February 22, 2008




27-02-2008

6.15 pm

at

School of Media Studies,

near south overbridge,

S.A.Road,Ernakulam

Getting Home/Luo ye gui gen

CHINA
(2006, 97 Minute)
DIRECTOR: Yang Zhang


Producer: Stanley Tong, Er Yang, Zhang Yang
Editor: Yang Hongyu
Screenwriter: Zhang Yang, Wang Yao
Cinematographer: Yu Lik Wai, Lai Yiu Fau
Principal Cast: Zhao Benshan, Hong Qiwen, Song Dandan, Guo Degang, Hu Jun,
Sun Haiying, Xia Yu, Wu Ma

Synopsis:

Old Zhao, in his 50's, is a poor migrant worker slaving away inShenzhen, a city near Hong Kong. When his friend and co-worker OldWang dies unexpectedly, Old Zhao decides to bring the dead home.He pretends his companion is just a passed-out drunk, boards across-country coach, and meets a band of armed robbers. Old Zhaotells them to kill him first to take his dead friend's compensation.Moved by his loyalty, the robbers show their respect and leave thebus. Instead of thanking him, the passengers kick Old Zhao and hisdead friend off.Now on the side of the road, Old Zhao tries to flag down a car,pretending Old Wang needs to get to a hospital. After spending a nightat a hotel, Old Zhao finds his traveling money has been stolen. Hebreaks down and weeps. Nevertheless, Old Zhao's determination isnot to be shaken. When he needs money, he uses Old Wang's corpseto pose as a beggar. When he needs to eat, he cries at a stranger'sfuneral to get a free meal. When he needs to hide Old Wang's deathspots, he finds a sympathetic prostitute who puts make up on OldWang.Along his odyssey, Old Zhao meets many different types of Chinesepeople. Just as the hometown is almost in sight, a torrential rain strikesand causes a landslide. Now all Old Zhao has to fight is the nature.When he wakes up in the hospital, he sees himself on TV as a hero. Thefirst thing he has to do is to sneak his dead friend out of the morgue.When he finally arrives in Old Wang's hometown, it's been turned intoa dam. The entire village is now deep underwater. Old Zhao sits downand recalls a scene that occurred not long ago before Old Wang'sdeath...Sitting at the wine shop in Shenzhen, the drunken Old Zhao
complainsto Old Wang about his hard life. His biggest fear is todie away from home. Also drunk, Old Wang tells OldZhao that if Old Zhao dies, he will take Old Zhaohome even if he has to carry the dead body the wholeway.
Director's StatementThis is a real story that happened last year in Chinaand created some controversy when it was reported.A peasant took the corpse of his friend from thecountryside back to his home, just to ensure that hisfriend would be buried properly and wouldn't becomea "hungry ghost." Some could not understand why hedid it, deeming it ridiculous and superstitious.However, others saw the modesty and purity whichhad been lost in the modern cities. Many people weretouched by his story.Even though the theme appears serious and tragic,the film is full of black comedy. We do not stress thesorrow and bitterness of the journey but instead givethe main character a very open and generous view onlife - a peasant overcomes difficulties one by one withwisdom and a sense of humor.It's a road movie as it covers half of China and wemeet different types of Chinese people, all classic andtypical. One thing sure to be included is themagnificent landscapes of China.DirectorZhang Yang graduated from the Director'sDepartment of the Central Theatre Academy. In1997, he directed his first feature Spicy Love Soupwhich was in competition at the Tokyo InternationalFilm Festival and swept all the domestic Chineseawards. His second film Shower (1999) also wenton to win awards at a wide array of festivals inCanada, Spain, Greece, Holland, the UnitedStates, Argentina and Italy. His third featureQuitting (2001) scored at the Chinese box officeand won FIPRESCI Prize at the Stockholm FilmFestival. His fourth film Sunflower (2004) won BestDirector and Best Cinematography at the SanSebastian International Film Festival.

