"Art is not Olympics, one needs to have a judgement to select the best" - ShekharKapur

The International Jury members, Shekhar Kapur, Jeon Kyun-hwan, Suha Arraf, Julia Jentsch, Michael Radford at a press conference, during the 46th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2015), in Panaji, Goa on November 29, 2015.

"Art is not Olympics, one needs to have a judgement to select the best" - ShekharKapur

“Heartening to see houseful theatres at IFFI:” SuhaArraf Jury Member International Jury Members interact with Media at IFFI 2015 

"Art is not Olympics; one needs to make judgements to select the best," said ShekharKapur, Chairman of the International Jury of 46th International Film Festival of India. While addressing a Press Conference, Mr.Kapur underscored the creative conflicts involved in the adjudication of creative works. He said that there is a thin line between judgement and prejudice; taking an objective decision is a difficult task. While talking about the process of selection and adjudication of films in IFFI, Mr.Kapur also said that the quality of some of the films in the competition category was amazing. It has been a tough task for the jury members to choose one film from a set of high quality films, he added.
The Director of ‘I am a Soldier’, Laurent Larivere speaking, during the film presentation, at the 46th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2015), in Panaji, Goa on November 29, 2015.

While responding to a query on Children’s films, Mr.Kapur also said that it was time to think beyond ‘education through films;’ films that teach would not be appealing to children anymore. At the same time it is important for children to learn cinema and the processes associated with it.  

The Director Julia Vargas being felicitated at the 46th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2015), in Panaji, Goa on November 29, 2015.
SuhaArraf, one of the jury members, said that she is very happy to see houseful theatres at IFFI and that it is heartening to note that good cinema is being appreciated well at the festival. She also shared her views on the process of evaluation of films; she said that it is important to understand the filmmaker’s point of view while judging a film.  It is not easy to compare one film with another, as there are different genres and themes involved in the same category of competition.  

The Directors, Uri Barbash (Israel) being felicitated at the 46th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2015), in Panaji, Goa on November 29, 2015.

Michael Radford, another Jury member added that it is important to involve celebrities to enhance the popularity of the festival. JeonKyu-Hwan, Jury member from South Korea, also expressed satisfaction over the quality of films in the Competition segment this year at IFFI.

The Directors, Kaushik Ganguly, Bash Mohammed and the Film Sound Designer, Resul Pookutty at a press conference, during the 46th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2015), in Panaji, Goa on November 29, 2015.
About the Jury Members

ShekharKapur (Jury Chairman) is a veteran filmmaker of international repute. He is known for films made both in India and in the West. In India, he has had box office hits like Masoom, Mr India and The Bandit Queen. His Elizabeth and its sequel Golden Age garnered several Oscar nominations. Kapur’s films tend to move across genres.

Michael Radford was born in India, brought up in Middle East, and educated at Oxford University and the National Film and Television School. His film White Mischief won 5 Academy Award nominations, 2 BAFTA awards for Best Director and Best Foreign film and more than 20 other awards worldwide.

SuhArraf is a renowned filmmaker from Palestine.  She began her films career as a documentary film-maker. Her docu-film Women of Hamas (2010) received 13 awards at international film festivals.  Her first feature film Villa Touma (2014) was screened at top festivals like Venice, Toronto, and London.

Julia Jentsch is an acclaimed German actress who has been nominated for Oscar Awards for her role inSophie’s Scholl – The Final days in 2005. She has also won awards like Beast European Actress, Best Actress at DeutscherFilmpreis and the Silver Bear at Berlin International Film Festival.

The MD & Chief Executive, Nigerian Film Corporation, Dr. D.W. Dadu addressing a press conference, during the 46th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2015), in Panaji, Goa on November 29, 2015.
Exhibition on National Film Heritage Mission at IFFI, 2015 

The multi-media exhibition put up by National Film Archive of India on the theme of National Film Heritage Mission was a major attraction for film lovers during this year’s IFFI.  Many stalwarts including Shyam Benegal Ilayaraja, Subhash Ghai, Rakesh Omprakash Mehra, Shekhar Kapoor, Shankar Mahadevan,  Jackie Shrofffrom film industry visited the exhibition and applauded the efforts of the Ministry of I & B in implementing this project that aims to preserve country’s cinematic heritage. The festival delegates and general public visited the exhibition in large numbers and relived the nostalgic moments through re-designed posters of classic movies restored by NFAI.  The exhibition was inaugurated by Minister of State for I & B, Col Rajyavardhan Rathore.

The cast and crew of the Closing Film 'The Clan' at a press conference, during the 46th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2015), in Panaji, Goa on November 29, 2015.
The Multi-Media Exhibition was curated with a theme of National Film Heritage Mission, a prestigious project of Government of India, for Preservation of Filmic Heritage of the Country. The Mission aims at Preservation, Conservation, Digitisation and Restoration of film and filmic material. The exhibition organized by National Film Archive of India (NFAI) encompasses posters and audio-visual content from the ‘Restored Classics’ of NFAI along with technical presentations explaining the processes of film restoration.

The Directors, Lekal Sumi, Laurent Larvere, David Constantin, Julia Vargas, Michael klette and Rameses Benjumea torres at a press conference, during the 46th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2015), in Panaji, Goa on November 29, 2015.
“The Exhibition is an attempt to create anawareness about the importance of Film Preservation and Restoration. It has been appreciated by all the stakeholders and received huge response at IFFI this year”, said Shri Prakash Magdum, Director NFAI.

