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Abu Dhabi, Nov 7: Be it a non-Bollywood or a crossover actor tag, Tillotama Shome wants to steer clear of labels and says she'd rather take "unconscious" calls that help her "think global and act local" in her film career.
"I don't want to live my life in categories. There may be a perception of me being a non-Bollywood actor, but that's not my perception of myself," Tillotama, who won a best actress award for Punjabi movie "Qissa" at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (Adff), told Ians here.
"I have no problem being a Bollywood, international, crossover or whatever actress...those are labels. I don't want to reduce myself into categories.. »
- Lohit Reddy
Though it’s an odd hybrid of gender parable, displacement meta-text, ghost tale and unlikely romance, “Qissa” packs enough punch to make up for its thematic disparity. At its best, this idiosyncratic drama on India’s Partition and a father’s obsession with having a son delivers such distinctive storytelling that open-minded audiences are likely to accept a certain degree of perplexity while appreciating the ways sophomore helmer Anup Singh conveys his potent message. Modest wins in Toronto (Netpac), Mumbai and Abu Dhabi foreshadow a healthy fest career, though theatrical play will remain limited even in home territories, notwithstanding the draw of star Irrfan Khan.
“Qissa” is the first picture to take advantage of the relatively new India-Germany co-production treaty, apparent from the large (some may gripe, overwhelming) presence of Western crew members in the tech credits. Singh first attempted to raise funds in India alone, but pressure to shoot »
- Jay Weissberg
Tillotama Shome in Qissa
Tillotama Shome won the Best Actress award in New Horizons competition for Anup Singh’s Qissa at the ongoing Abu Dhabi Film Festival. She shared the award with Julia Wildschutt for her performance in Love Me directed by Hanne Myren (Norway).
In Qissa, Shome plays the youngest daughter of Umber Singh (Irrfan Khan) who decides to raise her as a boy.
In an interview to DearCinema, director Anup Singh had praised Shome’s performance, “Tillotama disappears into her character. She vanishes and this strange and familiar figure, which was just words on paper, is suddenly before you. Without you knowing, she draws you into her story, her yearning, her exhilaration. As an actress she gives you her inner universe with such ease and generosity that you realize only much later what a profound gift you’ve been given.”
She made her screen debut with Mira Nair »
Abu Dhabi, Nov 1: Veteran Hollywood talent Judi Dench and Argentinian performer Diego Peretti clinched the best actress and best actor awards respectively in the Narration Feature Competition of the seventh Abu Dhabi Film Festival (Adff), it was announced at the gala's closing ceremony here Thursday night.
Indian actress Tillotama Shome won the best actress title in another competition category.
Dench was awarded here for her role in British drama "Philomena", which is based on the true story of Philomena Lee, an Irish woman who spent decades searching for the son taken from her by Catholic nuns and sold into adoption overseas.
- Amith Ostwal
Abu Dhabi, Nov 1: Indian actress Tillotama Shome's performance as a girl who is raised as a boy in "Qissa" Thursday won her the best actress title in the New Horizons Competition of the seventh Abu Dhabi Film Festival (Adff). She shares the title with Norwegian actress Julia Wildschutt.
The Bengali actress was here for the film's screening earlier this week, however, she had left for India much before the awards ceremony. The film's director Anup Singh received the honour on her behalf.
"Tillotama will be very happy. My actress was like magic. When she came to meet me for the role, I knew she was my actress, and she. »
- Meeta Kabra
The 7th Abu Dhabi Film Festival handed out its Black Pearl awards at a closing ceremony tonight (Oct 31), including cash prizes amounting to around $700,000.
The Black Pearl for Narrative Feature, worth $100,000, went to A Touch of Sin (Tian zhu ding) directed by Jia Zhangke.
The film, which played in competition at Cannes where it won the best screenplay award, revolves around four threads set in vastly different geographical and social milieus across modern-day China and features random acts of violence.
The Narrative jury, presided over by two-time Oscar nominated actress Jacki Weaver, gave the special jury award ($50,000) to Hiner Saleem’s My Sweet Pepper Land, centred on a law man in a small town on the border of Iran, Iraq and Turkey.
In addition, Dame Judi Dench won best »
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Abu Dhabi, Oct 30: For "Qissa", Tillotama Shome has done what many Indian actresses would abstain from - a scene with frontal nudity.
