Monday, December 6, 2010
IA author Manjari Kaul on the latest film of Ashutosh Gowarikar,
Film theorist, Andre Bazin, in his essay, “The Ontology of the Photographic Image” notes that if cinema was ‘put under psychoanalysis, the practice of embalming the dead might turn out to be a fundamental factor in [its] creation’. Cinema’s preoccupation with history, the spirit and achievements of a particular age, its heroes and its villains, the glory and shame are never a pointer simply to an era gone by but also to a continuum that the filmmakers wish to evoke between the past and the present. The historical film in Hindi cinema has been a genre devoid of imagination for it seems that the only times in the country’s past that seem to get evoked time and again are- the vibrancy of the Mughal era, the heroic freedom struggle and the holocaust of the partition of the Indian subcontinent. Ashutosh Gowarikar has, over the years, marked out the Historical as his preferred territory. He has sung his eulogy to Mughal India in Jodhaa Akbar (2008) and expressed his patriotic fervor in Lagaan (2001). READ MORE
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
You said in a press conference that out of the 43000 feature films that have been made in this country since the dawn of cinema, only 5000 have been preserved. What do you believe justifies this callous attitude towards our film heritage?
The tendency to preserve is not inherent in our culture. There is a clear lack of initiative in the field of archiving. There is also a lack of a proper series of steps being taken by the established authorities to educate the young generation of film lovers, or even the current members of the film fraternity.
Do you believe that this lackadaisical attitude also stems from a disinterest from a commercial standpoint in the preservation and later, exhibition, of these films?
I believe that these films, once released, will definitely find a commercial audience. There is an also a sustained effort from our side (NFAI) to upgrade these films to more updated formats – for instance, the present edition of IFFI features an exhibition of 5 obscure Indian films – includingRojulu Marayi, Marthanda Varma, Ashok Kumar and Parwana, in their blu-ray versions.
So there is an audience out there. And you have updated films to contemporary formats. Will we see them commercially releasing anytime soon then?
No. Because currently, there are too many glitches in the process to allow one of these old films to release in theatres smoothly. NFAI only preserves these films. We do not hold the copyright to them. The copyright is still held by the producers of the film, and even if we were to enter a profit-sharing partnership with them, the process itself is ridden with just too many roadblocks. Most of them are third-generation inheritors of a film that was made, say, in the 1940s, and while they are ready to let go of a film, they refuse to let go of a legacy. READ MORE
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
International Film & Television Club (IFTC) is organizing the 3rd Global Film Festival; Noida from 12 to 14th November, 2010 at Marwah Studios, Film City, Noida.
The film festival will be focusing on the theme of children this year by bringing in films from diverse country such as Iran, France, America, Spain and U.K. The opening film of festival will be a Japanese Anime film, Nitobeh and the closing will be a Spanish Masterpiece Spirit of the beehive.
The festival is also organizing seminars and workshops that will be held throughout the 3 days. The prominent topics to be explored in seminars are Commercial Viability of Children Films (Headed by renowned director Mr. Sudhir Mishra), Are animation films for children only (by Mr. Kundan Shah) and How to make children films available in Multiplexes (By Ms. Sai Paranjpye). The workshops will be held on Delhi: A venue for shooting films, Cinema and social Responsibility and Children Films not a child’s play to be taken by Mr. Sudhir Mishra, Mr. Kundan Shah and Ms. Sai Paranjpye respectively.
Each day will also have networking lunch open for all attendees along with dinner. Attendees and students will have the opportunity to interact with film directors.
The film festival has been programmed by Cine Darbaar. The festival on children has been programmed keeping in mind the various facets of childhood- its confusions, the first love, generation gap & the general cheerfulness of it all. Cine Darbaar has been programming various such festivals throughout the city and is engrossed in creating a space for good cinema in the country.
Global Film Festival is the only film festival in NCR that offers international cinema. IFTC has been engaged in promoting cinema by conducting seminars, symposiums, national & international film festivals. Previously organized editions include focus on peace and spirituality in 2008 & Documentary films in 2009, which brought world cinema to the city Noida successfully.
