‘Los Perros,’ ‘To Let’ Win Kolkata Festival

‘Los Perros,’ ‘To Let’ Win Kolkata Festival
Chilean-French “Los Perros,” directed by Marcela Said, won the best picture prize in the international competition of the 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival. Iceland’s Asa Helga Hjorleifsdottir won best director for “Swan.”

In the Indian competition, Chezhiyan Ra’s “To Let” was awarded best film while Dr. Bijukumar Damodaran won best director for “Sound of Silence.” The jury gave a special mention to Panchakshari’s “Pathumma”.

Akanksha Sood Singh’s “Mrityubhoj – the Death Feast” won best Indian documentary while Amritanshu’s “Chaahat Ke Gubbare” won best Indian short.

Despite inclement weather, the festival was extraordinarily well attended with all screenings, talks and masterclasses witnessing capacity crowds.

This year the focus country was the U.K. and noted British academic Rachel Dwyer delivered the annual Satyajit Ray memorial lecture, named for the late Oscar-winning Kolkata director of seminal films such as “Pather Panchali” and “Days and Nights in the Forest.” Dwyer discussed
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Jeonju Film Festival in South Korea to host special section on Indian cinema

Jeonju Film Festival in South Korea to host special section on Indian cinema
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The 14th Jeonju International Film Festival will host a special section called “Beyond Bollywood” to celebrate the diversity of Indian cinema.

“There has been prejudice that Bollywood represents all of Indian films. Special : Beyond Bollywood is a special program that covers literally entire India. As India officially has 18 languages and 28 states, different styles of films have been made using various languages and sceneries according to specific cultural areas. This Indian program consists of 9 feature films directed by important contemporary directors representing each of the state’s beauty,” says Kang Minyoung, programmer of the festival.

Three Hindi films: Shahid by Hansal Mehta, B.A.Pass by Ajay Bahl and Miss Lovely by Ashim Ahluwalia will be screened at the festival.

Azhagarsamy’s Horse by Suseenthiran and Waterbirds by Seenu Ramaswamy are the Tamil films to be screened.

Malayalam film Color of Sky by Bijukumar Damodaran, Bengali film Untitled by Caesar Das,
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