Archive for July 28, 2011

If you follow this blog regularly, you must have read a post on the indie film Kshay. If you haven’t, do click here to check out its interesting trailer and synopsis.

We have now been offered a preview of the soundtrack of the film. We are embedding two tracks here. Do check it out. We would like to know your feedback, so scroll down and use the comment box.

Kshay OST – Home

Kshay OST – Everywhere

And if you like the tracks, here’s some more dope on the music from the film’s production notes…

Music for Kshay has been done by director Karan Gour and Siddharth Bhatia. For the music, both Siddharth and Karan knew that we couldn’t be using electronic samples, which would be the independent way to go. We needed a little more character than that to help support the film’s imagery. We narrowed down on a string quartet and a harp, but that would be far too expensive to record in a studio. Hence, we managed to get some more cash together and bought the Vienna String collection off their website which consisted of brilliantly recorded solo strings that could be manipulated in various ways to match a natural, textural string composition. Both of them did their own versions of the movie and we actually had 2 soundtracks for the movie. The final soundtrack was a mix of both the composition types, although it went through a lot more evolution than just that, taking about 3 months to complete.

Venice Film Festival has announced its line-up for this year. The festival will take place from August 31-September 10, 2011.

Two Indian films have been selected for the Orizzonti section of the festival, which is presented as an exploration of the modes of contemporary cinema. According to official release, in open dialogue with the films of the main competition, Orizzonti questions reality, forms and representations. It seeks to unbalance the status of images, it tears open perception and meaning and allows us to perceive new directions.

The two Indian films are Amit Dutta’s Sonchidi and Gurvinder Singh’s debut film Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan (Alms of the Blind Horse).

Film : Sonchidi. Director : Amit Dutta.  Cast : Nitin Goel, Gagan Singh Sethi. Duration : 55’

Film : Anhey ghorhey da daan (Alms of the Blind Horse) Director :  Gurvinder Singh. Cast : Mal Singh, Samuel John, Serbjeet Kaur, Dharminder Kaur. Duration : 112’

Dutta seems to be a Venice veteran now as two of his earlier films  also premiered  at the festival. And with such a unqiue and strong voice, he is easily on the best filmmaker of this country that most people are not aware of.

If you have any more info on the films (stills, poster, synopsis, trailer), do let us know. Click here to read more about Gurvinder’s film.

The festival will also screen Mani Kaul’s Duvidha as a tribute to the filmmaker. The film will be screened in Out Of Competition section which screens important works by directors already established in previous editions of the Festival.

MANI KAUL – DUVIDHA [MANI KAUL (25.12.1944-6.7.2011)]

India, 82′

Ravi Menon, Raeesa Padamsi