Michael Douglas to be honored with Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award in India | Hollywood

Veteran Hollywood actor and producer Michael Douglas was honored with the Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award at the conclusion of the 54th International Film Festival of India on Tuesday.

Goa, November 28 (ANI): Goa CM Dr. Pramod Sawant and actor Ayushman Khurana presented awards during the concluding function of the 54th IFFI 2023 at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee presented the 'Satyajit Ray Life Time Achievement Award' to American actor and film producer Michael Douglas Stadium in Goa on Tuesday. (ANI Photo) (Atish Naik)

The two-time Oscar winner, 79, said he was “humbled” and with everything going on in the world, the festival was “a reminder of the magic of filmmaking.”

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“Cinema is one of the few media that has the power to unite and transform us. It transcends boundaries, be it geography, racial language or even time,” he said in his acceptance speech.

“Today our global language of cinema is more meaningful than ever,” Douglas added.

“Endless Borders,” an Iranian film directed by Abbas Amini, won the Golden Peacock for best film at the festival, which is held annually on the coast of Goa, India’s picturesque tourist hotspot.

“The film is about how complicated physical boundaries can be, but nothing can be more complicated than the emotional and moral boundaries you impose on yourself,” the jury said in their statement.

The film is about an exiled Iranian teacher in a poor village on the border between Afghanistan and Iran who meets a family fleeing Afghanistan and being threatened by the Taliban.

“In the context of what is happening in the world right now, given the amazing conflicts that are happening, given the wars on our borders, it is very important to tell our stories,” said Indian filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, chairman of the international organization Jury who has directed films including “Elizabeth” and “Naatu Naatu” from the Telugu language blockbuster action epic “RRR” and the best short documentary “The Elephant Whisperers” streamed on Netflix.

The Indian government, which organizes the festival, has announced a new incentive plan for foreign film productions to encourage global collaborations.

Douglas said Indian films were reaching global audiences thanks to the digital revolution and streaming services.

“No matter what country you are in, good filmmaking is usually about having something personal to your country and then realizing that it has an international message. “Everything is included in the material and you have to make it yourself,” he said during a meeting early Tuesday.

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