‘Sexy Durga’ by Malayalam filmmaker Sanal Sasidharan became the first Indian film to win the Hivor Tiger Award.
This International Film Festival of Rotterdam.
The award also includes a cash prize of ₹28.9 lakh (40,000 euros).
Shot without a script in 20 days, the film is about a couple who elopes at night and hitches a ride with men.
Sexy Durga is a road movie that follows the horrifying experience of two hitchhikers, a man and a woman, at the hands of two men, in the dead of the night.
The film was rewarded “for its daring and resourceful approach in creating a mood of constant tension. The particular use of the camera and acting give a sense of immediacy and momentum, while providing an insight into multi-layered power dynamics of gender, class and authority,” said the jury report.
The lead female character is named Durga, which is the name of the goddess.
The realistic film sheds light on the hypocrisy of the society, where women is worshiped in the form of idol and abused in the flesh.International Film Festival: Rotterdam
- Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands
- Founded: 1972
- Awards: Tiger Award
- Website: http://www.IFFR.com/