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'Village Rockstars' gets top prize at IFFLA

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Rima Das' Assamese drama "Village Rockstars, which was adjudged Best Feature Film at in India, was also feted with for Best Feature at the 2018 (IFFLA) here.

for the Best Short went to "The Caregiver", directed by Ruthy Pribar.

went to Mahesh Narayanan's Malayalam film "Take Off", in the Best Feature (Narrative) category, to "Lovesick", directed by and Ann S. Kim, for Best Documentary, and to Nagraj Manjule's "An Essay of the Rain" for Best Short.

The 16th edition of IFFLA concluded on April 15 with a red carpet and gala that featured the premiere and official (HFPA) screening of "Village Rockstars", read a statement.

While presenting the award, the narrative jury stated: "This film explores gender expectations in a gentle manner. It blends beautiful cinematography with naturalistic performances in a fun and uplifting coming-of-age story. Working as a one-woman army, this created an unforgettable portrait of childhood."

A special jury mention was made for Sushama Deshpande's performance in "Ajji".

"Taking on difficult characters is always a challenge for an It takes courage to humanise and portray a role that breaks the stereotypes. This demonstrated undeniable talent and commitment to deliver an authentic and grounded performance," the jury stated.

As for Ruthy Pribar's short film "The Caregiver", the jury found it endearing for "its elegant representation of the nuances between compassion and survival, and for its understated yet decisive storytelling".

The narrative jury comprised Carlos Aguilar, and Sujata Day, while the shorts jury included Giulia Caruso, and

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 11:40 IST
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