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DIFF 20, 2022, 07: The bumpy road to Dhaka

DIFF 20, 2022, 07: The bumpy road to Dhaka Everything was ready at my end. I had a valid passport, expiring in 2028. A letter from Rainbow Film Society, which was founded in 1977 and which organises the Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) had been received by email, and I had a printout. And the most important document was also sent to me by email: A letter from the Bangladesh Ministry of Home Affairs, approving Visas on Arrival to over 90 persons, coming to the festival from various cou...

RIFF 08, 2022, 03: Lyricist Sayeed Qadri to be honoured with Hasrat Jaipuri Award

RIFF 08, 2022, 03: Lyricist Sayeed Qadri to be honoured with Hasrat Jaipuri Award The 8th edition of the Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF) will be organised by RIFF Film Club from 25 to 30 March, 2022. It will also celebrate Rajasthan Diwas, the Founding Day of Rajasthan state, which falls on 30 March. Somendra Harsh, Founder and Festival Director stated, "This year, writer and lyricist Sayeed Qadri will be awarded the Hasrat Jaipuri Award for his Contribution in Cinema. The a...

DIFF 20, 2022, 07: Meet the Juries officiating at the Dhaka International Film Festival, January 15-23

DIFF 20, 2022, 07: Meet the Juries officiating at the Dhaka International Film Festival, January 15-23 FIPRESCI Jury : Bangladesh Panorama Film Section FIPRESCI is the International Federation of Film Critics Mohamed Sayed Abdelrehim Mohamed Sayed Abdelrehim is a film critic, writer, journalist, translator, and scriptwriter. He is a journalist and translator at Middle East News Agency. He is a programmer at Ismailia ...

DIFF 20, 2022, 06: Meet the Juries officiating at DIFF 20, 2022, January 15-23

DIFF 20, 2022, 06: Meet the Juries officiating at the Dhaka International Film Festival, January 15-23 Asian Film Competition Section Gyda Velvin Myklebust Gyda Velvin Myklebust has a university degree in Cultural Science and a Master of Fine Arts in Film from the National Film School in Norway. She is the Director of New Nordic Films, the film market of the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund, Norway, she has ha...

DIFF 20, 2022, 05, List of films to be screened at the Dhaka International Film Festival, Part IV

    DIFF 20, 2022, 05, List of films to be screened at the Dhaka International Film Festival, Part IV Women Filmmakers Section: Sl. Title of Film Director Country Dur. Year 01. Zharange (The Heiress) Evelina Barsegian Armenia 28min. 2021 02. All Alone Farzana Noor Bangladesh 13min. ...

DIFF 20, 2022, 04: List of films to be screened at the Dhaka International Film festival, Part III

DIFF 20, 2022, 04: List of films to be screened at the Dhaka International Film festival, Part III   Wide Angle: Sl. Title of Film Director Country Dur. Year 01. Bansh Boibhab (Bamboo Stories) Shaheen Dill- Riaz Bangladesh, Germany 97min. 2019 02. Lohakhor (Ironeaters) Shaheen Dill- Riaz Bangladesh, Germa...

DIFF, 03: List of films to be screened at the 20th Dhaka International Film Festival, 2022, Part II

DIFF, 03: List of films to be screened at the 20th Dhaka International Film Festival, 2022, Part II Retrospective: Sl. Title of Film Director Country Dur. Year 01. Tôkyô monogatari (Tokyo Story) Yasujirō Ozu Japan 137min. 1953 02. Tôkyô boshoku (Tokyo Twilight) Yasujirō Ozu Japan ...

DIFF 20, 2022, 02: List of films to be screened at the 20th Dhaka International Film Festival, 2022, Part I

DIFF 20, 2022, 02: List of films to be screened at the 20th Dhaka International Film Festival, 2022, Part I Asian Film Competition   Sl. Title of Film Director Country Dur. Year 01. Mayar Jonjal (Debris of Desire) Indranil Roychowdhury Bangladesh, India 102min. 2020 02. Café by the Highway Shi Xiaofan (Que...

