Latin American Cinema at the Thrissur International Film Festival and a lesson or two worth reading

08/09/2010 at 2:29 pm Leave a comment

Malayalam cinema will progress only if exhibitors and distributors change their dismissive attitude to alternative productions, veteran filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan has said. He was inaugurating the fifth Thrissur International Film Festival (TIFF- 2010) on Thursday.
“Film festivals are showcases of cinematic trends across the world and lessons in film aesthetics. They play an important artistic role. But the campaign for better cinema should not end with festivals. It should touch the film industry. There should be a culture change within the industry. Better films made by newcomers should reach theatres. Exhibitors and distributors should not reject these works in favour of commercial interests,” he said. He alleged that even government-owned theatres did not promote alternative Malayalam productions.
A veena recital by A. Ananthapadmanabhan, accompanied by Ajaya Ghosh on the tabla and P.D. Francis on the keyboards, preceded the meeting.
‘The Japanese Wife’, directed by Aparna Sen, was the opening film. The other films screened on Thursday were Nandita Das’ ‘Firaaq’, Attila Gigor’s The Investigator’ and Guru Dutt’s Kagaz Ke Phool’.
To celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, Satyajit Ray’s ‘Charulata’, based on the Nobel laureate’s story, ‘Nastanirh’ (The broken nest), was screened and a recital of select verses of ‘Gitanjali’ held. Ray’s documentary on Tagore, made on the occasion of the writer’s birth centenary in May 1961, will be screened on Thursday.
The films to be screened in the weeklong festival include Majid Majidi’s ‘The Song of Sparrows’, Ari Folman’s ‘Waltz with Bashir’, Bille August’s ‘Goodbye Bafana’, Ramon Costafreda’s ‘Wrap-up’, Samuel Benchetrit’s ‘I Always Wanted to Be a Gangster’, Marko Nabersnik’s ‘Rooster’s Breakfast’, Sven Taddicken’s ‘Emma’s Bliss’, Rachid Bouchareb’s ‘Days of Glory’, Nadine Labaki’s ‘Caramel’, Chris Kraus’s ‘Four Minutes’ and Christian Wagner’s ‘Warchild’. The festival will focus on Hungarian and Mexican cinema. The package from Hungary includes ‘Esther’s Inheritance’ (director: Sándor Márai), ‘Panic’ (Attila Till), ‘Tranquility’ (Alföldi Róbert), ‘Last Supper at the Arabian Gray Horse’ (Miklos Jancso).
The Mexican films to be screened include ‘Abel’ (Diego Luna), ‘To the Sea’ (Pedro González-Rubio), ‘Northless’ (Rigoberto Perezcano), ‘Love, Pain and Vice Versa’ (Alfonso Pineda Ulloa) and ‘Spiral’ (Jorge Perez Solano).
On show will be select works of German director Alexander Kluge, French New Wave pioneer Eric Rohmer, and German experimental auteur Werner Schroeter. Tributes will be paid to Portuguese writer Jose Saramago by screening ‘Blindness’, based on his novel.

Source: The Hindu

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