Sunday, May 24, 2015

68th Festival de Cannes- DHEEPAN by Jacques AUDIARD won the Palm d’or and Hou Hsiao –Hsien best Director

The Jury ,presided by Joel and Ethan Coen,  of the 68th Festival de Cannes, has disclosed the names of the winners during the Awards Ceremony. The Belgian actress, Cécile de France, had the honour of awarding the Palme d’or to the best of the 19 films in Competition.The director and French artist, Agnès Varda, received an honorary Palme d'or for her collected works from Jane Birkin.
Palme d'or
 by Jacques AUDIARD
Grand Prix
SAUL FIA (Son of Saul) by László NEMES
Best Director Award
HOU Hsiao-Hsien for NIE YINNIANG (The Assassin)
Jury Prize
Best Actress Award
Rooney MARA in CAROL by Todd HAYNES
Best Actor Award
Vincent LINDON in LA LOI DU MARCHÉ (The Measure of a Man) by Stéphane BRIZÉ
Best Screenplay Award
Palme d'or
 by Ely DAGHER
 by César Augusto ACEVEDO presented during La Semaine de la CritiqueThe Jury of the CST has awarded the VULCAN AWARD OF THE TECHNICAL ARTIST to:
Tamas ZANYI, sound engineer, for the outstanding contribution of sound to the narration of SAUL FIA (Son of Saul) by László NEMES.

The closing film La Glace et le Ciel (Ice and the Sky) by Luc Jacquet was screened at the end of the Ceremony.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

"Masaan” won two prizes in 68th Festival de Cannes

"Masaan" directed by  by Neeraj Ghaywan won two prizes in the 68th International Film Festival of Cannes ( Festival de Cannes 2015 ).One is the Certain Regard’s PROMISING FUTURE PRIZE and the Second one is Fipresci prize -The Critics Award-in the certain regard section . This directorial debut film is an Indo-French co-production

FIPRESCI Prize- The Critics Awards- at 68th Festival de Cannes 2015

At the 68th Cannes Film Festival (May 13-24, 2015),three prizes have been presented by the International Federation of Film Critics – FIPRESCI.

Prize, Official Competition:
"Son of Saul" (Saul Fia) by László Nemes,
(Hungary 2015, 107 min).

Prize, Un Certain Regard:
"Masaan" by Neeraj Ghaywan 
(India, France, 2015, 103 min).

Prize, Parallel Sections:
"Paulina" (La Patota) by Santiago Mitre
(Argentine, Brazil, France, 2015, 103 min,
presented in the Critics' Week).

Jury members were:
Mario Abbade Neto, Brazil ("Jornal O Globo", "Almanaque Virtual")
Borborah Bitopan, India ("The Assam Tribune")
Jean Roy, France ("L'Humanité")
Müge Turan, Turkey ("Altyazi", "")
Richard Mowe, UK ("BBC Radio Culture Show", "Eye for Film")
Alex Masson, France ("Cinemateaser", "FHM", "Notre temps")
Steffen Moestrup, Denmark ("Le monde diplomatique", "Kristeligt Dagblad")
Clarence Tsui, Hong Kong ("The Hollywood Reporter")
Ramy Razek, Egypt ("El Masry El Yom").
Coordination: Pamela Biénzobas, Chile ("Revista de Cine").

Un Certain Regard awards of the 68th Festival de Cannes 2015 declared

Un Certain Regard 2015 presented in competition 19 films hailing from 21 different countries. Four of the works were first films. The Opening film was An by Naomi Kawase.