PROGRAMMED BY CINE DARBAAR
12th November, 2010 10:30 AM
12th November, 2010, 2:30 PM
Blue Umbrella by Vishal Bharadwaj, India, 2006, 90 Min
12th November, 2010, 4:00 PM
400 Blows by Francois Truffaut, France, 1959, 99 Min
12th November, 2010, 6:30 PM
Ivan’s Childhood by Andrei Tarkovsky, Russia, 1962, 95 Min.
13th November, 2010, 12:00 PM
The Bicycle Thieves by Vittorio De Sica, Italy, 93 Min 1948
13th November, 2010, 4:00 PM
Baduk by Majid Majidi, Iran, 1992, 90 Min.
13th November, 2010, 6:30 PM
Mouchette by Robert Bresson, France, 1967, 78 Min
14th November, 2010, 12:00 PM
Kirikou et les sauvages by Ocelot Michel, France, 2000, 75 Min
14th November, 2010, 4:00 PM
Bellisimia, by Luchino Visconti, Italy, 1951, 115 Min
14th November, 2010, 6:30 PM
The Spirit of the beehive by Victor Erice, Spain, 1973, 97 Min
Monday, October 25, 2010
casual appraisal of how Varma tends to assume his audiences know everything beforehand, and much like a bad storyteller who cannot wait to tell you about the twist in the tale without setting it up first, he is essentially making films only he can enjoy.
Varma is often believed to have triggered some sort of a revolution in terms of how Bollywood films are made – a reputation that is largely a yield of his 1998 film Satya. His frequent complaint is that a lot of the writers on his films, or even his audiences, tend to compare whichever of his efforts is the latest to feature on the marquee with this earlier tour-de-force of a film– thereby invariably resulting in a circumstance of unbalanced and unequal comparison, where Satya will always triumph, but more importantly, his latest film will always be given the raw end of the deal. It is to Satya’s credit and some sort of a perverse ode to its endurance that a film its director makes in 2010 is still compared to a film he made in 1998Read More
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
The action on Indian Auteur might be a little less these days but we slowly sorting out all the mess to get things back in order. From the content to design. But our offline efforts with IA sister body Cinedarbaar is being noticed. Here is a major news wire(IANS) service story on film clubs in Delhi.
Cinedarbaar is actively involved in the space for film programming, interaction, discussion and championship of auteur studies. It has been involved in programming and otherwise in over 15 festivals, 10 film workshops, 5 major Film Interaction Programme( National Film Awards, Indian Panorama etc), Summer Film Camp for Children and Cinephile Meetings in the last one and a half year of its existence.
Delhi is talking world cinema, thanks to film clubs
Thursday, August 26, 2010
When dreams and reality coincide, the concoction can be deliciously smooth and fantastic, literally. Satoshi Kon’s anime mostly allude to that concoction – the merging of the real and the fantasy, the thoughts and the illusions blurring lines between. But these are not the only pegs to his storytelling. Kon’s creation are an amazing introduction to the world where line blurs, the definition concedes a conundrum, giving way to a chaos of simplicity. Like the name, Studio Madhouse, that has produced all his films till date, Kon’s films delve into a realm that tries to reflect the utter madness that our imagination can infuse into any ordinary circumstance. Portions of his films feel like captured memories, the heightened ones of course.
