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13th Bengaluru International Film Festival- Official Catalogue

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EXECUTIVE TEAM

Festival Director Suneel Puranik
Artistic Director H N Narahari Rao
Registrar
Himantharaju G

Chief Programmer and Arvind Kamath
Curator

Chief Festival Coordinator P Sheshadri

Secretary, (Festival Director) Abhishek Iyengar

Film Details, Festival book Hemanth N
Content and Catalogue
Coordinator

Festival Book translation Gangadhara Mudaliar
and daily Bulletin Content
Coordinator and editor

Media and Delegate Accre- S Viswanath
deditation Coordination

Hospitality Coordinator Anand Kannan

Social Media Team Sanjana B, Pratham,
Vilas Kulkarni

Seminar and Masterclass Pallavi Rao
events Coordinator

Jury Screening and Anil B
Coordination

Delegate registration and Niranjan C
Volunteer Coordination

Assistant Festival Sreevidya S
Coordinator

Delegate Registration Yashaswini B M, Rakesh,
Assistance Sachin

Technical support and Srihari, Pratham
movie Print Traffic team

Venue Management Nisarga J, Sunil Reddy,
Shivananda Somappa

Photography Abhisek Hegde

Hospitality Assistance Sagarika S, Gourishankar R,
Shrungar H S, Sahana T

Website Development Sharva Creative
Communications

Website UI/UX Design Canvasay

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FESTIVAL BOOK

Chief Editor H N Narahari Rao

Co Editor Hemanth N,
Gangadhara Mudaliar,

S Viswanath

Content Writing Sanjana B, Chethana H P,
Assistance Krishna Mani Rao R,
Sreevidya S

Design and concept Hemanth N
Creative Director, Canvasay

Printer SLN Enterprises

Published By Karnataka
Chalanachitra Academy,

Bengaluru- 560096

VIRTUAL FESTIVAL(OTT PLATFORM)

Advisory members Anand Varadaraj,
Team Harish Mallya,

Nikhil Bharadwaj

Rahul Desai, Krishna
Mani Rao R, Chethana H P

KCA, ADMINISTRATION

Finance Venkataramaiah R
Office Staff
Ramaswamy J, Soumya R,
Support Staff Shruthi Prasanna,
Naveen P B

Mahadeva, Nanjundappa,
Naveena, Sunitha A P

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CHIEF MINISTER

It gives me immense pleasure to announce the commencement
of the 13th Edition of Bengaluru International Film Festival
(BIFFES) being held from March 3 to 10, 2022.
The flagship cultural event, held annually in the Capital City of
Bengaluru, showcasing the best of cinemas from across the
globe, and held under the patronage of the Government of
Karnataka, is much awaited among the cinephiles.
The film festival, which returns after a year’s hiatus, due to the
Covid 19 pandemic, promises a veritable treat bringing the
‘World in Bengaluru’ for the film buffs to savour and experience
the panoply of narratives, diverse themes and cultures providing
for a fruitful engagement with cinema.
The Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy, under whose aegis the
film festival is organised, was conceived to inculcate a healthy
and appreciative cinema culture in the diaspora, a task which it
has been assiduously living up to its ascribed objective.
The Government of Karnataka, to achieve this stated goal, has
been generously extending all support, physical and intellectual
infrastructure, and has helped spread a holistic cinema culture
and also address the avid interest received from the general
public and filmmakers, both within and abroad.
I take this opportunity to heartily welcome every cinephile to
BIFFES. I am sure that the cine enthusiasts will strictly adhere
to the mandated Standard Operating Protocols in place in view
of the prevailing pandemic as they participate in utmost zeal
and enthusiasm and ensure the stupendous success of Brand
BIFFES.

Basavaraj Bommai

Hon’ble Chief Minister
Government of Karnataka

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PRINCIPAL SECRETARY

I extend my heartiest greetings warmly welcoming one and all,
from far and near, who have expectantly assembled to celebrate
creative cinemas as part of the 13th Edition of Bengaluru
International Film Festival (BIFFES) 2022.
Every edition of BIFFES, with its array of carefully curated films,
drawn from across the world, has provided the vast family of
film buffs exclusive and unique engagement with the magic of
movies.
Conscious that cine lovers had missed their date with BIFFES
last year due to the raging Covid 19 pandemic, leading to the
deferment of the calendar film festival, I am happy to say all
efforts have been made to ensure BIFFES more than makes up
for the previous year’s absence.
With this assurance, I am indeed pleased to invite committed
cineastes and filmmakers to BIFFES, which has become
a permanent cultural do among the City’s art and culture
enthusiasts, and acts as a symbiosis of mutually appreciate and
educative congregation of cine buffs and film fraternity on a
single platform to experience where the film industry stands
today.
Further, in tune with the expectations of the participants, the
BIFFES team has been assiduously and constantly making
appropriate changes to the film’s format and content, in keeping
the festival and global benchmarks, to making it a truly best in
class film festival with appropriate takeaways for all.
That BIFFES has been inducted to the exalted hall of accredited
film festivals with the International Federation of Film Producers
Association (FIAPF) providing its accreditation is indicative of
the importance and growth of BIFFES among the comity of film
festivals held across the world.
Besides the film screenings, an array of specialised workshops
and master classes, conducted by the prominent experts from
the industry, has been lined up to ensure the film festival extends
beyond film viewing to a better learning and understanding and
appreciative experience of the dynamic art form of cinema.
I wish one and all a fruitful and productive time at BIFFES and
stupendous success for the State’s prestigious cultural event
- 13th Edition of BIFFES, being held with the pandemic air still
hovering above us and in the belief that all participants will
wholesomely adhere to the Covid 19 protocols mandated for the
safety of all.

N Manjunatha Prasad, IAS

Principal Secretary to Chief Minister,
and Department of Information & Public Relations
Government of Karnataka

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FESTIVAL DIRECTOR / CHAIRMAN

