Films alone cannot create a revolution, but can create noise- Hemal Trivedi, Director of “Among the Believers”

The Director Hemal Trivedi (Pakistan/USA), Producer Kamran Gasimov (Azerbaijan), Writer Marian Urban (Czech Republic/ Slovakia) and the Director Georgi Balabanov, (Bulgaria), at a press conference, during the 46th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2015), in Panaji, Goa on November 27, 2015.
Films alone cannot create a revolution, but can create noise- Hemal Trivedi, Director of “Among the Believers”

Build a road without any barriers, without any boundaries- Marian Urban, Producer of ‘Hostage’

Goa Film Fest is well organised Festival- Kamran Gasimov, producer of ‘Bloody January’ 

 “Films cannot create revolution, but they can add to the noise, sometime loud, sometime low.” This was observed by Hemal Trivedi, Director of the movie ‘Among the believers’, while interacting with media persons at IFFI Goa today. Referring to terrorism in Pakistan, Hemal commented, “because of some fundamentalists the whole nation suffers. It is for the people to find the solution themselves.” Expressing concern over narrow perception about terrorism, the Director said that she herself had to face death threats after the first release of the film in April 2015. It was re-launched later in October 2015.

The film revolves around a charismatic cleric in Pakistan who has raised the war against the state. The film also follows the lives of two teenager students who have attended madrasahs run by cleric’s network.
During the interaction, producer of ‘Hostage’, Marian Urban said that “people are suffering because of conflicts and divide. Future generation should build a road without any barriers, without dividing boundaries”. He said, everyone wants peace in the world, but forces working for division are blocking peace, it is a universal story,” he commented.
The movie ‘Hostage’ is a tragi-comic story about the son of a local communist officer and his friend, both hostage of the communist regime. It depicts their first contacts with adult world, absurd reality of relationships and, politics, emigration, betrayal and also death.
Commenting on transition of regime in Bulgaria after the end of communism, George Balbanov, director of the film ‘The Petrov File’ said, “though communism had its evils but the capitalism also led people into wilderness”. His film narrates the story of a man who is prohibited from acting for unknown reasons during the communism days in Bulgaria. When he reappears on stage after the end of the regime, he realises that he was betrayed by his mentor- a person he admired the most. He faces the complicated situation and is urged to lead a new political party to save the country.
Briefing about the film ‘Bloody January’ the Azerbaijani producer, Kamran Gasimov said, his film is not about war, it’s about the situation of the people during the war, how they suffer and survive. He said that Goa film fest is a very good platform for showcasing films and it is well managed festival.
The movie ‘Bloody January’ tells about historic day of January 20, 1990, in the life of  the people of Azerbaijan. On that day, a small country, later recognized as Republic of Azerbaijan, stood up to the then great Soviet Empire to fight for its freedom and independence that led to bloodshed of innocent civilians.

 No border can separate a human being from his/her motherland, says Somnath Chakraborty          
Director of the film ‘Ujantali’ SomChakraborty today said, no border can separate a human being from his/her motherland.
          Interacting with media persons at ‘Meet the Director’programme at Media Centre on the sidelines of ongoing 46th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) Mr. Chakrabortysaid, he was grateful to IFFI for having selected his film in Indian Panorama.

 ‘Ujantali’ is a film on a young girl who is compelled to leave her remote village in Bangladesh, along with her father. However, her memories of the days spent there remain strongly etched in her heart. Now she is an old woman and realizes that she may never be able to return to Bangladesh, but once, while returning from her daughter’s house she decides, and with the help of magic wind, to quench her thirst by viewing what is left of her beloved Motherland Bangladesh.
          SomnathChakraboty is a young Bengali film director whose work has met with considerable critical acclaim in recent years, both in his native India and abroad. Som was born and raised in Howrah, West Bengal. He cut his directorial teeth in Multimedia. In 2008, he made a debut with short film titled JalhawarDinbadal (… a poetry of moments ….. desires ….laughter…. sorrow…) shown at many national and international festivals. However, with his second documentary movie Divine Expressions, Som attracted serious critical attention.