Manga –artist turned anime director, Satoshi Kon’s oeuvre, over the last two decades, garnered him the name “auteur anime director”. His films have been known for defying the conventional genre and their exquisite, fantastic choice of subject. Though a protégé of the famous Katsuhiro ‘Akira’ Otomo and often hailed at the same level with Spirited Away director Hayao Miyazaki, Kon clearly carves a different space altogether. The filmography of this graduate from the Musashino College of Arts, includes films like Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Paprika and the alternate television anime series, Paranoia Agent, among others. Most of his works are adaptations or influenced by some form of previously existing works- like Perfect Blue is loosely based on the novel by Yoshikazu Takeuchi. In Kon’s words, he was given the freedom to use his interpretation and play with the script only keeping the three keywords – ‘idol’, ‘horror’ and ‘fan’. And these are the primary premises of the film. Like he said, he deliberately employed different point of view to his storytelling. What you remember at the end of the film is the sense of déjà vu that the protagonist Mima undergoes throughout this play-within-a-play film. READ MORE
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Cine Darbaar, in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan, Directorate of Film Festivals, Japan Foundation, is organizing a 3-day Animation film festival at Siri Fort auditorium II on the 20th, 21st & 22nd August, 2010. It’s the first time that a festival will be celebrating Japanese-Anime, Manga (Comics) and Pop-culture in India. Anime Cine Experience will be bringing the great anime works of Japan with films like The Girl who leapt through time, Grave of the fireflies, 5cm per second, Voices of Distant Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days. In its inaugural edition the festival will showcase Japanese comics, anime serial, short film competitions, pop-culture exhibitions.
To give the audience a wider understanding of Anime, the festival will have workshops and special discussions will be conducted by one of the emerging game designers in India, Mr. Shubham Mauria, on the topic of The Relation of Anime and Its Avatars in Popular Culture in Relation to Japanese Gaming and Beyond. While Mr. Kshitiz Anand will be conducting “A workshop on animation with focus on Japan and its relation to world animation, ideas on 3D & 2D and the basic animation market”
Apart from these workshops, festival is also organizing a short-film competition. All the entries will run in a loop on Plasma TV in the Siri Fort auditorium lobby, which will be available for viewing by all the attendees of the festival. Short Anime corner will screen the 10 best short films and the top three films will be awarded. The festival will also have an exhibition of Manga (Japanese comics in English) along with a photography exhibition on Japan.
Cine Darbaar’s sister organization- Indian Auteur, a film journal will be publishing a special issue on Anime for the festival with the help of Japan Foundation. The issue will cover articles on directors like Hayao Miyazaki, Satoshi Kon, Mamoru Oshii, Makoto Shinkai and more. Indian Auteur is the only web journal existing in India writing extensively on Indian and world cinema. With the special Anime issue Indian Auteur will be going print in August and can be subscribed by all educational institutes as well as culture centers.
Cine Darbaar & Embassy of Japan, Japan Foundation & Directorate of Film Festivals, India invite you to
Anime Cine Experience
SIRI FORT AUDITORIUM-II
20th August, 2010
6: 30 PM: The Girl who leapt through time: 2006, 98 MINUTES, ROMANCE/DRAMA
Synopsis: A teenage girl finds that she has the ability to leap through time. With her newfound power, she tries to use it to her advantage, but soon finds that tampering with time can lead to some rather discomforting results.
21st August, 2010
11:30 AM: Voices of a Distant Star: 2003, 25 MINUTES, ROMANCE/SCIENCE FICTION
Synopsis: A high school romance is split apart when one member of the couple enlists in the UN space army to fight aliens who attacked our Martian colony. We follow their lives through the text messages they send one another, though the delivery times increase from a few minutes while she trains in orbit to over a eight years as her crew delves deeper into the universe searching for Earth’s enemies.
12:30 – 2:30 PM WORKSHOP by Khitiz Anand
3:30 PM 5 Centimeters Per Second: a chain of short stories about their distance, 2007, 63 MINUTES, DRAMA/ROMANCE
Synopsis: Takaki and Akari are two classmates in elementary school. During their time together they have become close friends. Their relationship is tested when Akari moves to another city because of her parents’ jobs. Both of them struggle to keep their friendship alive, as time and distance slowly pulls them apart. When Takaki finds out that he is moving further away, he decides to visit Akari one last time.
