Thursday, May 30, 2013

Rituparno Ghosh, young and powerful auteur of Bengali cinema , is no more

Rituparno Ghosh, one of the most talented ,powerful young film directors of the country, died at his home today morning. The multiple awards winning filmmaker was 49. Rituparno Ghosh shot to fame by directing a children's film Hirer Angti in 1994. Ghosh was born on August 31, 1963 in Kolkata. His father was a well known documentary filmmaker. His other widely acclaimed films include Unishe April ( 1994 ) ,Dahan, (1997  ) Bariwali(1999  ), Asukh(1999  ) Utsav( 2000 ), Titli(2002)  Shubho Mahurat ( 2003 ),, Chokher Bali(2003  ), Raincoat( 2004 ),  Antarmahal( 2006 )    ,Dosar( 2006 ),The Last Lear( 2007 ),Khila( 2008 ) ShobCharitro Kalponik( 2008 ),Abohoman ( 2010 ) Noukadubi(2010)  Sunglass( 2012 )and Chitrangada(2012  ). Ghosh had been working on a new film, titled SatyanweshiKahaani director Sujoy Ghosh essays the role of legendary detective character Byomkesh Bakshi in Ghosh’s adaptation of Chorabali by Saradindu Bandopadhyay. The shooting for the film had recently been completed.

Monday, May 27, 2013

6th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK) opens with ‘5 Broken Cameras’ directed by Emad Burnat and Guv Davidi

The sixth edition of the International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK) will begin in Thiruvananthapuram on 7th June  and run up to 11th June 2013 . The five-day festival, organised by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, would open with the screening of  ‘5 Broken Cameras’  directed by Emad Burnat and Guv Davidi.This subtle fiction from cold war days has an astonishing resemblance to a non-fiction movie of today, 5 Broken Cameras, one of the best, most involving documentaries of the past couple of years, shot entirely in and around a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank. An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first   hand account of non-violent resistance. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later given to Israeli co-director Guv Davidi to edit.”5 Broken Cameras is a polemical work and in no sense analytical. It presents with overwhelming power a case of injustice on a massive scale, and gives us a direct experience of what it's like to be on the receiving end of oppression and dispossession, administered by the unyielding, stony-faced representatives of those convinced of their own righteousness. But it isn't vindictive and has a sense of history and destiny. Much may be concealed, but what we are shown and experience is the resilient spirit of one village recorded by a single observer.”, the Guardian review reads. The trailer can be watched in
There would be a special screening of the film “To let the World in”, directed by  Avijit Mukul Kishore in this fest. It features a series of interviews with some of India’s most renowned contemporary artists. Conceptualized by Kishore and Chaitanya Sambrani, the film aims to fill a void in the documentation of Indian art, while simultaneously building a knowledge bank using a medium that has been largely untapped. The film was screened for the first time at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai last week to a packed auditorium. Both Chaitanya Sambrani and Avijit Mukul Kishore were present, and indulged the audience with behind the scenes anecdotes about the making of the film and answers to their queries. The film sticks to the documentary format, with voice over narrations, stills of artist biographies, and shots of archival material. Nevertheless, the film is marked by a colloquial quality, evident in the ease of the conversations, and rides high on a feel good factor. Far from being a documentary about style and technique, the film chooses to focus instead on anecdotes and snippets of important information about the works of each artist, or on the influences each artist reveals and speaks about. This first volume of the film features ten artists: Arpita Singh, Gulammohammed Sheikh, Vivan Sundaram, Nalini Malani, Ranbir Kaleka, Sudhir Patwardhan, Nilima Sheikh, Pushpamala N., Anita Dube and Atul Dodiya, as well as one art critic: Geeta Kapur.The full  selection list can be read in the official website of the KSCA or follow the link below.;postID=8340410056730029443;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=3;src=postname

The list of films in the information section is yet to be released

Sunday, May 26, 2013

‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’ won the Palm d’or in the 66th Caanes Film Festival

