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7 items from 2008

Santosh Sivan sweeps The Olympia International Film Festival

8 December 2008 5:59 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Sunday at midnight, at the 10th Olympia International Film Festival For Children Santosh Sivan's much-acclaimed Hindi film Tahaan, about the relationship between a little boy and his pet donkey, walked away with several major awards including the topmost awards for Best Feature Film, the Cifej (Centre International du Film pour Les Enfant Et La Jeunesse) award and the Unicef award for Best film. "That covers the entire major awards in the films category," said an excited Sivan, minutes after the Olympia awards concluded in Greece. Sadly, little Purav Bhandare who plays the main part in Tahaan, couldn't be in Greece for the awards because of school and also the Festival's apparent inability to fund Purav's flight to the Festival. "What makes these awards special is the fact that every category has a separate set of jury members, so it was basically three different set of jury members giving the three awards to Tahaan. »

- Subhash K. Jha

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Santosh Sivan bonds with the legendary actress Anna Karina at Pusan

20 November 2008 1:49 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

After receiving wow reviews all over the world for his English-language film Before The Rains, cinematographer-director Santosh Sivan headed with his Hindi anti-terrorism film Tahaan to the Pusan Film Festival late last month. Strangely enough, he was in a jury at a festival where his film was also represented, though in a different sections altogether. What made Pusan extraordinarily special was his bonding with the legendary Danish actress, Anna Karina, who was the mythic French director Jean-Luc Godard's muse, wife and primary actress in a series of classics in the 1960s. Karina who has worked with the crème de la crème of world cinema headed the jury of the Pusan Film Festival this year. Santosh Sivan and Karina hit it off from the word go. "I couldn't believe how easygoing this legendary woman whom I grew up watching was. She's quite a humorous person and full of life, »

- Subhash K. Jha

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I'm not doing a film with Shah Rukh: Santosh Sivan

11 November 2008 12:40 AM, PST | | See recent BollywoodWorld news »

Mumbai, Director Santosh Sivan is puzzled by reports that he is set to make an FX-driven fantasy film with superstar Shah Rukh Khan. "I'm still scripting the fantasy film. And the screenplay is a long way from being completed. So how can I be thinking of casting? And I'm not doing a film with Shah Rukh at all," said Sivan, who had directed Shah Rukh in "Asoka".Shah Rukh apparently wants to make a big-budget FX film for his son's sake and Anubhav Sinha is said to be directing his dream project. Though Sinha refuses to comment on the progress of the movie, it's learnt that the film is to be titled "Ra.One" and that the title was suggested by King Khan himself."In fact, Shah Rukh is taking very keen interest in the scripting of 'Ra.One' and director »

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Before The Rains

15 May 2008 2:00 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Back when they dominated the arthouse scene with films like A Room With A View and Howard's End, producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory engendered such animus among critics that "Merchant-Ivory" become a pejorative phrase, shorthand for inert costume dramas or literary adaptations with the veneer of quality. Merchant's death three years ago put an end to their collaboration, but the Merchant-Ivory label lives on, and it now applies all-too-suitably to Before The Rains, the turgid English-language debut of Indian director-cinematographer Santosh Sivan (The Terrorist). All the expected hallmarks are there: sumptuous production values and pretty (though inexpressive) photography, undercooked melodrama, and political metaphor so obvious that it doesn't merit being referred to as subtext. Everything is right there on the surface. Set in colonial India in 1937, Before The Rains takes place in a remote area in the southern part of the country, where the growing nationalist »

- Scott Tobias

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Cannes Producer's Patch: Maximum Films Int.

15 May 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Canada's New kid on the block, is the brainchild of Robert LantosMaximum Films has the Romanian film Boogie in the Director's Fortnight and Egoyan's latest in the comp. Here are three I'm looking forward to: the profiled Sophie Barthes and Cold Souls, the Sundance docu favorite Trouble the Water and of course the Egoyan film. Adoration by Atom Egoyan - Completed     American Trap (Piege Americain)  - Completed     Americaneast  by Hesham Issawi - Completed     Before The Rains  by Santosh Sivan - Completed     Boogie by Radu Muntean - Completed     Chicago 10  by Brett Morgan - Completed     Cold Souls  by Sophie Barthes - Post-Production     Fugitive Pieces  by Jeremy Podeswa - Completed     Otto; Or, Up With People  by Bruce Labruce - Completed     Real Time  by Randall Cole - Completed     The Guitar  by Amy Redford - Completed     The Waiting Room  by Roger Goldby - Completed     Trouble The Water  by Carl Deal, »

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Iffla 08': Interview with Actor Rahul Bose (Before the Rains)

6 May 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- A couple of weeks ago, Yama Rahimi attended the Indian Film Festival in Los Angeles (from April 22nd to the 27th). Now in its 6th edition, the festival works at promoting a greater appreciation of Indian cinema by showcasing films about India and the diverse perspectives of the Indian Diaspora. Here is his coverage. Bollywood A-list cinematographer and art house director Santosh Sivan is one of the few directors who has the double duty of lensing as well as directing his own films. He returns with another stunning film after The Terrorist left us craving for more of his talent. This film based on a short Israeli film called "Yellow Asphalt: Red Roofs" is about the conflict an Indian man who's torn between his loyalty to the British and his native villagers after he witnesses his boss having an illicit affair with a married maid that threatens his existence »

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Tribeca fills Spotlight section with offerings from the Weinsteins, Magnolia and IFC

17 March 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Stemming as far back as Cannes and Toronto of last year and fresh from journeys at Sundance and Berlin, most of the titles selected for Tribeca's Spotlight section have toured the festival circuit but have yet to open theatrically. The slew of films (with major support from Weinsteins, Magnolia and IFC Films) will provide the fest with the glamor quotient - (look for José Padilha's Elite Squad as a solid offering) while the Showcase section offers the prestige of critically acclaimed films that don't necessarily have a domestic distribution deal set in place. Finally, the Restored/Rediscovered sections along with its Special Events are perhaps the best of what this NYC film festival has to offer with cream of the crop events like a cleaned up little known Fellini film, a panel discussion with some nerds in attendance to talk about Kubrick's sci-fi masterwork 2001 and Errol Morris will »

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