5:30 PM: The Place Promised in Our Early Days, 2004 91 MINUTES, DRAMA/SCIENCE FICTION
Synopsis: The story takes place in a alternate postwar period, in 1996, where Japan is divided. Hokkaido is ruled by the “Union” while Honshu and other southern islands are under US authority. A tall tower was built on Hokkaido, which could even be seen from Tokyo. In the summer of 1996, three middle-school students make a promise that they’ll cross the border with a self-constructed plane and unravel the tower’s secret, but their project was abandoned after the girl, Sayuri Sawatari, became mysteriously ill and transferred to Tokyo. Years later on the brink of another war Hiroki Fujisawa finds out that Sayuri had been in coma since then, and he asks Takuya Shirakawa to help him finding a way to wake her up.
22nd August, 2010
11:30 AM: Short Anime Corner
1: 30 PM: Talk by Mr. Shubhank Mauria
4: 00 PM : Chibi Maruko Chan: 93 Min/1990
Synopsis: As the second term commences, Maruko and her classmates return to their small groups. Maruko’s group includes two naughty boys and Maruko is forced to be one of their subordinates. She seems to face a lot of pressure at school. As the school’s athletic meet approaches, all the classmates are busy exercising. Maruko is no exception, although her laziness means that she is late sometimes. Maruko realizes that the two boys rival each other in everything they do, and that their friendship is deep and strong.
6:00 PM : Grave of the fireflies: 88 MIN/1988Synopsis: Setsuko and Seita are brother and sister living in wartime Japan. After their mother is killed in an air raid they find a temporary home with relatives. Having quarreled with their aunt they leave the city and make their home in an abandoned shelter. While their father’s destiny who was a soldier is unknown the two must depend on each other to somehow keep a roof over their heads and food in their stomachs. When everything is in short supply, they gradually succumb to hunger and their only entertainment is the light of the fireflies. READ MORE
Friday, July 30, 2010
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Sunday, June 20, 2010
Rossellini says, “A shot is not right when it is beautiful, but beautiful when it is right,”; and these attributes (right, or wrong) can be attached to something only in relation to something else; only within a context; which is to say, something is right only when something else is wrong. In the case of a film, that context is a set, almost unchangeable aesthetic plan that a film chooses for itself. Read More
Sunday, June 6, 2010
‘What is the point of a dream that is not unattainable? If it’s attainable, is it even a dream still?’
A vacation has been imposed upon Indian Auteur; and this is no time for a vacation. Like Robert Frost’s traveler being compelled to make a detour which he undertakes in his sleepy stupor, we have become victims of our circumstance. Due to some technical and design issues, the website's content has not been updated. We are working on making the interface and experience for our readers more enjoyable.
In a recent interview with trade analyst Komal Nahta, setup to make it seem like a serious discussion on his film Housefull’s grand success, director Sajid Khan took the opportunity presented to him by the commercial vindication of his film to ridicule each new filmmaker who tries to attempt a personal film because well, apparently, they do not know how to make films for the audience and he does. The point he states, and overstates is that he is a man deserving of his position as a film director because he knows his ‘audience’, loves his ‘audience’, and is aware of what his ‘audience’ wants. The irony, ofcourse, is lost on him; because through his consistent emphasis on an imaginary collective and its homogenous taste – ‘what the audience wants’ – he essentially talks in the language of the marketing executive who chooses to refuse attention to the individual, and the complexity of individual taste, instead choosing to generalize a set of pre-determined qualities to a large group of people, thus, essentially deeming them undeserving of their status as individuals and worthy of existence only when in a collective – thus, the oft-thrown around terms – market, mass, target audience etc.
Therefore, when someone like Sajid Khan talks of his awareness of what the audience wants, he is essentially denying them status as individuals perfectly capable of individual choices, instead choosing to refer to them as a single whole – that such kind of contempt for the audience is now pandered as ‘love’ for the audience is a sign of the times we live in. Even as Alfred Hitchcock, one of the greatest commercial successes talked lovingly about his audiences, he talked about their attributes as human beings – their fears, their vulnerabilities, their anxieties – and never as contributors to the revenue of his latest film. Sajid Khan is either smarter than we think, and is aware of the irony resident within his device of disguising his sheer contempt of his audience and their lack of taste as his love for them; or he is just the prototype of everything that is so miserably wrong with our cinema. We prefer the latter. Actually, we are not that sure.
