Saturday, December 17, 2011

8th Dubai International Film Festival Awards!

Two Indian Documentaries Score at 8th Dubai International Film Festival (December 7 to 14)

JAI BHIM COMRADE

Directed by Anand Patwardhan

Winner of Muhr AsiaAfrica / Documentary /Muhr AsiaAfrica Documentary – Special Mention :

India / 2011 / English, Hindi, Marathi dialouge with English subtitles / Colour / Digital File / 199 mins

Genre: Music Documentary

Cast & Credits

Director: Anand Patwardhan

Producer: Anand Patwardhan

Scriptwriter: Anand Patwardhan

Cinematographer: Anand Patwardhan, Simantini Dhuru

Editor: Anand Patwardhan

Composer: Vilas Ghogre

Synopsis :

Dalits have faced caste oppression in India for more than 2,000 years. In 1997 police opened fire on unarmed Dalits killing 10. Vilas Ghogre, a leftist poet and singer, hanged himself in protest. Shot over 14 years, the meticulous "Jai Bhim Comrade" follows the music and the tradition of reason that Vilas had been a part of.

MEHFUZ (Safe)

Directed by Rohit Pandey

Winner of Muhr AsiaAfrica / Short /Muhr AsiaAfrica Shorts – Second Prize :Rohit Pandey (Director)

India / 2011 / Hindi dialouge with English subtitles / Colour / DigiBeta / 16 mins

Genre: Experimental, Fantasy, Mystery Surrealistic, Romance

Cast & Credits

Director: Rohit Pandey

Producer: Anurag Kashyap

Scriptwriter: Rohit Pandey

Cinematographer: Vidyut Singh Jaswal

Editor: Nitin Baid

Composer: Naozad Patel

Cast (in alphabetical order): Aditi Khanna, Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Synopsis:

Violence in the city has changed its soul. At the border of the town, a man takes care of all the death around. One night, he notices a strange woman wandering through the empty streets. As her behaviour changes, so does his own journey.

16th International Film Festival of Kerala Awards!

Aditi Roy’s Abosheshey bags Netpac award

The Netpac Award for Best Asian Film shown at the 16th Kerala International Film Festival held December 9 to 16 was given to Aditi Roy’s debut film in Bengali, Abosheshey (At the end of it all).

Making its Asia premiere, Aditi Roy’s debut feature Abosheshey screens in competition at the 2011 IFFK. Earlier, it was in the Eurasia competition section at the 15th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. The film, in Bengali, is about the discovery of a woman by her son. Separated from his mother who chose a city over a relationship, brought up by his father who chose a career in a distant land over marital commitments, Soumyo’s return to Kolkata, his birthplace, was never a home coming. It was merely to close legal deals relating to an apartment after his mother’s death. Soumyo unwillingly steps into a world that was waiting for him for twenty years and gets drawn into it gradually. The pages of his mother’s diaries reveal her thoughts about him, her solitary spaces, about the city and its evolution and about the people she loved. One door after another opens for Soumyo as he gets to know the woman his mother was. It becomes a coming together of sorts, where the past and present intermingle to weave the story, where time shifts as space remains a constant and everyone is awaiting his return. The 121-minute film is shot in real locations in Kolkata, South Sikkim and San Francisco. Based on an original screenplay by Neel B Mitra, the cinematography is by Ranjan Palit. The exceptional cast includes Roopa Ganguly, Ankur Khanna, Raima Sen, Suman Mukhopadhya and Deepankar De. It is produced by Anil B Dev for Deb’s Entertainment House. After graduating in Political Science, Aditi opted for a masters in film studies and a diploma in Mass Communication from Jadabpur University, Kolkata. In 2006, she took a two years course in Direction from the Indo-Italian Institute, Roopkala Kendro. She has been independently making shorts, documentaries and corporate films.

The Malayalam film Adaminte Makan Abu (Abu, Son of Adam) directed by Salim Ahmed (which is India’s contender for next year’s Oscar) won two awards: Best Malayalam film and also the Hassankuty Award for the most promising debut film, instituted by Mira Nair, which carries a cash prize of Rs 50,000.

KIFF’s top award, the Suvarna Chakoram went to the Columbia-Panama film “Colours of the Mountain” directed by Carlos Cesar. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 15 lakhs. The Rajatha Chakoram (with a cash award of 4 lakhs, went to the Iranian film "Flamingo No 13" directed by Hamid Reza Aligholian. The festival’s award for best debut director went to Sebastian Heriat for the Mexcian film, "A Stone’s Throw Away". The award comes with a cash prize of 3 lakhs.

The Audience Award for the Best Competition film went to the Chilean film Painting Lesson by Pablo Perleman.

The international jury was headed by the Australian director Bruce Beresford. The other members of the Laurence Cavron, Jeffery Jeturian, Semih Kaplanoglu and Indian actor Rahul Bose