IFFI: Michael Douglas awarded Satyajit Ray lifetime achievement award


Hollywood Actor/Producer Michael Douglas honoured with Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award. Picture: Twitter/@PIB_India

Cinema is among the few mediums with the facility to unite individuals, Hollywood star Michael Douglas mentioned after receiving the Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award on the closing ceremony of the Worldwide Movie Competition of India (IFFI) right here on Tuesday.

The ten-day movie gala concluded with Infinite Borders from Germany successful the coveted Golden Peacock Award for the perfect movie, whereas Deepak Kumar Mishra-directed Prime Video present Panchayat season two bagged the perfect OTT collection award, which was launched for the primary time.

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant felicitated Mr. Douglas with the Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award on the ceremony.

The veteran actor, recognized for films Wall Road, Deadly Attraction, The Warfare of the Roses, Fundamental Intuition, The American President, highlighted cinema’s position in selling “our shared humanity”.

“With the whole lot occurring in our world at this time this pageant is a reminder of the magic of film making. Cinema is among the few mediums that has the facility to unite and rework us,” Mr. Douglas mentioned as he thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister for Info and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur for the honour.

“Cinema could make individuals snigger, cry or rejoice and reveal our shared humanity and at this time our international language of cinema is extra significant than ever,” he added.

The 79-year-old actor mentioned Satyajit Ray was a world-class filmmaker who represented not solely the triumphs of the Indian movie business, but additionally the “cross-cultural inventive expression”.

“It is an honour to face earlier than all of you tonight and obtain this. I’m humbled to hitch a prestigious group of previous award recipients,” Mr. Douglas mentioned.

He additionally acknowledged individuals who laid the muse for his profession, together with his late father, Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas.

“The achievements are as a lot theirs as mine. First to my earliest mentors, the gifted filmmakers, numerous crew members and technicians,” he mentioned.

“Second to my father Kirk who set an enormous excessive bar together with his onerous work, his energy and his unbelievable stamina. I would not be right here however not for his ardour and dedication. And to the general public he was an icon. However to me he was dad and he supplied me with a blueprint that led me to be right here at this time,” he added.

Mr. Douglas thanked all of the audiences all around the world for pushing storytellers to discover new filmmaking frontiers.

Throughout the perform, his actor-wife, Catherine Zeta Jones, was additionally felicitated by the Goa Chief Minister.

“I wish to simply say, thanks to India for welcoming us. We thought we’re going to eat completely different meals. It’ll be a special tradition that all of us get pleasure from, however the one factor that’s steadfast is the generosity and welcoming nature and the hospitality of all Indians, whether or not it is in Goa, Mumbai, New Delhi or Jaipur,” she mentioned.

Particular jury award

The ceremony additionally noticed Rishab Shetty successful the particular jury award for his Kannada film Kantara, whereas Bulgarian movie director Stephan Komandarev received the perfect director award for his movie Blaga’s Classes.

The most effective actor (feminine) award went to French actress Melanie Thierry for her movie Social gathering of Fools. Iranian actor Pouria Rahimi Sam bagged the award for finest actor (Male) for his efficiency within the film Infinite Borders.

Regar Azad Kaya received the award for finest debutant director for his Syrian-Arab Republic movie When the Seedlings Develop.

The jury for the worldwide competitors was headed by filmmaker Shekhar Kapoor and in addition included Spanish cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine, French movie producers Jerome Paillard and Catherine Dussart, and Australian movie producer Helen Leake.



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