HRÚTAR (Béliers / Rams) by Grímur Hákonarson
ZVIZDAN (Soleil de plomb / The High Sun) by Dalibor Matanić
Kiyoshi Kurosawa for KISHIBE NO TABI (Vers l’autre rive / Journey to the Shore)
COMOARA (Le Trésor / Treasure) by Corneliu Porumboiu
MASAAN by Neeraj Ghaywan
Ex aequo
NAHID by Ida Panahandeh

The Un Certain Regard 2015 Jury under the presidency of Isabella Rossellini (filmmaker - United States, Italy), was comprised of Haifaa al-Mansour (director - Saudi Arabia), Panos H. Koutras (director - Greece), Nadine Labaki (director, actress - Lebanon) and Tahar Rahim (actor - France). Isabella Rossellini remarked :“The experience of watching nineteen films from twenty-one countries was memorable. It was like taking a flight over our Planet and its inhabitants… Any anthropologist would be envious of us.We would like in particular to thank Thierry Frémaux and his team for their incredible kindness.I cannot refrain from expressing also my personal gratitude to the Festival for having chosen my mother Ingrid Bergman for the poster of the 68th edition of this festival. Mamma seems to hovered over all of us, filmmakers and film lovers, as a guardian angel.”

Friday, May 22, 2015

68th Festival de Cannes-18th Cinefondation Awards announced

Abderrahmane Sissako and the Jury announced the winners
of the 18th Cinéfondation Selection
The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury headed by Abderrahmane Sissako and including Cécile de France, Joana Hadjithomas, Daniel Olbrychski and Rebecca Zlotowski, has awarded the 2015 Cinéfondation Prizes during a ceremony held in the Buñuel Theatre, followed by the screening of the winning films.
The Cinéfondation Selection consisted of 18 student films, chosen out of 1 593 entries coming from 381 film schools around the world.
First Prize:
SHARE directed by Pippa Bianco
AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, USA
Second Prize:
LOCAS PERDIDAS directed by Ignacio Juricic Merillán
Carrera de Cine y TV Universidad de Chile, Chile
Joint Third Prize: 
THE RETURN OF ERKIN directed by Maria Guskova
High Courses for Scriptwriters and Film Directors, Russia
Joint Third Prize: 
VICTOR XX directed by Ian Garrido López
ESCAC, Spain
The awarded films will receive €15,000 for the First Prize, €11,250 for the Second and €7,500 for the Third.
The First Prize winner is also guaranteed that her first feature film will be presented at the Festival de Cannes.

8th IDSFFK 2015-International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala-List of films selected in the Competition and Focus (out of competition ) sections

Competition: Long Documentary

A Poet, A City and A Footballer Dir: Joshy Joseph / Bengali/ 105min/ 2014

Call from the other shore / Maruvili Dir: Anvar Ali / Malayalam/ 90min/ 2015

Every Time You Tell A Story Dir: Ruchika Negi/Amit Mahanti/ English/ 52min/ 2015

Feet Upon The Ground / Bhoomiyil Chuvadurachu Dir: Vipin Vijay / Malayalam/ 175min/ 2014

Floating Life / Phum Shang Dir: Haobam Paban Kumar/ No Dialogue/ 52min/ 2014

Kapila Dir: Sanju Surendran / Malayalam/ 62min/ 2015

Competition: Short Documentary

Ankahee Dir: Esha Katiyar/ Hindi/ 13min/ 2015

Beyond Barbed Wires. A Distant Dawn Dir: Rafeeq Ellias/ Hindi/English/ 31min/ 2015

Bombay 70 Dir: Disha Rindani/ Hindi/ 10min/ 2014

Caste and Cleanliness / Vritiyude Jathi Dir: Vidhu Vincent / Malayalam/ 25min/ 2014

CottonDreams Dir: Sandeep Rampal Balhara/ Marathi/ 15min/ 2014

De Sidere 7 Dir: Nicolas Grandi/Lata Mani/ English/ 38min/ 2014

Earth shit / Kalivu Dir: Ramanathan Vaidyanathan/ Tamil/ 26min/ 2014

Following the Box Dir: Anirban Mahapatra/ Bengali/English/ 31min/ 2015

Free Spirits / Raanachi Pakhara Dir: Aditya Ranade/ Marathi/Hindi/ 30min/ 2014

Indefensible Space Dir: Manish Sharma/ Hindi/Marathi/ 20min/ 2015

KAKUMA: A land of tears and hope Dir: Jiji Kalavanal SDB/ English/ 18min/ 2014

Man and the Ocean / Sagar Manav Dir: Tanumoy Bose/ Gujarati/Hindi/ 21min/ 2015

Qissa-e-Parsi: The Parsi Story Dir: Shilpi Gulati/Divya Cowasji/ English/ 30min/ 2014

