INDIAN FILMS MARK THEIR PRESENCE AT BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, 2014
The 64th Berlin International Film Festival to be held from 6-16th February, 2014, will witness quite a good number of Indian films in various sections.
In the Panorama section, the screening of Highway, by Imtiaz Ali and Papilio Buddha by Jayan Cherian will take place.
The Forum section will see the screening of K. Hariharan and Mani Kaul’s Ghashiram Kotwal (1976), Pushpendra Singh’s Lajwanti and Jessica Sadana and Samarth Dixit’s Prabhat Pheri.
Shambhavi Kaul’s Mount Song and Kush Badhwar’s Blood Earth will be screened at the Forum Expanded section of the film festival.
This year, the Berlinale Classic section will see the screening of Satyajit Ray’s Nayak.
Killa, directed by Avinash Arum and Rangzen, directed by Gaurav Saxena will be screened at the Generation K Plus section. This section is targeted towards children and younger audience.
Following are a few details about the films to be screened at the festival:
Highway by Imtiaz Ali, Panorama section
This is Imtiaz Ali’s first film to be screened at a major International Film Festival. Starring Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda, Highway is a story of Veera who gets kidnapped by Mahavir and finds ‘freedom in bondage’. The film will be released in India on 21st February, 2014.
Papilio Buddha by Jayan Cherian, Panorama section
The Malayalam-language film portrays the struggle of a group of displaced dalits in the Western Ghats of India against the local powers and government told through Shankaran, an educated youth, who is indifferent to the resistance movement run by his father. After an initial refusal of Censor certificate, the film got released last year. It has been screened at Montreal World Film Festival, Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival and Athens International Film and Video Film Festival in 2013.
Ghashiram Kotwal by K. Hariharan and Mani kaul, Forum section
Made in 1976 by Hariharan and Kaul, who were the most notable names in India parallel Cinema Movement, the film depicts the rise and fall of the Peshwa regime in Western India. It is set against the backdrop of political intrigue and corruption. The only reason the film survives is because Berlinale once produced a print with German subtitles. A digital print of the film will be screened this year.
Lajwanti by Pushpendra Singh, Forum section
This film is based on a folk tale by a Rajasthani writer, Vijayan Detha. It explores the inner struggles of a married woman to honour a dream and in that search find the higher meaning of love and freedom.
Prabhat Pheri by Jessica Sadna and Samarth Dixit, Forum section
This documentary looks at the history of the complex in Pune where the legendary Prabhat Film Company once stood. The film has been commissioned by the Public Service Broadcasting Trust in 2011.
Mount Song by Shambhavi Kaul, Forum Expanded Section
The 9 minute avant-garde Indo-US co-production is described as a “wild, foreboding gust courses through the night, a subdued elegance is brought forth from past cinema spectacles, whose generic albeit highly suggestive set constructions remain lodged in our imaginary.”
Blood Earth by Kush Badhwar, Forum Expanded Section
Blood Earth is a documentary which ‘explores the relationship between music, struggle and cultural responses to violence via word and sound’. It won the Adolfas Mekas award at Experimenta 2013, the International Festival of Moving Image Art in Bangalore. Directed by Kush Badhwar, this fil is based in Kucheipadar, Orissa.
Nayak by Satyajit Ray, Berlinale Classics section
This classic by Satyajit Ray is already a recipient of a National Award in 1966 for the Best Feature in Bengali. The film is about a film star who is going to Calcutta to receive his National Award and on his journey from Delhi, he reveals a bit too much about his personality than he intends to.
Killa by Avinash Arum, Generation K Plus section
Killa revolves around a young boy Chinu who migrated after his father’s death and is finding it difficult to adjust to his new surroundings. But gradually he makes new friends and gains more confidence. Starring Amruta Subhash, Archit Deodhar, Parth Bhalerao and Shrikant Yadav, the film was part of NFDC Film Bazaar’s Work-in-Progress (WIP) Lab in 2013.
Rangzen by Gaurav Saxena, Generation K Plus section
Set in Dharamshala, Rangzen tells the story of an 8-year-old Tibetan boy’s discovery of his exiled refugee identity. The short film is a prelude to Rangzen, the feature film project, which was selected for Amsterdam Cinekid co-production market in October 2013.