Earlier, during inauguration, NFAI has also launched the Signature film on NFHM directed by Pune based film-maker Shri Ajit Wadikar. The 3-minute film was created with a concept of ‘Cinema is Immortal, only if, it is preserved’. Mr Milt Shefter, a leading film preservationist and Oscar Academy representative at IFFI, had appreciated NFHM signature film and used it during his Film Preservation workshop at IFFI.

On the sidelines of exhibition, NFAI has also utilized Customer Engagement platform based on the concept of gamification, which was developed by two IIM pass-outs and entrepreneurs Shri Rushikesh Humbe and Shri Vjiay Kawale. The platform named zenkast.com, was used to engage the visitors at Exhibition and helped in identifying peoples’ choice for the posters.

India is one of few Countries, implementing, the Film Preservation and Restoration, at such a massive level, in a Mission Mode, time bound manner. NFAI has already restored nearly 300 films and digitized nearly 500 films. The exhibition displayed 80 posters and 25 audio-visual clips from the Restored films of NFAI.

Wall of Fame:
NFAI has come up with an innovative idea of Wall of Fame. It had curated a collage of iconic film stars across the film industry with a hollow space in between for individual’s face to fit in. The wall of fame gave an unique photo opportunity, creating a memorabilia for an individual.

Selfie Corners: 
The NFAI has curated selfie corners, giving an opportunity for individuals or groups to click a perfect photo/ selfie at IFFI. There were two selfie corners, one with collage of iconic actors and actresses with a title of #SelfieWithNFHM and other with NFAI posters with a title of #SelfiewithNFAI.

IFFI Mile:
          ‘A walk with Filmy Dunia’, IFFI Mile as a concept, was being introduced for the first time at 46th IFFI. NFAI had curated a pathway outside IFFI premises with unique film posters, from its collection. The IFFI Mile was open for all, and gave visitors a rich experience of Indian film Industry, while walking along the Mandovi river.


“Fiction more effective than documentary sometimes in portraying reality”

A Panel of Directors in International category of IFFI 2015 interact with the media 
Films speak about life and sometime become political statements. Raising the social issues through films is participatingin people’s life and flagging their concerns. This was observed by panel directors during media interaction at IFFI-46 today.
Thepanel included directors LekalSumi from Taiwan, Laurent Lariviere from France, Julia Vargas from Spain, David Constantin from Mauritius,Michael Klette from Germany and art director Ramses Benjumea Torres from Columbia. 
The filmsby these directors, being screened at IFFI 2015, raise issues such as diversion of farmers’ land for commercial purpose, trafficking of dogs in Eastern Europe, dumping of toxic waste,survival issue of aboriginals and plight of sugarcane farmers in Mauritius. Responding to a query, they said that the very act of making films on such social issues was a form of activism. They also said that fiction is sometimes closer to reality, making it a superior form of story than documentary.

Wawa No Cidal( Director,Sumi Cilangasan), a heartfelt drama illuminates many of the complex issues faced by Taiwan’s Aboriginal communities.  The directorial duo of Cheng Yu-chieh and Lekal Sumi breaks new ground by moving forward and casting an eye on the indigenous tribes’ current predicaments. The story revolves around the struggle of an indigenous family resisting property developers encroaching on their ancestral land.
 I am a Soldier(Director,Laurent Lariviere), is  a social drama about a woman who is obligated to return to her parents’ home and agrees to work for her uncle in a doghouse as she is unemployed
Sealed Cargo (Director, Julia Vargas),high light issue of toxic waste and its trade and dumping
Solness (Director,Ramses Benjumea), is the story of a subtle campaign of vengeance that is waged by 22 years old Hide, who has believed in the promises made by Solness.
Embrace of the Serpent(Art Director,Ramses Benjumea),The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.
Sugarcane Shadow(Director,David Constantin),The close down of an old sugar mill in Mauritius, calls into question the lives of Marco and his friends, a group of former workmates in their mid-fifties.

IFFI Closing Film ‘El Clan’ experiments with the idea ‘Good is bad and bad is good’ 

Argentine film industry has grown many fold in the recent past, producing 115 films last year, said Alejandro Carrillo Penovi, Editor of the Closing film ‘El Clan’. Interacting with media persons at IFFI-2015, today, he said that they were happy at the selection of ‘El Clan’ as the closing film of the Festival. Mr. Penovi further said that compared to Indian cinema, the Argentine film industry was much smaller, but they too do produce very good movies.

Talking of film “El Clan’, he said that a novel idea ‘Good is bad and bad is good’ was experimented in the film to keep the audience interest alive throughout the film.

Vicente D´elia, the Sound DesignerandMicaela Buyi of the Production CompanyK&S Films were among the crew who interacted with the media.

Acclaimed Pablo Trapero has directed this film.

Synopsis: Argentina in the 1980s. Within a typical family home in the neighborhood of San Isidro, a sinister clan makes its living off kidnapping and murder. Arquímedes, the patriarch, heads and plans the operations. Alejandro, his eldest son, is a star rugby player. He identifies possible candidates for kidnapping; his popularity shields him from suspicion. All the family members are accomplices in this dreadful venture as they live off the large ransoms paid by the families of their victims. Based on the true story of the Puccio family, this film takes place in the final years of the Argentine military dictatorship and incipient return to democracy.

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