26th International Film Festival of Kerala – Awards 2022

We present the winners of the International Film Festival of Kerala (India) which took place from March 18t – 25th, 2022.

International Competition

Suvarna Chakoram for Best Film

Clara Sola by Nathalie Alvarez Mesen – Sweden, Costa Rica, Belgium, Germany | 2021

In a remote village in Costa Rica, Clara, a withdrawn 40-year-old woman, experiences a sexual and mystical awakening as she begins a journey to free herself from the repressive religious and social conventions which have dominated her life.


Rajata Chakoram for Best Director

Ines Maria Barrionuevo for Camila Saldra Esta Noche – Argentina | 2021

When her grandmother becomes seriously ill, Camila is forced to move to Buenos Aires, leaving behind a liberal public high school for a scholastic, traditional private institution. Suddenly a senior without any friends, and with her single mother caught up in family affairs; Camila’s fierce yet immature temperament is put to the test as she deals with the jarring change of scenery, and the alluring set of possibilities and experiences that lie in wait in the big city.


Rajata Chakoram for Best Debut Director

Nathalie Alvarez Mesen for Clara Sola – Sweden, Costa Rica, Belgium, Germany | 2021

Audience Poll Award

Koozhangal (Pebbles) by Vinothraj P S – India | 2021

On an unbearably hot day, Ganapathy an alcoholic wife-beater drags out his young son Velu from school and embarks on a journey to fetch back his wife whom he had chased away. On reaching the in-laws house, he learns that his wife has already left to return to their home. In his frustration, he gets involved in a brawl with his in-laws earning the further disapproval of his son. The young boy dispels his frustration by tearing up the bus fare into bits. This leaves the duo with no choice, but to walk on foot in the scorching summer beaten rural landscapes to reach home. Their feelings are intertwined with the land, where the blazing heat fires up the father’s rage. The land and human emotions lay brazenly palpable in the scorching heat. This journey is fraught with the sweat and smudge of the common folk, crawling critters and the deserted terrain. Towards the end, the nurturing nature of women assuages the hunger and anger of men. This vicious cycle of love and hate is bound to repeat itself.



Best International Film

You Resemble Me by Dina Amer – USA, France, Egypt | 2021

When two young sisters are torn apart, the eldest loses her identity and transforms into someone new in the name of belonging and resistance.


Best Malayalam Film

Aavasavyuham – The Arbit documentation of an amphibian hunt by Krishand – India | 2021

The fragile ecosystem of ‘Puthuyvype’ a small island in Kochi, the exotic migration of birds to the mangroves, the fisherman and the impending danger from a petroleum company has contributed to Joy’s metamorphosis. Locals recall in a tale mixed with myth, divinity and disturbing ecological disruptions ‘Joy’ may not be just an ordinary man



Best Asian Film

Koozhangal (Pebbles) by Vinothraj P S – India | 2021

Best Malayalam Film

Aavasavyuham – The Arbit documentation of an amphibian hunt by Krishand – India | 2021

FFSI KR Mohanan Awards

Best Debut Director from India

Prabhash Chandra for Be Ches Ne Veth (I’m Not The River Jhelum) – India | 2021

The film shows glimpses of the life of a young girl Afeefa living in Kashmir. On the one hand, the film explores the suffocation and trauma experienced by Afeefa in her personal life and, on the other hand, the film evokes the atmosphere of perpetual uncertainty and violence in the milieu. In following the life of Afeefa the film traces her growing understanding of the forces at play in Kashmir.

Best Debut Director from India

Tara Ramanujan for Nishiddho – India | 2021

A migrant dies at a construction site in Kerala. His nephew, a Durga idol maker, arranges a tough, Tamil midwife as funeral guide. Strangely, despite their differences, they find enough similarities to weave a fragile bond. When Chaavi is accused of infanticide, she refuses to justify herself; questions him about the meaning of Puja. A hopeful Rudra wants her to leave with him. She refuses, returns to her village with the sick child. Later. In Kolkata, a sinking durga’s eyes remind Rudra of her.

Special mention for performance

Nina Dziembrowski for Camila Saldra Esta Noche (dir. Ines Maria Barrionuevo) – Argentina | 2021

Special mention

Let it be morning by Eran Kolirin – Israel, France | 2021

Sami thought he found his place in life, but then, without any conceivable reason, the Arab village where he grew up is suddenly surrounded by an ominous wall. Now he is forced to deal with questions of identity and national belonging. A bitter sweet comedy about a state of siege, both internal and external and about a man who built a wall around his heart, and how that walls starts coming apart when another, more real wall is built around the village where he was born.


Jury Prize

Koozhangal (Pebbles) by Vinothraj P S – India | 2021

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