NYIFF 2012: GATTU and SAVING FACE Win Top Honors

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NYIFF 2012: GATTU and SAVING FACE Win Top Honors

The 12th annual New York Indian Film Festival, presented by the Indo-American Arts Council, wrapped up last night at New York University's Skirball Center for the Arts. The evening began with the screening of the festival's closing night film, Anurag Kashyap's Gangs of Wasseypur, which arrived, along with its director, shortly after its screening at Directors' Fortnight in Cannes, where apparently it was very well received. Unfortunately, we only got to see part one of Kashyap's decades-spanning two-part gangster saga. However, I was quite impressed with what I did see, and eagerly await the chance to see the second part of this epic. (Think GoodFellas meets The Wild Bunch; the stunning opening sequence directly evokes the latter film, down to a variation on the famous line "If they move, kill 'em.")

Following a Q&A with Kashyap conducted by festival director Aseem Chhabra, the festival presented its awards ceremony. Unfortunately, most of the recipients were not present to receive their awards, making this year's ceremony rather brief and uneventful. Perhaps the festival, in the future, should take a page out of Cannes' book and make sure people stick around, just in case. ("Hey Haneke, don't go anywhere! Reygadas, Loach, Mungiu? You may want to book those return flights for Monday morning.")

Here are the awards for the 12th annual New York Indian Film Festival:

Best Film:

Gattu (Rajan Khosa)  (Read J Hurtado's review.)

Best Documentary Film:

Saving Face (Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy)

Best Director:

Sujay Dahake, Shala  (Read J Hurtado's review.)

Best Screenplay:

Avinash Deshpande, Shala

Best Short Film:

Bombay Snow (Chinmay Dalvi)

Best Actor:

Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Dekh Indian Circus  (Read my review.)

Best Actress:

Tannishtha Chatterjee, Dekh Indian Circus

Best Young Actor:

Mohammad Samad, Gattu

Audience Award:

Let's Be Out, The Sun Is Shining (Bornilla Chatterjee)

One-Minute Cell Phone Film Award:

Love Lost (Caroline Cantone)

Special Contribution to Indian Cinema:

Rituparno Ghosh

Lifetime Achievement Award:

Shyam Benegal

For more information on these and other films in this year's festival, visit the NYIFF website.
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Joe YoungMay 28, 2012 1:41 PM

Gangs of Wasseypur sounds like an awesome film...thanks, Mr Bourne.