The curtains closed on the eight-day International Film Festival of Kerala 2022 on Friday with the announcement of winners. Bolivian film ‘Utama’ directed by Alejandro Loayza Grisi won the Suvarna Chakora award for the best film by the international jury, while Mahesh Narayanan’s ‘Ariyippu’ bagged the NETPAC Award for the best Malayalam film.
Lijo Jose Pellissery’s ‘Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam’ starring Mammootty won the audience poll award. Turkish filmmaker Tayfun Pirselimoglu won the Rajatha Chakoram award for the best director, and Firaz Khoury’s Arabic film ‘Alam’ received the NETPAC award for the best Asian film. Indu V S, a Malayali film director, was awarded the FIPRESCI award for best debutant director for her film (19) (1) (A), featuring Vijay Sethupathi and Nithya Menon.