Saturday, April 27, 2013

San Banarje’s The Nowhere Son
gets the Gold  Remi (Audience Award)
at the 46th Worldfest Houston International Film Festival

The Nowhere Son was critically acclaimed in Houston. The film premiered on April 16, 2013 as an official selection at the Worldfest Houston International Film Festival, held April 12 to 21. Directed by San Banarje,
it stars Soumitra Chatterjee, Bengal's veteran actor, and winner of India's 2012 Dadasaheb Phalke Award. 

(On the right)  India’s legendary actor, Soumitra Chatterjee

Cast and Crew details
Director San Banarje
Soumitra Chatterjee, Trisha Ray, San Banarje, Biswajit Chakraborty, Thiago Paes, Roop Roy, Omar Scanu, Shahab Pierre, Ash Thapliyal, Chirag Patel, Sankar Roy Chowdhury
Orignal Music composed by Gianmarco Leone  
Location Sound Gautam Nag  
Location India and USA
Production Manager Sambhu Munshi
Language  English and Bengali

The film is about a physician, Dr. Sanjay Chakroborty (San Banarje) whose father Anil, a professor (Soumitra Chatterjee) goes missing, when he refuses to sell their house to the local politician. The politician is expecting a big commission from an American corporation that wants to build their resort on the land where the house stands. In his search for his father, the system forces Sanjay to slowly become a different person who does not care for anyone anymore, not even his girlfriend Asha (Trisha Ray).
The film was shot in Calcutta, Varanasi, New Orleans and Houston.
The language is English and Bengali.

Renowned movie critic Joe Leydon (San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Variety, Moviemaker) calls this film one of "Five Don't Miss Movies at this year's Worldfest". Houston Film Critics society rates
the film and its actress as among the best in the festival.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Call for Entries!

IFP’s Independent Film Week’s Project Forum 

Independent Film Week (September 15-19, 2013) is the oldest and largest forum in the U.S. for the discovery of new projects in development and new voices on the independent scene.
The Project Forum is a meetings-driven forum connecting filmmakers with producers, funders, distributors, broadcasters, sales agents, festival programmers, and more.

Now accepting applications for
  • Emerging Storytellers (for U.S. writers and writer/directors seeking producers and agents to develop, produce, represent and finance their scripts) 
  • No Borders International Co-production Market (for U.S. and International producers with partial financing on new narrative projects seeking additional partners)
  • Spotlight on Documentaries (for U.S. filmmakers in production or post-production seeking financing partners, broadcast/distribution opportunities, and festival invitations).

Emerging Storytellers & No Borders 
Deadline: May 3

Spotlight on Documentaries 
Deadlines: May 3/May 24.
More info

Thursday, April 25, 2013

New York Indian Film Festival, 2013 Nominations

New York Indian Film Festival, 2013 Nominations

NYFF has a nominating committee that reviews the selected films and then picks five films (in rare cases six or seven films) in the following categories: Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Child Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Documentary and Best Short. An independent committee of jurors (directors, producers, actors, programmers and film academicians) watch the films and choose the winners. The finally tally is done by KPMG. The festival is not involved in the decisions. The awards will be given on the closing night on May 4.

Here are nominations for 2013 NYFF in different categories

Still from film Anumati
Best Film
  • Anumati directed by Gajendra Ahire
  • BA Pass directed by Ajay Bahl
  • Filmistaan directed by Nitin Kakkar
  • Investment directed by Ratnakar Matkari
  • Shahid directed by Hansal Mehta

Director Gajendra Ahire 

Best Director
  • Gajendra Ahire (Film Anumati)
  • Ajay Bahl (Film BA Pass)
  • Dr. Biju (Film Color of Sky)
  • Goutam Ghosh (Film Shunyo Awnko)
  • Hansal Mehta (Film Shahid)

Vikram Ghokle
Best Actor
  • Vikram Ghokle (in Anumati directed by Gajendra Ahire)
  • Shadab Kamal (in BA Pass directed by Ajay Bahl)
  • Girish Kulkarni (in Pune 52 directed by Nikhil Mahajan)
  • Arjun Mathur (in Fireflies directed by Sabal Singh Shekhawat)
  • Nawazuddin Siddiqui (in Aatma directed by Suparn Verma)
  • Raj Kumar Yadav (in Shahid directed by Hansal Mehta)  

