best Film Award in the Indian Competition section. Ahire is a veteran filmmaker who has earlier made films like Not only Mrs. Raut, Postcard, Shevri and Anumati to name a few.
The jury gave out special awards in the Indian section to Ruchika Oberio's Island City & Siddhartha Shiva's Ain. Island City is about 3 stories set in three different milieus, all derived from Ruchika’s interactions and experiences in Mumbai. The film is a personal account that comments on how existing power systems play with us & have the ability to modify or influence our behavior.
Ain is a story set in a Muslim household in Malabar. The film revolves around a lazy but innocent and vulnerable Muslim boy who happens to witness a murder and escapes to Mangalore. The film has earlier won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam.
The Best Film Award in Kannada competition section was given to Vidaaya. Naanu Avanalla…Avalu, by B.S. Lingadevaru, bagged the Second Best Film award in the section and The Third Best Film went to Suneel Raghavendra's Puta Tirugisi Nodu. Watch the teaser of Vidaaya right below.
The Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah presented the awards and said the film festival turned out to be a big success. The festival had one of the largest selections at any Indian film festival and included some big names like Carol, Mustang, The Brand New Testament, Taxi Tehran alongside classics by Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen & Adoor Gopalakrishnan. All in all, a mouthwatering feast of films that we couldn't have enough of. And to top it all, there was the masterclass series with 3 of our favourites, Mani Ratnam, Resul Pookutty & Anil Mehta. What more could on ask for?