Archive for August 30, 2016

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FIRST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL & AWARDS, MACAO (IFFAM) IS CALLING FOR ENTRIES FROM INDIA AND SOUTH ASIA.

The International Film Festival & Awards, Macao (IFFAM) is calling for entries.

– The first edition of this festival will be held from 8 to 13 December, 2016 in Macao.

– Last date of Submission is 30 September 2016.

– The Official Selection consists of the following sections- Competition, Out of Competition/Gala, Hidden Dragons, Best of Fest Panorama and Crossfire (Retrospective).

– The Festival invites entries for feature-length fiction films above 60 minutes.

– The film must be completed post 15 December 2015. Priority will be given to films being presented at the festival as its World Premiere.

– For further details on submission and for the Rules & Regulations, please visit IFFAM’s official website www.iffamacao.com.

– Deepti DCunha is the Consultant to the Festival Director, Marco Mueller, for India and South Asia.

– For any queries regarding the festival, please contact deepti.dcunha@iffamacao.com and info@iffamaco.com

Last date of Submission is 30 September 2016.

IFFAM is an event jointly organized by the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) and Macao Films & Television Productions and Culture Association (MFPTA), and administered and managed by MFPTA (the “Festival”).

The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote the various aspects of Chinese-language, East Asian and international cinema in all its forms as entertainment and as an industry, as art and as a tool of dialogue, in a spirit of freedom and exchange. In addition to all the various sections, the Festival shall include retrospectives and tributes to major figures in the film industry as a contribution towards raising awareness of the history of cinema.

 

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Mukti BhawanIn 2013, Shubhashish Bhutiani’s short film Kush had premiered at Venice Film Festival and it won the Orizzonti Award For the Best Short film. This year, he is returning to Venice with his debut feature, Mukti Bhawan (Hotel Salvation).

The film was one of the the 4 projects that was selected for 4th Biennale College – Cinema (2015 – 2016). This is the initiative launched in 2012 by the Biennale di Venezia to promote new talents, offering them the opportunity to work side by side with the masters in the making of micro-budget feature films.

The film stars stars Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Palomi Ghosh, Navnindra Behl and Anil K Rastogi.

Its first trailer is out. Do have a look.

At first glance, it looks like the perfect exotic subject for the west. But its bittersweet charm disarms you quickly.

Official Synopsis

An ominous dream convinces 77-year-old Dayanand Kumar that his end could be near. He takes the news to his son Rajiv, knowing he wants to breathe his last in the holy city of Varanasi and end the cycle of rebirth, by attaining salvation. Being the dutiful son he is, Rajiv is left with no choice but to drop everything and make the journey with his stubborn father. Daya and Rajiv check into Mukti Bhawan (Hotel Salvation) in Varanasi, a guesthouse devoted to people who want to die there. But as the days go by, Rajiv struggles to juggle his responsibilities back home, while Daya starts to bloom in the hotel. Rajiv gives his father a shot at salvation but as family bonds are tested, he finds himself torn, and not knowing what he must do to keep his life together.

Credits

Writer & Director: Shubhashish Bhutiani
Producer: Sanjay Bhutiani & Sajida Sharma
Director of Photography: Michael McSweeney & David Huwiler
Production Design: Avyakta Kapur
Editor: Manas Mittal
Music Composer: Tajdar Junaid
Sound Design: Ajay Kumar PB & Akhilesh Acharya
Costume Design: Shruti Wadetiwar
Dialogues: Assad Hussain
First Assistant Director: Abbas Khan
Production Company: Red Carpet Moving Pictures Pvt. Ltd.

To know more about the film, its FB page is here.