At the end of the twenty-eighth edition of the film event, where Cuba was the guest of honor, the head of the Caribbean country’s mission in New Delhi, Alejandro Simancas, highlighted the importance of the event for cultural exchange between both nations. , mainly between the island and Kerala.
Simancas also celebrated the excellent opportunity to have a delegation and a sampling of his country’s filmography at the said event.
He particularly emphasized the links with the state of Kerala, where there is always a special feeling of solidarity, sympathy and friendship towards Cuba.
At the film festival, seven Cuban productions were shown, including El Mayor, by Rigoberto López, Inocencia, by Gil, and Cuba Libre, by Sánchez.
The Cuban filmmakers and production company exchanged opinions with the audience about the island’s film production during the presentation of their respective creations.
Survivors, The Death of a Bureaucrat, Tales of One More Day and, in a certain way, completed the Cuban program, which, according to the diplomatic source, was favorably received by moviegoers and the press in that state.
At the festival, Evil Does Not Exist, by Japanese director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, about the consequences of industrialization in a city, won Suvarna Chakoram for best film.
With his first film Sunday, which tells the life of an elderly couple, Uzbek Shokir Kholikov won the awards for Best Director and Best Asian Film; Kerala production Thadavu won the Audience Choice Award and Anand Ekarshi’s Attam won the award for Best Film in Malayalam (the state language).
Prison in the Andes, by Spanish director Felipe Carmona, won the Fipresi Award for Best Film in the International Competition category; Shruthi Saranyam with B32 to 44 won the Best Debut Director in Malayalam and Uttam Kamati with the film Kherwal received the FFSI – KR Mohanan Award for Best Debut Director in India.
Miguel Hernández and Mario Martínez won sound design awards for the Mexican film Todo el Silencio, and Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi received the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the film industry.