Saturday, December 29, 2007

"one should make films the way he wants" - Adoor

Other festivals in India are slowly occupying the space of IFFI as IFFI is not applying their mind in promoting films in the Indian Panorama .At one time the films shown in Indian Panorama were getting 10 lakhs for screening in Doordarsan and that was a sure return for the good cinema. Subsequently DD reduced the amount and then stopped screening panorama films.,eminent filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan said in a press conference held in Goa after the screening of his latest film Naalu Pennungal in the 38th International Film Festival of India(IFFI) here .He criticized the process of sending entries to foreign film festivals, saying it was responsible for the large number of rejections. "India can send better entries to these festivals provided we have a thorough screening and a procedure to short list fewer entries", he said speaking at a press conference after the screening of his latest film Naalu Pennungal (Four Women) at the on-going 38th International Film Festival of India(IFFI) here. Naalu Pennungal was based on short stories by the Gjan Peedh award winner and famous writer in Malayalam Thakazzhi Sivasankara Pillai. Though these stories had been written at different times, but he chose them because of they go together thematically. Adoor said that he enjoyed complete freedom in adaptation to the film form. In fact, he had gone beyond the author and infused sub-text and layers. The four stories, each independent and set in a specific time(between 1940s and 60s).Giving a reply to another question, he said that the reason that he could make only ten films in his about 40-year-long career was that it was so difficult to make the films the way one wants. He said it was so hard these days to find platforms for showing good movies The film was premiered in Toronto and has gone to London , Nantes .Warsaw Film Festivals,he said..

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