DIIF 20, 2022, 01: Under DIFFicult circumstances

DIIF 20, 2022, 01: Under DIFFicult circumstances Under the cloud of fears and scares of the pandemic, the Dhaka International Film Festival will brave it and hold its 20th edition during January 15-23 in Bangladesh’s capital city. It is organised by the Rainbow Film Society, since 1977, with Ahmed Muztaba Zamal as Festival Director. The screenings will be held at the Alliance Française de Dhaka, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Central Public Library Auditorium, National Museum Aud...

IFFI 52, 052: Veterans not allowed to contribute

IFFI 52, 052: Veterans not allowed to contribute Among International Film Festival of India (IFFI)’s regular attendees, one man claims that he attended the first ever IFFI, held in 1952, as a 16 year-old. I am not aware whether there was any age restriction back in 1952, but for several decades since then, you cannot attend an IFFI unless you are 18 years old. He was there at IFFI 52, 2021, too. That would make him 85 years old. He confesses he missed out on two IFFIs, but has attended ...

IFFI 52, 046: The urge to merge – DFF, two other units, to become part of NFDC

IFFI 52, 046: The urge to merge – DFF, two other units, to become part of NFDC Students of Business Administration, Management and Public Relations are taught about the reasons, modalities and possible consequences of mergers and acquisitions of companies. Terms like Holding Company, Group and Subsidiary Company come up and are defined. In the corporate sector, major companies undertake a massive PR exercise, leading up to the merger/acquisition and for some time afterwards, are underta...

IFFI 52, 045: The last days of Directorate of Film Festivals

IFFI 52, 045: The last days of Directorate of Film Festivals Bumping into a senior Films Division (FD) officer at IFFI, I asked him if any preparations had been made for the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF), which, in normal circumstances, would be held in the end of January-beginning of February. The Films Division of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B), Central Government of India, has been making documentary, short and animation films for decades. Very few of th...

IFFI 52, 043: Indian Film Personalities of the Year

IFFI 52, 043: Indian Film Personalities of the Year “One Sky is less, bring me more skies”. Yes, this is what Prasoon Joshi, renowned lyricist and Chairperson, Central Board of Film Certification said on being presented the Indian Film Personality of the Year Award for 2021, at the closing ceremony of the 52nd International Film Festival, in Goa. The award has been conferred on him, for his contribution to cinema, popular culture and socially significant artistic work. Joshi sa...

IFFI 52, 042: The awards, BRICS by BRICS

IFFI 52, 042: The awards, BRICS by BRICS South African Film Barakat by Director Amy Jephta and Russian Film The Sun Above Me Never Sets, by director Lyubov Borisova, has shared the Best film Award, in the sixth edition BRICS Film Festival. For the first time, the BRICS Film Festival was held alongside the 52nd International Film Festival of India in Goa.  The awards were given to these films for their brilliant cinematic portrayal of human emotions and magnificent storytelling on screen...

IFFI 52, 041: Jury members celebrated the joy of cinema

IFFI 52, 041: Jury members celebrated the joy of cinema The International Competition Jury for 52nd International Film Festival of India led by Jury Chairperson, Iranian film maker Rakhshān Banietemad and other members including film producer and film makers Ciro Guerra, Vimukthi Jayasundara and Nila Madhab Panda, interacted with the media at IFFI 52. Speaking on her experience of judging the films, the Jury Chairperson and Iranian film-maker, Rakhshān Banietemad said that she enjoyed ju...

IFFI 52, 038: Shiraz Bazin Moussi on the value of short films

IFFI 52, 038: Shiraz Bazin Moussi on the value of short films Every edition of IFFI adds to the breadth and depth of the cinematic experience, greeting film lovers with many festival firsts. As part of a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the festival and OTT platforms, cine enthusiasts attending the 52nd edition of the International Film Festival of India got a rare opportunity to attend a virtual Masterclass on the topic “Why short films are valued by producers?”, by none o...