 The Jury of the 66th Festival de Cannes, presided over by Steven Spielberg, announced the prizes winners during the Closing Ceremony on the stage of the Grand Théâtre Lumière. The Palme d’or for the best film among the twenty in competition went to Abdellatif Kechiche for his film la VIE D’ADÈLE - CHAPITRE 1 & 2(Blue is the Warmest Colour) . Other prizes: Grand Prix went to ‘ Inside Llewyn Davis by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen. Amat Escalante won award for Best Director for  the film  ‘ Heli ’ .  Kore-Eda Hirokazu received the Jury Prize for the film ‘Like Father like Son’.Award for Best Screenplay was given to Jia Zhangke for ‘A Touch Of Sin’ .Award for Best Actress--Bérénice Bejo in The Past by Asghar Farhadi. Award for Best Actor--Bruce Dern in ‘Nbraska’ by Alexander Payne.
Short Films
Palme d'Or :Safe by Moon Byoung-gon
 Special Mention in the category- ‘White Valley by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson and ‘37°4 S by Adriano Valerio.
Camera d'or :Ilo Ilo by Anthony Chen has been presented in the Directors' Fortnight.
The Jury of the CST has awarded the Vulcan Award of the technical artist to: Antoine Heberlé, director of photography for the film Grigris (directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun), for a result showing remarkable finesse and humility, with the sole intention of serving the film, in conditions that we imagine were very difficult. 
Jérôme Salle’s Zulu starring Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker, was screened at the end of the ceremony.

The Missing Picture by Rithy Panh won prize of Un Certain Regard in 66th Festival de Cannes

Un Certain Regard 2013 of the 66th Festival de’ Cannes presented in competition 17 films hailing from 15 different countries. 6 of the works were first films.The Bling Ring directed by Sofia Coppola opened the program out of competition. Under the presidency of Thomas Vinterberg (Director - Denmark), the Jury was comprised of Zhang Ziyi (Actor - China), Ludivine Sagnier (Actor - France), Ilda Santiago (Head of Festival do Rio - Brazil) and Enrique Gonzalez Macho (Producer, Distributor, Exhibitor - Spain).

While announcing the jury decision Thomas Vinterberg  Jury President said “Clay figures, extreme beauty, violence, homosexual blow jobs, systematic humiliation of the human kind, Léa Seydoux’s legs, great Brando imitations are just some of the unique images that will follow us for a while.  This selection was insistingly unsentimental, and still poetic. It was political, highly original, sometimes disturbing, diverse and first of all, very often - unforgettable.” 



OMAR by Hany Abu-Assad

Alain Guiraudie for Stranger by The Lake


For the ensemble cast of La Jaula De Oro by Diego Quemada-Diez


Fruitvale Station by Ryan Coogler 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

6th International Documentary And Short Film Festival Of Kerala- list of films in competition section released

6th Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala( 6th IDSFFK) organized by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy on behalf of the Department of Culture, Govt of Kerala as part of its attempt to catalyse a vivacious documentary and short film movement in the country will be held in Thiruvananthapuram Kerala , from the 7th – 11th June 2013 .The KSCA has released the festival lineup.

