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Ontario International Film Festival Award 2020:Film from Odisha “Josef, Born in Grace”.win several Award

 NEW DELHI:29/10/20: Victor Banerjee has won the “best actor in a secondary role” for his performance as an aging Christian priest in Hindi film  Josef: Born in Grace at the Ontario International Film Festival.“I modeled my part on the Irish Christian brothers who taught me at school in Shillong,” said the 74-year-old actor on phone. The film, set between 1960 and 1980 in the foothills of the Himalayas, narrates the humanist tale of a priest (Father O’Hara) who looks after an alcoholic young man Josef.

The film, directed by Susant Misra, also claimed the award for best cinematography (Sudheer Palsane).

“The film was shot in Ranikhet and nearby areas, almost entirely in Uttarakhand,” said Banerjee, who has also acted with auteurs such as Satyajit Ray (Ghare Baire), David Lean (A Passage to India) and Roman Polanski (Bitter Moon).

Josef: Born in Grace is adapted from a short story, Joseph, written by Umakanta Mahapatra. “Through static mise-en-scenes, the narrative of the film reflects the all-encompassing nature of time, pre-empting and repeating itself in allegorical hues,” said the film’s synopsis on the Ontario film festival website

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.Ontario International Film Festival Award winner 2020

-Best Canadian Feature Film – John 316.
-Best Canadian Director – John 316.
-Best Canadian Screenwriting – John 316, Jarvis Greiner, Brandon Rhiness, Michael Schaar-Ney.
-Best Canadian Actress-Afton Rentz – John 316.
-Best Canadian Music Scoring – We All Inherit the Moon-Stolen Season.
-Best Canadian Second Actor – Simon Phillips – This is America.
-Best Canadian DOP – John 316 – Chase Gardiner.
-Best Canadian Editing – Stolen Season – Pascal Payant.
-Best Canadian Film Sound – John 316 – Thierry Diab.
-Best Canadian Documentary – The Day I Met Hitler – Ronen Israelski.
-Best Canadian Short Film – Night Shoot – Penny Eizenga.
-Best Canadian Student – What Comes Next – Darren Summersby.
Best International Feature Film – Killing the Dead, “Paraguay” Directed by Hugo Giménez and produced by Gabriela Sabaté, Alexa Rivero and Vanessa Ragone.
-Best International Director – Killing The Dead, Hugo Giménez “Paraguay”.
-Best International Screenwriting – Josef, Born in Grace, Sudarshan Juyal, Zakir, Susant Misra, Vijay Pandit Khan “India”.
-Best International Actor to Les Martin & Declan Mills – Be Good or Be Gone “Ireland”.
-Best International Music Scoring – Killing the Dead, Sergio Cuquejo “Paraguay”.
-Best International Second Actor – Victor Banerjee – Josef Born in Grace “India”.
-Best International DOP – Josef, Born in Grace – Sudheer Palsane “India”.
-Best International Editing – F20 – Dubravko Slunjski “Croatia”.
-Best International Film Sound – Killing the Dead, “Paraguay”.
-Best International Documentary – Letter to My Mother – Amin Maher “Islamic Republic of Iran”.
-Best International Short Film – Touiza “Algeria”.
-Best International Student – Maggie Gives A Speech – Ryan A. Contreras “United States

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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