Fellow cinephiles and film fraternity. Namaskara. The moment,
we have all awaited with eager anticipation, has finally arrived.
Yes, the 13th Bengaluru International Film Festival is on the
threshold bringing the “World to Bengaluru.”
As Chairman, Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy, under whose
aegis, the annual flagship film festival is held, it gives me
immense pride and pleasure to welcome one and all to Capital
City Bengaluru as we host the week-long cinema carnival
drawing you into the wondrous world of movies. You are all aware
that since the December of 2019 the entire humankind has been
straining all its resources in combating the Covid 19 pandemic.
The entertainment industry, more so, film festivals, held,
religiously on calendar dates, have also have faced disruptions
the pandemic has brought in its wake.
Cancellations and deferments have become the order of the day
which saw your favourite BIFFES too, forced to take a year’s hiatus.
As a result, “hybrid” – melding of both offline (physical, theatrical
screenings) and online (streaming on OTT and digital platforms),
has become the new normal in the way films are purveyed,
watched and especially, film festivals, are conducted. Despite
such unforeseen situations and challenges, and turbulent times,
I am pleased to state that the 13th Edition of BIFFES has received
the much-coveted FIAPF Accreditation propelling BIFFES into
the exalted realm of 46 film festivals across the world which have
received this singular recognition. That this has
come during my tenure gives me a sense of immense satisfaction
of further burnishing Brand BIFFES as one of the must attend
film festivals.
While BIFFES, in these past 12 editions, has grown in size, stature
and scope, bringing the best of cinemas to cinema conscious
Bengalureans, the new recognition has thrust an added
responsibility on BIFFES. In tune with this, a slew of new sections
such as CRITICS’ WEEK, OSCAR OMNIBUS, have added new
lustre to the regular ones such as the Asian Competition, Indian
Competition, Kannada Competition et al, further embellishing
the film buffs favourite festival.
I take pride in assuring you that this time too, the much
anticipated and minutely scrutinised CINEMA OF THE WORLD
section, the festival’s favourite draw, is featuring the choicest
cinemas culled opening a vibrant vista to nifty, nuances
narratives and universal thematic concerns celebrated auteurs
have brought onto the screen.
As I whole-heartedly invite you to join in toasting the fascinating
films spread and unique engagement with the most potent
visual art form, I also express my deepest sense of gratitude and
immense thanks to our dynamic Chief Minister Shri Basavaraj
Bommai whose encouragement and unstinted support went a
long way in making BIFFES happen despite the pandemic still
hovering over us.
Come, let’s unitedly rejoice in the films that will unspool before
us .

Suneel Puranik

Chairman, KCA
Festival Director, 13th BIFFES

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COMMISSIONER

On behalf of the Government of Karnataka, it gives me immense
happiness, to say we are extremely delighted to host the 13th
Edition of Bengaluru International Film Festival being held from
March 3 to 10, 2022.
BIFFES, which, in these past 12 editions, carved a special niche and
a brand for itself as the must attend festival, in the international
film circuit, now comes with the added responsibility of FIAPF
Accreditation.
All this has been possible thanks to the overwhelming
enthusiasm and participation of our informed and eager film
buffs which has ensured the festival remains a favourite among
both the film fraternity as also large family of film enthusiasts.
This time too, in keeping with our standard offerings, BIFFES
sees over 200+ films from as many as 50+ countries being
showcased under various categories. The films will be screened
at the main festival venue – the 11 screens PVR Cinemas – Orion
Mall, Dr Rajkumar Road, Rajajinagar, where also the academic
sessions is being held, besides Dr Raj Bhavan Artists Association,
Chamrajpet and Suchitra Film Society, Banashankari.
With the stated objective of ensuring the film festival is all
encompassing and grows in size and stature each year, I am
pleased to say this year too, we have taken many significant
steps to provide festival delegates with the most enriching and
rewarding film viewing and learning experience.
On this momentous occasion, it is my privilege to extend a hearty
welcome to all the delegates, jury members, guests, special
invitees and film enthusiasts wishing them a memorable 13th
BIFFES.
Wishing you all a fruitful and joyous week at BIFFES.
Vive la Cinema.

P S Harsha

Commissioner
Department of Information & Public Relations
Government of Karnataka

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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

We extend a hearty welcome to the delegates to attend the
screenings and enjoy the films at the 13th BIFFES.
It was on 27th January 2022 that our Hon’ble Chief Minister gave
his kind approval to go ahead with the preparation for the festival.
He also advised us to conduct screenings when the theatres get
the permission to accommodate 100% attendance at the halls.
At the same time, we received his carefully worded advice that
we should select films in such a manner that it should not only
satisfy the needs of the discerning audience but it should also
cater to the taste of those who want to enjoy good and well-
made entertainment films. This became a real challenge for us.
The time at our disposal was very short, only 35 days to be precise.
Our Artistic Department team started to work with great
earnestness. The young and talented enthusiasts of our team
did their best in scouting for the good films from all available
sources. As a result of the relentless effort we are able to
present a good package of films that includes special sections
like OSCAR SPECTRUM and CRITICS WEEK along with good
RETROSPECTIVES and COUNTRY FOCUS.
One more interesting feature of this year is the inclusion of on
line screening along with physical screenings making it a hybrid
format. One greatest advantage of this format is to help our
senior citizen film lovers who are hesitant to stir out fearing the
pandemic can stay at home and enjoy the films. In addition, it
also covers citizens of other parts of Karnataka who can have
access to these films. It is very likely that this will
become a regular feature in the coming years.
Wishing all the film lovers a happy viewing.

H N Narahari Rao

Artistic Director, 13th BIFFES

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REGISTRAR

The Bengaluru International Film Festival has been a landmark
film festival for the 13th time in a row. Because of unavoidable
circumstances due to the pandemic last year, we had to
postpone the 13th edition of BIFFES to 2022. Fortunately, we have
more movies to choose from than usual - the best of both 2020
and 2021.
We are all lucky to witness the success of every annual BIFFES;
more and more potential filmmakers approach us with their
works of art, contributing to the proliferation of India’s talent
pool and various film industries. With several global players
bringing good competition to the table, we are forging better
international relations while improving locally. After all, what is
a better way than art and culture to foster better relationships
with countries?
We hope for all film enthusiasts to watch the movies screened
and encourage all the participant filmmakers. It is only with your
support that BIFFES continues to wow its audience and give a
platform to its filmmakers alike.

HIMANTHARAJU G

Registrar, KCA
Government of Karnataka

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ASIAN CINEMA COMPETITON JURY

2020

He is a Kannada film director. In most
of his movies, Desai blends art and
commercial cinema. He has written
and directed suspense/thrillers and
love stories. He has won the Karnataka
state awards 4 times in the Best
Screenplay & Best Dialogs categories.
SUNIL KUMAR DESAI He has also won the Filmfare awards
4 times.

MEENA KARNIK She has been in journalism for more
than 35 years now. As a film critic
she has attended many national and
international film festivals including
the prestigious Cannes, Berlinale,
Rotterdam and has been a FIPRESCI jury
member at the Delhi Osians , Bengaluru
International Film Festival, International
Film Festival of Kerala and The Flying
Broom International Women’s Film
Festival in Ankara, Turkey.

SHIVARUDRAIAH. K He has 45 years of experience in theatre
as an actor and director. He has several
years of experience in filmmaking and
documentary making. He has won
several awards including state Films
Awards from Gov’t of Karnataka. He
has also won international awards for
Wildlife photography.

2021

LALIT RAO He is a veteran film critic from Jaipur,
PAOLA DEI India. He is currently writing a book
on 25 best French films (1990-2015).
He did his masters from Université de
Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle. He worked
for the ‘Distribution of Indian cinema’
in France. As a film critic, he has
attended numerous film festivals in
France and India.

Paola Dei is an Art Psychologist
and SNCCI Film Critic and ANCT
Theater Critic. He is a member of the
Jury in International Festivals. He
has published and edited 15 texts
dedicated to cinema and participated
in group shows. He devised the
Psycofilm Method published in
International Scientific Journals.

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INDIAN CINEMA COMPETITON JURY

2020 He is a Graduate in Cinema from the Film
and Television Institute of India, Pune.
ARUN CHADDA He has written, produced and directed
more than 100 documentaries, short
films and TV serials on socio-economic,
environment, anthropological and
development issues. Many of his films
have been shown at various National and
International Film Festivals and global
conferences.

