NEW DELHI -- Honoring the best of Asian and Arab cinema, the ninth annual Osian's Cinefan festival concluded Sunday with an awards ceremony that saw a best film nod for Korean director Zhang Lu's "Hyazgar" (Desert Dream).
Centering on the plight of North Korean refugees in Mongolia, the jury's citation heralded the film "for the conviction with which Zhang Lu depicts the contemporary crisis of our time."
Best actress went to Filipino veteran Cherry Pie Picache
for her role as a mother who prepares her child for adoption by an American family in Brillante Mendoza
's "Foster Child".
Lofto Abdelli picked up best actor for Nouri Bouzid
's Tunisian film "Making Of" (Akher), which also shared a special jury award in the Asian & Arab competition section with Iranian film "Lonesome Trees" by Saeed Ebrahamifar.
The Indian competition section saw "Paruthiveeran" by Ameer Sultan
pick up best film, while its leading lady, Priyamani, won best actress in the same section. Filmed in the South Indian Tamil language, "Paruthiveeran" explores the relationship between a small-time criminal and a girl from a respectable background.