International Film Festival on in city
Guwahati, the gateway to the Northeast, is once again witnessing a mega international film festival, which started earlier this week. I am talking about the 2nd Guwahati International Film Festival organized by the Cine Arts Society, Assam (CineASA) for the second consecutive year. Following the stupendous success of the first edition of the festival, this year’s festival has a much bigger and better package with more than 40 international films being screened, much to the delight of film lovers of the region.
The 2nd CineASA Guwahati International Film Festival 2010 was inaugurated on January 18 last by Assam Governor JB Patnaik. The festival kicked off with the screening of the Sri Lankan film, ‘Akasha Kusum’. The highlight of the screening was the presence of Prasanna Vithange, an eminent filmmaker from the island nation and the director of the movie. The movies in the festival are being screened in different locations of the city, which includes Rabindra Bhawan, Gauhati University, IIT Guwahati, Janokee Panjabari, amongst others.
The festival programme includes a retrospective of Pedro Almodovar, a tribute section on the works of acclaimed South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki Duk, a Focus section to showcase the best of the Iranian films by directors like Mahsin Makhmalbaf, Mazid Mazidi, Abbas Kiarostemi, Bahman Ghobadi. On occasion of fifty years of French New Wave, films of Jean Luc Godard, François Trauffaut and Claude Chabrol and in the Romanian New Wave section films like ‘Four Months, Three Weeks, Two Days’ by Christian Munglo will also be screened. Apart from these sections, a package of highly acclaimed Asian and European films, which bagged awards at Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Lucama, Pusan, Karlovy Vary and London International film festivals, will be screened in the festival as well. In the Colors of India section National award winning films like Girish Kasarvalli’s ‘Golabi Talkies’ and Shivajee Chandrabhushan’s ‘Frozen’, Bapaditya Banerjee’s latest film ‘Houseful’ and Mazhar Kamran’s ‘Mohandas’ are scheduled for screening.
There are two entries from Assam for the film festival, which include: ‘Aai Kot Nai’ by Manju Bora and ‘Dhunia Tirutabor’ by Pradyut Kumar Deka. The closing movie of the festival will see the screening of ‘The Other Bank’ by George Ovashvili, which bagged the Silver Mayur award at recently concluded International film festival of India held at Panaji.
Like last year, a short film competition is also being organized this year and the short listed films will be screened in the North East Shorts section. Three awards will be given to the best film, best director and Jury’s special mention and awards will be presented by eminent film maker Jahnu Barua in the concluding function to be held tomorrow evening. Apart from simultaneous screenings at all four venues, interactive sessions among viewers are being held. Three open forum sessions are also being held in the Rabindra Bhavan premises.
The Guwahati International Film Festival is truly a wonderful initiative by CineASA and can be described to be a real treat for cine lovers of our region. It is indeed heartening to note that the festival has improved considerably since last year. Truly a wonderful initiative.