ATUL GANGWAR Holding a post-graduate degree of
M.A. in Hindi Literature from Delhi
University, Atul has been working
with the television industry as a
programmer for over two decades.
In a 20 year long journey Atul has
witnessed the evolution of the media
industry. He has produced and edited
documentaries on various subjects.

He is a noted Indian Filmmaker
from the Kannada film industry who
is popular for parallel and Bridge
cinemas. He has been in the profession
for about 20 years and he is a recipient
of the Karnataka state Award for his
feature HAGGADA KONE (2014) and
DAYAL PADMNABHAN AA KARAALA RATRI (2018) under the
Best film and Best Director Categories.

2021

GP VIJAYAKUMAR He is a Founder and Managing Director
of M/s. Seven Arts International
Limited, Chennai- a leading Film
Production and Distribution Company
for the last 35 years. He has produced
43 Feature Films in various languages
– Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi
and has distributed 75 Films.

He is a Hindi film and music historian
with a penchant for fine cinema,
regardless of where it is made. He has
written several books and hundreds of
articles on the subject. He is an ardent
fan of auteur directors like Vijay Anand,
Guru Dutt and Mehboob Khan and also
of significant actors like Dilip Kumar and
Vyjayanthimala, besides artistes such as
MANEK PREMCHAND OP Nayyar, Lata Mangeshkar and Talat
Mahmood.

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SRIVATSA BR He has been an accredited and acclaimed
Corporate Photographer for over 35
years. With interest in World Cinema, he
has produced several documentaries for
The Centre for Environment Education
(CEE), The Ministry of Environment,
Government of India. He has also
produced documentaries for many
departments in the Government of
Karnataka, and Corporate Profiles for
many IT companies across the world.

KANNADA CINEMA COMPETITON JURY

2020

A film and Television Institute (PUNE)
graduate. He has been an active
film maker, a film activist as well as
a film critic. He made innumerable
documentaries and the feature film
MAYABAZAAR produced by NFDC
which has won various awards.

JOYEDEEP

UTPAL DUTTA He is a well known journalist, activist,
writer, director and actor. A multi-
faceted personality, Chakravarthy is a
senior journalist with close to 20 years
of experience having worked with
Lankesh Patrike and other newspapers
in the state. He also founded People for
People, an organization which focuses on
organizing events that positively impact
the society.

CHAKRAVARTHY He is an award-winning film critic,
CHANDRACHUD filmmaker, radio producer, author,
and photographer. The audience have
appreciated his excellent command of
the medium in films such as BY LANE
2, BOHUBRITTA. He is the director of
Chalachitram National Film Festival
and the president of Chalachitram.

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KANNADA CINEMA COMPETITON JURY

2021

HEMA CHOUDARY She is an actress who has worked in
South Indian film industry. She has acted
mainly in Kannada films and also in
Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu movies. She
has given several hits and balanced her
work in South industry. The actress was
on the panel of the judging committee
of the National Film Awards three times.

An Alumnus of FTII, Pune, Neelaabh
Kaul is a Cinematographer with a
wide range of experience from short
films and documentaries; television
and commercials; to parallel cinema
and mainsteam bollywood films at the
other end of the spectrum.

NEELABH KAUL

He is an Indian director who made his
directorial debut with the 2017 Kannada
drama movie MOMBATHI, which stars
Rachana Smith, Sangeetha, Neethu
Shetty and Ravi Kumar.

SRINIVAS KAUSHIK

KANNADA CINEMA POPULAR ENTERTAINMENT
COMPETITON JURY

2020

NAGANNA He is a producer and director
coming from a cinema family. He is
the son of R Lakshman, a producer
who has produced “BANAGARADA
MANUSHYA”, “UYYALE” and many
other films.
He served as a chairman for state films
awards in 2015.

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SHIVKUMAR He is a noted journalist working as
BELLITATTE news editor and chief reporter of
major newspapers like Vishwavani,
Kannada Prabha. He is also involved
in documentary films for information
department. He is also an office bearer
and activist in various organisations
connected with media.

SURESH Passionate Cinematographer with an
BABUMALTI extensive industry experience, training,
and proven success in cinematography.
His films as cinematohrapher are
PRAANA, NANJUNDI, AKKA THANGI,
SHISHIRA, SHRAVANI SUBRAMANYA,
SRIKANTA, MANE MARATAKKIDE,
KADALA MAGE (Tulu), PATTANAJE(Tulu).

2021

PARTHASARATHI K He is totally involved in documentary film
making as a script writer and direction. He
is instrumental in making documentaries
like Amrutha Mayavee, Sasyarashee,
based on medical plants. This film is
highly acclaimed by Government of India
Department of Environment. Based in
connection with World Environment Day.

G N RAJASHEKARA He is a journalist in Lankesh Patrike as
NAIDU the political bureau chief, actor, television
presenter and producer in the Kannada
film industry. He has also directed short
movies to bring social awareness and
actively participated as a motivational
speaker in various educational
institutions. He was performing street
plays to educate people from rural areas
and simultaneously conducting quizzes
related to Art, especially in government
schools.

K RAGHUNATHA He is a law graduate functioning as a
practising advocate. In addition, he is
also a film producer. He makes films
under the banner of Messrs Saarathy
Nath Creators. He is also an office
bearer in various organisations like film
distributors association, documentary
film chamber and other organisations
connected with film organisation. He has
produced four to five documentary films.

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CONTENT

OPENING AND 18-21
CLOSING FILM

ASIAN CINEMA 22-51
COMPETITION

INDIAN CINEMA 52-77
COMPETITION

KANNADA CINEMA 78-106
COMPETITION

KANNADA CINEMA 107-123
POPULAR
ENTERTAINMENT
COMPETITION

CINEMA OF 124-166
THE WORLD

CRITICS 167-173
WEEK

OSCAR 174-182
SPECTRUM

COUNTRY 183-188
FOCUS

STATE 189-191
FOCUS

RETROSPECTIVE 192-199

- VOLKER SCHLÖNDORFF

- DR BHARATHI VISHNUVARDHAN

HOMAGE 200-204

- PUNEETH RAJKUMAR

- SANCHARI VIJAY

50 YEARS OF 205-207
TULU CINEMA

AZADI KA 208-209
AMRIT MAHOTSAV

OTHERS 210-228

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Opening
and
Closing
Film

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Raftis Tailor
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2020 / Greece, Ger-
many, Belgium /
Greek, Russian /
100 min.