Aesthetically shot, the "pertinent" scene marks a turning point in the story, in which the actress plays a girl brought up as a boy.
"I didn't do it for any film yet - taken my shirt off and shown my breasts. In 'Qissa', it is a pertinent scene and the pertinence was of such a high order that when I read the script, I knew I had to do it," Tillotama. »
- Leon David
Irrfan starrer Qissa won the second best film award in the India Gold 2013 category at the Mumbai Film Festival. Directed by Anup Singh, the film also stars Rasika Duggal, Tillotama Shome and Tisca Chopra.An elated Anup Singh, while receiving the award, said, Great pleasure to receive this award in a city that I love so much and that has given me so muchQISSA is co-produced by Germany's Heimatfilm, Nfdc India (National Film Development Corporation of India), with Dut »
F rom the works of masters like Costa-Gavras and Asghar Farhadi to newcomers like Nagraj Manjule and Kim Mordaunt, the Mumbai Film Festival 2013 offers above 200 films to choose from for an entire week!
Anu Rangachar, the Program Director of Mumbai Film Festival, lists her 20 favourite films in the lineup.
Dir.: Joshua Oppenheimer (2012 / Col. / 115′)
Section: The Real Reel
The film won the Panorama Audience Award and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the Berlin International Film Festival 2013 and the Cph:dox Award at the Cph:dox Film Festival 2012. It has bagged several other awards in film festivals at Istanbul, Prague, Geneva, Warsaw, Barcelona, Zagreb, Mexico, etc.
An Indonesian documentary, The Act of Killing challenges the total impunity on genocide by the death squad leaders. In 1965, Anwar Congo and his friends were promoted to the ranks of Death Squad Leaders to help the army obliterate more than one million alleged communists, »
- Editorial Team
Punjabi period drama debuted at Toronto.
Set amongst displaced Sikh families in the aftermath of India’s Partition in 1947, the Punjabi-language film won the Netpac Award for Best Asian film at Tiff for its “thoughtful and challenging depiction of displacement and identity issues”.
The film was produced by Germany’s Heimatfilm and India’s National Film Development Corporation (Nfdc) with the Netherlands’ Augustus Film and France’s Cine-Sud Promotion (France) as co-producers.
“Writer/director Anup Singh has pushed stylistic and artistic boundaries,” said Sfg managing director Nadia Sandhu. “I grew up around Punjabi film sets and I hope Qissa will inspire and encourage other Punjabi filmmakers to challenge storytelling conventions.” »
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The film won the 2013 Netpac Award for Best Asian film at the recently concluded 38th Toronto International Film Festival for its thoughtful and challenging depiction of displacement and identity issues.
Presented by Heimatfilm and Nfdc, Qissa, an Indo-European venture between Nfdc (India), Heimatfilm (Germany), Augustus film (Netherlands) and Cine-Sud Promotion (France), is being represented worldwide by international sales agent The Match Factory. The film features Irrfan Khan, Tisca Chopra, Tillotama Shome and Rasika Dugal.
“This film’s theme is a wound in my heart and in the heart of many Punjabis. The lead actors of the film take you on a raging journey into the fragile and inarticulate emotions secreted within families and within nations. Emotions that often erupt to tear apart these nations and scatter families into far-flung corners of the world. »
We Are The Best! premiered at Venice last month and centres on three young outsiders in 1980s Stockholm who form a punk band. Magnolia plans a 2014 release. The film will open in Sweden on October 11.
Lars Jönsson produced for Memfis Film. We Are The Best! is co-produced by Film I Väst, Svt and Zentropa in co-operation with Danish Broadcasting Corporation and with support from the Swedish Film Institute, The Danish Film Institute and Nordisk Film and TV Fond.
Studio Film Group has secured all Canadian rights to the Punjabi-language Qissa, winner of the 2013 Netpac Award winner for Best Asian film in Toronto. nQissa takes place in post-Partition India as a Sikh attempts to forge a new life for his family. Anup Singh directs »
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Anup Singh’s Qissa won the Netpac (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) Award for World or International Asian Film Premiere at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival that concluded recently.
The Netpac jury included Jay Jeon (Korea), Intishal Al Timimi (Abu Dhabi) and Freddie Wong (Hong Kong).
