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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...

IFFI 52, 028: Bodo language film Sijou unveils brutal feudal system

IFFI 52, 028: Bodo language film Sijou unveils brutal feudal system Hitherto unknown and unexplored, Sijou, a Bodo language film, unveils the inhuman brutality of the feudal land tenure system, prevalent across the Indo-Bhutan border, until 1958. The film, screened at the 52nd IFFI under the Indian Panorama Feature film section, revolves around a young boy, Sijou, of Saikhong Guri village, near the Indo-Bhutan border, in Assam. His life takes an unfortunate turn when he becomes a victim of t...

IFFI 52, 027: Identity of world’s largest democracy addressed in Bharat, Prakriti ka Balak

IFFI 52, 027: Identity of world’s largest democracy addressed in Bharat, Prakriti ka Balak What is the essence of Bharat, our country? What is the meaning underlying this idea? How did it come into existence? What is its culture, traditions and geography? Bharat, Prakriti Ka Balak (India, Child of Nature), a Hindi documentary film, directed jointly by Dr. Deepika Kothari and Shri Ramji Om, was screened in the Indian Panorama Non Feature Film section of the 52nd International Film Festiv...

IFFI 52, 026: Garhwali film Sunpat addresses the migration crisis

IFFI 52, 026: Garhwali film Sunpat addresses the migration crisis ‘Sunpat’ is a story of love and friendship set in the backdrop of migration driven crisis in the villages of Uttarakhand, a state in North India. The word Sunpat denotes the loneliness felt by us, and even the nature and mountains, when everyone around leaves. It is the emptiness at a festival ground when crowds desert the place after the celebrations are over. In his Garhwali language film Sunpat, director Rahul R...

IFFI 52, 025: Ruben Sainz and Alvaro Turrion talk about their film, Maogoado

IFFI 52, 025: Ruben Sainz and Alvaro Turrion talk about their film, Maogoado 'Magoado' is the emotional drama of a man who is not ready to take responsibility of a father: Music Composer Alvaro Turrion at IFFI 52 Clueless about being a parent, nor interested in being one, Peio is shaken from his secretive life spent in hiding when his adolescent son makes a sudden and unexpected appearance into his life. The forced challenge of parenthood that is thrust upon him leaves him with a cho...

IFFI 52, 024: Niraye Thathakalulla Maram kindles kindness, care and compassion

IFFI 52, 024: Niraye Thathakalulla Maram kindles kindness, care and compassion “We are losing our ability to empathise, to show kindness and care” said Jayaraj, director of Niraye Thathakalulla Maram (Tree Full of Parrots), a Malayalam language film shown at IFFI Goa 52, in the Indian Panorama Feature Film Category of the festival. The selfless care and wholesome concern a young boy shows toward a visually challenged old man, who has lost his way and most of his memory form the ...

IFFI 52, 023: Comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable, with Sweet Biryani

IFFI 52, 023: Comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable, with Sweet Biryani “There is a famous quote, which says, ‘Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.’ I think this film will disturb those comfortable people of the society who gets comfort through caste, class and other authoritative parameters. This is what K. Jeyachandra Hashmi, director of Indian Panorama non-feature film, Sweet Biryani, said at a Press Conference held on the sidelines of...

IFFI 52, 022: Pregnant, harassed-to-hell woman, or suicide bomber?

IFFI 52, 022: Pregnant, harassed-to-hell woman, or suicide bomber? Governments exist to serve the people, but often, the common citizen has to struggle, knock one door after another, in order to avail of the services he or she rightfully deserves. ACT-1978, a 2020 Kannada film by Director Manjunatha S., brings into sharp relief this torturous and tormenting ordeal, an experience not too alien to many hapless ordinary citizens. “I want to dedicate my movie to every common man and woma...