February 12, 2008

ONE DAY
SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
ON 17TH FEBRUARY 2008
AT
ADHYAPAKA BHAVAN,
KARIKKAMURI CROSS ROAD,
ERNAKULAM

INAUGURATION: 9.OO AM

AWARD DISTRIBUTION : 6.30 PM

February 11, 2008

BEST FILM DIRECTOR (NON-FICTION)

A.V SASIDHARAN IS A WRITER AND DOCUMENTARY FILM MAKER..THE ACTRESS, KAINOOR,THE BELOVED TEACHER AND SUBAIDA ARE HIS OTHER WORKS


BEST FILM DIRECTOR(FICTION)



SURAJ VARMA
33 year old Film-maker

Suraj Varma is a member of the erstwhile Royal family of Kilimanoor, and grew up hearing stories about the folk lore and that upbringing propelled him into a career in arts and film making.

Armed with a Diploma in Film Direction and Screenplay writing, Suraj Varma started his career assisting, the late Mr. Ismail Merchant and James Ivory of Merchant Ivory Productions (MIP) in “Cotton Mary” and ‘Mystic Masseur’. In August 2001, Suraj joined Rajiv Menon Productions and worked with Rajiv in over 100 commercials. During his tenure there, Suraj worked on TVC’s for various brands like Asian Paints, Cadbury’s Perk, TVS Scooty Pep, the HLL brands (Bru and Green Label), Nescafe, Titan, Hero Cycles, Allukas Jewellery & Medicare. In the process he dealt with all the major Advertising Agencies in the country, like O & M, Mc Cann Ericsson, RK Swamy, JWT & Contract.

In January 2006, Suraj decided to pursue his calling and became an independent film maker. In the course of the year he wrote and directed a short film (6383 Kollam Express) and setup his film production company Suraj Varma Productions. He independently produced and directed commercials for Mr.Bean Coffee, Deccan Chronicle, Malayala Manorama, Agsarcem Paints and Next Shop. Suraj completed three (a trilogy) short films on the Cochin Royal Family History. After “all are but one” in 2005 and “Continuum” in 2006 it was "Renaissance” in 2007.

Suraj ventured into animation and directed a 17 minutes classroom session for Cyber School Technologies Ltd, for their virtual classroom sessions in Africa.

Suraj completed a corporate AV on Chemotherapy for Appollo' s Cancer Speciality Hospital at Chennai.

He is currently working on a Historical Documentary on the Cochin State Forest Tramway (CSFT), the tramline that ran from Parambikulam to Chalakudy in the early 20th century, which bought in timber that helped in making the Cochin Port.

He is also in talks with various producers for two of his feature films in Malayalam (“Aanachooru” – The Smell of the Elephant and “its business”).

His short films are now traveling to festivals world wide, mainly in the U.S and U.K and the film “6383 Kollam exp” has won the Second Best Short Feature – Fiction award at the Cochin International Monsoon Film Festival held in July 2007.

Suraj is married and he lives and works out of Chennai.

FILMOGRAPHY
Short Films
“Home Coming” ( Mal – 7 mts)
“Ekamevadvitheeyam” - all are but one (Mal – 18mts)
“6383 Kollam Express” (Eng – 23 mts)
“Nairanthariyam”- Continuum (Mal – 18 mts)
"Renaissance" – Navothanam (Eng – 12 mts)
TV Commercials
Mr. Bean Coffee
Deccan Chronicle
Malayala Manorama
‘NEXT’ group of electronic showrooms.
Agsar Paints

Documentary / AV
AV on Chemotherapy for Apollo Specialty Hospitals, Chennai.

Animation
A Classroom module on HIV AIDS in Flash 2D for Cyber School Technology Solutions,
Kenya, Africa.
A Demo presentation for their Environmental Learning Module (ELM) in part Maya 3D for Cyber School Technology Solutions, India

OTHER INTERESTS
Started and Managed a company, “Marine Life Aquariums”, which specialized in setting up and maintaining marine (sea water) aquariums, maintaining a public marine aquarium at a 5 star hotel, “The Renaissance”, Cochin, for three years.

Conducted workshops on Screenplay Writing and Direction for Mass Communication students at Choice Institute, Tripunithura, for B.A. Communicative English students at St.Teresa’s College, Ernakulam and for the PG students at SCMS, Kalamassery.