Widening gap between Old and New Generation needs to be bridged, says Director of Film Radiopetti 
Expressing serious concern over the widening gap between old and new generation, Director of the film ‘Radiopetti’ Hari Viswanath today said that this gap needs to be bridged by evolving a bond between them.
            Interacting with media persons at Media Centre at ‘Meet the Director’ programme Mr. Viswanath said, instead of concentrating on Social media, a suitable platform is required to be made available to voice the issues concerning old people, who feel lonely in their twilight years.
            He also felt that some mechanism needs to be in place to fund film projects of budding and non-commercial film makers. He felt honoured for having screened his film at the 46th International Film Festival of India. He said, ‘it is a real honour for a debut film maker’.

 Radiopetti is a story of an old man, Arunachalam who finds solace in his past, especially when listening to musical melodies of his younger days on a vintage radio set that his father gave him. One day the vicissitudes of life put a family member’s life in danger and Arunachalam is forced to choose between his family and his music, knowing he will lose one forever. He is now being torn apart, what will he chose? And will he survive his sacrifice?
            Inspired by real life incidents, Filmmaker Hari Viswanath wrote and directed his debut short film Idukkan (Suffering) which won the Best Short Film Award in Norway Tamil Film Festival (2013). Ever since he has been actively directing films and writing stories close to his heart.


Young film makers should be given more space in Indian Panorama, says veteran Malayalam director Jayaraj 
Younger film makers should be given more space in Indian Panorama, says the Malayalam film director Jayaraj. He felt that there should be focus on issues while selecting films for the Indian Panorama.
          Interacting with media persons at ‘Meet the Director’programme at Media Centre on the sidelines of ongoing 46th International Film Festival of India, Mr. Jayaraj said millions of children today are trapped in child labour and that his film is dedicated to them. He said, Indian Panorama is animportant forum to bring the issue of child labour to the fore.
          The veteran film maker said that online film release and promotion is a good platform, especially for small budget films. This medium has a huge potential as large viewership can be developed through it, he added.

 Ottaal (The Trap) is an adaptation of one of Anton Chekhov’s timeless works, Vanka. Although located in the 18th century, the story has travelled in time and space to be retold in the present day at a small village in South India. It is also the recipient of several awards including the Award for Best Screenplay Adaptation, The Best film on Environmental Conservation/ Preservation at the 62nd National Film Awards; and a number of Kerala Film Critics Award in 2015.
          JayarajRajasekharan Nair is an Indian filmmaker who has directed over 35 films, in four languages. His work has been critically acclaimed and awarded in 1997; his adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello won him the National award for Best Director.

The Directors, Uri Barbash (Israel) and Angga Dwimas Sasongko (Indonesia) at a press conference, during the 46th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2015), in Panaji, Goa on November 27, 2015.
“Film Making is a social Adventure and Social Dynamics”- Israeli Filmmaker Uri Barbash 

“Making films after Auschwitz is a barbaric act” – Uri Barbash 

“In India, Films are appreciated and given due respect” - Angga Dwimas Sasongko 

“Film making is a social adventure and social dynamics”, said Israeli Film Director Uri Barbash. The collaborative venture behind and in front of the camera makes it both dynamic and adventurous, he said. While speaking at the “Meet the Director’ Press Conference at IFFI 2015 today, Mr. Barbash said that his film Kapo in Jerusalem is an attempt to find a different poetics, a minimalist, modest way to tell the story of the survivors of Auschwitz.  He also said that for Jewish people like him, every day was a miracle as they do not take life for granted.

Quoting the lines of famous poet Theodor Adorno, the Israeli director said “making films after Auschwitz is a barbaric act.” He also commented that his film, Kapo in Jerusalem is an attempt to express the inexpressible pain of holocaust which the Jewish community lives through every day. “The pain of Holocaust is in my spiritual DNA”, he added.

