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Since the last two years, FFI or Film Federation Of India has suddenly changed its stance. Earlier all the jury members used to be in the presser to announce the name of the film selected as India’s entry for the Oscars. Now, it’s all a big secret. And that’s quite baffling because nobody says why it’s a secret. More because none of the renowned film festival or prestigious film awards keeps its jury a secret. I can’t think of any. In fact, most take pride in announcing the names of their jury members. It becomes more important when a controversy like this happens – why can’t the members publicly endorse and fight for the film they picked to represent the country? I don’t have any answers.

So here’s the list of the 19 FFI jury members who picked “The Good Road”.

1. Gautam Ghose – Filmmaker, Chairman of the jury
2. Rupa Ganguly – Actor
3. Agni Mitra Paul – Fashion/Costume Designer
4. Sujoy Ghosh – Filmmaker
5. Onir – Filmmaker
6. Bharthiraja
7. N Shankar – Filmmaker
8. K P Kumaran – Filmmaker
9. Mahesh Kothare – Actor/Director
10. Suhasini Mani Ratnam – Director/writer
11. Indraneel Bose
12. Sanjay Verma
13. Kamlesh Pandey – Screenwriter
14. Ramadoss Naidu
15. Kavita Lankesh – Director/Writer
16. Vijay Patkar – Actor
17. Aarti Anand
18. Vidya Sagar – Music Director
19. C V Reddy – Filmmaker
Strangely, we spoke to at least six of them and all are repeating the same lines – it was unanimous decision to pick The Good Road. 19 people and all felt that TGR was better than everything else. or all have been told to say the same thing? Now that the names are out, am hoping at least some people will speak up why The Good Road is better than other films. Seriously, forget The Lunchbox. Just tell us what we are missing. They need to enlighten us and make us see what’s great about TGR. Some of the names are quite well known and they know much more about cinema than all of us. So it will be good to know what’s good in their books and why. Waiting.

The 13th Mumbai Film Festival, a Reliance Entertainment initiative, will be held in Mumbai from the 13th to the 20th of October 2011.

The festival has just announced its jury for this year’s edition. The jury members for the international competition section are…

1. Academy Award nominee director Hugh Hudson (Jury President, International competition),

2. Roger Spottiswoode – director of James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies and the Arnold Schwarzenegger starrer ‘The 6th Day’

3. Acclaimed Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski

4. Young Korean director Na Hong-Jin who received numerous awards and acclaim for his films ‘The Chaser’ and ‘The Yellow Sea’.

VENUE :  This year the main hub for the festival will be Cinemax Versova and other venues include Cinemax Sion and Metro BIG cinemas.

 – Basu Chatterjee, director of films like Gudgudee, Chameli Ki Shaadi amongst numerous others, is the Chairman of the Harmony Celebrate Age Jury. Harmony Celebrate Age aims to encourage filmmakers to look beyond the stereotypes of old age and to look at the positive side of ageing.

– The Dimensions Mumbai section of the festival include young directors like…

1. Kiran Rao (Dhobi Ghat) (Chairperson- Dimension Mumbai Jury)

2. Vikram Aditya Motwane (Udaan)

3. Nishikant Kamat (Mumbai Meri Jaan)

4. Onir (My Brother Nikhil)

5. Renuka Shahane

Dimensions Mumbai, a short film competition open to Mumbaikars below the age of 25 years, where a short film depicting any aspect of life in Mumbai can be submitted.

And that’s what you call a perfect timing! Dhobi Ghat, pitched as a first art house film from Aamir Khan Productions, released on Friday, and now the announcement that Aamir Khan will be one the jury of Berlin International Film festival 2011. It’s among the top five International film festivals worldwide and to be on the jury is quite an honour.

The seven-member jury will be headed by Italian-American actress Isabella Rossellini and the festival will run from 10th to 20th February, 2011. The other jury members include Australian film producer Jan Chapman, German actress Nina Hoss, Canadian film-maker Guy Maddin, British costume designer Sandy Powell and Iranian director Jafar Panahi.  But Panahi’s place on the jury will be left symbolically empty.