Love and Anger
A portmanteau film from the 1960s, Love and Anger features shorts from some of the most accomplished filmmakers of all time: Bernardo Bertolucci, Jean-Luc Goddard, Marco Bellocchio, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Carlo Lizzani. Each contributes to a portrait of a volatile decade. Pure art house fare, the films feature performances by Living Theatre founders Julian Beck and Judith Malina, as well as Andy Warhol Factory member Tom Baker. Brutal indifference to violence is tempered by images of joy against a backdrop of war, while Goddard's characters self-consciously debate love and war.

Starring: Tom Baker, Julian Beck, Nino Castelnuovo, Ninetto Davoli, Catherine Jourdan
Directed by: Bernardo Bertolucci, Marco Bellocchio, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Carlo Lizzani, and Jean-Luc Goddard. Runtime: 1 hr 42 mins

Eros
Eros, is a three-part exploration of the carnal links between men and women. Its subject is eroticism and desire. The Hand looks at a young tailor's long-time unrequited love for a beautiful Hong Kong courtesan. Over many years, he lovingly crafts the clothes that she wears for other men. Over time, the seemingly unattainable fantasy woman loses everything, just as the tailor prospers in his career. Then the unexpected happens. Equilibrium is about a stressed-out 1950s New York advertising man who has been suffering from a series of recurring erotic dreams. During his session with psychiatrist Dr. Pearl, he describes his dream of a woman who is familiar to him--but he can't recall who she is when he wakes up. Through the course of a very offbeat session of therapy, we discover why that is. The Dangerous Thread of Things follows a fortyish married couple that no longer have anything to say to one another. At an impasse, the man has a passionate one night stand with a free-spirited young girl, but this experience also fails to satisfy him. Later on, the wife and the girl meet.

(Three short films about sexuality and love. )
Running Time: 1 hr. 48 min.
Directors: Wong Kar-Wai , Steven Soderbergh and Michaelangelo Antonioni.

Un chien Andalou

Un Chien Andalou (1929) was an artful collaboration between two surrealistic masters in Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali. These two artists were part of a surrealism movement in Spain that influenced the country's art. Un Chien Andalou relies on abstract imagery in an attempt to unnerve the viewer. It is a plotless short film that is basically a series of images.
The movie contains images that ranges from the erotic, frightening, funny, strange, and symbolic. It caused an enormous scandal in the late 1920s with depiction of disturbing and outright strange imagery.

LE CONTE DU MONDE FLOTANT (The tale of the floating world)
Synopsis
Hiroshima. On the morning of August 6, 1945, a dazzling light invades the coasts of Floating World. ... A man remembers ... . The shock, a violent blast. Bodies stretch in pain, dreams and visions traverse the past, the present and the future.. ... The child he was before ... Before the light does burn. ... Before the World does trouble ...
Concept & Direction: Alain EscalleMusic & sound esign: C├ęcile Le PradoImages & Visual effects: Alain EscalleDuration: 24 m
Festivals:
International Festival of Short Films & New Images, Rome – 2002, International Festival of Valencia – 2002, International Festival in French-speaking Acadian [FICFA] – 2002, International Festival of Porto – 2002, Sundance Film Festival – 2002, Festival of New Cinema, Montreal – 2001, International Festival of Short Films, Uppsala – 2006, International Festival of Short Films from Chermont-Ferrand – 2002, International Festival of Animated Film, Hiroshima – 2002, International Film Festival, Leeds – 2002, International Film Festival, Rotterdam – 2002, International Festival of Short Films, Berlin – 2005, Francophone Film Festival, Vienna – 2003.

Coffee and Cigarettes
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Writer: Jim Jarmusch (writer)
Runtime: 1 hr 36 mins
Plot Outline:
A comic series of short vignettes built on one another to create a cumulative effect, as the characters discuss things as diverse as caffeine popsicles, Paris in the '20s, and the use of nicotine as an insecticide--all the while sitting around sipping coffee and smoking cigarettes.

