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RIFF 7, 2021, 6: Third and Final list of films announced; France to be country of focus

RIFF 7, 2021, 6: Third and Final list of films announced; France to be country of focus The third and the final list of films of the 7th Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF) was released yesterday, which includes the Kannada film "Avalakki Pavalakki", Directed by Durga Prasad and Produced by Ranjitha Subramanya, "Kagaaz", Directed by Satish Kaushik and Produced by Salma Khan, Nishant Kaushik and Vikas Malu (presented by Salman Khan), a Documentary film, "...

IFFI 51, 51: My ‘golden peacock’ moment and the denial of recognition to IFFI Veterans

IFFI 51, 51: My ‘golden peacock’ moment and the denial of recognition to IFFI Veterans It’s not the real thing, only a memento. Nevertheless it is not the lesser for me, in terms of value. How did I come about getting a replica of the much coveted Golden Peacock, which is the main prize at the International Film Festival of India? I was not part of any film shown at IFFI, nor had I contributed in any way, other than writing 51 articles on IFFI 51, attending some 30 film sho...

IFFI 51, 50: Ramin Rasouli’s The Dogs Didn't Sleep Last Night is based on four true stories

IFFI 51, 50: Ramin Rasouli’s The Dogs Didn't Sleep Last Night is based on four true stories “The Dogs Didn't Sleep Last Night tells the story of four different lives, driven by different emotions, each person having struggles which are different, yet intertwined. There are many stories around us, both good and bad. I found four stories, and put them together for this movie.”  Director Ramin Rasouli was speaking about his IFFI 51 Film, which he says is based on t...

IFFI 51, 46: 14th February and Beyond--The flip-side of Valentine’s Day

IFFI 51, 46: 14th February and Beyond--The flip-side of Valentine’s Day Valentine's Day is tampering with the mental well-being of our society. This is the emphatic and unequivocal message given by The 14th February & Beyond, an IFFI 51 Indian Panorama Non Feature Film, in the words of Director Utpal Kalal. "The film explores the commercialised nature of this highly capitalised day". He was addressing a press conference at the 51st International Film Festival of India ...

IFFI 51, 45: Aavartan is an attempt to showcase kathak in the time of item dances

IFFI 51, 45: Aavartan is an attempt to showcase kathak in the time of item dances Renuka, a disciple of Kathak maestro Bhawna Saraswati, begins to add a new dimension to the dance form she inherited from her. This puts Bhawna in a state of insecurity and identity crisis. Not knowing how to deal with her emotional self, she starts dejecting Renuka, making it painful for Renuka. Renowned Kathak Dancer Padma Shri Shovana Narayan has played the role of Bhawna Saraswati in the film Aavartan, whic...

RIFF 7, 05: Pride of Rajasthan Award to go to producer Om Chhangani

RIFF 7, 05: Pride of Rajasthan Award to go to producer Om Chhangani The 7th edition of the Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF), accredited by the Federation of Film Societies of India (FFSI-North Region) will be organised by the RIFF Film Club, in a Hybrid Format, from 20 to 24th March 2021 in Jaipur and Jodhpur, Rajasthan - India. This year, the theme for the RIFF 2021 is "Music in Cinema". RIFF 2021 will also celebrate the Pre Foundation Day of Rajasthan. The Founder, Di...

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 41: The Domain spans several decades of Portuguese history

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 41: The Domain spans several decades of Portuguese history "The Domain (A Herdade) took about 10 years to make. Through the intimate view of a family, it shows a glimpse of the Portuguese society before and after the Carnation revolution that ended the dictatorship we were living in. It is a very special film for us, the makers. The movie portrays the reality of certain families which existed in South Portugal. The idea came from a very deep desire of producer Pau...

IFFI 51, 26-24 January, 40: Mehrunisa is an Austrian film on feudal India and a rebellious old actress

IFFI 51, 26-24 January, 40: Mehrunisa is an Austrian film on feudal India and a rebellious old actress Mehrunisa screams loud against the male-dominated Indian film industry. In the film, the Umrao Jaan fame actress Farrukh Jaffar has played the role of an 80-year-old actress, who boldly tells the audience to follow their dreams, and that age doesn't matter 'Mehrunisa', the Austrian film in Hindi (Urdu really) language and the Mid-Fest Film at the 51st International Film Festival...

