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Siraj Syed

Siraj Syed is the India Correspondent for and a member of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics. He is a Film Festival Correspondent since 1976, Film-critic since 1969 and a Feature-writer since 1970. He is also an acting and dialogue coach. 



IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 30: Indian première of We Still Have the Deep Black Night

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 30: Indian première of We Still Have the Deep Black Night

Gustavo Galvao, Director of the film ‘We Still Have the Deep Black Night’, says that his movie is “a story of passion for music and art; and finding identity through music”.  He was addressing a press conference at the 51st edition of the International Film Festival of India. The film had its Indian Première at IFFI, in the Festival Kaleidoscope section of the festival.

The film is a story of a trumpet player who struggles to get due recognition for her talent. Speaking about the choice of characters, Gustavo said, “I chose it to be different in approach to music in the rock-band. Learning trumpet takes 10 years; that is why I chose a trumpet player rather than anyone else”.  He said the movie was completed in 2019 and that public funding is the only source of finance for movie making in Latin American countries; unlike in India, private funding for films is not allowed.

Sharing a response to the movie, he said: “once a woman told me that she dislikes rock bands and its culture but said she liked the movie, the way it has been presented”.

Lead actor Vanessa Gusmao who played the role of the trumpeter in the rock band said: “Being a musician, I was chosen as a part of the band; I know how it is to be a musician and what it takes when one is not recognised”.

About We Still Have the Deep Black Night

Karen sings and plays the trumpet in a vigorous rock band in Brasilia, but no one in this increasingly conservative city is interested in it. At 27, she has lost hope in the city her grandfather helped to build. She follows in the footsteps of her ex-partner, Artur, and tries her luck in Berlin. An unexpected incident forces Karen to start over in Brasilia a few months later. Now she must understand her role in a place where there is still much to be built. The movie a drama, completed in 2019 was produced in Brazilian-Portuguese, English, German languages.

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About Siraj Syed

Syed Siraj
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Siraj Syed is a film-critic since 1970 and a Former President of the Freelance Film Journalists' Combine of India.

He is the India Correspondent of and a member of FIPRESCI, the international Federation of Film Critics, Munich, Germany

Siraj Syed has contributed over 1,015 articles on cinema, international film festivals, conventions, exhibitions, etc., most recently, at IFFI (Goa), MIFF (Mumbai), MFF/MAMI (Mumbai) and CommunicAsia (Singapore). He often edits film festival daily bulletins.

He is also an actor and a dubbing artiste. Further, he has been teaching media, acting and dubbing at over 30 institutes in India and Singapore, since 1984.

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