The competition section includes 22 films, 16 of which will be competing for the awards. In addition there will be two special screenings: In solidarity with the convicted Iranian director Jafar Panahi, his film Offside will be presented on February 11, the anniversary of the Iranian Revolution. Also, the European premiere of Werner Herzog’s 3D documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams will be shown as a special screening in the Berlinale Palast.

The international jury will decide the following prizes –

– The Golden Bear for the Best Film (awarded to the film’s producer)

– The Jury Grand Prix (Silver Bear)

– The Award for Best Director (Silver Bear)

– The Award for Best Actress (Silver Bear)

– The Award for Best Actor (Silver Bear)

– The Award for Best Script (Silver Bear)

– The Award for an Outstanding Artistic Achievement in the categories camera, editing, score, costumes or set design (Silver Bear)

– The Alfred Bauer Prize – in memory of the festival founder – for a feature film that broadens the horizons of the art of filmmaking.

Berlin Fest will also have three films from India in Panorama section. To quote from the official release…

On a grand scale Vishal Bhardwaj tells of an intimidating female character who moves between the religions and their male proponents in 7 Khoon Maaf (7 Sins Forgiven), while young director Q has angry young men set out – unfiltered and raw – to find a place for themselves in the world in his film debut Gandu (Asshole): “Words are burning inside us. Rap is a way to say them.” British filmmaker Phil Cox lets viewers experience the city of Calcutta up close in The Bengali Detective: it takes you to the darkest corners of the metropolis with private detectives whose businesses are booming because the police can no longer be trusted.

Filmmaker Prashant Bhargava’s feature Patang (The Kite) has also been selected to be screened as part of the 41st Forum in this year’s Festival.

And Dear Aamir,

If you still haven’t been able to understand Memento, we are more than willing to offer our services. Do let us know. And we also hope that you don’t talk about Ghajini there. Be careful. Or you might end up getting caught, like it happened with Bipasha Basu recently.

Team FC

Before you wonder which year’s National Awards, have a look at the list first. You will be tempted to say more after checking the list.

Best Film – Antaheen

Best Director – Bala ( Naan Kadavul )

Best Actor – Upendra Limaye ( Jogva)

Best Actress – Priyanka Chopra ( Fashion )

Best Actor in Supporting Role – Arjun Rampal (Rock On)

Best Actress in Supoorting Role – Kangana Ranaut (Fashion)

Best First Film of a Director – Neeraj Pandey (A Wednesday)

Best Film providing wholesome entertainment – Oye Lucky Lucky Oye

Best Childrens Film : Gubachigalu (Kannada)

Best Animation : Roadside Romeo

Best Playback Singer (male)  : Hariharan (Jogva)

Best Playback Singer (female) : Shreya Ghoshal (Antaheen & Jogva)

Best Choreography : Chinni and Rekha Prakash (Jodha Akbar – azeem-o-shaan shenshah)

Best Costume Designer – Neeta Lulla (Jodha Akbar)

Best Cinematography – Aveek Mukherjee ( Antaheen)

Best Screenplay – Sachin Kundalkar (Gandha )

Best Music Direction – Atul & Ajay (Jogva)

Best Lyrics – Anindya Bannerjee & Chandranil Bhattacharya ( Antaheen)

Best Special Effects – Mumbai Meri Jaan

Best Make Up Artist – Moorthy V ( Naan Kadavul)

Best Audiography – Pramod J Thomas ( Gandha)

So, where are we headed ?

The JURY (read culprits) – Panel was headed by Shaji N. Karun (hmmm). Members – Roshan Taneja,  H M Ramachandra, Nagma (really ?), Satyabrata Kalita, Neelakanta, Dilip Ghosh,  Swapan Mullick, Sudesh Syal, S.K. Srivastava, Archana, B. Shashi Kumar,  Subhash Sehgal, Santosh Desai and Sreelekha Mukherjee.

Who are all these people ? Can someone enlighten us ? Except few, not sure about others and their credentials.