Red, Blue, Green, Yellow Dir: Sherrey Govindan/ Malayalam/ 35min/ 2014

Scarred Dir: Sarah Thomas/ English/Hindi/Kannada/ 32min/ 2014

Scattered Clouds Dir: Debjani Banerjee/ Bengali/ 15min/ 2015

Taking Side / Hum Aapke Saath Hain Saathi Dir: Meghnath / Biju Toppo Akhra/ Hindi/ 37min/ 2015

Tashi And The Monk Dir: Andrew Hinton/Johnny Burke/ English/Tibetan/ 40min/ 2014

Unveiled / Bepurdah Dir: Rishika Namdev/ Hindi/ 29min/ 2015

Zebra Lines Dir: Rajesh James/ Malayalam/ 30min/ 2014

Competition: Short Fiction

A Summer Afternoon / Chaita Ki Ek Dupahari Dir: Rakesh Shukla/ Hindi/ 27min/ 2014

Afternoon Lullaby / Unhachi Angai Dir: Karuna Bansode / Marathi/ 22min/ 2015

Anywhere But Here Dir: Shubhangi Singh/ English/ 14min/ 2014

Awakenings Dir: Bhargav Saikia/ Hindi/ 13min/ 2015

Because of her... / Tichya mule... Dir: sameer patwardhan/ Marathi/ 14min/ 2014

Bloody Moustache Dir: Prosit Roy/ Hindi/ 12min/ 2014

Comrade Walks on Thin Ice Dir: Harisankar K D/ English/ 7min/ 2015

Ebby Tune / Ujantali Dir: Som Chakraborty/ Bengali/ 27min/ 2014

Fading Red Dir: Bharath MC/ English/Kannada/Hindi/ 40min/ 2015

Garass Dir: Sanju Surendran / Hindi/ 35min/ 2015

Going Home / Edpa Kana Dir: Niranjan Kumar Kujur/ No Dialogue/ 26min/ 2015

Goodbye, Mayfly Dir: Siddhartha Gigoo/ Kashmiri/ 22min/ 2015

Kalyani Dir: Sivaranjini Nair/ Malayalam/Hindi/Gujarati/ 12min/ 2014

Kulfi Dir: Sanober Khan/ Hindi/English/ 21min/ 2014

Paandhrya Dir: Sandeep Mane/ Marathi/ 30min/ 2014

Penile Code Dir: Sharath Chandra Bose/ English/ 15min/ 2014

Ranga Dir: Nikhil Talegaonkar/ Marathi/ 27min/ 2015

Shadow Dir: Rakesh Kumar Paikara / Hindi/ 15min/ 2014

The Evergreen Brass Band / Sadabahar Brass Band Dir: Tushar More/ Marathi/ 26min/ 2014