Bipasha Basu

Best Actress

  • Bipasha Basu (in Aatma directed by Suparn Verma)
  • Sonali Kulkarni (in Pune 52 directed by Nikhil Mahajan)
  • Dipti Naval (in Listen Amaya directed by Avinash and Geeta singh)
  • Konkana Sen Sharma (in Shunyo Awnko directed by Goutam Ghosh)
  • Supriya Vinod (in Investment directed by Ratnakar Matkari)


 Child actor Trimala Adhikari
Best Child Actor
  • Trimala Adhikari (in Hansa directed by Manav Kaul)
  • Prahash Naik (in Investment directed by Ratnakar Matkari)
  • Suraj Negi (in Hansa directed by Manav Kaul)
  • Raju Singh (in Oonga directed by Mehvash Husain)

Best Screenplay
Still from  BA Pass
  • BA Pass directed by Ajay Bahl
  • Color of Sky directed by Dr. Biju
  • Investment directed by Ratnakar Matkari
  • Hansa directed by Manav Kaul
  • Pune 52 directed by Nikhil Mahajan
  • Shahid directed by Hansal Mehta
Still from Baavra Mann
    Best Documentary
  • Baavra Mann directed by Jaideep Varma
  • The Human Factor directed by Rudradeep Bhattacharjee
  • Much Ado About Knotting directed by Geetika Narang Abbasi and Anandana Kapur
  • The Only Real Game directed by Mirra Bank
  • Please Don’t Beat Me Sir directed by
  • P. Kerim Friedman & Shashwati Talukdar                                                                                                         
  • To-Let directed by Spandan Banerjee
  • When Hari Got Married directed by Ritu Sarin, Tenzing Sonam

Still from Khaana
Best Short
  • Khaana directed by Cary Rajinder Sawhney
  • Saari Raat directed by Parimal Aloke
  • Sati directed by Aniruddha Chatterjee


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

 Congratulations, Vidya Balan!

Vidya Balan is on the
International Jury of the 66th Festival de Cannes

Vidya Balan becomes the fourth Indian female actor to be on the Cannes International Jury since the new millennium. She becomes the latest, following Sharmila Tagore, Nandita Das
and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

It is a sparkling Jury that will be presided over by American director and producer Steven Spielberg. Eight international movie personalities of very high level will help him award the prizes. They are all engaged and active in several creation spheres.

·        Vidya Balan (Indian actress)
·        Naomi Kawase (Japanese director)
·        Nicole Kidman (Australian actress/producer)
·        Lynne Ramsay (British scriptwriter/director/producer)
·        Daniel Auteuil (French actor/director)
·        Ang Lee (Taiwanese director/producer/scriptwriter)
·        Cristian Mungiu (Romanian scriptwriter/director/producer)
·        Christoph Waltz (Austrian Actor)

The Jury of the 66th Festival de Cannes will have to decide between the films in Competition to award the Prizes which will be announced during the Closing Ceremony on May 26th - the Palme d’Or being the highlight of the Ceremony.

The Hidden Gems Film Festival starts May 31, 2013. The schedule includes latest eight cutting-edge films from India and Pakistan in eight different languages. Five of them are by debutant directors. Festival Director Niru Bhatia says, "The refined finish of their cine techniques will astonish you. We also have a 12 times National Award winner Director (Rituparno Ghosh) and a first time film director (Suveeran) with 30 years stage experience. The Marathi-duo show their mastery once again. Two Malayalam pictures will take your breath away!".

2013 Hidden Gems Film Festival Programme

 *Samhita (the Script)
   Directors: Sumitra Bhave , Sunil Sukthankar  Marathi  138’  2012 

  Debutant Director  Suveeran K.P. Beari 100’ 2012
 *Manjadikuru (Lucky Red Seeds)
    Debutant Director Anjali Menon  Malayalam 140’ 2012

 *Chitrangda (The Crowning Wish)
   Director Rituparno Ghosh  Bengali 138’  2012
  *Patang (Kite) 
   Debutant Dirctor Prashant Bhargava, Hindi/Gujarati/Eng. 100’ 2011  
   *Shobdo (Sound)-Saturday
   Director Kaushik Ganguly Bengali 100’ 2012

  *Ozhimuri (Divorce record)
    Debutant Director Madhupal  Malayalam  133’  2012                 

  *Josh (Against the Grain)
    Debutant Director/Writer Iram Parveen Bilal Urdu 104’ Pakistan

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

45th Quinzaine des Réalisateurs – Directors’ Fortnight
Complete  line-up announced !
Anurag Kashyap makes it to Cannes again 
in Directors Fortnight for the second consecutive year

Anurag Kashyap’s latest film UGLY features in the 2013 Director’s Fortnight.