National Competition: Short Fiction
  • 23 Winters
    Dir: Rajesh S. Jala/30min/2013
  • Afternoon/Do Pahar
    Dir: Shazia Shrivastava|Sharifa Roy/29min/2012
  • Alfie
    Dir: Thomas Mathai/26min/2013
  • Behind the Wall/Bhinti Maage
    Dir: Vishwesh Kolwalker/14min/2013
  • Bleeding
    Dir: AromalT./21min/2012
  • For Hire
    Dir: Varun Chawla/23min/2012
  • Local
    Dir: Bharat Suresh Pawar/5min/2012
  • Paradise/Firdous
    Dir: Tushar Digambar More/11min/2012
  • Remember a Day
    Dir: Poojan Shah/11min/2012
  • Skylab is Falling
    Dir: Manoj Leonel Jahson/27min/2012
  • The Breadfruit Tree
    Dir: Priyamvada Narayanan/21min/2012
  • Virag
    Dir: Archana Menon/12min/2012
National Competition: Short Documentary
  • 56608
    Dir: Sudhi Narayan/27min/2012
  • A Life Relived
    Dir: Sonali Jha Chatterjee|Rebika Laishram|Jatin Arora/9min/2012
  • Between the Trees
    Dir: Dheeraj Sarthak|Ashish Kumar Singh/29min/2013
  • Beyond Binary
    Dir: Ananya Kasaravalli/31min/2012
  • Bhateshwar
    Dir: Sandeep Kumar Verma/28min/2013
  • Bottle Masala in Moile
    Dir: Vaidehi Chitre/38min/2012
  • Daivathinte Vazhi/God's Ways
    Dir: Pallavi Venugopal/14min/2012
  • Devrai/The Sacred Groves of Maharashtra
    Dir: Richa Hushing/36min/2012
  • Diaries of Unknown
    Dir: Sohil Vaidya/25min/2013
  • Gaur in my Garden
    Dir: Rita Banerji/26min/2012
  • Gawah/Witness
    Dir: Gauri Chadha/22min/2012
  • 'In Search Of Destiny'
    Dir: Aakash Arun/22min/2012
  • Kunnolam- What the hills say in silence
    Dir: Dawn Antony/15min/2013
  • Mangroves - Guardians of the Coast
    Dir: Abdul Rafia Fazili|Tenzin Khepahk/24min/2012
  • Nenmanikyam/Golden Grain
    Dir: M. Venukumar/28min/2012
  • O Friend, This Waiting!
    Dir: Sandhya Kumar|Justin McCarthy/32min/2012
  • The Journey From Sadir To Bharatanatyam
    Dir: Viveka Chauhan/35min/2012
  • The Man Who Planted the Jungle
    Dir: Piyush Pande/40min/2013
  • The Plastic Cow
    Dir: Kunal Vohra/34min/2012
  • This or That Particular Person
    Dir: Subasri Krishnan/27min/2012
  • Timbaktu
    Dir: Rintu R. Thomas|Sushmit Ghosh/29min/2012
  • When People Speak
    Dir: Parvez Imam/37min/2013
National Competition: Long Documentary
  • A Farmer from Kuttanad/ Oru Kuttanadan Karshakan
    Dir: Santosh Sivan/50min/2012
  • Algorithms
    Dir: Ian McDonald/96min/2012
  • …and the Unclaimed/... ebang bewarish
    Dir: Debalina/62min/2013
  • At the Crossroads/ Do Chhakire
    Dir: Deba Ranjan/90min/2012
  • CHAR... the No-Man's Island/... Moddhikhane CHAR
    Dir: Sourav Sarangi/88min/2012
  • Gulabi Gang
    Dir: Nishtha Jain/96min/2012
  • Have you seen the arana?/ Ningal Aranaye Kando?
    Dir: Sunanda Bhat/74min/2012
  • Immoral Daughters
    Dir: Nakul Singh Sawhney/64min/2012
  • To- Let
    Dir: Spandan Banerjee/60min/2013
  • The Human Factor
    Dir: Rudradeep Bhattacharjee/76min/2012
National Competition: Music Video
  • Balikkuripu
    Dir: Sathyan Odessa/3min/2012
  • Kill the Rape
    Dir: Ravisankar/4min/2013
  • Memories/Nenaivugal
    Dir: Triloknath Arivelu/5min/2013
  • Small Time Crooks
    Dir: Ruchir Arun/5min/2012
  • Soja Rajkumari
    Dir: Sanyukta Sharma/5min/2013
  • The Clown on the 22nd Floor
    Dir: Ankita Sharma/6min/2013
  • The Drowning Song
    Dir: Sandhya Daisy Sundaram/6min/2013
  • The Hope/Aashaye
    Dir: Tathagata Ghosh/5min/2013
  • Voyage/Sanchari Dir: Ananya Kasaravalli/5min/2013
National Competition: Animation
  • Black O’ Whyte
    Dir: Jithindas.C.H|Sibin Anto.M/4min/2013
  • I was a Child
    Dir: Rahul Kumar (Gupta)/18min/2012
  • Jil Jil Genie- The Magic Gloves
    Dir: Mahesh Vettiyar/11min/2012
  • Kanya Manya Kurr
    Dir: Arvind Jodha|Anjali shekhawat/2min/2013
  • Monetalis
    Dir: Praveen|Rakshitha|Ashwin|Aditya|Pranava/5min/2012
  • Romeospikes
    Dir: K.D.Shybu/4min/2012
  • The Escape
    Dir: Anilkumar E.R./2min/2013
  • Void
    Dir: Arunabh Deoraj/1min/2013
National Competition: Campus Film
  • Awake in Your Dreams
    Dir: Shemin B Nair/20min/2012
  • CET Life
    Dir: Arunkumar S.|Sarath N.S./18min/2012
  • Life Sentence
    Dir: Dr. Vincent Jose/10min/2012
  • Ridiculous
    Dir: Abhishek KS/8min/2013
  • Who am I?
    Dir: John Lanjo/9min/2012

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The 66th festival de Cannes is open

The 66th festival de Cannes opened in the Grand Théâtre Lumière last night. After a song from the film The Color Purple by Steven Spielberg , performed by Emeli Sandé, Audrey Tautou welcomed on stage the feature films Jury members : Vidya Balan, Naomi Kawase, Nicole Kidman, Lynne Ramsay, Daniel Auteuil, Ang Lee, Cristian Mungiu, Christoph Waltz and  Jury President, Steven Spielberg. Leonardo DiCaprio and Amitabh Bachchan declared the festival open and the ceremony continued with the screening of the film  of Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, with the key members of the movie crew in attendance. The rain disrupted the ceremony but the organizers

Thursday, May 9, 2013

66th Cannes Film Festival 2013 - Official Selection

66th Festival de Cannes has announced  all the films included in the official selection
Un Certain Regard
Out of Competition
Special screenings
Short films in Competition