Curtains down; IFFK ends with high hopes for Malayalam

The 20th International Film Festival of Kerala has been officially concluded. For the first time in history, a Malayalam film, 'Ottaal' has won the Golden Pheasant and other top awards at IFFK. Sanal Kumar Sasidharan's 'Oraalpokkam' bagged the FIPRESCI award for Best Malayalam film. The Rajatha Chakoram for Best Director was received by Philippines director Jun Robiles Lana. The award for Best Asian film in Competition Section went to Nir Bergman for the Israeli film, ‘Yona’. Irnaian film maker Dariush Mehrjui was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.