Monday, July 21, 2014

Award winners of the 11th  Indian Film Festival Stuttgart, July 16 to 20, 2014

German Star of India for director Richie Mehta

 Siddharth has been awarded with the German Star of  India in the category feature film during Sunday night’s closing ceremony of the 11th Indian Film Festival Stuttgart at the Metropol Cinema.

 “The feature film ‚Siddharth‘ convinced the jury by it’s serious topic, the outstanding work of  the director Richie Mehta, the straight performance of the actors Rajesh Tailang and Tannishtha Chatterjee and it’s coherent dramaturgy. Mahendra, a chain-wallah who is fixing broken zippers on the street and his family are living from hand to mouth. Thus a relative’s  offer that Mahendra’s 12-year-old son could work at a far away factory for four weeks, comes right on cue. The boy hits the road and never returns. ‘Siddharth’ deals with an entirely helpless father’s desperate search for his son, he does not even have a photo of, that could help the police with their investigation.  Kidnapped children end up either in prostitution, organ trafficking or as crippled beggars working for the mafia. Mahendra starts a unavailing quest and has to learn, together with the audience, about all the things that could have happened to his child.  The film ends relentless and realistic. The boy cannot be found. Yet the family only can hold on and hope.”

The German Star of  India short film award goes to Tamaash – The Puppet
by the brothers Satyanshu und Devanshu Singh
In their award-winning film, the directors and brothers Satyanshu and Devanshu Singh tell the story of the Anzar, a young boy who needs to learn how to act independently and not to be jealous of the success of others. “We witness the world of children, where major issues are broached such as envy, honesty, diligence, friendship and family. Set in the mountains of Kashmir, the film succeeds in recounting regional culture and mysticism with universal relevance. Direction, acting, images and sound pursue a clear vision and strike the right note for the magical story.”, the jury explained their decision.

 Millions Can Walk byChristophSchaubandKamalMusalewasawardedwiththeGermanStarofIndiainthecategorydocumentary.

The documentary‚ Millions Can Walk by the Swiss and Swiss-Indian directors Christoph Schaub and Kamal Musale about the Jan Satyagraha, the march for justice, convinced the jury “by it’s subject, it’s range and it’s wealth of information as well as it’s diversity of images. It is an important film in documentary aesthetic pictures on the non-violent protest march in the glistening sunlight to 400 km far away Delhi by 100,000 landless farmers and natives to fight together for a honourable existence. The film is thematically touching, demonstrates up close the enormous logistical effort people overcame together and addresses vividly the individual destinies of it’s characters who are, very frankly, telling of their situations, motivations and feelings. Thus the film transports a mood representing the 100,000 Indians, who have been taking the strains of that march. It is a well-balanced film, both interesting and enlightening, on a contemporary not only Indian but global conflict.”

Director’s Vision Award - Lakshmi

The Director’s Vision Award goes to Lakshmi by Nagesh Kukunoor. This award is dedicated to directors who use their films to point out social or cultural grievance. “Kukunoor is awarded for bringing to the world an inspirational story of determination and courage on crimes against abuse of the girl child. The film focuses on the true story of one particular girl who leaves us with hope to fight for a better future.”, the jury explained.