Director: Nikos lives in the attic of the family’s
Sonia Liza Ken- tailor shop. When the bank threatens
terman to repossess the shop and his father
Producer: falls ill, Nikos takes action: with a won-
Ioanna Bolomyti, drously strange tailor shop on wheels,
Tanja Georgieva, he reinvents himself while bringing
Melanie Andernach, style and confidence to the women of
Isabelle Truc Athens.
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Nikos Kypourgos
Cast:
Dimitris Imellos,
Tamila Koulieva,
Thanasis Papa-
georgiou, Stathis
Stamoulakatos, Dafni
Michopoulou

Nominations

Fünf Seen FF 2021-
Audience Award /
Filmfest Sundsvall
2021- Next Europe
Competition

Awards Sonia Liza Kenterman

Thessaloniki FF She is a Greek-German film direc-
2020 Winner-ERT tor and writer. She was awarded
Award, FIPRESCI an MA in Directing at the London
Prize and Youth Film School. She studied at the
Jury Award / Art’s Theatre School for Drama and
Hellenic Film Acad-
emy Awards 2021 Stavrakos Film School. Her short films NICOLETA
Winner- Best Music, and WHITE SHEET have traveled to more than 60
Best Costume festivals around the world. Her first feature, TAILOR,
Design a Greek-German-Belgian co-production, has been
selected at the MFI, Cinemed, Sofia Meetings and
World Sales: Crossroads.
Pluto Film

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Feathers Feathers
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2021 / Egypt,
Netherlands, Greece,
France /
Arabic / 112 min.

Director: When a magic trick goes awry at a
Omar El Zohairy children’s birthday party, the authori-
Producer: tative father of the family turns into a
Juliette Lepoutre chicken. An avalanche of coinciden-
Editor: tal absurdities befalls everyone; the
Hisham Saqr mother, whose mundane life was ded-
Writer(s): icated to her husband and children,
Ahmed Amer, Omar is now urged to come to the fore and
El Zohairy take care of her family. While moving
DOP: heaven and earth to bring her hus-
Kamal Samy band back and secure their survival,
Sound: she goes through a total transforma-
Ahmed Adnan, Julien tion.
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Samy Bassouny, Fady WÀl£É¬ÄAzÀ PÀÄlÄA§ªÉà vÀvÀÛj¸ÀÄvÀÛzÉ. ¥Àw ºÀUÀÆ ªÀÄPÀ̽UÁV
Mina Fawzy fêÀ£ÀªÀ£Éßà ªÀÄÄqÀÄ¥ÁVlÖ ¥Àwß PÀÄlÄA§ ¤ªÀðºÀuÉ ªÀÄqÀĪÀÅzÀÄ
C¤ªÁAiÀÄðªÁUÀÄvÀÛzÉ. vÀ£Àß ¦æÃw ¥ÁvÀæ UÀAqÀ¤UÁV DPÁ±À
¨sÀÆ«Ä MAzÀÄ ªÀiÁqÀĪÀ ¥Àwß, gÀÆ¥ÁAvÀgÀzÀ ºÁ¢ »rAiÀĪÀÅzÀÄ
G½zÀ MAzÉà ªÀiÁUÀðªÁUÀÄvÀÛzÉ.

Nominations

Sao Paulo IFF 2021-
Nominee Best Film/
Busan IFF 2021-
Nominee Best Film

Awards Omar El Zohairy
Cannes FF 2021-
Winner FIPRESCI He studied film directing at the
Prize Parallel Sec- High Institute of Cinema in Cairo
tions / Torino FF and worked as an assistant direc-
2021- Winner Fea- tor on feature films of Egypt’s most
ture Film prominent filmmakers, including

World Sales: Yousri Nasrallah. Zohairy’s first short film, BREATHE
Heretic OUT (ZAFIR), premiered at the 8th Dubai IFF and
won the Muhr Special Jury Prize for Short Films. His
second short film, THE AFTERMATH OF THE INAU-
GURATION OF THE PUBLIC TOILET AT KILOMETRE
375, was the first Egyptian film to be selected for
the Cin’fondation competition at the 2014 Cannes,
the film went on to win several awards around the
world.

Closing Film 21



Asian
Cinema
Competition

13th Biffes

Karkhanisanchi Ashes on a Road Trip
Waari AiÀiÁµÀ¸ï D£ï J gÉÆÃqï næ¥ï

2020 / India /
Marathi / 108 min.

Director: Karkhanisanchi Waari (Ashes on a road
Mangesh Joshi trip) is a funny, heartfelt story about a
Producer: joint family embarking on an unex-
Archana Borhade pectedly adventurous journey from
Editor: Pune to Pandharpur, while trying to
Suchitra Sathe resolve their interpersonal conflicts,
Writer(s): following the death of a beloved patri-
Mangesh Joshi, arch.
Archana Borhade
DOP: ¥ÀÄuɬÄAzÀ ¥sÀAqÀgÁ¥ÀÄgÀPÉÌ ¥ÀæªÁ¸À vÉgÀ¼ÀĪÀ dAn PÀÄlÄA§zÀ
Archana Borhade ¥ÀAiÀÄtzÀ°è £ÀqÉAiÀÄĪÀ vÀªÀiÁµÉAiÀÄ, ¨sÁªÀÅPÀ PÀxÀ£ÀzÀ°è £ÀqÉAiÀÄĪÀ
Sound: DPÀ¹äPÀ ¸ÁºÀ¸À ¥ÀAiÀÄt«zÀÄ. F ¥ÀæAiÀiÁtzÀ°è DPÀ¹äPÀªÁV
Sarang Kulkarni JzÀÄgÁUÀĪÀ ¸À¤ßªÉñÀUÀ¼ÀÄ ¥ÀgÀ¸ÀàgÀgÀ £ÀqÀÄªÉ EgÀĪÀ
Music: C¸ÀªÀiÁzsÁ£ÀPÉÌ ¥ÀjºÁgÀ vÀAzÀÄ PÉÆqÀÄvÀÛzÉ. C¤jÃQëvÀ ¸ÁªÀÅ
AV Prafullachandra PÀÆqÀ J®ègÀ ªÀÄ£ÀzÀ°è ¨É¼É¢zÀÝ C¸ÀªÀiÁzsÁ£ÀªÀ£ÀÄß QvÉÆÛUÉAiÀÄÄvÀÛzÉ.
Cast:
Amey Wagh, Mohan
Agashe, Geetanjali
Kulkarni, Pradeep
Joshi, Vandana
Gupte, Shubhangi
Gokhale, Ajit Ab-
hyankar, Mrunmayee
Deshpande, Bhushan
Manjule, Sumit
Sanghmitra

Nominations Mangesh Joshi

FIPRESCI - India Mangesh Joshi ventured into film-
Grand Prix 2021- making after completing his engi-
Nominee neering studies in 2003. He made
several documentary films and
short films, earning recognition at

film festivals. His first feature length screenplay was
selected for NFDC Writers Lab section in 2007. Man-
gesh was also mentored by Oscar winner, Danis
Tanovic and BAFTA nominee, Olivia Hetreed. NFDC
produced his debut feature film which was officially
selected at prestigious film festivals. His second fea-
ture, LATHE JOSHI was screened at 24 international
film festivals and won 15 awards. KARKHANISANCHI
WAARI is his third film.

24 Asian Cinema Competition

13th Biffes

Jenayat-e bi Careless Crime
deghat PÉÃgï¯É¸ï PÉæöÊA

2020 / Iran /
Persian / 134 min.

