Thiruvananthapuram: "Sta Nina," the film by Emmanuel Quido Palo, won the prestigious "Suvarna Chakoram" (Golden Crow Pheasant) award for best film at the conclusion of the 17th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) here Friday.
The film revolves around the body of two-year-old Marikit, that was dug out years after her death caused by a volcanic overflow, by her father Pol and his co-workers in a quarry.
Unearthing of the body dig up unresolved problems in the lives of the living and the film leaves us wondering if there was healing, a cleansing of sins and a chance to move on.
The awards were announced in the presence of Jury Chairman Paul Cox, accompanied by other Jury members.
The award, carrying a cash prize of Rs 15 lakh, memento and citation, was presented by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Minister for Cinema K B Ganesh Kumar at a function and the screening of the award-winning film.
The Rajatha Chakoram (Silver Crow Pheasant) for best debut director was won by Nitin Kakkar for his film "Filmistaan".
The Rajatha Chakoram for best director was awarded to Francisca Silva for the Chilean film "Ivan's Woman".
African director Suleimane Cisse was the chief guest at the function.
The FIPRESCI award for best film went to "The Repentant" an Arabic film by Merzak Allouache, while the Hassan Kutty award for best debut film was fetched by Manoj Kana for his Malayalam film "Chayilyam".
Debutant Joy Mathews' "Shutter" won the audience poll award.
A total of 7,000 delegates attended the festival, which was not marred by many controversies unlike previous festivals.
As many as 198 films from 51 nations were screened at 11 theatres at the capital.