The Gatekeeper Dir: Atanu Mukherjee/ No Dialogue/ 14min/ 2014

The Infinite Space Dir: Siddharth Chauhan/ Ladakhi/ 25min/ 2015

The King / Kshatrap Dir: Sajal Anand/ Hindi/ 11min/ 2014

The Mother Toung / Agged Nayaga Dir: Sindhu Sajan / Malayalam/ 28min/ 2015

The Role / Bhumika Dir: Dhiraj Meshram/ Marathi/ 23min/ 2014

Transition / Apabhransha Dir: Saurabh Vyas/ Hindi/ 23min/ 2014

Unfriend Dir: Lijin Jose/ Malayalam/ 16min/ 2014

Watermelon Dir: Pranav Harihar Sharma/ Hindi/ 8min/ 2015

Wing / Pankh Dir: Vikas Dani/ Hindi/ 31min/ 2015

Competition: Campus Film

I'm Home Dir: Sharukh Bava/ English/ 12min/ 2015

Novu Dir: Dr. Siju Vijayan K.V / Malayalam/ 16min/ 2015

Reflection / Prathibimbam Dir: Sham Mohammed/ Malayalam/ 5min/ 2015

Scry Dir: Abhilash S. / English/ 6min/ 2014

Semicolon / ; Dir: Anju Moandas/ No Dialogue/ 5min/ 2015

Way Home / Madakkam Dir: Prahas N/ No Dialogue/ 5min/ 2015

Competition: Music Video

Beautiful Grey Dir: Kim Jung Hyun/ English/ 4min/ 2015

Beyond / Pare Dir: Sharmista Nag/ Hindi/ 5min/ 2015

Entanglement Dir: Sasha Singh/ No Dialogue/ 4min/ 2015

Laage Dir: Abhilash Vijayan/ Hindi/ 6min/ 2014

Last Rites Dir: Tribeny Rai/ Nepali/ 4min/ 2014

Let Love Be My Right / Ishq Ki Ijaazat Dir: Satyanshu Singh/ Devanshu kumar / Hindi/ 4min/ 2015

Nightcrawlers Dir: Arnold Fernandes/ No Dialogue/ 3min/ 2014

Nirjan Dir: Ankit Maratha/ Hindi/ 5min/ 2014

Ode To A Better World Dir: Subramaniam M/ Sanskrit/ 4min/ 2015

Shelter / Niloy Dir: Lubna Sharmin/ Bengali/ 5min/ 2015

So What! Transitioning Positively Dir: Anupam Barve/ Hindi/ 7min/ 2014

Theiyye Dir: Arun Sukumar/ No Dialogue/ 5min/ 2015

Focus: Long Documentary

English India Dir: Spandan Banerjee/ English/Hindi/ 75min/ 2015

Images and Reflections Dir: Girish Kasaravalli/ English/ 88min/ 2015

On A Quest Dir: Prasanna R S/ English/ 120min/ 2014

The Hope Doctors Dir: Diya Banerjee/ English/Hindi/ 51min/ 2015

This Is The Movement Dir: Ritvick Sharad Vats/ Hindi/ 45min/ 2014

Focus: Short Documentary

A School / Madarsa Dir: Mustaqeem Khan/ Hindi/Urdu/Gujarati/ 28min/ 2015

A World Within Four Walls Dir: Patdeep Chaudhuri / Bengali/ 22min/ 2014

Ananya Dir: Vaibhav Hiwase/ Bengali/ 16min/ 2015

Byline By BRP Dir: Anilkumar P Y Manmeda/ Malayalam/ 28min/ 2014

Halo Dir: Amit Kumar/ No Dialogue/ 10min/ 2014

In Danger Zone Dir: Bhaghyanathan.C.G Babu/ Malayalam/ 18min/ 2015

Invisible Wings Dir: Hari M Mohanan Mullaseril House/ Malayalam/ 10min/ 2015

Kaansutra Dir: Karan Dhar/ Hindi/ 13min/ 2014

Knots or Bonds / Gaathi Dir: Prachiti Khavte/ Konkani/ 30min/ 2015

Living The Green Dream / Dayalinte Jaiva Padangal Dir: Shabil Krishnan/ English/ 35min/ 2015

Manipur: The Land of Tears / Manipur: Kanneer Prathesam Dir: Maga.Tamizh Prabhagaran/ Tamil/ 24min/ 2014

MNF: The Mizo Uprising Dir: Napoleon RZ Thanga/ English/ 28min/ 2014

Salute Dir: V.K.Subhash / English/ 17min/ 2014

She Creates to Conquer Dir: Sarmistha Maiti/ English/ 27min/ 2015

Some Lives / Chila Jeevithangal Dir: Dr. Bijukumar Damodaran/ Malayalam/ 32min/ 2014

