Odisha Channel Bureau
Bhubaneswar: The 12th International Film Festival on Art and Artists, which will be presented by the JD Centre of Art’s Film Forum at the IDCOL Auditorium of the city from January 12 to 14, will open by paying respects to renowned curator and textile expert Martand Singh, showcasing excerpts from his interview about the importance of handmade fabrics in India.
The four major award-winning films that would be shown are: Iranian film The Salesman (Forushande) by Asghar Farhadi, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2016; Argentinian film The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secruto de sus Ojos), winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2009; Swiss film My Life as a Zucchini by Claude Barrass, which won the Cesar Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Animated Film; and Life in Metaphors: A Portrait of Girish Kasaravalli by O P Srivastava, which received the National Award for Best Biographical Film.
The festival will also screen six films by alumni from the Film and Television Institute of India, including five works by Nirad Mohapatra: feature film Maya Miriga and documentaries – Ahilya’s Wedding (Ahilya ra Bahaghara), Chhau Dance of Mayurbhanj, Dhauligiri Shantistupa, and Pata Paintings; Lakshmi Ra Abhisara by Raj Gopal Mishra, Atul by Kamal Swaroop, The Fourth Direction by Gurvinder Singh, and Kapila by Sanju Surendran.
Other works to look for include animation films from France; experimental films from Germany, Australia, Canada, and Iraq; In Return: Just a Book, shot in Kerala and St. Petersburg by Shiny Jacob Benjamin; and a film about Nabendu Ghosh’s close association with Bimal Roy, made by Ghosh’s daughter Ratnottama Sengupta, titled And They Made Classics…
The festival will also be showing multiple films by Odia filmmakers including City’s Step Child and the Water Colour Dreams by Pranab K Aich, Rang Rasika and Soubhagya Mishra by Sanjay Bhatt, and Santal by Abhaya Nayak.
There will also be a number of events featuring Delhi-based filmmakers, including the workshop on digital filmmaking conducted by Nandan Saxena and the showing of films The Face Behind the Mask by Nirmal Chander Dandriyal, and Faces: The Enigmatic World of Himmat Shah by Vinod Bhardwaj and Rohit Suri.
Several workshops and lectures are also scheduled to take place at the Film Festival. Artist Bryan Mulvihill will conduct a workshop on calligraphy entitled Imaging the Word, award-winning filmmaker Nandan Saxena will hold a digital filmmaking workshop Cinematic Films on a Budget, and actress and director Nandita Das will give an illustrated lecture on her upcoming film, Manto.
Other highlights of the 12th edition of the Festival
- Nandita Das, the renowned actress and director will give a talk entitled From the Written Words to Moving Images on her forthcoming film Manto about the path-breaking writer Saadat Hassan Manto
- Manisha Mohan, animator and the chief designer at Tata Interactive, will give a talk on Animation and New Media
- Meet the Artist illustrative talk as a tribute to Nirad Mohapatra