Ugly is produced by Phanton Films, a company run by Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, Vikas Bahl and Madhu Mantena. It is co produced by DAR Motion Pictures. The film is along the lines of a thriller and is based upon a child’s sudden disappearance from a busy street. The film stars Ronit Roy, Rahul Bhat, Tejaswini Kolhapure, Vineet Kumar Singh, Surveen Chawala, Siddhant Kapoor, Anshika Shrivastava and Girish Kulkarni

Created by the French Directors Guild in the wake of the events of May ’68, the Directors’ Fortnight seeks to aid filmmakers and contribute to their discovery by the critics and audiences alike. From its initial program in 1969, it cast its lot with the avant-garde (the glorious seventies), even as it created a breeding ground where the Cannes Festival would regularly find its prestigious auteurs.

Since its inception, the Directors' Fortnight has showcased the first films of Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Nagisa Oshima, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Ken Loach, Jim Jarmusch, Michael Haneke, Chantal Akerman, Spike Lee, Luc et Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Sofia Coppola, … invité Robert Bresson, Manoel de Oliveira, Stephen Frears, Jerzy Skolimowski, William Friedkin, Francis Ford Coppola... among others.
2013 Complete Line-up is as follows

The Congress, dir: Ari Folman
A Strange Course Of Events, dir: Raphael Nadjari
Apres La Nuit, dir: Basil Da Cunha*
The Apaches, dir: Thierry De Peretti*
Blue Ruin, dir: Jeremy Saulnier
La Danza De La Realidad, dir: Alejandro Jodorowosky
Jodorowsky’s Dune, dir: Frank Pavich*
L’Escale, dir: Kaveh Bakhtiari*
Henri, dir: Yolande Moreau
La Fille Du 14 Juillet, dir: Antonin Peretjako*
Ilo Ilo, dir: Anthony Chen*
Last Day On Mars, dir: Ruairi Robinson*
Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!, dir: Guillaume Gallienne*
The Selfish Giant, dir: Clio Barnard
Magic Magic, dir: Sebastian Silva
On The Job, dir: Erik Matti
Tip Top, dir: Serge Bozon
Ugly, dir: Anurag Kashyap
Un Voyageur, dir: Marcel Ophuls
The Summer Of The Flying Fish, dir: Marcela Said
We Are What We Are, dir: Jim Mickle

*Denotes a first film which is eligible for the Camera d’Or




Monday, April 22, 2013

2013 Cannes Critics Week Selection Of Films

Following last year's example of using portraits, the poster of the
2013 Critics Week features actress Soko revealed in the superb
'Augustine" by Alice Winocour

La Semaine de la Critique's Selection of Films for its 52nd Edition
Ritesh Batra, director of Lunch box
Two films that relate to India!
Ritesh Batra’s Lunch Box (Dabba)
is one among the seven competing feature films!
And in Short Films ...
Tau Seru by Rodd Rathjen (India/Australia) finds its place!
Congratulations to both from India!
Among the 10 feature films selected this year, there are six debut films and four second films by a director. The selection was made from 1029 films submitted.                                                                                                                                                 

Three feature films presented in Special Screenings

Suzanne by Katell Quillévéré (opening film)
You and The Night by Yann Gonzalez
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints by David Lowery

Seven Feature Films in Competition …

The Lunchbox (Dabba) by Ritesh Batra (India/France/Germany)
Salvo by Fabio Grassadonia & Antonio Piazza (Italy/France)
For Those in Peril by Paul Wright (UK)
Le Démantèlement (The Dismantlement) by Sébastien Pilote (Canada)
Nos héros sont morts ce soir by David Perrault (France)
Los Dueños by Agustin Toscano & Ezequiel Radusky (Argentina)
The Major by Yury Bykov (Russia)
Short Films

