Danish World War II epic “Into The Darkness” won the top honour of Golden Peacock Award at the closing ceremony of the 51st International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which was pared down considerably due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Director Anders Refn’s “Into the Darkness” chronicles the complex, emotional turmoil of the Danish people during the Nazi occupation of the country.
The award consists of a cash prize of RS 40 lakh, to be shared equally between Refn and producer Lene Borglum. The duo, however, were not present.
Mandarin drama, “The Silent Forest”, bagged two top honours- best actor male and best director.
Taiwanese actor Tzu-Chuan Liu, 17, was honoured with ‘Silver Peacock for Best Actor’ for his role of a hearing impaired in the film while Taiwanese filmmaker Chen-Nien Ko won the best director award for her “heart-wrenching exposition of the systemic sexual abuse” happening in a school for children with special needs.
The Silver Peacock for best actor – female was awarded to Polish actor Zofia Stafiej, for her role in director Piotr Domalewski’s “I Never Cry” at the ceremony held at the .
The film explores the journey of a daughter who has to navigate the maze of bureaucracy in a foreign country to bring back the body of her dead father.
Stafiej, who wasn’t present at event as well, would receive a certificate and cash award of RS 10 lakh.