Kolkata, Nov 14, 2010 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS) International Forum of New Cinema, founded and floated by Cine Central, Calcutta, one of the oldest and most active Film Society in the county, hosts a parallel film festival in collaboration and not in competition with the KFF every year.
This year is no exception. The venue keeps on changing however, depending on the availability of screening theatres. Exhibitors find it difficult to fit in a week-long festival cutting out screening ticketed shows of booked films for commercial exhibition.
For the third year in a row, the International Forum of New Cinema has opened two days after the opening of the 16th KFF. It will close one day after the closure of the 16th KFF.
The festival is held under the broader umbrella of the KFF.
The festival was inaugurated by noted author Sunil Gangopadhyay on 12th November at the Metro theatre chosen as the venue for the screenings.
In what way is this festival different from the 16th mainstream KFF? In several ways. The first one is that as Cine Central has regular screenings throughout the year in the city, it has a large number of members on its roll who come to watch the regular screenings.
These cine-astes have easier access to this festival and they crowd to this festival. The second difference lies in that generally, the IFWC screens films that are rarely repeats of the films screened at the 16th KFF.
The third difference lies in that the screening and film programmes are different. The fourth difference is that the films screened by IFWC are later taken for screening at other venues such as the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute and sometimes, even Nandan where cinema lovers who failed to catch the screenings here can always catch up later.
This year, IFNC expects to screen about 65 films from 28 countries. The inaugural film was Harud (Autumn) that happens to be the debut film of Aamir Bashir, a young Kashmiri actor and filmmaker based in Mumbai who played an important role in A Wednesday.
The Panorama of World Section has contemporary films from Europe, Latin America and Asia. The Focus Section this year has a package of French films by young directors presented under the sub-section called Premiere Films.
Netherlands is the Spotlight this yea. A package of Korean and Chinese films forms the crux of the Glimpses Section. Legendary actress Poulette Goddard is at the receiving end of the festival’s Centenary Tribute.
Leo Tolstoy, the internationally renowned literary genius happens to be at the receiving end of the Death Centenary Tribute. Anna Karenina and War and Peace based on his classic novels, will be screened at this tribute.
The Retrospective Section has chosen five films of renowned Japanese filmmaker Kon Ichikawa and three films of young Armenian director Harutyun Khachatyurun.
Among the three Indian entries, other than Autumn, the audience will get the opportunity to watch Chaurahen directed by NRI Rajshree Ojha and Girish Kasaravalli’s latest film Kanasemba Kudureyaneri (Riding the Stallion of a Dream) made this year.
By Shoma A. Chatterji
(Photo: A scene from Harud, the inaugural film)