IFFI 52, 020: Covid and a crow

IFFI 52, 020: Covid and a crow IFFI 52 Indian Panorama Film Teen Adhyay seeks to light a candle of hope in the darkness, following COVID-19. It is based on the optimistic dictum: “However deep the night, there will always be a new dawn.” “During the COVID-19 lockdown, I saw a crow making its nest by my window; this scene made me forget everything else happening around me.” This singular focus which followed what may otherwise have been dismissed as an inconsequential ...

IFFI 52, 021: Sainbari massacres missing from history books

IFFI 52, 021: Sainbari massacres missing from history books Why is the battle of Sainbari not in our history books, where 15,000 people were killed in just one night, was the question posed by the director of IFFI 52 Indian Panorama Non Feature Film Sainbari to Sandeshkhali. “If Jallianwala Bagh, Battle of Panipat and Battle of Buxar appear in our history books, why not Battle of Sainbari?” This is the rather incontestable question raised by Sanghamitra Chaudhuri, director of th...

IFFI 52, 018: Charlotte is about an Argentinian actress in search of an aspirational future

IFFI 52, 018: Charlotte is about an Argentinian actress in search of an aspirational future She shared a memorable past with the director who launched her into the world of cinema. Upon the serendipitous discovery that her mentor of yore who made her famous is filming his last film in Paraguay, the now-forgotten Argentanian actress Charlotte sets out on an extraordinary journey in search of something more than just obtaining the opportunity to play the leading role which she believes rightful...

IFFI 52, 016: FTII professor Ganga Mukhi on Satyajit Ray

IFFI 52, 016: FTII professor Ganga Mukhi on Satyajit Ray “Satyajit Ray believed that our cinema must have a language of its own. Through his self-study, he created his own style of film-making. Ray’s films are a must-watch for all film lovers, students and film-makers. His films connect with everyone in spite of geographical and language barriers.” Associate Professor, Department of Direction and Screenplay Writing, Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Ms. Gan...

IFFI 52, 015: In Conversation with The Family Man, aka India’s James Bond

IFFI 52, 015: In Conversation with The Family Man, aka India’s James Bond “I never try to make the character larger than life. I always try to live in the reality and make the character a representative of the masses.” This is what noted actor Manoj Bajpayee said at an ‘In-conversation session’ on the ‘Creating Cult Icons: India’s own James Bond with the family man’, held on the sidelines of the 52nd International Film Festival of India in Goa. ...

IFFI 52, 014: ‘75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow’ youngest winner is only 16

IFFI 52, 014: ‘75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow’ youngest winner is only 16 As the country is celebrating the 75th year of its hard-earned freedom with Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (75 years of Independence Grand Celebration), 75 young aspiring film makers and film artists were been handpicked from across the country, to participate in the 52nd International Film Festival of India 2021. Under this competition, IFFI 52 provided a platform for tomorrow’s leaders in the f...

IFFI 52, 012: What I saw and what I couldn’t bear to see

IFFI 52, 012: What I saw and what I couldn’t bear to see Having given Carlos Saura’s The King of All the World, the inaugural film, a miss, I was hoping my viewing experiences would begin with a bang on the day after the inauguration. No such luck. Charlotte was a huge disappointment and prompted a walk-out. That its lead actress won the best actress prize was rubbing salt into my wounds. Here is the list of films I managed to see, after allowing for four parties that cost us a to...

IFFI 52, 010: A docu about Assam Police’s first female commando force

IFFI 52, 010: A docu about Assam Police’s first female commando force Veerangana means a brave female, someone who can fight for their rights. “A strong woman not only protects herself, but protects others too”, said Shri Kishore Kalita, director and producer of the Assamese documentary film, Veerangana, while addressing a press conference at the 52nd International Film Festival of India, being held in Goa. Veerangana has been selected for the Indian Panorama section in the...

