Jai Chandiram gives her assessment of the
10th OSIAN’s CINE FAN FESTIVAL
Stills from: (Left) Gulabi Talkies (Center) Mohandas (Right) Hulla
- the favorites of the young crowd
The festival is not limited to screenings but understanding the cinematic cultures that surrounds “film”. Posters , sculptures, masks, provide a vibrancy that take you through beauty, romance, fear and horror in the world of film.
In the last 10 years, the Cine Fan grew from screening 20 films to over 203 films focusing on the dynamic Asian and Arab cultures. The sections of the festival were, Asian – Arab and the Indian Competition, First Features, and the themeS: In-Tolerance, Frescos, Indian Mosaic, Cross cultural Encounters, Springboard ( which showed the Cine Fan specials) Ten Commandments that searches into societies moral dilemmas and how cinema has widened the exploration of the erotic ,violence and politics based on the ten commandments . This cinema went underground and looked for metaphors to by pass the moral police so current in the Asian and Arab societies.
Sessions on Film Craft : Screenplay , the Novel in Adaptation , Special screenings , Films from
The IBM2 sessions were carefully timed to ensure good attendance and the interactions with writers Kunal Basu, Jaishree Mishra ,Chetan Bhagat and Chitra Divakaruni drew the audience to find out , what makes a successful writer and to comment on wether great cinema emerged from literature. For writers the answer was search within yourself and your experiences, your uniqueness is your success .Literature is a source and both formats literature and film are involved in storytelling and get translated into the specific medium . What is important is to keep the spirit of the work intact . Other sessions had the sharing of experiences from Short Films to the Road to First Features. Co-productions had insights from the maestros, Ketan Mehta who talked about the complexities of co-productions, in approaches to culture and aesthetics. Travellers experiences on this road were full of potholes and roadblocks but eventually rewarding! Other sessions covered, Reviews and Critics role in making or breaking a film!
The exclusive mentoring sessions in the Talent Campus were inspirational and competitive. To begin with, the elite film school students were uppity in their assessment of the “others” but with interaction respect grew.
Paul Schrader’s master class on screenwriting had a full house and was listened to with rapt attention for his approach to teaching scripting feature films . He narrated his experiences; that he approaches his students with sharing of problems and the therapeutic catharsis of writing . Sharing his experiences of being on the road, lonely , broken had helped him to create the metaphor of “Taxi” in his screenplay “Taxi Driver”. The film was almost autobiographical.
The festival is driven by promising energies which are positive and enriching and the credit goes to Neville Tuli’s team, Latika Padagaokar, Indu Shrikent and Aruna Vasudev.
In passing, the remarks from the audience was , “ great , but these films do not touch my soul, as did the films of Bergman, but enriching never the less.”
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