1012 GMT October 28, 2021
Mirkarimi, who is both the director and producer of the film, was awarded the prestigious Golden Peacock along with cash prize and a citation.
Director Reza Mirkarimi and actor Farhad Aslani of 'Daughter' thanked India, and in particular Goa, for the warmth shown to their film. "I learnt my biggest lesson in cinema from my maestro Abbas Kioristami. He taught me the most meaningful things in life could be told through simple stories," Mirkarimi said.
Mirkarimi's movie won the award in competition with 14 films from the US, India, Russia, Czech, Canada, Turkey and Poland.
'Daughter' tells the story of a young girl who leaves her hometown for a half-day trip to Tehran, without permission of her strict father, to attend a close friend's farewell party. On her way back, the weather changes all her plans.
Aslani, who plays the father in the film, was awarded the Silver Peacock and a cash prize of one million rupees for best actor (male). The best actor (female) award was presented by the international competition jury headed by filmmaker Ivan Passer to Elina Vaska for Latvian film Mellow Mud. Receiving the award for the actress, the film's director Renars Vimba, said, "She is very proud to receive this award as it is her debut film for Elina."
The story of an 11-year-old Turkish boy who tries to impress a girl he is infatuated with, in the backdrop of tough natural and political conditions, 'Rauf', won Baris Kaya and Soner Caner the best director award at IFFI 2016.
South Korea's 'The Throne' won the Silver Peacock and cash prize as the special jury award.
For the first time in many years at IFFI, this year, India's entries 'Ishti' and 'Sahej Paather Gappo' had to return empty handed.
"Absolutely stunned," said Pepa San Martin on winning the Centenary Award for the best debut director for her film 'Rara'. This category of award has been introduced from Iffi 2016 and San Martin is its first winner.
India's Minister for State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, chief guest S S Rajamouli and Subhash Ghai were present among others for the closing ceremony, which was hosted by Shriya Saran and Gaurav Kapoor. A presentation of folk music from across India was made by Sachin Jigar band.