Director: 40 years ago, during the uprising to
Shahram Mokri overthrow the Shah’s regime in Iran,
Producer: protestors set fire to movie theatres
Negar Eskandarfar as a way of showing opposition to
Editor: Western culture. Many cinemas were
Shahram Mokri burned down. In one tragic case, a the-
Writer(s): atre was set on fire with 400 people in-
Nasim Ahmadpour, side, most of whom were burned alive.
Shahram Mokri 40 years have passed and, in con-
DOP: temporary Iran, four individuals also
Alireza Barazandeh decide to burn a cinema down. Their
Sound: intended target is a theatre showing a
Parviz Abnar film about an unearthed, unexploded
Music: missile. Will the past and the present
Ehsan Sedigh meet?
Cast:
Babak Karimi, Razieh £À®ªÀvÀÄÛ ªÀµÀðUÀ¼À »AzÉ, EgÁ£ï£À°è µÀºÀ CªÀgÀ D½éPÉAiÀÄ
Mansouri, Abolfazl «gÀÄzÀÝ d£ÀzÀAUÉ £ÀqÉAiÀÄÄwÛzÀÝ ¸ÀªÀÄAiÀÄ. ¥Á±ÁÑvÀå ¸ÀA¸ÀÌøwAiÀÄ£ÀÄß
Kahani, Mohammad ©A©¸ÀĪÀ ¹¤ªÀiÁUÀ¼À «gÀÄzÀÞ ¥Àæw¨sÀn¸ÀÄwzÀÝ ¥Àæw¨sÀl£ÁPÁgÀgÀÄ
Sareban, Adel avÀæªÀÄA¢gÀUÀ½UÉ ¨ÉAQ ºÀZÀÄÑwÛzÀÝgÀÄ. §ºÀ¼ÀµÀÄÖ avÀæªÀÄA¢gÀUÀ¼ÀÄ
Yaraghi, Mahmoud ¨sÀ¸ÀäªÁzÀªÀÅ. zÀÄgÀAvÀ WÀl£ÉAiÉÆAzÀgÀ°è £Á®ÄÌ £ÀÆgÀÄ ªÀÄA¢
Behraznia ¥ÉæÃPÀëPÀjzÀÝ avÀæªÀÄA¢gÀPÉÌ ¨ÉAQ ºÀZÀѯÁ¬ÄvÀÄ. CµÀÆÖ ªÀÄA¢
fêÀAvÀ zÀºÀ£ÀªÁzÀgÀÄ. F WÀl£É £ÀqÉzÀÄ £À®ªÀvÀÄÛ ªÀµÀðUÀ¼ÉÃ
Nominations PÀ¼ÉzÀÄ ºÉÆÃVªÉ. FUÀ EgÁ£ï £À°è £Á®égÀÄ ªÀåQÛUÀ¼ÀÄ ¸ÉÃj
Asia Pacific Screen avÀæªÀÄA¢gÀPÉÌ ¨ÉAQ ºÀZÀÄѪÀ AiÉÆÃd£É gÀƦ¸ÀÄwÛzÁÝgÉ. ¨É¼ÀQUÉ
Awards- Best ¨ÁgÀzÀ,E£ÀÆß fêÀAvÀªÁVgÀĪÀ Që¥ÀtÂUÀ¼À §UÉÎ PÀvɬÄzÀÝ
Screenplay. ZÀ®£ÀavÀæ ¥ÀæzÀ±Àð£À vÀqÉ »rAiÀÄĪÀÅzÀÄ CªÀgÀ GzÉÝñÀ. CAzÀÄ
EAzÀÄ ªÀÄÄSÁªÀÄÄT AiÀiÁUÀĪÀÅzÉÃ?
Awards
Venice FF- Winner Shahram Mokri
BISATO D’ORO, Best He is an Iranian film director and
Original Screenplay, screenwriter. He graduated from
Chicago IFF- Soore University with a Bachelors of
Winner Silver Hugo, Film and Television in Directing. He
Dhaka IFF- Winner has also worked as an editor on tele-
Asian Film Com-
petition Section vision films, series, short films and documentaries.
Award. His film, FISH & CAT was shown at the 70th Ven-
ice International Film Festival and won the special
World Sales: Orizzonti award for innovative content. He was
Dream Lab Films nominated for the 2013 Asia Pacific Screen Award
for Achievement in Directing for FISH & CAT. For
his short film THE DRAGONFLY STORM, Mokri won
Best Director at the 2007 Noor Iranian Film Festival.

Asian Cinema Competition 25

13th Biffes

Empty Nest Empty Nest
JA¦Ö £É¸ïÖ
2020 / China /
Mandarin, Chinese / Yimei is an old woman. Her husband
84 min. betrayed her when she was young,
and she drove him and her son out of
Director: the house. Today, she has a poor re-
Zhang Wei lationship with her son who lives far
Producer: away and suffers from urinary inconti-
Zhang Wei nence. She lost faith in life and intends
Editor: to end it. Lei Xiaoding, a health care
Luo Yunpeng, Yang product salesman breaks into her life
Zhifeng, Benjamin “accidentally”. His humorous, diligent,
Illos, Bai Chengxun and caring personality brought long-
Writer(s): lost love and warmth. She buys many
Zhang Min, Lian health products from Lei. One day, he
Xiufeng, Chen defrauds all of Yimei’s savings. Facing
Ruirui, Sun Ke, Shan such a betrayal, she falls into despair
Guoyang, Qin Ying, again.
Lei Chengyun, Ge
Lou, Yao Wanli eÁºÉÆAiÉÄ«Ä £ÀvÀzÀȵÀÖ ªÀÈzÉÞ. CªÀ½UÉÆAzÀÄ UÀÆqÀÄ. F
DOP: UÀÆqÀ£ÀÄß ®Æn ªÀiÁqÀĪÀªÀgÉà ºÉZÀÄÑ. CªÀ¼À UÀAqÀ §ºÀ¼À
Masato Kaneko ªÀµÀðUÀ¼À »AzÉAiÉÄà CªÀ¼À£ÀÄß zÀÆgÀªÀiÁrzÀÝ. ¥Àw ºÁUÀÆ
Sound: ¥ÀÄvÀæ¤AzÀ CªÀ¼ÉAzÉÆà zÀÆgÀªÁVzÀݼÀÄ. Qrß vÉÆAzÀgɬÄAzÀ
Gu Changning §¼À®ÄwÛzÀÝ ªÀÄUÀ£ÉÆA¢UÀÆ CªÀ½UÉ MqÀ£Ál«®è. fêÀ£ÀzÀ°è
Music: fUÀÄ¥Éì vÀ¼ÉzÀ AiÉÄ«Ä §zÀÄPÀÄ PÉÆ£ÉUÁt¹PÉƼÀî®Ä ¤zsÀð-
Minami Nozaki j¸ÀÄvÁÛ¼É. F ¸ÀªÀÄAiÀÄzÀ°è °jhÄÃAiÉÆÃrAUï CªÀ¼À §zÀÄQ£À°è
Cast: ¥ÀæªÉò¸ÀÄvÁÛ£É. DgÉÆÃUÀåªÀzsÀðPÀ GvÀà£ÀßUÀ¼À ¸ÉïïìªÀÄ£ï DVgÀĪÀ
Zhu Xijuan, Zhang °Ã, ®ªÀ®«PÉAiÀÄ AiÀÄĪÀPÀ. ±ÀæªÀÄfë. E£ÉÆߧâgÀ §UÉÎ PÁ¼Àf
You, Long Gugu, EgÀĪÀ AiÀÄĪÀPÀ. °Ã DzÀµÀÄÖ ¨ÉÃUÀ AiÉÄ«ÄAiÀÄ «±Áé¸À UÀ½¸ÀÄvÁÛ£É.
Ma Dongyan, AiÉÄ«ÄAiÀÄ ¨Á½£À°è £ÉªÀÄä¢ ¥ÀæªÉò¸ÀÄvÀÛzÉ. °Ã ªÀiÁgÀÄwÛzÀÝ
Zhang Hongjie, Wei GvÀà£ÀßUÀ¼À ªÀiÁgÁlPÉÌ AiÉÄ«Ä £ÉgÀªÁUÀÄvÁÛ¼É. DzÀgÉ zÉÆqÀØ
Xiaoxuan £ÀUÀgÀUÀ½UÉ vÉgÀ½ ¸ÁzsÀ£É ªÀiÁqÀ¨ÉÃPÉA§ÄzÀÄ °Ã UÀÄj. DzÀgÉ
J®è PÀqÉ CªÀ¤UÉ ¸ÉÆð£À ¸ÀgÀªÀiÁ¯É. MAzÀÄ ¢£À AiÉÄ«ÄAiÀÄ
J®è ºÀt ºÁUÀÆ ¨É¯É¨Á¼ÀĪÀ ªÀ¸ÀÄÛUÀ¼À£ÀÄß zÉÆÃaPÉÆAqÀÄ °Ã
¥ÀgÁjAiÀiÁUÀÄvÁÛ£É. fêÀ£ÀzÀ°è JzÀÄgÁzÀ F «±Áé¸ÀWÁvÀPÀ
PÀÈvÀå¢AzÀ DWÁvÀPÉÆ̼ÀUÁzÀ AiÉÄ«Ä ªÀÄvÉÛ T£ÀßvÉUÉƼÀUÁUÀÄvÁÛ¼É.

