‘Akasa Kusum’ best Asian film at Granada Cines del Sur Festival at Sandeshaya Sri Lanka

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Sri Lankan film director Prasanna Vithanage’s ‘Akasa Kusum’ or ‘Flowers of the Sky’ (Sri Lanka, 2008) won the NETPAC AWARD award for best Asian film along with ‘Before the Burial’ (Iran, 2008) by the Iranian director Behnam Behzadi.

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Prior to this, Sri Lankan actress Malini Fonseka won the Silver Peacock award for the film at the Indian International Film Festival for her outstanding acting in ‘Akasa Kusum’. The film also received a jury merit citation at the French International film festival.

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The awards:

The NETPAC AWARD, granted ex aequo on equal terms to the two best Asian films, went to the film ‘Flowers of the Sky’ (Sri Lanka, 2008) by the Sri Lankan director Prasanna Vithanage and the film ‘Before the Burial’ (Iran, 2008) by the Iranian director Behnam Behzadi.

The ALHAMBRA DE ORO, the prize for best feature-length film, which is accompanied by 50,000 euros and a trophy, was awarded to the film ‘The Other Bank’ (Georgia/Kazakhstan, 2009) by the Georgian director, George Ovashvili.

The ALHAMBRA DE PLATA, the prize for best director of a feature-length film, which is accompanied by 30,000 euros and a trophy, was awarded to the film ‘Before the Burial’ (Iran, 2008) by the Iranian director, Behnam Behzadi.

The ALHAMBRA DE BRONCE, the Special Jury Prize, which is accompanied by 15,000 euros and a trophy, was awarded to the film ‘Jalainur’ (China, 2008) by the Chinese director, Zhao Ye.

The AUDIENCE AWARD, for the best film, which is accompanied by 5,000 euros and a trophy, was awarded to the film ‘$9.99’ (Israel/Australia, 2008) by the Israeli director, Tatia Rosenthal.

The JURY SPECIAL MENTION for best actress was awarded to Irina Agejkina for her performance in the film ‘Songs from the Southern Seas’, and for best actor to Melih Selçuk for the film ‘Milk’.

The RTVA MEDITERRÁNEOS AWARD, sponsored by Cajasol for the best film produced in a country bordering the Mediterranean and accompanied by 6,000 Euros for the acquisition of broadcasting rights in Andalusia, was awarded to the film ‘Slingshot hip hop’ (Palestine/United States, 2008) by the director of Palestinian descent, Jackie Reem Salloum.

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