Posts Tagged ‘Locarno Film Festival’

Ritesh Batra’s new film, Our Souls at Night, will have its world premiere at Venice International Film Festival in an out-of-competition slot. The film stars Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. Both the actors will also be honored with Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement at the 74th edition of the fest.

Based on the novel by Kent Haruf and adapted for screen by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, Our Souls At Night is set in Colorado, and begins when Addie Moore (Fonda) pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor Louis Waters (Redford). Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town, they’d been neighbors for decades but had little contact. Netflix is launching the film globally next year. (via Deadline)

The fest will run from Aug. 30 till Sept. 9, 2017

The Song of Scorpions directed by Anup Singh, starring Irrfan Khan and Golshifteh Farahani will have its world première at Locarno Film Festival. The festival is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.

The Song of Scorpions is a story of twisted love, revenge and the redemptive power of a song. Nooran, carefree and defiantly independent, is a tribal woman learning the ancient art of healing from her grandmother, a revered scorpion-singer. When Aadam, a camel trader in the Rajasthan desert, hears her sing, he falls desperately in love. But even before they can get to know each other better, Nooran is poisoned by a brutal treachery that sets her on a perilous journey to avenge herself and find her song.

The Locarno Film Festival runs from Aug. 2-12, 2017.

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And the good news for the desi indies continues. This time it’s from Locarno Film Festival. Raam Reddy’s debut feature Thithi has bagged 2 top awards at the just concluded festival.

The First award is Pardo d’oro Cineasti del presente (Golden Leopard Filmmakers of The Present) – Premio Nescens worth 40,000 CHF, to be shared equally between the director and the producer. The second award is in the category of First Feature – Swatch First Feature Award (Prize for Best First Feature) 15,000 CHF to be shared equally between the director and the producer awarded to the Best First Film screened in the Piazza Grande, Concorso internazionale, Concorso Cineasti del presente, Fuori concorso or Signs of Life segment.

The film is a dramatic comedy about how three generations of sons react to the death of Century Gowda, their great grandfather, who is a locally renowned, and is a highly cranky 101-year-old man. Set in a village in the Mandya District of Karnataka, the three storylines intertwine before converging at Century Gowda’s thithi, the final funeral celebration 11 days after a death.

Shot in the Mandya district of Karnataka, this was co-written and developed along with Eregowda, who spent most of his childhood in the same village that the film was shot in. The cast of the film comprises of completely non-professional actors.

Filmmaker Raam Reddy is a graduate of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and Prague Film School. Previously, he directed a critically-acclaimed short film called Ika (Feather). He has also published a novel titled It’s Raining in Maya.

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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.

Locarno Film festival has announced the projects selected for the Open Doors Co-production Lab this year. From over 200 projects submitted, in 18 different languages, from 30 regions in India, these are the 12 finalists which will participate in Open Doors, the Festival del film Locarno’s co-production lab.

The selected projects are:

–  Aharbal Falls by Ajay Raina

–  Ajeeb Aashiq / Strange Love by Natasha Mendonca

–  Arunoday / Sunrise by Partho Sen-Gupta

–  Burqa Boxers by Alka Raghuram

–  Char, The Island Within by Sourav Sarangi

–  Jat Panchayat / The Judgement by Satish Manwar

–  Lasya / The Gentle Dance by Anup Singh

–  Samaadhi / The Penance by Sidharth Srinivasan

–  Sebastian Wants to Remember by Vasant Nath

–  The Trapper’s Snare by Shanker Raman

–  Thread / Le Fil by Lilium Leonard

–  Vidhvastha / Devastated by Ashish Avikunthak

Supported, since its inception in 2003, by the Swiss Foreign Ministry’s Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Open Doors aims to assist the directors and producers of the selected projects to find co-production partners, to complete their film. It is organised in close collaboration with the Festival’s Industry Office and enjoys support from the following partners: ACE (Ateliers du Cinéma Européen), EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs), EPC (European Producers Club) and Producers Network Marché du Film (Festival de Cannes).

At the end of the three-day workshop a prize of 50,000 CHF (approx 39,000 euros) is funded by Open Doors. A second prize of 7,000 euros is financed by the CNC (Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée) and ARTE will award the International Relations ARTE Prize of 6,000 euros.

The Open Doors co-production lab will take place August 6-9, 2011 as part of the 64th edition of the Festival del film Locarno.

To know more about the projects and the directors, do click here.

WHAT : This initiative, focusing on a different region every year, operates in two modes. On the one hand, Open Doors co-production lab brings professionals from the chosen region together with potential partners, mostly from Europe, to foster support for projects that would otherwise be difficult to make. Every year, following a call for submission, the Festival selects new projects from the chosen region, which will be presented during the Open Doors co-production lab.

At the end of the workshop, the winning project will receive either development or production support.

On the other hand, especially for the public audience, the Open Doors Screenings: a non-competitive section of films particularly representative of the cinematographic and cultural universe of the chosen region. This year the Open Doors section is dedicated India.

HOW : Open Doors 2011 is the result of a two-year collaboration with the Film Bazaar India/Goa Festival’s Screenwriters’ Lab, instigated with support from Nina Lath Gupta, managing director of the Indian national film promotion office (NFDC). During the last two editions of the Locarno Festival, a total of 12 Indian screenwriters have participated, and been able to present their work-in-progress to a range of film professionals from all over the world, all under the aegis of the Binger Filmlab.

WHO : Three Indian experts will work with the Festival on the Open Doors 2011 program: Sunil Doshi, Meenakshi Shedde and Uma Da Cunha (consultant).

The final short-listed applicants (a dozen in all) will be invited to participate in the co-production lab to take place during the 64th edition of the Festival del film Locarno (3-13 August 2011).

WHERE : Indian projects can be submitted to Open Doors 2011 via the Festival website: www.pardo.ch.

DATES : The 64th Festival del film Locarno will take place from August 3rd to 13th, 2011. The days dedicated to the Open Doors co-production lab will be from the 6th to 8th August, 2011. The deadline for the submission of projects is set on March 13th, 2011.

For more, click here.

filmwritingWe posted about the NFDC’s Screenwriting Lab at Locarno Film Festival in association with Binger Filmlab here. The result is finally out. NFDC has selected six writers/script for the Script Lab. And here is the good news – one of us is in. Here is the complete list of those who are going to participate in the lab.

1. Aparna Pednekar – Mumbai based journalist ( Verve/Vogue/GQ India) . Script – F20.

2. Pratim Das Gupta – Calcutta based journalist ( The Telegraph). Script – Vanish.

3. Siddharth Singh – Mumbai based writer-director ( TVC’s/docus/music videos ). Script – Synchronicity.

4. Somen Mishra – Mumbai based journalist ( CNN IBN) . Script – The Prompter’s Son.

5. Priya Krishnaswamy – Pune based editor (features/docus. FTII grad). 

6.  Vinod Shankar – Chennai based actor-writer-director. Script – Adigaram 79 . 

Hopefully we will be able to blog about all the screenwriting tips from the script lab at Locarno Film festival (8th -12th August) and then the pitching session ( 24th-26th November) in Goa. If interested, keep reading and wish us luck!