Ukranian/Russian film ‘Donbass’ wins the Golden Peacock for the Best Film in the International Competition Category at IFFI 2018

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Arbaaz Khan accepting the IFFI special award on behalf of his father Salim Khan for his exceptional contribution to Indian Cinema at the closing ceremony

Ukranian/Russian film ‘Donbass’ won the Golden Peacock for the Best Film in the International Competition Category at IFFI 2018. Donbass is a 2018 internationally co-produced drama film directed by Sergei Loznitsa. It was selected as the opening film in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. At Cannes, Loznitsa won the Un Certain Regard Award for Best Director.

Sergei Loznitsa (‘A Gentle Creature’) depicts the war in eastern Ukraine through an ensemble drama that’s circular in structure.The war in eastern Ukraine, a conflict that’s been raging since 2014 between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian, Putin-backed separatists, is evoked as an anarchic and absurdist horror show in writer-director Sergei Loznitsa’s powerful if ultimately enervating dramatic feature Donbass.

Arbaaz Khan, while speaking on behalf of his father Salim Khan expressed his happiness over receiving the award for the Indian Film Personality of The Year and read out a message sent by the latter. Arbaaz read, “I would like to dedicate this award to Indore – my birth place, and Mumbai – the place that made me.”

The list of winners at the IFFI 2018:

- Golden Peacock for Best Film: Donbass (Ukranian / Russian) produced and directed by Sergei Loznitsa

- Silver Peacock for Best Female Actor: Anastasia Pustovit for When Trees Fall

- Silver Peacock for Best Male Actor: Chemban Vinod for Ee Maa Yau

- Silver Peacock for Best Director: Lijo Jose Pellisery for Ee Maa Yau

- Silver Peacock for Best Debut Film of a Director: Respeto directed by Alberto Monteras

- ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal: Walking with The Wind (Ladakhi) directed by Praveen Morchhale

- Silver Peacock Special Jury Award: Aga directed by Milko Lazarov

- Indian Film Personality of the Year: Salim Khan

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