It wouldn’t be an ancient fool’s dream, thus, to demand of every rational quarter of the modern Indian media spectrum to rally against Bollywood’s consistent disdain for its audience – of how its gaze is always turned at the rumour of the murder, and not the murder itself. But even as we make the demand, the onus lies on us. We really don’t need this vacation when each second means we lose another inch of our territory. We apologize to the loyal section of our readers for this break.
- Indian AuteurTm
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Note: The Indian Auteur team in the last two months has successfully helped out in the Alfred Hitchcock Retrospective in New Delhi/ And the Summer Film Camp for Children, New Delhi
PIC:- Into the Wild.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
American Center and Cine Darbaar welcomes you for the retrospective of Alfred Hitchcock movie from May 7th-9th 2010, American Center, New Delhi. Discussions follow each screening.
In its continuing efforts to screen films by past and present cinematic masters for a large group of people and subsequently inculcating critical discourse through discussions among the audience members, thereby attempting a restoration of cinema to a communal activity, Cinedarbaar will organize a retrospective of the films of cinema heavyweight Alfred Hitchcock. The event will feature interactive sessions conducted by the writers from Indianauteur.com – typical of all events organized by Cinedarbaar, multimedia presentations to illustrate various aesthetic schemes employed by Hitchcock to achieve the title of ‘Master of Suspense’, and his everlasting influence on hordes of cinema greats who followed him. READ MORE
Sunday, April 18, 2010
The prestigious Cannes Film Festival, held annually at Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in the French city of Cannes since 1946, has announced the list of films in its official selection for its 63rd edition, to be held from 12th May to 23rd May 2010. Read More
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Cine Darbaar is a non-profit welfare society has been engaged in promoting cinema in India and Indian films internationally. Its vision lies in programming and curating films with the purpose of taking cinema seriously in our country by developing sensibilities through exposure to good cinema.
Cine Darbaar’s focus lies in making a good platform for education in cinema in India. Hence it has been organizing workshops for all demographics in India and provides opportunities to those who lack the accessibility to learn about the medium.
Venue: Film City, Marwah Studios, Sec 16-A, Noida
Duration of the workshop: 12 Days
Dates: 24th May to 3rd June 2010
The Cinedarbaar Summer Film Camp basis its activities upon the belief that the children are not provided with enough opportunities or outlets for the expression of their creative, intellectual or social beliefs – and with the oncoming of the digital media and its utilization in the process of filmmaking, children can now be enabled to produce their own films, which will be their personal documents of expression, articulation and communication. These digital films they make will be the modern day versions of yesteryear’s personal diary.
Cinema education is not a part of school curriculum, and by introducing the students to the intricacies of filmmaking, the workshop will provide them with a chance to explore their creativity and apply their talent to something productive.READ MORE
Thursday, April 1, 2010
The Madcap Laughs:
IA TABLE OF CONTENTS: Volume no 2 Issue no-1, March 2010
Articles on the web
LA Bande Designee
Omniyam- Kamal Swarop/Jay Krishnan
Shion Sono Exposed- Jasper Sharp
The Man of the Moment: Sono Sion- Anuj
Practical Joker and AirMan- Ebrahim Kabir
Dreaming in Darkness- Sagorika Singha
Exposing Memories- Sachin Gandhi
From The Vault
Cinema and ethics: Somo Sahi
Monday, March 22, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Our choice to express our identity that contains our personal world view has become limited. It’s next to impossible for most people to break away from the conditioned ideas of representation of their own lives. Bollywood is playing a major role in the construction of this massive blockage. It acts like a virus that has spread in all aspects of our lives. A clear indication is the methods the news media applies to talk about the existence of the state and its citizens. It films the realities of only those subjects that has information value even before the film is shot, much like the documentaries or the fiction films made in this country. That is the reason why people like Bo only become stories after their disappearance.
