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October 29, 2010 04:35:16 PM IST
Ashish Mitra, Glamsham Editorial
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An award ceremony was part of the closing ceremony of the eight day long Mumbai Film Festival that was attended by Yash Chopra, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Ashutosh Gowarikar, Sudhir Mishra, Madhur Bhandarkar, Arunoday Singh, Satish Kaushik, Prem Chopra, Hrishita Bhatt, Rituparno Sengupta, Rajshree Ojha and Aamir Bashir among others.

The lifetime achievement awards were bestowed on two veterans Manoj Kumar and Oliver Stone, who were cheered after receiving the same.

“I am happy to receive this award. I must salute all for wonderfully handling of this year’s festival. I call upon the organizers to tell me when they want me, I will always be there for them, “Kumar said after receiving the award.



In his acceptance speech, Stone said that he was honoured to get the award. “Thank you Mumbai. India has a great culture, you make great movies and I am honoured to accept this award,” he said.

Then, followed the awards ceremony. The Golden Gateway Award for the best film in the international competition category was presented to Turkish film Majority directed by Seren Yuce. The film is the story of 21-year-old Mertkan who falls in love with Gul, a girl from a different ethnicity, and was part of the international competition for directors who are debuting with feature films.

The SGA for best director was presented to Thai director Anocha Suwichakornpong for her film MUNDANE HISTORY. The film is an experimental narrative of sexual frustration and cosmic identity in class-based Thailand. Incidentally, Suwichakornpong was the only female director competing in the international competition category.

While MUNDANE HISTORY got the director a cash prize of Rs 50 lakh, MAJORITY won Rs 25 lakh as prize money.

The Silver Gateway Award, (SGA) jury Grand Prize in the international competition, was presented to the Danish film R directed by Michael Noer and Tobias Lindholm. The SGA for best actor was presented to Bartu Kucukcaglayan for his performance in the film MAJORITY while the silver gateway award for best actress was presented to Marie Helene Bellavance for her role in Canadian film VITAL SIGNS.

The festival, organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI), included 215 feature films, 15 documentaries, 24 short films on nine screens across Mumbai and over Rs. 1 crore in prize money.

The ceremony was followed by the screening of director Robert Schwentke's RED that stars Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Mary Louise Parker and John Malkovich.

Turkish film MAJORITY by Seren Yuce bagged the Golden Gateway of India trophy for the Best Film, while Anocha Suwichakompong from Thailand bagged the best director prize for her film MUDANE HISTORY at the 12th Mumbai Film Festival which concluded in Mumbai today.

The Grand Jury Prize and the Silver Gateway trophy went to R from Denmark, which traces the story of Rune, known simply as R, as he faces his first incarceration for violent assault. The film depicts reality of prison life and follows the dehumanizing process of being labeled as a criminal. The film won a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh.


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