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Exclusive: Punjab-set drama Fourth Direction to premiere in Un Certain Regard.
Set in the Indian state of the Punjab at the height of the separatist Sikh uprising in the early 1980s, the film captures the atmosphere of fear and paranoia of the period and the impact of the violence on ordinary people.
Singh intertwines two loosely connect incidents, an attempt by two Hindu friends to get to the city of Amritsar, home to one of the holiest shrines in the Sikh religion, and a farmer who is told to put-down his barking dog.
It is a second feature for Singh after his debut picture Alms for a Blind Horse, which premiered in Venice in 2011.
Elle Driver has strong links with India’s independent film scene, having previously »
Today when we see a multitude of south films being remade as Bollywood blockbusters, filmmaker Karan Johar has decided to tread a different path. In fact the director-producer known for his love stories has apparently acquired the Hindi rights of the south film Baahubali for an undisclosed amount. In fact Karan Johar tweeted the development saying, "Proud and honored to present @ssrajamouli's labor of love.....#LiveTheEpic #Baahubali ....releasing 10th July, 2015!!!" In response to Karan's tweet, the director of the film S.S Rajamouli tweeted, "Delighted to be associated with @karanjohar who will be presenting #Baahubali in Hindi. Welcome aboard, Sir. Looking 4ward for a happy sailing". Simultaneously, the film's official twitter handle posted further details saying, "We are excited to announce that @Karanjohar through his Dharma Productions & Anil Thadani of AA Films will be presenting and releasing #Baahubali in Hindi." Bahubaali that has been made on a whopping budget of Rs. »
The recently released film Dharam Sankat Mein is the official Hindi adaptation of British satire The Infidel. It is also a third satire on Indian religious practices, after Oh My God! and Pk. The film sees veteran actors Paresh Rawal and Naseeruddin Shah sharing stage together. Here is what they had to say about the movie, their roles and more…
You are an actor who has beautifully tackled both extremes of characters where on one hand you have played roles of villain and on the other excelled in playing hilarious characters leaving the audience rolling with laughter. How do manage to play such different roles?
Paresh Rawal: I’m fortunate to have got the opportunity to play interesting characters. Well, some films are close to the heart while others are close to the pocket. I do commercial cinema because that helps me in sustaining my family and myself, and »
- Bodrul Chaudhury
Mexican actor joins lists of ‘masters’ for Dfi’s inaugural Qumra event, which will see 31 projects from 29 countries involved.
Mexican actor, director and producer Gael Garcia Bernal has joined the list of ‘masters’ for the Doha Film Institute’s inaugural Qumra event, running March 6-11.
The masters previously reported in December are Abderrahmane Sissako, Leila Hatami Cristian Mungiu and Danis Tanović. “They represent different regions and different types of cinema, they all have mastered their craft,” Dfi CEO Fatma Al Remaihi told Screen. “But they are also all passionate to share their experience to help the next generation.”
Dfi has announced the 31 projects from 29 countries selected for Qumra, including 23 narrative features, four feature documentaries and four short films. There are 22 projects who are supported by Dfi and a further nine from Qatari independent filmmakers.
A total of 19 of the projects are in development with the rest in post production.
The 31 projects (full list below) include the story »
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Yesterday I had a thought – which I do have on occasion.
I have always considered myself a “socially conscious” comics writer. This means that, if you look over my body of work, you will notice that I have told stories that, in one way or another, reflect “real world” events and the consequences of those events on my characters. Notably, of course, in my 1986 Lois Lane mini-series about child abduction and abuse, “When It Rains, God is Crying” (coincidentally edited by ComicMix’s Robert Greenberger when we were both working for DC, he an editor and me a freelancer), but also as far back as “Moon River,” my first story in New Talent Showcase, an admittedly tyro effort to portray the outcome of a closed, dictatorial society on an individual. And of course there was “Chalk Drawings,” which I co-wrote with George Pérez for Wonder Woman, which was a story about suicide. »
- Mindy Newell
5 items from 2015
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