Responding to a query on his experience in India, Mr. Barbash said that he was impressed with the extent of harmonious coexistence of different religions and cultures in India, especially that in Goa”

Angga Dwimas Sasongko, Filmmaker from Indonesia, who was also present at the Press Conference, narrated his experiences in making the film Filosofi Kopi. “Through the metaphor of coffee, I have tried to explore the past of a group of characters and their lives,” he said. “I travelled for one year in Indonesian villages to know about the various dimensions of coffee” he added.

Mr. Sasongko said that he received an interesting feedback from Indian viewers on his film Filosofi Kopi that they started drinking coffee instead of tea. He also added that in India, films are well appreciated and given due respect, which is not the case in his country.


·         Both Kapo in Jerusalem and Filosofi Kopi are being screened in the International Competition category at the festival.

·         Kapo in Jerusalem is a narrative about pair of Auschwitz survivors - Bruno and Sarah - who arrive in Jerusalem and try to rehabilitate their lives and love in a city under siege during the War of Independence.

·         Uri Barbash’s film Beyond the Walls (1984) was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

·         Filosofi Kopi is a film based on Dewi Lestari’s short story and has been termed as the first “user-generated film in Indonesia. It is a tale of “soul searching and making peace with the past through coffee.” Ben and Jody are two friends and owners of ‘Filosofi Kopi’, a sophisticated coffee shop known for only serving the best coffee in the Country. When a businessman challenges theme to make “the perfect cup”, Ben and Jody embark on an adventure that forces them to visit their troubled pasts and reexamine their relationships with their parents. It is a film that not only tells a captivating story, but one that makes us look at coffee with a whole new, passionate perspective.


Homage to Cine Veterans 

IFFI 2015 pays tribute to noted film personalities who passed away in the last year through showcasing their films in its exclusive section ‘Homage’. The presence of those who are gone can be profoundly felt when their most memorable films are screened for the ones who long for just another sight. Ardent fans and family embrace the beloved masters' artistry yet again.  There are homage sections for both Indian Cine veterans and also Veterans from International Cinema,
The Cine personalities who have been included in the ‘Homage’ are-

Indian Cinema:
Aadesh Shrivastava, noted composer and singer who composed music for over a hundred Hindi films. (Film-Chalte Chalte),
Bidyut Chakravarty a veteran theatre, film, radio and television director and actor.( Film-Dwaar-The Voyage Out),
Daggubati Ramanaidu, a veteran Telugu film producer who has also produced movies in Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Bengali. (Film-Preminchu)
Deven Varma, an Indian film and television actor, particularly known for his comic roles, with directors like Basu Chatterji. (Katta Meetha)
Nageswara Rao, renowned producer of Telugu cinema, (Fim-Shankarabharnam)
Indra Bania, a theatre, radio, film and television legend in Assam.(Halodhiya Choraye)
K. Balachander, a veteran director of Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi cinema. (Film-Maro Charithra)
Manayangath Subramanian Viswanathan, music director and Composer also known as M.S.V. (Film-Maro Charithra)
Manorama Apoorva, a veteran Tamil actress who acted in more than 1500 films. (Film-Sagodharargal)
Nirad N. Mohapatrafilms), a veteran director, his debut feature film, Maya Miriga (1984), (Film-Maya Miriga)
Ravindra Jain, music Composer and music director who gave may popular song (Film-Henna),

International cinema:
       Manoel De Oliveira (Portugal), the most prolific film directors and probably the only film maker whose active career spanned from silent era to the digital age. (Film- Christopher Columbus The Enigma)
Ankita Ekberg (Itly-France), one of the most popular actresses of 1950s remembered for roles of glamorous girls she played. (Film-La Dolce Vita).
      Omar Sharif (UK), Oscar nominated and multiple Golden globe winning actor. (Film-Lawrence of Arabia)
Wes Craven (United States), the trailblazing master of horror films who redefined horror through cinema. (Film-Scream)

I feel Happy to be associated with India, Says British Film Editor Humphrey Dixon

British Film Editor Humphrey Dixon has said he is happy to be connected with India on cultural lines in the capacity of a Film Editor.
          Interacting with media persons at Meet the Director programme on the sidelines of 46th International Film Festival of India Dixon said, ‘Editing of films is a very difficult process’ and needs a great deal of experience and an acumen to analyze the contents to be deleted. Mr. Dixon said, ‘I love editing’.