The Ferryman Dir: Kaushangi Modi/ Gujarati/ 15min/ 2014

Visarjan Dir: Mujeeb Qureshi/ English/ 11min/ 2014

Focus: Short Fiction

Bridge / Setu Dir: Shivam Sharma/ Hindi/ 14min/ 2014

CINE-MAA Dir: Jaypraad Desai/ Hindi/Marathi/ 12min/ 2015

Conscience / Antahkarana Dir: Mustaqeem Khan/ Hindi/ 20min/ 2014

Darjeeling Dir: Shayak Ghosh/ Hindi/Bengali/ 9min/ 2014

Death Dir: Sandip Banerjee/ Bengali/ 12min/ 2014

Eyedart / Kanneru Dir: Shanavas K Bavakutty / Malayalam/ 7min/ 2014

Family Mart Dir: Jayaprakash Koroth/ Hindi/ 12min/ 2015

Gnamali (Dog) Dir: Vijay Anand TR/ Tamil/ 25min/ 2014

Hiroshima Dir: chandan roy sanyal/ No Dialogue/ 6min/ 2015

Kamakshi Dir: Satindar Singh Bedi/ Hindi/ 25min/ 2015

Mars / Mangal Dir: Mahesh Kumar Mishra/ Marathi/ 14min/ 2014

Metro Dir: Amit Kumar/ Bengali/ 9min/ 2015

Mockart Dir: Himalay Dave/ Hindi/ 27min/ 2015

Mukti Dir: Ritwik Sinha/ Bengali/ 10min/ 2015

Paper Flower / Kagojer Phool Dir: Suvadro Chowdhury/ Bengali/ 24min/ 2015

Points of Origin Dir: Anya Leta/ Hindi/ 19min/ 2014

Sama-Bhava Dir: A.Mithran Arumugam/ No Dialogue/ 7min/ 2014

See Sea Dir: Soubin Nath K.P/ Malayalam/ 7min/ 2014

Seek And Hide Dir: Manoj Nitharwal / Hindi/ 29min/ 2014

Sewing Machine / Selai Macine Dir: Samiran Datta/ Bengali/ 27min/ 2014

Songs We Wrote Dir: Sandhya Sundaram/ Marathi/ 23min/ 2014

Stroke in Life / Aachor Dir: Jyotish Kumar Nath/ No Dialogue/ 14min/ 2015

Super Girl Dir: Vaani Arora/Hemant Gaba/ English/Hindi/ 16min/ 2014

The End... Dir: Tabish Shaikh/ Hindi/ 10min/ 2015

The invisible strand / Adrishyam. Dir: Anand Ekarshi/ Malayalam/ 9min/ 2014

The Mourners / Shumshaan Voraag Dir: Shreesh Zutshi/ Kashmiri/ 14min/ 2014

The Poem Thief Dir: Asmit Pathare/ English/ 20min/ 2014

The Ruffian Dir: major sajeev k v / Malayalam/ 29min/ 2015

The Visitor Dir: Murali Govindan/Krithika Manohar/ English/ 14min/ 2014

Wired Dir: Varuna Tuteja/ Hindi/ 16min/ 2014

Yahin Kahin Nahi Dir: Karma Takapa / Hindi/ 27min/ 2014

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A Palme d’honneur to Agnès Varda

Agnès Varda is to receive an honorary Palme d’or during the Closing Ceremony of the 68th Festival de Cannes. Previously, only Woody Allen, in 2002, Clint Eastwood, in 2009, and Bernardo Bertolucci, in 2011, have been granted this supreme distinction by the Board of Directors of the Festival de Cannes. The award is given to renowned directors whose works have achieved a global impact but who have nevertheless never won the Palme d’or.

Agnès Varda is the first female director to garner the prestigious trophy. With her legendary humour, she notes: “And yet my films have never sold as much as theirs!” A photographer, screenplay writer, actress, director and visual artist, Agnès Varda is a total all-rounder, a versatile genius whose insatiable curiosity has led her into a whole variety of projects, each of which she somehow turns into gold.