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Ashim Ahluwalia’s “The Boyfriend” selected for Cinemart

16 December 2014 11:45 PM, PST

Miss Lovely director Ashim Ahluwalia’s latest project The Boyfriend has been selected for 32nd edition of Cinemart, the co-production market of the International Film Festival Rotterdam to be held from January 25-28, 2015.

The project also received the festival’s Hubert Bals fund for script and project development earlier this year.

The Boyfriend revolves around  two social outcasts, trapped within a storm of violence, who embark on a forbidden love affair. As things rapidly turn more passionate and morally hazy; they are forced to make a series of decisions that will forever affect their lives. The film is an explosive mix of class and caste and the private sexual hells buried under a dangerously intolerant society.

Co-written by Ashim Ahluwalia and Vidur Nauriyal, The Boyfriend was part of Nfdc Film Bazaar’s co-production market in November.

For more details on The Boyfriend, click here.

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Dispatch from Dubai: M. Manikandan’s The Crow’s Egg

15 December 2014 8:19 PM, PST

A still from The Crow’s Egg

The Crow’s Egg is named so because we take the bird for granted, its colour making it under- privileged compared to its peers. It is all pervasive but leads an obscure existence. M Manikandan’s fresh story and clever script is founded on this analogy. Its lead characters, just like the crow, are sidelined and misunderstood.

Two little boys (they have been referred to as the Small crow’s egg and Big crow’s egg throughout- no real names) from the slums in Chennai eat crow’s eggs so that they can become big and strong. Their father is in the prison and their mother struggles to run the household and bail him out. She has some help in the form of an old mother-in-law who looks after the children and home.

The brothers spend their day collecting coal alongside the railway »


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Aditya Vikram Sengupta named Best Director for “Labour of Love” at Marrakech

14 December 2014 8:34 PM, PST

Aditya Vikram Sengupta won the Best Director award for his debut feature Labour of Love at the recently concluded Marrakech International Film Festival.

The Jury, headed by French actress Isabelle Huppert, comprised of Indian director Ritesh Batra, Danish director Susanne Bier, French filmmaker Bertrand Bonello, Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu, English actor Alan Rickman, Moroccan filmmaker Moumen Smihi, French actress Melanie Laurent and Italian filmmaker Mario Martone.

The film was also awarded the Netpac Award for Best Asian Film at the Bengaluru International Film Festival recently.

Set in the crumbling environs of Calcutta, Labour Of Love is a lyrical unfolding of two ordinary lives suspended in the duress of a spiralling recession.

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Court wins Best Film at Singapore

14 December 2014 8:12 PM, PST

Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court picked up two prizes in the Asian Feature Film category at the Singapore Film Festival (December 4-14) including Best Film and Best Director. Tamhane received cash prizes worth Us$11,600 in total.

“This glittering gem dazzles with its simplicity, elegance and breathtaking naturalism. Every facet of this film shines, from the humanity of its screenplay, to the originality of its structure, to the assuredness of its direction,” said the jury, headed by Chinese director Wang Xiaoshuai, and  comprising Thai filmmaker Kongdej Jaturanrasamee, Chinese actress Huang Lu and Singaporean filmmaker Kelvin Tong.

Court’s recent awards include the Fipresci Prize at the Vienna International Film Festival, New Talent award at the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival and Grand Prix at Auteur Film Festival in Serbia.

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