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 39: Street artiste Shantabai, at 85, performs high-risk acts

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 39: Street artiste Shantabai, at 85, performs high-risk acts “Our film Shantabai explores the journey of street artiste Shantabai Pawar, who continues to perform even at 85 years of age, and thus helps keep the legacy of Dombari community, in Maharashtra, alive. It is a documentary film on a dying art form, from which the lead actor Shantabai makes a living in her real life as well”. Director Pratik Gupta said this, while addressing a press conference in Go...

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 38: Pierre Filmon’s Long Time No See was realised after ten years, but took only five days to shoot

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 38: Pierre Filmon’s Long Time No See was realised after ten years, but took only five days to shoot They were meeting after nine long years of separation. They had eighty minutes to rewind their journey, re-evaluate their lives, to face their truth, regrets and memories. And, this is their last chance. In a nut-shell, the story of the French movie ‘Long Time No See (Entre Deux Trains)’ can be described like this. Directed  and scripted by Pierre...

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 37: Acasa-The System and the eco-system

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 37: Acasa-The System and the eco-system “For 20 years, they, the family with nine children, lived in harmony amidst nature, in a place which was long-forgotten though it was close to the city. But fate had some other plans when the Romanian authorities initiated steps to award protection status to that area. My documentary Acasa – My Home portrays the journey of this family, who were forced to adopt city life after eviction from their cocoon in the wilderne...

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 33: Holy Rights and a Muslim woman marriage priest

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 33: Holy Rights and a Muslim woman marriage priest “Holy Rights documents the movement against triple ‘talaaq’, it portrays Muslim women’s struggles to break free of patronising voices within the community as well as resist external forces against appropriating their movement to suit their own political agenda. Though the film talks about the Muslim community in particular, I believe it's an all-pervasive one, on the problem of exploitation ...

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 36: Gandhi and the power of the powerless

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 36: Gandhi and the power of the powerless The IFFI 51 Indian Panorama Non Feature film 'Ahimsa - Gandhi: The Power of the Powerless' decodes the power of non-violence and why it remains relevant to this day. It brings to the fore the global impact of the Gandhian message of non-violence: how it inspired several world leaders, the Civil Rights Movement in the United States; the Solidarity Movement in Poland as well as Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid strugg...

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 35: Encapsulating BanglaDesh’s Liberation War is Meghmallar

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 35: Encapsulating BanglaDesh’s Liberation War is Meghmallar “In Bangladesh, we call the 1971 Liberation War as the People’s War. My film Meghmallar is the story of a small-town family’s struggle during the war time.” – Bangladeshi Film Director Zahidur Rahim Anjan “This is not the story of one family, but of every family in the-then East Pakistan. Every family had a contribution in the Liberation War, the most important event ...

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 34: Six hours to school; picking Prithviraj Das Gupta’s Green Blackberries

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 34: Six hours to school; picking Prithviraj Das Gupta’s Green Blackberries “They had to walk first, and then row the boat, and, later on, they will have to take some other vehicles to reach the school, which meant six hours of journey for them to get education. In the schools, we found out that there was only one room and each bench was a class. Yet, it was inspiring to meet the kids and adults with whatever knowledge they have, who knew the value of educat...

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 32: June is the tale of a troubled boy and a mysterious woman

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 32: June is the tale of a troubled boy and a mysterious woman “Healing is Beautiful. Through our film, we want to show that if there is a part of you that's broken, if there is a part of you which needs healing, that process will happen. Be open and have a conversation.” This is the message conveyed by Directors Suhrud Godbole and Vaibhav Khisti of the Marathi film June, which has been screened in the Indian Panorama Feature Film section of the 51st edi...

