Indian drama Pebbles, directed by filmmaker Vinothraj PS, has won the top honour, the Tiger Award for best film, at the 50th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).
The Tamil language film follows an alcoholic abusive husband who, after his long-suffering wife runs off, sets out with his young son to find her and bring her back. IFFR shared the award announcement on its official Twitter handle. “This edition’s Tiger Award, IFFR’s most prestigious prize, goes to Pebbles by #VinothrajPS,” the tweet read.
An emotional Vinothraj thanked the jury for selecting his feature directorial debut. “Feeling emotional! Pebbles won the Tiger Award 2021. Our hard work, patience & dream finally came true. Thank you all for your love and support,” he posted on the microblogging site alongside IFFR’s announcement.
The Tiger Award is accompanied by a Euro 40,000 cash prize, to be shared between the director and producer of the winning film. Titled Koozhangal in Tamil, Pebbles stars a host of new comers and is produced by Vignesh Shivan and Nayantara.—PTI