Shot over the course of a 17-year-period, COFFEE AND CIGARETTES proves once again that Jarmusch is a true original. This time around, the director tries his hand at the short film genre, delivering 11 shorts that are all based around the seemingly insignificant acts of drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes. In the first short, "Strange to Meet You," Steven Wright and Roberto Benigni discuss the perks of cigarettes and coffee. In "Somewhere in California," Iggy Pop nervously tries to befriend Tom Waits, who decides that he can have a cigarette because he just quit. Cate Blanchett delivers a towering dual-role performance in "Cousins," playing both her Hollywood superstar self as well as her bitter cousin. In a similarly titled yet totally different short, Alfred Molina and Steve Coogan are brilliant in "Cousins?" And then there is "Delirium," one of the best short films ever made, in which Rappers Rza and Gza (Wu-Tang Clan) discover that Bill Murray is a coffee addict, and they use their expertise to preach to him the benefits of alternative medicine. Jarmusch builds to a poetic conclusion and the film is shot in an artistic black-and-white, making COFFEE AND CIGARETTES both an impressive work and a lighthearted, yet genuine, tribute to the art of smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee.



short films/from the competition section



ABHINETHRI
DOC/MAL/40 MINUTES
MUSIC : MUKUNDAN UNNI
EDITING : MAHESH NARAYANAN
CAMERA : SUDHEER.O.V
DIRECTION : SASIDHARAN.A.V.
( SELECTED AS THE BEST DOC. IN THE COMPETITION)

6383 KOLLAM EXPRESS
MUSIC : NARAYANAN PURAYANNUR
EDITING : PRAVEEN PRABHAKAR
DIRECTION : SURAJ VARMA
( SELECTED AS THE BEST FICTION IN THE COMPETITION)


NOVU THEENDIYA PATHAKAL
DOC/MAL
CAMERA : RANJITH KUMAR,SHIVARAJ, LENIN
EDITING : B.AJITH KUMAR
DIRECTION : SACHIDANANDAN PUZHANKARA

THEEREZHUTHIYA THEERANGAL
DOC/MAL/22 MIN
DIR: LENZI.A.J.



ORIDATHORU RAJAVUNDU
DOC/MAL/28MIN
DIR: RANJINI.K.V.



SALLIKKATTU
TAMIL/10MIN.50 SEC
EDITING : M.SUGUMAR
CINEMATOGRAPHY: D.RAJARAJAN, S.RAVIKUMAR, D.GNANA LIVINGSTON
DIR: GOVINDARAJ



HAI DUPPATTA
NON FICTION/HINDI WITH EST/29 MIN
CAMERA WORK :WILFRED LOUIS
EDITOR : KSHITIJ RAJKUMAR
SOUND : HITESH CHAURASIA
SCRIPT,DIR : TESS JOSEPH



VILKANUNDU, VIYARPOZHUKKUNNA BALYANGALE
CAMERA: R.DINESAN,JAYESH
EDITING : PRASANTH, LIPIN
DIRECTION: K.RAJENDRAN



BHARGAVI, A PORTRAIT OF FISHLORE
DOC/28 MIN
EDIT/CAMERA : M.VARUN NAYAR
SCRIPT/DIRECTION : REMA.M.



SLAVE
(6 MIN)
DIRECTED BY:
VINAYAK ASHOK& ARVIND .G.MENON



WASTED PAPER ( IDU VARU KAGIDHUM)
TAMIL/13 MIN.19 SEC.
EDITOR : ANAND RAJ
MUSIC : RUBEN
CINEMATOGRAPHY:M.THIRUNAVUKKARASU
DIRECTED BY: T.THAYAPARAN



CAGE
(TAMIL/ 14 MIN)
EDITOR : B.GANDHIMATHI
MUSIC : RUBEN
CINEMATOGRAPHY: B.SANGEETH KUMAR
DIRECTED BY: K.S.SURYAKANT



THADI
(THE BEARD)
EDIT : MIDHUN, PRAMOD
MUSIC : PRAMODH CHERUVATH
CINEMATOGRAPHY: SATHEESH M.KURUP
WRITEEN AND DIRECTED BY: M.R.ANOOP RAJ

"GETTING HOME"



27-02-2008

6.15 pm

at School of Media Studies,

near south overbridge,

S.A.Road,Ernakulam



Getting Home/Luo ye gui gen

CHINA

(2006, 97 Minute)