Nominations Zhang Wei

Golden Rooster- Born in Hunan Province of China. He
Nominee Best Ac- studied Directing at the Beijing Film
tress Academy as well as Cinema Studies
at the Chinese National Academy of
Arts. He is known for his cinematic
realism that depicts individuals who

are marginalized by society in a natural way. His
films self-consciously express critical social issues
and convey powerful social messages through their
unassuming storylines that embody important so-
cial conflicts. This constant struggle between mar-
ginalized individuals and society introduces the
audience to aspects of the Chinese society often
overshadowed by China’s rapid transformation.

26 Asian Cinema Competition

13th Biffes

Everyday is a Everyday is a Lullaby
Lullaby JªÀéjqÉà F¸ï J ®Ä¯Áè¨É

2020 / Indonesia / Elektra was once recognized as the
Indonesian / 81 min. most promising and best screenwriter,
winning continued success. He could
Director: work wherever he wanted to and at
Putrama Tuta any time. However, as time goes by,
Producer: both his talent and passion for films
John Badalu seem to fade. He starts to think that
Editor: making a sensual low-budget horror
Chuck Gutierrez movie would benefit his life. In order to
Writer(s): overcome the slump, he tries to create
Ilya Sigma an immortal masterpiece inspired by
DOP: his girlfriend who is an actress.
Ipung Rahamat
Syaiful J¯ÉPÁÖç JAzÀgÉ ¸ÁPÀÄ MAzÀÄ PÁ®zÀ°è ±ÉæõÀ× avÀæPÀxÉUÁgÀ JAzÉÃ
Sound: SÁåw. CªÀ£ÀÄ ªÀÄÄnÖzÉݯÁè a£Àß. AiÀıÀ¹ì£À ªÉÄÃ¯É AiÀıÀ¸ÀÄì. PÉ®¸À
Ichsan Rachmaditta JAzÀgÉ ºÀUÀ®Æ EgÀļÀÆ ºÉÆvÀÄÛ UÉÆwÛ®èzÉ zÀÄrAiÀÄÄwÛzÀÝ.
Music: PÁ¯Á£ÀÄPÀæªÉÄÃt CªÀ£À ¥Àæw¨sÉUÉ ªÀÄAPÀÄ PÀ«¬ÄvÀÄ. C¥ÀdAiÀÄ,
Aghi Narottama ¸ÉÆÃ®Ä DgÀA¨sÀªÁ¬ÄvÀÄ. vÀ£Àß ªÀgÀªÀiÁ£À ªÀÈ¢Þ¹PÉƼÀÄîªÀ
Cast: ¸À®ÄªÁV PÀrªÉÄ §eÉnÖ£À°è ºÁgÀgï ¹¤ªÀiÁªÉÇAzÀ£ÀÄß
Anjasmara Prasetya, vÉUÉAiÀĨÉÃPÉA§ ¤zsÁðgÀPÉÌ §gÀÄvÁÛ£É J¯ÉPÁÖç. PÀĹAiÀÄÄwÛgÀĪÀ
Raihaanun , Fahrani vÀ£Àß EªÉÄÃd£ÀÄß G½¹PÉƼÀî®Ä ¹¤ªÀiÁ£ÀnAiÀÄÆ DVgÀĪÀ vÀ£Àß
Pawaka Empel. UɼÀw¬ÄAzÀ ¸ÀÆàwð ¥ÀqÉzÀÄ C¸ÁzsÁgÀt avÀæªÉÇAzÀgÀ vÀAiÀiÁjPÉ
DgÀA©ü¸ÀÄvÁÛ£É.

Putrama Tuta

Putrama Tuta was born in Jakarta
and majored in Business-Law in
Melbourne. After his directorial de-
but with CATATAN HARIAN SI BOY,
he directed a feature documenta-

ry NOAH. His second feature film A MAN CALLED
AHOK was one of the Top 10 Box Office hits, and he
was awarded Best Director at the Indonesian Movie
Awards.

World Sales: 27
13 Entertainment

Asian Cinema Competition

13th Biffes

Fan Girl Fan Girl
¥sÁå£ï UÀ¯ïð
2020 / Philippines /
Tagalog, Filipino /
100 min.

