Ritesh Batra’s romantic drama picks up Golden Pram.
The 11th Zagreb Film Festival (Oct 20-27), held in the Croatian capital, has concluded with Ritesh Barta’s The Lunchbox winning the main award
The heartwarming film, which stars Irrfan Khan and debuted at Cannes in May, won the Golden Pram for best feature film.
Khan plays a disillusioned government servant who starts a relationship with a housewife (Nimrat Kaur) through notes in a mis-delivered lunchbox.
In the competition of ten other first or second films by their directors, a special mention went to Croatia’s Nevio Marasovic for Vis-à-Vis, which is about a film director and his lead actor trying to bond on an isolated island.
The main jury was composed of film critic Leo Barraclough, Romanian producer Ada Solomon, and Serbian director Srdan Golubovic, whose Circles closed the festival.
German director Andy Wolff won the Golden Pram for best documentary for The Captain And His Pirate, while Serbia’s Zeljko Mirkovic received a special mention for The Second Meeting.
In the short film competition, Romanian director Tudor Cristian Jurgiu received the Golden Pram for In The Fishbowl, and the Danish-Icelandinc co-production Whale Valley by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmunsson got a special mention.
In the Checkers programme, dedicated to Croatian films by directors who haven’t yet made a feature film, Ivan Sikavica’s It’s Like This Isn’t You won the main award. Darija Blazevic received a special mention for Shame On You.