The jury remarked: “The Netpac Award for the best Asian film at Festival 2013 goes to Qissa, directed by Anup Singh, for its sensitive portrayal of the issues of identity and displacement that affect people not only in India, but in all parts of the world and for brilliance of cinematic craft and the choice of metaphor that has been employed to tell a moving story that is bound to provoke thoughts, spark debate and give its viewers an intense experience.”
Qissa, a co-production between India/Germany/The Netherlands/France, is represented by sales agent The Match Factory.
Set in post-colonial India, »
Set in post-Partition India, Qissa (“Folktale”) introduces us to Sikh patriarch Umber Singh (Irrfan Khan). Forced to leave his village (in Pakistan territory), Umber takes his family (consisting of his wife, two daughters, and a newborn baby girl whom he refuses to look at – “I’ve seen enough girls,” he tells his wife, Mehar) and sets out to rebuild his life. “The Partition scattered us like birds in a storm,” he says, and Qissa sets out to examine the effect of the loss of home, nation, identity; showing how, in Umber, it affects how he relates to his family. “Who am I?” asks Umber. “What am I? What curse have I brought down on myself?”
The curse, for Umber, takes form not only in the loss of his home, and in having to rebuild in Indian Territory, but also in the form of the endless string of daughters his wife Mehar gives birth to. »
- Katherine Matthews
A still from Faith Connections
T he 38th edition of Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) that kicks off today has lined up seven Indian films for screenings, out of which four are world premieres.
The Lunchbox and Shuddh Desi Romance will be screened as part of Gala Presentations, Qissa and Siddharth in the Contemporary World Cinema section, The World of Gopi and Bagha in Tiff Kids section, documentary Faith Connections in Tiff Docs and Mount Song in the Wavelengths section.
Besides, the Mavericks section that is an “on-stage conversation with leaders in the film industry and beyond” has invited actor Irrfan Khan to discuss his stint in Bollywood so far. Khan plays lead roles in two of the Indian films (Qissa and The Lunchbox) at Tiff this year.
Film journalist and critic Namrata Joshi, who works with Outlook Magazine, is serving on the Fipresci (International Federation of Film Critics) Jury of the festival. »
- Editorial Team
A still from Qissa
Q issa, that premieres at Toronto International Film Festival in September, is the culmination of a 12-year long ‘exile’ period for Geneva-based filmmaker Anup Singh.
Set in post-colonial India, Qissa tells the story of Umber Singh, a Sikh, who is forced to flee his village due to ethnic cleansing at the time of partition in 1947.
In an interview to Nandita Dutta, Singh describes his journey of making Qissa, why audiences will relate to it easily, and why he hopes to be invited for a Punjabi meal after the world premiere at Toronto!
How did Qissa originate? You were born in Tanzania and currently live in Switzerland. What drew you towards writing a story about partition and displacement in Punjab?
Qissa had been flickering within me from that terrible day my parents, my two younger sisters and I had to leave forever the city of my birth, »
- Nandita Dutta
Over the past few weeks, the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) began unveiling the films that will feature as part of this year’s festival line-up. Although this year features fewer films from India and the Indian diaspora (not surprising since last year’s focus on Mumbai in the City to City programme gave viewers an incredibly rich line-up of films), there are, still, some wonderful viewing opportunities in store for South Asian film fans at Tiff 2013.
Two Indian films will receive Gala Premieres this year. The festival will present the North American Premiere of The Lunchbox, written and directed by Ritesh Batra. The film, which was well received at this year’s Cannes film festival, traces the unexpected friendship that develops between two strangers, middle-class housewife Ila and lonely office worker Saajan, after a mix up in the delivery of a lunchbox intended for Ila’s husband. The film stars Irrfan Khan, »
- Katherine Matthews
A still from Qissa
Anup Singh’s Qissa, a co-production between India/Germany/The Netherlands/France represented by sales agent The Match Factory, will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The festival announced today its Contemporary World Cinema lineup featuring the best in world cinema.
Set in post-colonial India, Qissa tells the story of Umber Singh, a Sikh who is forced to flee his village due to ethnic cleansing at the time of partition in 1947. Umber decides to fight fate and builds a new home for his family. When Umber marries his youngest child Kanwar to Neeli, a girl of lower caste, the family is faced with the truth of their identities; as individual ambitions and destinies collide in a struggle with eternity.
The World of Goopi and Bagha by Shilpa Ranade will be screened in Tiff Kids programme. »
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