Director: College student Jane’s obsession with
Antoinette Jadaone celebrity heartthrob Paulo Avelino 2, of
Producer: the country’s most popular love team,
Bianca Balbuena, leads her to hide at the back of his
Dan Villegas pick-up truck and follow him home.
Editor: She ends up in an unfamiliar house in
Benjamin Tolentino an unfamiliar place with an unfamiliar
Writer(s): Paulo Avelino, the idol she thought
Antoinette Jadaone she knew from head to foot, heart and
DOP: soul. They say never meet your heroes,
Neil Daza and Jane finds out exactly why.
Sound:
Vincent Villa PÁ¯ÉÃdÄ ºÀÄqÀÄV eÉãï, d£À¦æAiÀÄ £Àl ¥Ë¯ï C«°£ÉÆ
Music: C©üªÀiÁ¤. CªÀ£À C©ü£ÀAiÀÄzÀ ¹¤ªÀiÁ ©qÀÄUÀqÉAiÀiÁzÀgÉ
Teresa Barrozo ªÉÆzÀ®£ÉAiÀÄ ¢£ÀªÉà £ÉÆÃqÀ¨ÉÃPÀÄ. CªÀ£À PÁAiÀÄðPÀæªÀÄ J¯ÉèÃ
Cast: DzÀgÀÆ C°è CªÀ¼ÀÄ ºÁdgÁUÀ¨ÉÃPÀÄ CAvÀºÀ ºÀÄZÀÄÑ C©üªÀiÁ¤.
Charlie Dizon, Paulo MAzÀÄ ¢£À ªÀiÁ¯ï MAzÀgÀ°è ¥Ë¯ï PÁAiÀÄðPÀæªÀÄ ªÀÄÄV¹,
Avelino, Sheenly C©üªÀiÁ¤UÀ¼ÀvÀÛ PÉʩù ªÁ¥À¸ÀÄ vÉgÀ¼ÀÄvÁÛ£É. F ¸ÀªÀÄAiÀÄzÀ°è
Gener, Mina Cruz, eÉãï AiÀiÁjUÀÆ w½AiÀÄzÀAvÉ CªÀ£À ªÁºÀ£ÀzÀ »A¨sÁUÀzÀ°è Kj
Joshua Cabadiles C«vÀÄPÉƼÀÄîvÁÛ¼É. ¥Ë¯ï£À ªÁºÀ£À C¥ÀjavÀ ¸ÀܼÀzÀ°ègÀĪÀ «¯Áè
MAzÀgÀ §½ ¤®ÄèvÀÛzÉ. ¥Ë¯ï «¯Áè ¥ÀæªÉò¸ÀÄvÁÛ£É. ¤UÀÆqsÀUÀ¼ÉÃ
Nominations UÀÆqÀÄPÀnÖgÀĪÀ ªÀÄ£É, C¥ÀjavÀ ¸ÀܼÀ, EzÀĪÀgÉUÉ PÀAqÀjAiÀÄzÀ
Tallinn Black Nights ¸ÀÆ¥Àgï¸ÁÖgï£À ©ü£Àß £ÀqÀªÀ½PÉ PÀAqÀÄ eÉãï vÀvÀÛj¸ÀÄvÁÛ¼É.
FF 2020- Nominee vÁ£ÀÄ DgÁ¢ü¸ÀÄwÛzÀÝ SÁåvÀ£Àl£À ¤d §tÚ §AiÀįÁUÀÄvÀÛzÉ. £ÉaÑ£À
Best Film £ÀlgÀ£ÀÄß ¨sÉÃnAiÀiÁUÀ¨ÁgÀzÀÄ JA§ ¸ÀvÀå eÉãïUÉ CjªÁUÀÄvÀÛzÉ.

Awards Antoinette Jadaone

Metro Manila FF Antoinette Jadaone is an award-win-
2020- Winner Best ning film director and producer,
Cinematography, with credits including THAT THING
Best Picture, Best CALLED TADHANA (2014), ALONE/
Director, Best Ac- TOGETHER (2019) and FAN GIRL
tor, Best Actress,
Best Screenplay, (2020), the last of which swept the board at the
Best Editing, Best Metro Manila Film Festival, including Best Director.
Sound In a bid to gain creative freedom over the films she
makes, she paired up with filmmaker Dan Villegas
in 2017 to start the production company Project 8
Projects, through which she also hopes to support
other Filipino storytellers.

28 Asian Cinema Competition

13th Biffes

BALCONIT God on The Balcony
BHAGOWAN UÁqï D£ï ¢ ¨Á®Ì¤

2020 / India / The film is set in a remote village of
ASSAMESE / 90 min. Assam. It revolves around Khagen, a
farmer whose wife dies in an incident.
Director: He struggles to carry the dead body
BISWAJEET BORA on his bicycle back home from the
Producer: hospital due to the unavailability of an
NOORUL SULTAN ambulance. As he walks through the
Editor: pebbled roads with the body and his
BISWAJEET BORA young daughter, he comes across two
Writer(s): reporters and as a result, their journey
BISWAJEET BORA turns into a different battle altogether.
DOP:
SITANSHU KHAMARI C¸ÁìA£À ªÀÄeË° f¯ÉèAiÀÄ°ègÀĪÀ PÀÄUÁæªÀÄ. C°èUÉ gÀ¸ÉÛAiÀÄÆ
Sound: E®è, £À¢zÁl®Ä ¸ÉÃvÀĪÉAiÀÄÆ E®è. zÀmÁÖgÀtåzÀ°è D£ÉUÀ¼À
JYOTI CHETIA ¨sÀAiÀÄ PÀÆqÀ EzÉ. C°è£À ¤ªÁ¹ RUÉãÀ£À ¥Àwß £ÀƪÀiÁ° D£É
Music: zÁ½UÉ vÀÄvÁÛUÀÄvÁÛ¼É. zÀÆgÀzÀ°ègÀĪÀ D¸ÀàvÉæUÉ ¥ÀwßAiÀÄ£ÀÄß RUÉãï
VISHAL KHATRI ¸ÉÊPÀ°è£À¯Éèà ¸ÁV¸ÀÄvÁÛ£É. D¸ÀàvÉæ §Azï DVgÀĪÀÅzÀjAzÀ aQvÉì
Cast: zÉÆgÀPÀzÉ £ÀƪÀiÁ° CAzÉà gÁwæ ¸ÁAiÀÄÄvÁÛ¼É. ±ÀªÀ ¸ÁV¸À®Ä
HARISH KHANNA, AiÀiÁgÀÆ M¥ÀÄàªÀÅ¢®è. «¢ü¬Ä®èzÉ RUÉÃ£ï ¥ÀwßAiÀÄ ±ÀªÀªÀ£ÀÄß
PRANAMI BORA, ¸ÉÊPÀ°è£À ¥ÉqÀ¯ïUÉ PÀnÖ zÀÆgÀzÀ ºÀ½îUÉ vÀ½îPÉÆAqÉà vÉgÀ¼ÀÄvÁÛ£É.
PORINANDHI JIMA eÉÆvÉAiÀÄ°è ªÀÄUÀ¼ÀÆ EzÁݼÉ.zÁjAiÀÄ°è JzÀÄgÁUÀĪÀ E§âgÀÄ
SULTANA, ARUN ªÀgÀ¢UÁgÀjAzÁV F ±ÀªÀAiÀiÁvÉæUÉ ¨ÉÃgÉAiÀÄzÉà DAiÀiÁªÀÄ
HAZARIKA §gÀÄvÀÛzÉ. UÁæ«ÄÃt ¥ÀæzÉñÀzÀ ªÀÄÆ®¨sÀÆvÀ ¸ËPÀAiÀÄðzÀ PÉÆgÀvÉ,
DgÉÆÃUÀå PÉÃAzÀæUÀ¼À zÀĹÜwAiÀÄ ªÉÄÃ¯É avÀæ ¨É¼ÀPÀÄ ©ÃgÀÄvÀÛzÉ.

