Ashdod (Israel): Malayalam film Parinamam has won the award for the best screenplay at the Ashdod international film festival in Israel.
Alok Raj, First Secretary at the Indian embassy in Tel Aviv, received the award on behalf of Matampu Kunjukuttan, who also acted in the film which dealt with the problems a retired pensioner from the army faces while adjusting to a new reality at home.
Managing Director of National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC), Deepankar Mukhopadhyaya, who headed the jury at the festival, was given an achievement award for supporting new filmmakers and modern Indian cinema through production and international promotion.
"It is a great feeling to be a part of the festival at its inception. With this I have become a part of its history", Mukhopadhyaya said.
India's ambassador to Israel, Arun Kumar Singh, also attended the screening of Indian films at the festival and complimented the Indian Jewish community for the way they have integrated themselves into Israeli society while keeping their Indian tradition alive.
Six Indian films - An Ode to Lost Love, Autumn Bird, The Change (Parinamam), Five by Four, The Change, and The King of Bollywood starring Om Puri were screened at the festival in this town which has the largest concentration of Indian-origin Jews in the country.
Turkish comedy, Where is Feruza, won the best film award with its Director, Azal Akai, bagging the prize for direction.