Among the other awards are…

Best Film on National Integration – Aai Kot Nai ( Assamese)

Best Film on Social Issues – Jogva (Marathi)

Best Film on Environmental Conservation – Jianata Bhoota (Oriya)

Best Film on Family values – Little Zizou

Best Chilren’s Film Award – Gubbachigalu

Best Child Artist – Master Shams Patel ( Thanks Maa)

The Special Jury Award – Bioscope ( Malayalam)

Best Assamese Film – Mon Jai

Best Bengali Film – Shob Charitro Kalponik

Best Hindi Film – Rock On

Best Kannada Film- Vimukthi

Best Malayalam Film Thirakkada

Best Marathi Film – Harishchandrachi Factory

Best Tamil Film Veranam Airam

Best Telugu Film – 1940 Lookagramam.

Best English Film – Land Gold Women

 Best Kokborok Film – Yarwng 

Best Tulu Film  – Gaggara

In the Non-Feature film category…

Best Short Fiction Film – Stations (Emmanuel Palo. Producer – FTII)

Best Direction – Umesh Kulkarni (Three of Us)

And the award for the Best Book on Cinema is for Bollywood Melodies (Ganesh Anantharaman). Also Special Mention to The Director’s Mind (Ujjal Chakraborty).

Best Film Critic – Altaf Mazid and R K Bidur Singh.

anurag kashyapWoohoo! The poster boy of desi indie cinema is going places and how!

The jury list of this year’s Venice Film Festival is out. Two-time Golden Lion and Oscar-winning director Ang Lee will serve as the jury president in the international competition section. He will be joined by French actress Sandrine Bonnaire, Italian film-maker Liliana Cavani, American director Joe Dante, Italian songwriter and singer Luciano Ligabu and our writer/director Anurag Kashyap (Dev D, No Smoking, Black Friday ). 

Aha….finally an Indian name on international film circuit without L’Oreal and other shit! It’s been long.

Venice Film Festival will run from September 2-12. 

sharmila at cannes

(In the pic:  Taiwan actress Shu Qi, Italian actress Asia Argento, jury president and French actress Isabelle Huppert, American actress Robin Wright Penn and Sharmila Tagore )

Actress Sharmila Tagore is on the Cannes Film Festival jury this year. 

This year’s festival jury is headed by French actress Isabelle Huppert. The other members of the jury are Asia Argento (Italy), Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey), Lee Chang-Dong (South Korea), James Gray (US), Hanif Kureishi (UK), Shu Qi (Taiwan) and Robin Wright Penn (US).

pic courtesy – rediff.com

Sharmila@Cannes 2009

Posted: May 4, 2009 by moifightclub in bollywood, cinema, News
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sharmila-tagoreYes,  finally some indian connection at Cannes Film Festival this year. Actress Sharmila Tagore will serve as a jury member in the festival’s feature film category.

The other desi connection at the festival this year is Uma Da Cunha (festival programmer) who will serve as jury member in Un Certain Regards section.

Tagore follows India’s Arundhati Roy, Aishwarya Rai and Nandita Das, who served on the Cannes jury in recent years. Though its been quite some time since an indian film made the cut at the festival.

This year’s festival jury will be headed by French actress, Isabelle Huppert. The other members of the jury are Asia Argento (Italy), Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey), Lee Chang-Dong (South Korea), James Gray (US), Hanif Kureishi (UK), Shu Qi (Taiwan) and Robin Wright Penn (US).

More on Sharmila from Cannes Festival website : Sharmila Tagore started acting as a child in 1959, in the film Apu, directed by Satyajit Ray with whom she would shoot for other films, among which the Goddess, in competition at Cannes.

Star of the hindi cinema, she works with both auteur filmmakers and popular films produced in Mumbai. Sharmilla Tagore is also the great-granddaughter of the Indian poet Rabîndranâth Tagore.

Tagore, 52, currently heads the Central Board of Film Certification. 

The Cannes Film Festival is from May 13 to 24.