* Actress Jayashree Basavaraj gets the Black Pearl Award for the film “Lucky”
* Special Jury Award goes to Gurvinder Singh for “Alms to a Blind Horse”
Jayashree Basavaraj, stage and screen personality form Bangalore and also Member of Parliament,
won the top Black Pearl award for Best Actress award in Narrative Competition at Abu Dhabi for her role in Avie Luthra’s feature film LUCKY set in Durban, South Africa. The jury honoured Jayashree for her portrayal of an elderly Indian widow who befriends a South African orphan.
Jayashree was attending the Mumbai International Film Festival, where her film LUCKY was playing in the festival’s Film India Worldwide section, when she received the news. She was taken by surprise and overwhelmed at getting the coveted award which she won against such huge and respected names in the world of acting talent. Arrangements to fly her back to Abu Dhabi to collect the award in person could not work out. Director Avie Luthra collected the award in her name.
Spot News: “Lucky” to screen at Palm Springs
During its well received screenings at the Mumbai International Film Festival, programmer of Asian films for the Palm Springs International Film Festival (held early January, 2012) announced that LUCKY had been invited to the next Palm Springs festival and would screen there. Avie Luthra’s rapid-fire festival stops now include Toronto, where it premiered, and then Busan, Abu Dhabi, Mumbai and now Palm Springs.
Abu Dhabi’s Special Jury Award was given to Alms for a Blind Horse, directed by Gurvinder Singh “For its visual style and a poetic journey indicating a new and intriguing voice to emerge from the cinematic landscape of India”
Flmmaker Anwar Jamal served on the Documentary Competition jury.
The 2011 Black Pearl Awards:
Best Narrative Film: Chicken with Plums, directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud (France, Germany, Belgium)
Special Jury Award: A Separation, directed by Asghar Farhadi (Iran)
Best Director from the Arab World: Ismaël Ferroukhi, Free Men (France, Morocco)
Best Producer from the Arab World: Ziad Hamzeh and Ridha Behi, Always Brando (Tunisia)
Best Actor: Woody Harrelson, Rampart (USA)
Best Actress: Jayashree Basavaraj, Lucky (South Africa)
Jury Special Mention: Soufia Issami, Mouna Bahmad, Nouza Akel and Sara Betioui, actresses, On the Edge (Morocco, France, Germany, UAE)
New Horizons Competition
Best Film: Stories Only Exist When Remembered, directed by Julie Murat (Brazil, Argentina, France)
Special Jury Award: Alms for a Blind Horse, directed by Gurvinder Singh (India) –
Best Producer from the Arab World: Souney Kadouh, This Narrow Place (Lebanon, USA)
Best Actor: Maged El Kedwany, Asma’a (Egypt)
Best Documentary: Position Among the Stars, directed by Leonard Retel Helmrich (Netherlands) - Special Jury Award: The Tiniest Place, directed by Tatiana Huezo (Mexico)
Best New Director: Gemma Atwal, Marathon Boy (India, UK, USA)-
Best Director from the Arab World: Safinez Bousbia, El Gusto (France, Algeria, Ireland, UAE)
Best Producer from the Arab World: Film Clinic, Tahrir 2011: The Good, the Bad and the Politician (Egypt, UAE)
Best Film: The Last Mountain, directed by Bill Haney (USA)
Audience Choice Award: Skeem, directed by Timothy Greene (South Africa)
NETPAC Award: Marathon Boy, directed by Gemma Atwal
FIPRESCI Prize: El Gusto, directed by Safinez Bousbia (France, Algeria, Ireland, UAE)