HasiChaolu's Chinese drama The Old Barber won the Golden Peacock best film award at the 37th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa.

Theprize, with its $22,000 (Rs 1m) purse, was presented by actor-writer-directorAparna at the closing ceremony of the festival.

Announcingthe award, jury chairman, Australian filmmaker Rolf De Heer said: "Thefilm makes you think about your close human relationships and ponder how tolive life in a changing world."

TheSpecial Jury award was presented to Forever Flows (Nironter) by Abu Sayeed from Bangladesh, which DeHeer called: "a strong drama about the ambiguity in relationships in amiddle class home and a complex portrayal of a woman's sacrifices for herkin".

Theprize comes with a Silver Peacock trophy, a citation and $11,000 (Rs 500,000)prize.

The secondSilver Peacock for the Most Promising Director was presented to Koreanfilm-maker An Kung-Lee for her filmA Short Life.

DeHeer led a five-person jury including Oliver Assayas (France), Jahnu Barua(India), Grzyna Szapolowska (Poland) and Leticia Bredice (Argentina).

Thejury viewed 11 feature films from 10 Asian, African and Latin Americancountries. Also present at the event were Goa Chief Minister Pratapsingh Rane,Secretary of Goa, J P Singh, Festival Director, V B Pyarelal and SecretaryInformation and Broadcasting, S K Arora.