Mangesh Joshi’s ‘Lathe Joshi’ won the prestigious Government of Maharashtra ‘Sant Tukaram’ Best International Marathi Film award at the recently concluded 15th Pune International Film Festival (PIFF). A cash prize of Rs Five Lakh rupees and a memento was received by the film’s producers Sonal Joshi and Mangesh Joshi.
Filmmaker Sandip Bhalchandra Patil won the Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Chitrapat Mahamandal Best Marathi Film Director award of Rs 25,000 for his film ‘Dashakriya’. Similarly, the Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Chitrapat Maha Mandal Best Marathi Film Actor award was presented to Aarya Adhav, the lead actor of the film ‘Dashakriya’.
Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Chitrapat Maha Mandal Best Marathi Film Actress Award was presented to Tannishtha Chatterjee for the film ‘Doctor Rakhmabai’.
Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Chitrapat Maha Mandal Best Marathi Screenplay award was presented to Rajesh Mapuskar for his film ‘Ventilator’ while Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Chitrapat Maha Mandal Best Cinematographer award was presented to Satyajeet Shobha Shreeram, the cinematographer of ‘Lathe Joshi’.
A Special Mention Certificate was awarded to Padmanabh Bind, the lead actor of Marathi film ‘Ek te Chaar Band’. Special Jury Award was presented to Sandeep Sawant, the director of ‘Nadi Vahate’ (River Flows).
In the international awards, the Government of Maharashtra ‘Prabhat’ Best International Film was awarded to the Czech Republic film ‘Lost in Munich’ (Ztraceni v Mnichove), directed by Petr Zelenka and produced by David Ondrícek.
The Government of Maharashtra ‘Prabhat’ Best International Film Director award was presented to Kirill Serebrennikov for his Russian film ‘The Student’ (Uchenik).
For its metaphoric depiction of how modern developmental projects endanger human existence, the Special Jury Award was presented to the Indian film ‘Lady Of The Lake’ (Loktak Lairembi) directed by Paban Kumar Haobam, .
For its incisive presentation of superstition and cruelty directed by society towards anyone perceived as abnormal, the Special Jury Award was presented to Russian film ‘Zoology’ (Zoologiya), directed by Ivan I Tverdovsky.