Friday, July 5, 2013

... at the Karlovy Vary film festival

Political livewire
Oliver Stone speaks out!

American screenwriter, director, producer and three-times Oscar winner,  Oliver Stone,  is attending the 48th International Film Festival, (June 28 - July 6) as a prized invitee.

On the festival's concluding day, he will receive its Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema. During the course of the festival, the famed director also presented two episodes from his 10-part documentary series, The Untold History of the United States, that depicts the country from World War II through the War on Terror. The episodes screened were  "Scarface," which Stone wrote, and the "ultimate" cut of the director's 2004 epic “Alexander”.

At his press conference held on July 4 (America’s Independence Day), Oliver Stone elaborated on these two films. Talking about Alexander: The Ultimate Cut he said “this is a new version made ten years later. The best version. I finally got to tell that complicated story about a son, mother and father, the man that carries the burden of a civil war on his chest. The first was too chronological and the influence of Alexander’s parents disappeared too soon.”   

Talking of the series at the time it was made, he said  “I did not make it because I’m an ideologist, but because I’m a storyteller. It´s a story of a country that lost all its innocence after WWII and became obsessed by national security. It’s the story of a great country that loses its way when it becomes obsessed with national security,"  he said.  

With his customary forthrightness on his political views, the director then lashed out at the current bias in the leadership of his country. 

He strongly admonished  Obama's 'Bush-Style eaves-dropping techniques and declared Edward Snowden a hero.  He urged the world to oppose the United States and offer asylum to the NSA whistleblower.  "To me, Snowden is a hero, because he revealed secrets that we should all know, that the United States has repeatedly violated the Fourth Amendment." Stone said. "He should be welcomed, and offered asylum, but he has no place to hide because every country is intimidated by the United States." He added, "This should not be. This is what's wrong with the world today, and it's very important that the world recognizes and gives asylum to Snowden. Everyone in the world is impacted by the United States' Big Brother attitude toward the world."  He also told the media present -  mostly European journalists -that their countries should resist US pressure. "We need countries to say no to the United States," he said.

The Press Conference was held at Karlovy Vary’s Thermal Hotel.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Goa Marathi Film Festival, Panaji June 28–30, 2013

  What began as an intimate local film festival, the Goa Marathi Film Festival, is now in its 6th year. This year it showcased the 17 select films which reflected genres in the rich tapestry of Marathi cinema. Two films also premiered, Duniyadari by Sanjay Jadhav and Postcard by Gajendra Ahire. The inauguration ceremony held June 28, included eminent personalities such as Shiv Sena Chief, Uddhav Thackeray as well as luminaries from the world of cinema, such as, Vikram Gokhale, Manava Naik, Pallavi Joshi, Mahesh Manjrekar, Mrinal Kulkarni, Sachin Khedekar, Shruti Marathe, Gajendra Ahire, Saie Tamhankar, Kranti Redkar, Girish Kulkarni and others. National award winner Vikram Gokhale was awarded the prestigious Kritadnyata Puraskar award (Lifetime Achievement).

Deepti D'Cunha, Raman Chawla , Raja Khedekar, Vice-President Kala Academy, Yogesh Karikurve
Deepti D'Cunha, Raman Chawla , Raja Khedekar, Vice-President Kala Academy, Yogesh Karikurve

Highlights included a session on international film festivals on modalities of taking a film to festivals abroad which was addressed by Deepti D’cunha, Raman Chawla,Senior Vice- President, The Film House, Osian’s, Connoisseurs of Art Pvt Ltd. Another session covered strategies involved in Crowd Funding, co-production and marketing, and financing a film, choosing an apt co-producer, the difference between line and co-production and the marketing of a film. This key session  was addressed by Satish Kataria and Yogesh Karikurve of Catapooolt.
The Special Women’s Filmmaking Session, Purushpradhan Vyavasayat Amhi Saryajani featured eminent women film professionals, Mrinal Kulkarni, Sumitra Bhave, Kranti Redkar and Pallavi Joshi. A short film competition was held in two categories viz. less than 10 mins and from 11 mins to 30 mins, which received an overwhelming response from participants from Goa and also from elsewhere.  In the first category Mikil Puthran bagged both the first and second place for his films Fish Fry and Histree respectively. In the second category Santosh Ram won for his film Vartul and Aftab Farooqui  for his film Paklo  respectively. The Goa Marathi Film Festival is organized by Vinsan World supported by the Government of Goa through the Directorate of Art and Culture, Entertainment Society of Goa, Goa Tourism Development Corporation Ltd and Department of Information. Cinema venues, Goa’s prestigious Kala Academy, ESG and INOX, also extended support to the festival.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Congratulations, Erin Galey, for scoring points at the 19th Palm Springs International Film Festival with your film Sahasi Chori!


Of the three India related short films screened at the 19th Anniversary Palm Springs International ShortFest  held June 18-24, 2013, Sahasi Chori ( Brave Girl), the 20 min short by Erin Galey, made the list of Audience Favorites. Read about these three shorts that connect with India …

Brave Girl

Brave Girl
Sahasi Chori
Singapore, 2012, 20 mins
Language: Hindi, Nepalese English Sub-Titles

A 13-year-old Nepali girl leaves her Himalayan village with her brother’s friend to find employment in the city. But Krishna, who promised her family he’d watch out after her, instead takes Bhumika across the border to India, intending to use her as currency in a devil’s bargain.

Director: Erin Galey
Producer: Brett Joffe, Stephanie Bousley
Editor: Eric Martin
Screenwriter: Erin Galey
Cinematographer: Frederic Menou
Music: Saunder Jurriaans, Daniel Bensi
Principal Cast: Albina Dahal, Jeewan Adhikary, Tillotama Shome, Sheeba Chadha, Atanu Chettri, Kabita Ale


Forty Hymns of FaithForty Hymns of Faith
Shri Hanuman Chalisa
India, 2013, 12 Minute Running Time
World Premiere

Extraordinarily beautiful and rich animation provides a metaphorical visual meaning to the verses of an ancient spiritual composition that has been sung and chanted across the globe for centuries: The 'Hanuman Chalisa' (a devotional Hindu song).

Director  Charuvi Agrawal


India, 2013, 15 Minute Running Time
Topic: Fantasy

A slum boy in Bangalore wants to make a film but does not have a camera. He builds a camera using a cardboard box, a magnifying glass and sticks, an old blank VHS tape on the side of it. He then sets out with his friend, searching for an idea for his film.

Director  Raam Reddy


Palm Springs International Film Festival is a film festival held in Palm Springs, California. Originally promoted by Mayor Sonny Bono and then sponsored by Nortel Networks Corporation, it started in 1989 and is held annually in January. It is run by the Palm Springs International Film Society, which also runs the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films (ShortFest), a festival of short films and film market in June.  The Palm Springs International Film Festival will be held January 3-13, 2014.


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