Humphrey Dixon’s career began as a film trainee at Associated-Redifusion, London’s first commercial TV channel.
          Having decided to pursue editing full time, he moved briskly from assistant to freelance film editor working mostly on documentaries including London Weekend Television’s weekly arts programme ‘The South Bank show’   and the feature length ‘Song Remains the Same’ based around the Madison Square Gardens concert of super-group Led Zeppelin.
          Branching into feature films he first edited James Ivory’s Autobiography of a Princess with James Mason and Madhur Jaffrey for Merchant Ivory Productions, based around historic film footage of the Indian Raj was voted one of the ten best UK films of the year. He went on to edit a further eight  features for the company including two Indian based films, Hullabaloo over Georgie and Bonnie’s  Pictures and Heat and Dust,  as well as their multiple award-winning production A Room With a View for which he was nominated for a BAFTA.
          He has worked with many notable film directors, editing Andrei Konchalovsky’s first American film Maria’s Lovers, Caleb Deschanel’s Crusoe, Bruce Beresford’s Mr. Johnson and Evelyn, noted Scottish director Gillies Mackinnon’s The Playboys and A Simple Twist of Fate, Lewis Gilbert’s Stepping Out, John Duigan’s Sirens and Lawn Dogs, Pat O’Cannor’s Dancing at Lughnasa and Jean Jacques Annaud’s Enemy at the Gates.
          Most recently he has been engaged as a visiting tutor at the National Film and Television School at Beaconsfield Studios  and is due to start editing a film about Nelson Mandela.

46th IFFI Salutes Woman Film Makers 

The on-going edition of IFFI has an exclusivesection ‘Womenclature of Cinema’, showcasingthe films by Indian women filmmakers, not necessarily womencentric cinema. Often a sensitive handling of the woman's psyche is noticeable in the films. What emerges is a cinema of deep humanism, of a vital concern for slowly dissolving values, of shifting relationships in a changing world. The films show rage and tenderness, some add humour, some anxiety. The subject of the section proved too large, even if from India, to be included in this year's IFFI. However, efforts have been made to present films across various genres in different languages since 1980s.

The women film makers whose work have been included in the section are- Anjali Menon(Manjadikuru) ,  AparnaSen (36 Chowringhee Lane),  BatulMukhtiar (Kaphal), BhavnaTalwar (Dharm), Bobby SarmaBaruah (Adomya),ChitraPalekar(MaatiMaay), janakiViswanathan (Kutty),PremaKaranth (Phaniyamma), Revathy (Mitr, My Friend) , SaiParanjpye (Sparsh),SatarupaSanyal (Anu), SooniTaraporevala (little Zizou) and ZoyaAkhtar (Zindagi Na MilegiDobara)

The Directors, Tuhinabha Majumdar and Sridhar Rangayan at a press conference, during the 46th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2015), in Panaji, Goa on November 27, 2015.

The Director, Anand L. Rai in conversation during the 46th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2015), in Panaji, Goa on November 27, 2015.

Master Class by Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra on Direction at the 46th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2015), in Panaji, Goa on November 27, 2015.

The Director of ‘Naanu Avanalla...Avalu’, B.S. Lingadevaru being felicitated at the 46th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2015), in Panaji, Goa on November 27, 2015.

The Director Nitin Kakkar, actor Kumud Mishra and Sharib Hashmi, actress Divya Dutta on Red Carpet, at the 46th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2015), in Panaji, Goa on November 27, 2015.

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