The 29th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) concluded with a momentous highlight as the Israeli film ‘Children of Nobody‘ secured the prestigious Golden Royal Bengal Tiger Award for Best Film. Inspired by a true story, this compassionate Israeli drama sheds light on the often unnoticed and uncared-for individuals on the periphery of society.
The movie, written and directed by Erez-Tadmor from Tel-Aviv, unfolds the compelling journey of troubled boys compelled to unite to save a shelter for at-risk youth, providing them refuge from the streets
Recognition and Reward
- The film not only earned critical acclaim but also received the highest cash award given by any film festival globally—a remarkable Rs 51 lakh along with the trophy.
- This accolade not only underscores the film’s excellence but also showcases the international recognition garnered by Israeli cinema.
Venezuelan Director Carlos Daniel Malave Clinches Best Director Award
- In addition to the triumph of ‘Children of Nobody,’ Venezuelan filmmaker Carlos Daniel Malave secured the Golden Royal Bengal Tiger Award for Best Director for his film ‘One Way.’
- The film, which explores unique narrative dimensions, earned Malave not only the coveted trophy but also a cash prize of Rs 21 lakh. This recognition highlights the diverse range of talent and storytelling present in global cinema.
Special Jury Award for Innovation in Moving Images
- The ceremony also honored Anjan Dutt with the Special Jury Award for International Competition: Innovation in Moving Images for his film ‘Chalchitra Ekhon.’
- A tribute to the austere Mrinal Sen, the film was lauded as Anjan Dutt’s best work by veteran actress-filmmaker Aparna Sen.
Golden Royal Bengal Tiger Award for Bengali Panorama Section
- For the first time, the Bengali Panorama section turned competitive at KIFF, with director duo Rajdeep Paul and Sarmistha Maiti securing the Golden Royal Bengal Tiger Award for ‘Mon Potongo.’
- The film not only earned them a trophy but also a cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh. Their recent success with ‘Kalkokkho’ at the National Awards further cements their position in the Bengali film industry.
NETPAC Award for ‘Broken Dreams: Stories from the Myanmar Coup’
- In the Asian Select section, the NETPAC Award for Best Film went to ‘Broken Dreams: Stories from the Myanmar Coup.’
- Produced by Ninefold Mosaic, this feature-length omnibus film consists of nine short films by eight exiled Myanmar filmmakers.
- The poignant portrayal of ordinary citizens caught in extraordinary events resonates with heart-breaking, stunning, and inspirational results, earning it the coveted award.
The 29th KIFF not only showcased exceptional films but also celebrated the diversity and creativity inherent in the global film industry, acknowledging outstanding contributions and narratives that captivate audiences worldwide.
- Israeli film ‘Children of Nobody’ wins Golden Bengal Tiger Award.
- Golden Royal Bengal Tiger Award for Best Film, includes a record cash prize of Rs 51 lakh.
- Venezuelan director Carlos Daniel Malave honored as Best Director.
- Special Jury Award goes to Anjan Dutt for ‘Chalchitra Ekhon’.
- NETPAC Award for Best Film in the Asian Select section to ‘Broken Dreams.’