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 31: Yesterday’s past, and submerged villages, are the theme for Nila Madhab Panda’s Kalira Atita

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 31: Yesterday’s past and submerged villages are the theme for Nila Madhab Panda’s Kalira Atita “I have seen with my own eyes, how, over the years, the sea had engulfed three villages in Coastal Odisha. In my films, I am giving the reflection of what is the reality and what I have seen, not what people like to see. I don’t believe in balancing things when the reality is in front of me. In Kalira Atita, I have tried to capture the emotional impact...

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....

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 29: Martina Sakova’s Summer Rebels is told through the eyes of an 11 year-old boy

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 29: Martina Sakova’s Summer Rebels is told through the eyes of an 11 year-old boy An 11-year-old boy defies his mother and runs away from his home in Germany to Slovakia, in search of his grandfather, only to realise that his grandpa is not as friendly as he imagined him to be. Speaking about the adventures of this boy, Director Martina Sakova, of Summer Rebels, an IFFI 51 World Panorama film, said: "The story is told through the eyes of an 11-year old boy....

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 26: Past, Present and Future of Visualisation, according to Aditya Vikram Sengupta

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 26: Past, Present and Future of Visualisation, according to Aditya Vikram Sengupta The shift from analogue to digital has changed the art of film-making, and also the mindset for film-making at the same time. “Digitalisation has been a game-changer. With the coming of the digital age, taking re-takes has become easier and visualisation has taken a backseat. The process of capturing an image is not real anymore”, feels award-winning film director, cinematogr...

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 25: PCs of Kripal Kalita, Blessy Ipe Thomas

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 25: PCs of Kripal Kalita, Blessy Ipe Thomas Kripal Kalita’s Assamese language film, ‘The Bridge’, throws light on the devastations and hardships that floods bring to Assam villages every year. “There is no solution in sight for this problem. I, being a farmer’s son, hailing from rural Assam, have faced this,” said Kalita, while addressing a press conference, at the 51st International Film Festival of India (IFFI), held in Goa, on the...

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 24: A dialogue on sound, with FTII Assoc. Prof. Madhu Apsara

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 24: A dialogue on sound, with FTII Assoc. Prof. Madhu Apsara Sounds are crucial for a film to feel realistic for the audience. Sounds and dialogue must perfectly sync with the actions in a cinema without any lag and must sound the way they look.  Suggesting sounds for better quality output is necessary wherever we feel the need, said Prof. Madhu Apsara, Associate Professor, Department of Sound Recording and Design, Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. He...

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 22: PCs of Shreedhar B.S., Prithvi Konanur, Gunjalamma

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 22: PCs of Shreedhar B.S., Prithvi Konanur, Gunjalamma “The way we live right now suggests there are two different worlds - of “them” and “us”, where “they” are misunderstood by “us”. Our film is that window to see a world which needs to be understood with love, in all its nonconformist ways, so that we can charter a path to assimilate them in one world, where we all co-exist with love and mutual respect.” Thi...

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 2021, 21: PCs of Ritabhari Chakraborty, Soham Majumdar

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 2021, 21: PCs of Ritabhari Chakraborty, Soham Majumdar “Our film reminds us that no creation of God can be impure just because they menstruate”-- these are the words of Ms. Ritabhari Chakraborty, the lead actor of the Bengali film Brahma Janen Gopon Kommoti, which was screened in the Indian Panorama – Feature Film Category, of the 51st edition of Indian International Film Festival of India, held in Panaji, Goa. Ms. Chakraborty was addressing a press ...

RIFF 7, 04: Second list of selected films released

RIFF 7, 04: Second list of selected films released The second list of the films of the Rajasthan International Film Festival 2021, Jaipur-Jodhpur, March 20-24, 2021, was released yesterday, by Somendra Harsh, CEO/FOUNDER , FESTIVAL DIRECTOR, RIFF 2021 and RIFF FILM CLUB  The selection now includes Feature Regional film "Funeral", Directed by Vivek Dubey, Rajasthani Music Video " Payaldi"Directed by Shaiman, Short Film "Dementia - The Unforgettable Forget...

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