‘August 17’ won the Golden Conch for the Best Documentary. This film is directed by Russian director Alexander Gutman. ‘The Spell’ of Umesh Kulkarni won the best fiction film at the 11th Mumbai International Film Festival of Documentary, Animation and Short Films. The festival is concluded at NCPA in Mumbai today.
‘17 August’ is Gutman’s 53 minute documentary that traces the life and ideas of Boris Bezotechestvo who gets sentence to life imprisonment in a very small cell. This cinema is all about his world from four walls and a view from the window. In the ‘Best Documentary above 30 minutes’ category with the Golden Conch award the filmmaker got Rs 3,00,000 in cash as well.
‘The Sun behind the Clouds’ (Ritu Sarin and Sonam Tenzing’s documentary ) won the Silver Conch and Rs 150,000 in cash in Documentary above 30 minutes category. This film tries to tell about Dalai Lama’s efforts to resolve the conflict peacefully. “Anwar- Dream of a Dark Night” (Anwar Jamal) and ‘Nero’s Guests’ (Deepa Bhatia) won the special mention.