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FTII film by Italian student wins award at Krakow filmfest

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NEW DELHI: 'Allah is Great', an endearing short film from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII)., has won the Student Jury award for Short Film Competition at the 53rd Krakow Film Festival.

Directed by Andrea Ianetta, an Italian student of the FTII, it is the story of a Frank Asmas, a Danish engineer who meets taxi driver Salim when he is on his way out of a remote Indian village to fly to Nairobi. Their journey together appears to result in mayhem, but ends with a moral that whatever happens is for the best. ‘Allah is Great’ is a line that Salim continues to use every time there is a problem.

The Jury awarded the film for “the precision of narration and reminding us that it’s not always worth to be on time.” This film was earlier honoured with Special July Mention (Coming Stars Panorama) at the 5th Jaipur International Film Festival, won a Special Mention at the 60th National Film awards and competed at the Gulf Film Festival earlier this year.

Indian documentary filmmaker Sourav Sarangi was on the International Short Film Competition Jury of Krakow, which is one of the oldest film events dedicated to documentary, animated and short fiction films in Europe.

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