Tau Seru by Rodd Rathjen (India/Australia)
Vikingar by Magali Magistry (France/Iceland)
Agit Pop by  Nicolas Pariser (France)
Pátio Ali  by Muritiba (Brazil)
Come and Play Komm und Spiel by Daria Belova (Germany)
The Opportunist by David Lassiter (USA)
Pleasure by Ninja Thyberg (Sweden)
Océan by Emmanuel Laborie (France)
La lampe au beurre de Yak by HU Wei (China/France)
Breathe me by HAN Eun-young (South Korea)

Hidden Gems Film Festival celebrates its 5th Anniversary

Hidden Gems Film Festival (HGFF) founded on July 27, 2009, takes place in Calgary, Canada,
with Niru Bhatia as its Director.

HGFF brings art house cinema from India’s underground to this city. The first of its kind and
the only art-house film festival about India in Canada, this unique festival prides itself in discovering the ‘hidden gems’ from the depths of the ocean of the Indian film industry and bringing them to the cinephiles in Calgary. The Hidden Gems Film Festival devotes itself to bringing independent and ingenuous art films from across India to a cross-cultural audience with the intention of exchange between the film lovers from all walks of life.

The festival endeavours to bring challenging, cutting edge cinema of our times with emphasis on diversity and artistic integrity. It attempts to promote, support, educate and advocate the cultural fabric of India and hopefully will act as a catalyst for inspiration, reflection and discourse.
The festival is all set to present its fifth edition.
To know more please connect with the festival’s website and http://hiddengemsfilmfestival2011.blogsp...

Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Indian Film Festival of Ireland- June 7 to 10, 2013

The Indian Film Festival of Ireland- June 7 to 10, 2013

Programme Highlight
Dayal Nihalani /Rajen Kothari 's Das Capital  (City of Slaves)
along with the
Rajen Kothari Memorial Award for Best Debut Director.

The Indian Film Festival of Ireland takes place over June 7 to 10, with Siraj Zaidi as its Director. The mission of  the festival is to make Indian films and industry, as well as film personalities such as directors, producers, actors – better known  in Ireland .

The Indian Film Festival of Ireland was launched two years ago, the first edition being held in 2011. Director Zaidi says, “Given the success of the first and second edition of this festival,  I have the pleasure to inform you that the Indian Film Festival of Ireland 2013 is finally on. We are back at Movies@Dundrum Co.Dublin.''

Line up for the 4th IFFI 2013  

Blockbuster Movie:  Dr. Kamal Haasan 's Vishwaroop 

Homage to late Yashji (27 Sept 1932 – 21 Oct 2012)

"Original Superstar" of Indian Cinema - Late Rajesh Khanna (29 Dec 1942 – 18 July 2012) and Tribute to late Rajan Kothari (60) Cinematographer . IFFI 2013 will screen best of their  work like

Waqt, Silsila, Eak Tha Tiger, Jab Tak Hai Jaan ,Shanghai ,Paan Singh Tomar ,Kahaani ,Fashion ,Meherjaan,Gattu - Children's Film ,English Vinglish , Satyajit Ray's  Ghare Baire, OMG: Oh My God!

Dayal Nihalani and Rajen Kothari 's Das Capital  (City of Slaves)
along with the Rajen Kothari Memorial Award for the Debut Director.

The gala awards night will host a glamorous fashion night of the festival,the proceeds of which will go to a girl child education initiative in Delhi.
Masterclass held by visiting Indian director in focus

Siraj Zaidi  - Director, The Indian Film Festival of Ireland
Actor/ Producer/ Director/ Radio & TV Presenter/Writer.
Siraj Zaidi is a graduate of The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts specialising in performing Arts. Siraj spent two years with the BBC World Service as an actor- broadcaster. 1986 onwards, he has made Ireland his home, working in radio, theatre. tv and film. He is the Chief Executive and Managing Director of Meem Productions Limited, a film and television production company that he formed in 1989. He directed, produced and presented the six part TV documentary series ‘Away and Home" and produced, directed and presented a four part TV series 'Our View'. 

Contact info.
Phone: +353 87 283 2259