IFFI 52, 037: Blood flows through the streets in Killing of the Eunuch Khan

IFFI 52, 037: Blood flows through the streets in Killing of the Eunuch Khan Iranian film Killing the Eunuch Khan (Koshtan-e Khajeh in Persian), by director Abest Abed, is in contention for the coveted ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal at the 52nd edition of the International Film Festival of India, an award given to the IFFI film that best reflects Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals of peace, tolerance and non-violence. It portrays a serial killer’s apparently insatiable quest to slaughter others, to...

IFFI 52, 036: Asian premiere of Night Forest

IFFI 52, 036: Asian premiere of Night Forest “Night Forest is a children’s film but adults can also relate to this film. It is a fun film that everyone in a family can watch together”, said Katrin Milhahn, director of the film Night Forest, in a press conference at the 52nd International Film Festival of India in Goa. The film had its Asia Premiere at the 52nd IFFI. It was also competing for the ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal at IFFI 52. André Hörmann is her collabora...

IFFI 52, 035: Ring Wandering aims to show the real Tokyo

IFFI 52, 035: Ring Wandering aims to show the real Tokyo The Ring Wandering (Ringu Wandaringu) is a film about a Manga artist in Tokyo discovering the remains of the Second World war buried in the grounds of Tokyo. The film from Japan competed for the Golden Peacock Award, along with 14 other films, at the 52nd International Film Festival of India. Masakazu Kaneko, the director of the film, said, “During the Second World War, lots of bombs were dropped on Tokyo leaving many dead bodies...

IFFI 52, 034: Some competition films not competitive, below par

        IFFI 52, 034: Some competition films not competitive, below par When you have already attended 44 IFFIs, you pretty much know what to expect. Or do you? Arriving from Mumbai by train on the 20th morning, the day of the inauguration, I found my usual hotel in an unkempt state. The owner, who had a flat there till some years ago, has let it sink into squalor, but critics like me, who fund all own expenses at IFFI, cannot really complain. A couple of hours later, after...

IFFI 52, 033: Siraj Syed article in the Marathi language newspaper, Gomantak, Goa published on 27 November 2021

IFFI 52, 033: Siraj Syed article in the Marathi language newspaper, Gomantak, Goa published on 27 November 2021. Translated from the English by Anant Salkar.   ...

IFFI 52, 032: Heart-rending depiction of floods in No Ground Beneath Her Feet

IFFI 52, 032: Heart-rending depiction of floods in No Ground Beneath Her Feet Ravaged by the torrent of flood-waters, a man’s family is torn to pieces by the soul-crushing agony of having to scramble for a piece of land to bury his dead father. Even as he is oblivious of the deluge of their inner trauma, he is having to venture a bone-tiring journey of moral decay, murder, deception and social bashing, just to reach his flood-affected village. No Ground Beneath the Feet, a Bangladesh...

IFFI 52, 031: World première of Goan short, Kumpacho Dareyo

IFFI 52, 031: World première of Goan short, Kumpacho Dareyo Even as we stretch ourselves ceaselessly towards worlds of new opportunities, even as we fly high and touch the skies, we must always remember our origins, we must not forget to stay true to our roots. Set in the idyllic Goan countryside, the story of the last meeting between Maanvi and Joy, before the latter leaves Goa and heads off to Mumbai in search of “greener pastures”, seeks to touch and move film lovers, ge...

IFFI 52, 030: BRICS film festival held alongside IFFI

IFFI 52, 030: BRICS film festival held alongside IFFI “We are all from different cultures, different backgrounds and different thought processes; coming together on the same page to pick out a best film for this competition unanimously is quite an achievement”, said Rahul Rawail, noted Indian film director, editor and Jury Chairperson of the BRICS Film Festival, at a press conference at the 52nd International Film Festival today in Goa. For the first time, the BRICS Film Festival...

IFFI 52, 029: Kalkokkho is a phantasmagorical movie

IFFI 52, 029: Kalkokkho is a phantasmagorical movie Amidst the paranoia and dread inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic, an apathetic but adept doctor is taken hostage by a young woman. Captive in an almost desolate house with three women – the paranoid young woman along with an amnesic old woman and a lonely young girl – the doctor discovers that forces beyond his comprehension are at play and he might be trapped not only in space but also in time. The film explores the sense of dre...

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