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Actor-filmmaker Kamal Hassan will inaugurate the 6th Bengaluru International Film Festival on Thursday at Jnana Jyothi Auditorium, Central College (Near Mysore bank Circle).
The festival that is scheduled to run from December 26 to January 2, 2014 will showcase 152 films from 45 countries, with Country Focus on Taiwan and Germany.
On December 29 at 11.30 am, the festival will host a seminar on ‘The Digital Experience: Talking Red, Alexa and Black Magic’. The panelists – Dr Bedabrata Pain, Manohar Joshi, Br Viswanath – will share their experiences with lighting, composition, resolution, conditions under hot weather, battery life and many problems they faced and solutions found while handling the cameras. The seminar will be presided over by Dr Bedabrata Pain, scientist, filmmaker and specialist on digital cinema, who will guide the seminar through the relevant topics and answer »
Four Indian feature films and two short films will be screened at the 37th Montreal World Film Festival to be held from 22 Aug — 2 Sep, 2013.
All the films will be screened in Focus on World Cinema section that includes 105 features, 1 medium length and 110 short films.
Chittagong by Bedabrata Pain, Filmistaan by Nitin Kakkar, Monsoon Shootout by Amit Kumar and Papilio Buddha by Jayan K. Cherian are the feature films. While the first three are festival regulars, Papilio Buddha is the story of a group of displaced dalits in the Western Ghats of India. The Malayalam-language film has been refused a censor certificate from the Cbfc for its content denigrating Mahatma Gandhi, visuals of extreme violence against a woman and severe use of expletives, among other reasons [as per this notice from the Cbfc].
The Montreal World Film Festival announced its full slate of 432 films from around the globe on Tuesday, including 113 world or international feature preems. From the U.S. “The Red Robin” by Michael Z. Wechsler competes in the World section while Adam Rodgers’ “At Middleton” will unspool in the First World competition and Sam Fleischner’s “Stand Clear of the Closing Doors” plays in Focus on World Cinema.
This year’s world competition features 20 features and 11 shorts from 18 different countries. In all there are 113 world premieres, 39 North American preems and 41 Canadian bows.
Twenty helmers will screen their pics in a separate competition for first-time feature filmmakers. Organizers of the sprocket opera attribute the maelstrom of fresh talent to the industry’s digital evolution. Not a single 35 mm print was submitted for competition, and the increasing popularity of digital submissions invited more low-budget productions to toss their hat in the ring.
- Allegra Tepper
Anurag Kashyap ended a years-long drought for Hindi films at Cannes with last year’s six-hour “Gangs of Wasseypur,” which premiered in Directors’ Fortnight. He’s back this year with a posse of pics, and received the Order of Arts and Letters from French Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti on May 20 at the fest.
Besides Directors’ Fortnight player “Ugly,” which he directed, Kashyap produced “Monsoon Shootout” (Midnight Screening) and Critics’ Week choice “The Lunchbox” (Dabba). He contributed a segment to omnibus film “Bombay Talkies,” which pays homage to 100 years of Indian cinema and gets a special gala screening at the fest.
The Indian filmmaker, whose career matched the growth of the multiplex on the subcontinent, prefers to make edgy, decidedly non-Bollywood movies, the kinds of films he likes to watch. He is influenced by movies from the West, including Vittorio De Sica’s classic films. In fact, it was seeing the »
- Shalini Dore
About two years ago, the strife between megastar Amitabh Bachchan and the busiest director in Bollywood Anurag Kashyap came out into the open. Kashyap had openly levelled a number of accusations against the Bachchans in his Facebook page. He said that Bachchan has deliberately sabotaged the release of the film Chittagung which has been made by Bedabrata Pain – a friend of Kashyap. At this time Abhishek Bachchan’s kheley hum ji jaan se was scheduled to be released and both the films had common subject. Kashyap accused Amitabh of sabotaging Chittagung to promote Abhishek’s film. Since then, the rift betwee »
Paan Singh Tomar (Hindi) directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia was declared the Best Film at the 60th National Film Awards announced today at a joint Press Conference addressed by the Chairpersons of the three juries; Basu Chatterjee for Feature Films, Aruna Raje for Non-Feature Films and Swapan Mullick for Best Writing on Cinema.
In non-feature film category, the award for the Best Film went to Shepherds of Paradise (Gojri & Urdu) produced and directed by Raja Shabir Khan. In the category of Best Writing on Cinema section, the book ‘Silent Cinema in India – A Pictorial Journey’ (English) written by B.D. Garga has bagged the top honour, whereas P.S. Radhakrishnan has been conferred the award for the Best film Critic.
Chittagong (Hindi) and 101 Chodiyangal (Malayalam) have shared the Indira Gandhi award for the Best Debut Film of a Director. The award for the Best Popular Film for providing wholesome entertainment has »
That 2012 began with an overwrought hyper-melodramatic brutal and tumultuous remake of Agneepath and ended with Yash Chopra’s muted mellow all-heart-no-malice ode to romance Jab Tak Hai Jaan seems indicative of the direction that Bollywood seems headed for. The journey, as we can see, is unpredictable and largely exciting. Looking back, some films of 2012 that fetched hype-star ratings seem bloated and over-eager to please either critics or the masses, but never both. Luckily the films that were truly meritorious did get a place under the swoon.
Each year Bollywood surprises us, and not always in a good way. 2012 seems like a watershed year even by the continuously evolving standards of filmmaking set by envelope-pushing directors who have filtered into filmdom during the past years. 2012 was the year when Tigmanshu Dhulia, Sujoy Ghosh and Shoojit Sircar came into their own with films that took mainstream cinema to new heights. It was »
- Subhash K Jha
2012 turned out to be a year when a number of smaller or independent films made their way onto many Top Ten lists. But, as always, there are films that, for a number of reasons, risk being forgotten or overlooked, especially in a year where there are so many great films to choose from. Here are 13 films – 10 already released, 3 from the festival circuit – that you should have seen in 2012. It’s still not too late!
It’s a massive shame that Nila Madhab Panda’s film didn’t get as much attention as his I Am Kalam, and also a shame that the film was released to DVD without English subtitles. Because Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid, like I Am Kalam, weaves an issue into a story about, and for, children and families, and the message it carries (about the value of women and »
- Katherine Matthews
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