As we enter into the second year of our independent existence, we reflect upon such issues in this edition of the magazine. It has become vitality important to contemplate not just the work at hand (education via cinema and film criticism) but also bringing forth the missing images that exist in different states of our country. In this issue, we try to achieve that by looking at cinema via a photo essay of Bhopal, republishing a film script (that likely will never get made) as an graphic novel series, Omniyam. Also, from our yearly traveling experience via organizing film festivals, film workshops, cinephile meetings, discussions and running an e-magazine, IA authors attempt to present the state of film
FEB 2010, Issue no-9
ISSUE No-9 Feb 2010
(articles on web)
What they forgot to tell you- Kshitiz Anand
Which Way is the Monolith?- Anuj Malothra
IDEAS FOR CINEMA: The journey so far- Supriya Suri
The Survival of the seventh art: Sagorika Singha
Omniyam- Kamal Swarop/Jay Krishnan
From the Archive
The Cinema of Hollis Frampton
Sunday, February 7, 2010
The Indian Auteur Tm, run a small independent-cinephile lead' Cinedarbaar Welfare Society', under the leadership of artistic director, Supriya Suri in New Delhi, India. The society is extensively involved in pushing film education, the ideas of film programming and showcasing films in schools, colleges,villages, towns and cities its involved in creating a forum for discussion, learning and debate.
...And creating a space against the tyranny of Bollywood.
In Feburary, Cinedarbaar is organising its latest event called ‘Horror Cine Experience’ at Instituto Cervantes or the Spanish Culture Center from the 25th to the 27th of Feb 2010 with media partners in the form of Radio Noida and BatchBuzz Read More
VISIT: INDIAN AUTEUR.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
A Documentary Fantasy: Our Beloved Month of August: Dr Adrian Martin
Cinema, considered as a Toolbox: Ignaity Vishnevetsky
Berlin School: Srikanth Srinivasan
20 Young Independent Thai directors: Jit Phokeaw
Call Money or Mani Kaul: Satyam
The Dreamer of the East:- Corneliu Porumboiu: Anamaria Dobinciuc
Zero Bridge: IA talks to Tariq Taqa: Indian AuteurTm
FROM THE VAULT
Cinema and Television in India: Nitesh Rohit
Independent filmmakers in India come in two shapes and sizes. The first that s (he) is a filmmaker confined to represent ideas of our world via the bastardization of social realism aka documentary filmmaker. The second group is a cousin of the carnivores T-Rex aka Bollywood, these small dinosaurs are no different from their kinship. They talk like them, the walk like them and they act like them. The only difference between the cousins is in respect to size.
There is a stark similarity between both schools of so called in (dependent) cinema of India. Either of them are not bothered about the nature of the medium itself. This means, that both the groups are heaping money based on the idea that the films they sell or make are “real” or in more fashionable terminology used by desi pundits and critics- realistic. Each independent school has a clear demarcation of what they believe is the right idea of reproducing the nature of our world and the existence of our being. The documentary filmmaker stresses the fact that his work is a representation of things as it exist, the New Bollywood films of thought exclaims the same, added with a tagline “ Service to Mankind” . Little do they realize that the mechanical instrument without their divine intervention already reproduce what it see (reality).
And, if by any chance, a new approach of an individual’s cinematic view of the world could have been possible also goes missing since neither groups pay any heed to the fundamentals of cinema. They are so ignorant in their own success of reinvention or experiment based on the ideas of narratives or dramaturgy that if, a documentary film and a Bollywood film were to be broken down cinematically then their final atom would be the same. That means there would be no clear identification between a shot of Sharukh Khan as a person suffering from a disease and that of an actual man filmed suffering with a disease. Everything in cinematic DNA would appear the same. In the end, you realize that both groups behave as if they are doing great culture service for the human race but it’s precisely due to the nature of such state that images have lost any meaning.
What we really need more than ever this decade is to start from zero, from the very beginning… where it all began: “The Arrival of the train at La Stioat”.