IFFI 52, 09: Homage to stalwarts of Indian cinema

IFFI 52, 09: Homage to stalwarts of Indian cinema Legendary actors Dilip Kumar, Puneet Rajkumar, Nedumudi Venu and Surekha Sikhri among others whose life and work are being to be celebrated at IFFI 52. The 52nd International Film Festival of India, will pay homage to the stalwarts of Indian cinema whom the film industry lost in the recent past. The festival will celebrate their life and work by screening their noted films. Legendary  actor Dilip Kumar’s Devdas, di...

IFFI 52, 08: 18 glorious films to celebrate 75 years of Indian independence

IFFI 52, 08: 18 glorious films to celebrate 75 years of Indian independence To reminisce about and to celebrate the glory of Indian cinema, the 52nd International Film Festival of India will showcase 18 selected films across the nation under the banner India@75. This is being organised as a part of the ongoing celebrations to commemorate 75 years of India’s independence, ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’. Amrit means necatar in Hindi. It also means 75th anniversary. They span the re...

IFFI 52, 07: Sports films score four goals at IFFI

IFFI 52, 07: Sports films score four goals at IFFI Showing sportsmanship spirit at its finest, four inspirational films about sports are being screened at the Sports Section of the 52nd Edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa, which begins tomorrow. At a time when sports competitions are being celebrated globally on a huge scale, movies based on sports have always attracted cine-goers due to their portrayal of true grit, determination, adrenaline rushes and camarade...

IFFI 52, 04: List of all 24 Indian Panorama films and 20 Documentaries announced

IFFI 52, 04: List of all 24 Indian Panorama films and 20 Documentaries announced Semkhor, the first ever film to be made in the Dimasa language of North-East India, will be the inaugural feature film while Ved, the Visionary, directed by Rajiv Prakash, will be the inaugural documentary film. The main objective of the Indian Panorama is to select films and documentaries produced by Indian producers, for which the criteria are excellence in film production, concept and other aesthetics. The be...

2021 live music + film performance - full concert!

Relive the magic of Mirror Mountain Film Festival’s epic 2021 live music + film performance! Ottawa singer-songwriter Kimberly Sunstrum and filmmaker Hingman Leung collaborated on an original audio-visual experience that combined songs with unique cinematic visuals created in real time. Full video: https://bit.ly/3EGFV9D ...

2021 live music + film performance highlights: "Fix It"

One of the high points of our 2021 live music + film performance was the electrifying closing number, “Fix It,” sung by Kimberly Sunstrum with cinematic visuals created by filmmaker Hingman Leung. See some of their amazing collaboration here: https://bit.ly/3we1taF Co-presented by Girls+ Rock Ottawa. Cover photo by Adrienne Row-Smith. Full video of this epic show coming very soon!   ...

2021 live music + film performance highlights: "The Train"

Revisit a highlight of the stunning live music + film performance from our 2021 festival. Watch as Ottawa singer-songwriter Kimberly Sunstrum performs their song “The Train,” with live visuals created in real time by local filmmaker Hingman Leung! Link: https://bit.ly/3EKysGS Co-presented by Girls+ Rock Ottawa. More video from this epic show coming very soon! ...

An Evening with Chloé Zhao

Ojai resident Chloé Zhao wrote and directed “Nomadland,” Best Picture winner at the 2020 Academy Awards. She makes a special appearance at the 2021 Ojai Film Festival on Saturday, November 13 at 7 pm. A screening of her 2017 film “The Rider” precedes a Q&A with Zhao, followed by a reception, all at the Ojai Art Center. Growing up in Beijing Zhao felt drawn to influences from Western pop culture. She attended a boarding school in London before moving to Los Ang...

Focus Earth Environmental Films at Ojai Film Festival

The Ojai Film Festival thrives on the passion and creativity presented by independent filmmakers. These concerned citizens focus their lenses on problems, situations, hopes and dreams found within their world. Our festival relishes the opportunity to screen their hard work. Environmental concerns are a world-wide phenomenon, and a major part of the Ojai Film Festival. We show films related to this theme from the viewpoints of various filmmakers throughout the festival. We invite you to seek...

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