DIRECTOR: Yang Zhang

Producer: Stanley Tong, Er Yang, Zhang Yang

Editor: Yang Hongyu

Screenwriter: Zhang Yang, Wang Yao

Cinematographer: Yu Lik Wai, Lai Yiu Fau

Principal Cast: Zhao Benshan, Hong Qiwen, Song Dandan, Guo Degang, Hu Jun,

Sun Haiying, Xia Yu, Wu Ma

Synopsis
Old Zhao, in his 50's, is a poor migrant worker slaving away in
Shenzhen, a city near Hong Kong. When his friend and co-worker Old
Wang dies unexpectedly, Old Zhao decides to bring the dead home.
He pretends his companion is just a passed-out drunk, boards a
cross-country coach, and meets a band of armed robbers. Old Zhao
tells them to kill him first to take his dead friend's compensation.
Moved by his loyalty, the robbers show their respect and leave the
bus. Instead of thanking him, the passengers kick Old Zhao and his
dead friend off.
Now on the side of the road, Old Zhao tries to flag down a car,
pretending Old Wang needs to get to a hospital. After spending a night
at a hotel, Old Zhao finds his traveling money has been stolen. He
breaks down and weeps. Nevertheless, Old Zhao's determination is
not to be shaken. When he needs money, he uses Old Wang's corpse
to pose as a beggar. When he needs to eat, he cries at a stranger's
funeral to get a free meal. When he needs to hide Old Wang's death
spots, he finds a sympathetic prostitute who puts make up on Old
Wang.
Along his odyssey, Old Zhao meets many different types of Chinese
people. Just as the hometown is almost in sight, a torrential rain strikes
and causes a landslide. Now all Old Zhao has to fight is the nature.
When he wakes up in the hospital, he sees himself on TV as a hero. The
first thing he has to do is to sneak his dead friend out of the morgue.
When he finally arrives in Old Wang's hometown, it's been turned into
a dam. The entire village is now deep underwater. Old Zhao sits down
and recalls a scene that occurred not long ago before Old Wang's
death...
Sitting at the wine shop in Shenzhen, the drunken Old Zhao

complainsto Old Wang about his hard life. His biggest fear is to
die away from home. Also drunk, Old Wang tells Old
Zhao that if Old Zhao dies, he will take Old Zhao
home even if he has to carry the dead body the whole
way.

Director's Statement
This is a real story that happened last year in China
and created some controversy when it was reported.
A peasant took the corpse of his friend from the
countryside back to his home, just to ensure that his
friend would be buried properly and wouldn't become
a "hungry ghost." Some could not understand why he
did it, deeming it ridiculous and superstitious.
However, others saw the modesty and purity which
had been lost in the modern cities. Many people were
touched by his story.
Even though the theme appears serious and tragic,
the film is full of black comedy. We do not stress the
sorrow and bitterness of the journey but instead give
the main character a very open and generous view on
life - a peasant overcomes difficulties one by one with
wisdom and a sense of humor.
It's a road movie as it covers half of China and we
meet different types of Chinese people, all classic and
typical. One thing sure to be included is the
magnificent landscapes of China.
Director
Zhang Yang graduated from the Director's
Department of the Central Theatre Academy. In
1997, he directed his first feature Spicy Love Soup
which was in competition at the Tokyo International
Film Festival and swept all the domestic Chinese
awards. His second film Shower (1999) also went
on to win awards at a wide array of festivals in
Canada, Spain, Greece, Holland, the United
States, Argentina and Italy. His third feature
Quitting (2001) scored at the Chinese box office
and won FIPRESCI Prize at the Stockholm Film
Festival. His fourth film Sunflower (2004) won Best
Director and Best Cinematography at the San
Sebastian International Film Festival.

February 01, 2008

TRIBUTE TO BHARAT GOPI


A TRIBUTE TO BHARAT GOPI


SCREENING OF THE FILM

"ORMAKKAYI"

ON
3RD FEB 2008
SUNDAY 9.15 AM

AT SAVITHA THEATRE, ERNAKULAM

CONDOLENCE MEETING

AT CHANGAMPUZHA PARK EDAPPALLY

ON
4TH FEBRUARY 2008,
6.30 PM

MEETING WILL BE ADDRESSED BY

NOTABLE FILM/DRAMA PERSONALITIES

INCLUDING

SRI:JOHN PAUL,

SRI:MOHAN,

SRI:KAMAL,

SRI:BALACHANDRAN CHULLIKKAD,
SRI:T.M.ABRAHAM............

FOLLOWED BY THE SCREENING OF FILM

"VIDA PARAYUM MUMPE"

ADMISSION FREE AND OPEN TO ALL