International film festival to showcase literature and cinema
JD Centre of Art is all set to treat cinema and literature lovers by curating the 12th edition of its International film festival. The three-day non-competitive festival, "Imaging the Arts", will be inviting filmmakers, critics, and artists from around the world to attend the event.
Organised by the film forum of the JDCA, the film festival will be held between January 12 to 14 at the IDCOL auditorium in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.
During the festival, long and short films – narrative, documentary, animation, and film essays – in addition to panel discussions, lectures, and workshops will be held. An exhibition displaying traditional handicrafts, handlooms, and art books will also be organised alongside the festival, with stalls showcasing traditional Odisha crafts.
Every year, the 'International Film Festival on Art and Artists' is organised with a different theme, in addition to its annual celebration of the art and culture of Odisha. This year, the focus will be on literature and cinema.
JDCA will open this year's festival by paying respect to Martand Singh, renowned curator and textile expert. Excerpts from his interview with Prasad Bidapa, about the importance of handmade fabrics in India, will be showcased.
Also, JDCA will show four major award-winning films apart from six films by alumni of Film and Television Institute of India, including five works by Nirad Mohapatra. Major highlights of the festival will be The Salesman (Forushande) by Asghar Farhadi; The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secruto de sus Ojos); My Life as a Zucchini by Claude Barrass, and Life in Metaphors: A Portrait of Girish Kasaravalli. Other works to look for include animation films from France; experimental films from Germany, Australia, Canada, and Iraq. There will also be a number of events featuring Delhi-based filmmakers, including a workshop on digital filmmaking by Nandan Saxena. Moreover, The Face Behind the Mask by Nirmal Chander Dandriyal, and Faces: The Enigmatic World of Himmat Shah by Vinod Bhardwaj and Rohit Suri, will be among the other screened movies.
The festival will also see artist Bryan Mulvihill conducting a workshop on calligraphy, entitled 'Imaging the Word', while actor/director Nandita Das will give an illustrated lecture on her upcoming film, Manto.