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Curtain falls on 22nd DIFF

The closing ceremony was joined by the State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Mohammed Ali Arafat, alongside acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi, eminent Indian-Bengali actress Sharmila Tagore, singer/filmmaker Anjan Dutt, Secretary of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary Mokammel Hossain, and Bangladesh National Museum Director General Md Kamruzzaman, among others. 

Update : 02 Feb 2024, 12:47 AM

The 22nd Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) concluded on January 28 at the Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum. Chinese movie Qiao Sixue’s “The Cord of Life” won the Best Film award among a total of 18 awards that were given in different categories.Organised by the Rainbow Film Society, DIFF’s closing ceremony was joined by the State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Mohammed Ali Arafat, while globally acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi, eminent Indian-Bengali actress Sharmila Tagore, Secretary of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary Mokammel Hossain, and Bangladesh National Museum Director General Md Kamruzzaman, among others.

Presided over by DIFF Chief Patron and former State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam MP, the ceremony was also joined by Dhaka International Film Festival’s maestro Director Ahmed Muztaba Zamal, festival committee member M Hamid, and DIFF Chairperson Kishwar Kamal.

The LKG Quartet, a four-piece band, headed by artist and composer Labik Kamal Gaurob, performed before the awards were handed out. With Anik Ahnaf Khan on guitar / co-production, Farshid Alam on Bass / Vocals and Adnan Rushdi on Drums, The LKG Quartet blended traditional sounds with contemporary arrangements that received praise from the audience, Sharmila Tagore included.

Shyam Benegal’s biopic on Bangabandhu titled “Mujib: The Making of a Nation” received the Audience Award, while the Special Audience Award was given to the Abhijit Sri Das’s Indian-Bengali film “Bijoyar Pore” (Autumn Flies).

Pantho Prosad’s “Sabittri” (A Burning Soul) received the FIPRESCI Award for Best Full-Length Feature Film, while Baishakhi Somadder’s “Laila” received the FIPRESCI Award for Best Short Film. Best Cinematography went to the Bangladesh-France-Greece joint-production film “Mighty Afrin - In the Time of Floods” and “Surot” (Reflection of Life) won the Special Mention at the Spiritual Film Section, among Bangladeshi films in other sections.

In the Asian Cinema Competition Section, the Best Director award went to Jagath Manuwarna for “Rahas  Kiyana Kandu” (Whispering Mountains). Popular Indian-Bengali singer-filmmaker Anjan Dutt received the Best Actor Award for his performance in the role of his maestro Mrinal Sen in his directorial film “Chalchitra Ekhon” (Kaleidoscope Again), while the Best Actress Award went to the Chinese actress Badema for “The Cord of Life.” 

The award for Best Screenplay Writing went to “Dov" (Fortune), directed by Muhiddin Muzaffar (Tajikistan).

In the Women Filmmakers Section, Nancy Svendsen’s “Pasang: In the Shadow of Everest” won the Best Documentary Award, while the Best Feature Film Award went to the Iranian film “Ashghal-ha va Arousak-ha” (Junks & Dolls), directed by Manijeh Hekmat. South Korean filmmaker Gyeongmu Noh won Best Director for the film “How to Get Your Man Pregnant,” and Bangladeshi filmmaker Chaitali Somadder received the Special Mention for “Mukti” in this section.

The Best Feature in the Spiritual Films Section went to the Russian film “Tuda I Obratno” (There and Back), directed by Oleg Asadulin, and “Kunanfinda: The Land of Death,” directed by Hansel Leyva Fanego (Cuba) received the award for the Best Documentary. The Best Children Film Badal Rahman Award went to “Pravas” (Pravas the Tour), directed by Vipul Sharma (India).

From January 20, the 9 day festival screened 252 films from 71 countries, including Bangladesh, India, China, Turkey, Iran, the United States, Sri Lanka and others. Films were screened at the Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Auditorium (main auditorium) and Poet Sufia Kamal Auditorium of the Bangladesh National Museum, National Art Gallery Auditorium and Jatiya Sangeet and Nrityakala Auditorium of the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Academy Auditorium, and Alliance Française de Dhaka (AFD), Dhanmondi.

Besides the screenings, the 22nd DIFF also featured the “10th International Women in Cinema Conference” from January 21-22 and West Meets East: Screenplay Lab from January 23 to 26. The festival also hosted a day-long masterclass with Dr Shi Chuan, Deputy Chair of the Shanghai Film Association of China, Oscar nominated Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi and Indian filmmaker, actor and singer Anjan Dutt.

The 23rd DIFF will be held between January 11-19 in 2025, according to the festival director Ahmed Muztaba Zamal. Rainbow Film Society has been organising the Dhaka International Film Festival since 1992 with the theme Better Film, Better Audience, Better Society.

 

 

 

 

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