Archive for August 12, 2011

The madness was always there. Click on the play button to watch Bonga – the FTII Diploma film of Kundan Shah. It’s no surprise that he went on to make the cult film Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron.

And both the trailers of one thing in common – No respect for Fonts.

Soundtrack is directed by debutant Neerav Ghosh and stars Rajeev Khandelwal, Soha Ali Khan and Mrinalini Sharma. Saregama India Ltd., the company which delivered a dud of EPIC size last year with Jhootha Hi Sahi, has produced it. The trailer looks like Dev D meets Shaitan. Is there no other way to show drug abuse in cinema? And “what the F”? Really? That’s the best they could think of? All for adding some cool quotient.

With no other options left Mommy Hema Malini has now directed a film to save the career of daughter dearest Esha Deol with desi version of Mamma Mia. And it looks like this will be the final nail in that career coffin.  Try adding one more “K” in that Kkhuda. The film also stars Dharmendra, Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor, Arjan Bajwa and Chandan Roy Sanyal.

Anurag Kashyap’s next release That Girl In Yellow Boots finally gets an official poster. Not sure if it’s the same agency which has designed the posters of Dev D, Shaitan and now TGIYB but some design hangover seems to be there…similar elements, colours and that garish touch.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is also ready with his next production, My Friend Pinto. Directed by debutant Raaghav Dar, it stars Prateik, Kalki Koechlin, Arjun Mathur, Divya Dutta, Raj Zutshi and Shruti Seth.

And the third one is Malegaon Ka Superman. This one comes from the cottage film industry of Malegaon. Do check out its tagline.

Locarno Film Festival’s Open Doors session this year was devoted to cinema from India. 12 projects, selected out of over 200 applications in 18 different languages from 30 regions in India, participated in the Open Doors co-production lab, organised with the collaboration of the Festival Industry Office. The objective of the 4-day workshop that took place during the Festival, was to assist the selected directors and producers to find co-production partners and to complete their films.

The jury, composed by Martina Malacrida and Nathalie Soldini for the Festival del film Locarno, by Walter Ruggle and Martial Knaebel representing the Swiss support fund for production “visions sud est”, by André de Margerie and Remi Burah for ARTE, by Jacqueline Ada and Ramdane Saâd for CNC (Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée) decided upon the following grants, awarded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC):

(from left: Alka Raghuram, Shanker Raman, Signe Byrge Sorensen, Sourav Sarangi, Anup Singh, Johannes Rexin)

Grant Open Doors 30.000 CHF

THE TRAPPER’S SNARE by Shanker Raman produced by Rucha Pathak

Grant Open Doors 20.000 CHF

BURQA BOXERS directed and produced by Alka Raghuram

Grant for development CNC (Centre National du cinéma et de l’image animée) 7.000 Euros

LASYA (The Gentle Dance) by Anup Singh produced by Johannes Rexin

Grant for development ARTE 6.000 Euros

CHAR… THE ISLAND WITHIN directed and produced by Sourav Sarangi, co-produced by Stefano Tealdi and Signe Byrge Sørensen

The Trapper’s Snare is the spiritual journey of 15 year old Sundaran, his experiences and realizations, and his rite of passage into adulthood. The film is a meditation on the significance of what one is able to or willing to leave behind.

In a culture where beauty, delicacy, refinement and submission are the prized traits to the ultimate feminine career fulfilment, marriage, young Muslim girls learn boxing at a little gym in Kolkata, India. Burqa Boxers tells the story of these warriors determined to knock out a few stereotypes. It will be the story of three young women Amina, Shyara, and Khadija as they train for the state amateur boxing championship.

In addition, the 64th Locarno Festival proudly presents three films whose projects took part in Open Doors co-production lab past editions: in the Concorso internazionale TANATHUR (Last Days in Jerusalem) by Tawfik Abu Wael (Israel/Palestine/France/Germany), winner of the 2007 Open Doors co-production lab; in the Concorso Cineasti del presente SOLNETCHNIYE DNI (Sunny Days) by Nariman Turebayev (Kazakistan), winner in 2010, and HELLO! SHU XIAN SHENG (Mr. Tree) by Jie Han (China), part of Open Doors 2009.

The Film Bazaar Screenwriters’ Lab 2011 held in partnership with Binger Filmlab, Netherlands and the Venice International Film Festival, Italy has announced six shortlisted projects. The first working session will be held at the Venice International Film Festival from September 1 – 3, 2011. The second working session will be held at Film Bazaar, Goa from November 23 – 27, 2011.

Projects selected for the Lab this year are –

1. Sebastian Wants To Remember by Vasant Nath

2. Dear Mira by Deepti Datt

3. Toxic City by Aliya Curmally

4. Dum Laga Ke Haishya by Sharat Katariya

5. Girls by Megha Ramaswamy

6. Dabba by Ritesh Batra

The workshop ensures that the participants apply their training and pitch their improvised screenplays to industry professionals from around the globe. The workshop is aimed at preparing these screenwriters to position their screenplays internationally.

The lab advisors for the lab are Marten Rabarts (Artistic Head, Binger Filmlab), Bianca Taal (Industry Advisor, Binger Filmlab), Olivia Stewart (Producer, Writer & Script Advisor) and Urmi Juvekar (Screenwriter & Script Advisor).

To know more about the Screenwriters’ Lab, click here.