Awards BISWAJEET BORA

Winner BEST Biswajeet Bora is an Indian film-
DIRECTOR-Golden maker, producer, editor, writer and
Royal Bengal Tiger one of the most renowned film-
Trophy makers from Northeast India, now
based in Mumbai. He worked with

internationally acclaimed filmmaker Jahnu Barua
for 6 years as an Assistant Director before making
his first Hindi film titled AISA YEH JAHAAN which
was India’s first carbon-neutral film. Later, he for-
ayed into commercial cinema in Assam with BAH-
NIMAN, which is one of the biggest hits in Assam till
now. His next films RAKTABEEZ, PHEHUJALI were
also box office hits.

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ANKABOUT Killer Spider
Q®ègï ¸ÉàöÊqÀgï
2020 / Iran /
Persian / 97 min.

Director: Saeed is a 40-year-old mason, severe
Ebrahim Irajzad and fanatical in his religious beliefs.
Producer: One day his wife is accosted by a driv-
Javad Norouzbeigi er who assumes she is a prostitute.
Editor: Seething with rage, Saeed seeks re-
Sohrab Khosravi venge. In so doing he gets into various
Writer(s): bruising encounters, and each time,
Oktay Baraheni comes out worse. He then goes on to
DOP: see women, and especially prostitutes,
Mahmoud Kalari as the root of all evil and decides to rid
Sound: society of sin by eliminating them. The
Alireza Alavian, Taher prostitutes he eliminates are, however,
Pishvaei merely destitute women forced to sell
Music: their bodies to feed their children.
Hamed Sabet
Cast:
Saeid, Zahra,
MalaKeh, Afsaneh

£À®ªÀvÀÄÛ ªÀµÀð ªÀAiÀĹì£À PÀ®ÄèPÀÄnUÀ ¸À¬ÄÃzï, PÀmÁÖ zsÀªÀiÁðAzsÀ.
MªÉÄä CªÀ£À ¥ÀwßAiÀÄ£ÀÄß ªÉñÉå JAzÀÄ ¨sÁ«¹zÀ ZÁ®PÀ£ÉƧâ
CªÀ¼ÉÆA¢UÉ ºÀUÀÄgÀªÁV £ÀqÉzÀÄPÉƼÀÄîvÁÛ£É. ¹nÖUÉzÀÝ ¸À¬ÄÃzï,
¸ÉÃqÀÄ wÃj¹PÉƼÀî®Ä vÉgÀ¼ÀÄvÁÛ£É. §ºÀ¼ÀµÀÄÖ ¸ÀAWÀµÀðUÀ¼ÀÄ
JzÀÄgÁUÀÄvÀÛªÉ. «µÀAiÀÄ UÀºÀ£ÀªÁUÀÄvÁÛ ºÉÆÃUÀÄvÀÛzÉ. ªÉñÁåªÀÈwÛ
F ¸ÀªÀiÁdzÀ C¤µÀÖªÁVzÀÄÝ, ªÀå©üZÁgÀªÀ£ÀÄß ¸ÀªÀiÁd¢AzÀ¯ÉÃ
vÉÆ®V¸À®Ä ¸À¬ÄÃzï ¥Àt vÉÆqÀÄvÁÛ£É. DzÀgÉ «µÀAiÀÄ CµÀÄÖ
¸ÀĮĨsÀªÁVgÀĪÀÅ¢®è.AiÀiÁªÀ ªÀÄ»¼ÉAiÀÄgÀ£ÀÄß ¸ÀªÀiÁd¢AzÀ
vÉÆ®V¸À¨ÉÃPÀÄ JAzÀÄ ¤zsÀðj¹zÀÝ£ÉÆ CªÀgÀÄ fêÀ£ÁzsÁgÀ«®èzÀ
¤UÀðwPÀ ªÀÄ»¼ÉAiÀÄgÁVzÀÄÝ, vÀªÀÄä ªÀÄPÀ̼À£ÀÄß ¸ÁPÀĪÀ ¸À®ÄªÁV
C¤ªÁAiÀÄðªÁV CªÀgÀÄ zÉúÀªÀiÁgÁlPÉÌ E½¢gÀĪÀ ¸ÀAUÀw
w½zÀÄ CªÀ¤UÉ DWÁvÀªÁUÀÄvÀÛzÉ.

Nominations Ebrahim Irajzad
Osaka Asian FF-
Nominee Grand Prix He was born in Mashhad, Iran. He
received his BA degree in Film Di-
World Sales: rection at Isfahan’s Sooreh Univer-
Dream Lab Films sity in 2006. He then directed a se-
ries of short films that gained both

national and international success. His 2012 short, A
FEW KILOMETERS AWAY, was selected for the Rot-
terdam International Film Festival, among others.
His first feature, SEARING SUMMER, was selected
for the competition section of the 35th Fajr Film
Festival, receiving the Crystal Phoenix for best cin-
ematography and editing. It went on to gain much
international acclaim and win many awards.

30 Asian Cinema Competition

13th Biffes

Kosa Kosa
PÉÆøÀ
2020 / India /
Hindi, Gondi / 84 min.

Director: Kosa is a young boy who lives with his
Mohit Priyadarshi family in the forest heartlands of India.
Producer: One day, he is picked up by the police.
Mohit Priyadarshi The charge? Kosa’s name is similar to
Editor: that of a Maoist commander. Will the
Davis P. Manuel farcical trial that follows prove his inno-
Writer(s): cence or confirm he’s a criminal?
Mohit Priyadarshi
DOP: bÀwÛøïUÀqsÀzÀ ©¸ÀÛgï ¥ÁæAvÀåzÀ°ègÀĪÀ zÀmÁÖgÀtåzÀ°è ªÁ¹¸ÀĪÀ
Ashok Kumar Meena, ¸ÀPÁðj ±Á¯Á ¨Á®PÀ PÉÆøÀ ªÀÄÄZÀÄQ. vÀAzÉ, ¸ÀºÉÆÃzÀj
Anantha Krishnan PÀÆqÀ ªÀÄ£ÉAiÀÄ°èzÁÝgÉ. ºÀtPÁ¸ÀÄ ¸ÀªÀĸÉå¬ÄAzÁV ªÀÄ£ÉAiÀÄ°èzÀÝ
Sound: ªÉÄÃPÉAiÀÄ£ÀÄß ªÀiÁgÀ®Ä ¤zsÁðgÀ ªÀiÁqÀÄvÁÛgÉ. ¸ÁjUÉ ªÀåªÀ¸ÉÜ E®èzÀÝ-
Abhijit Chetia jAzÀ PÉÆøÁ PÁ®ßrUÉAiÀįÉèà ªÉÄÃPÉAiÉÆA¢UÉ zÀmÁÖgÀtåzÀ°è
Music: £ÀqÉzÉà ºÉÆÃUÀÄvÁÛ£É. ¨ÉÃUÀ ºÉÆÃzÀgÉ ¸ÀAeÉ ¨ÉÃUÀ ªÁ¥À¸ÀÄ
Shankar Mahanand, §gÀ§ºÀÄzÀÄ JAzÀÄ AiÉÆÃa¹, ¨É¼ÀîA¨É½UÉÎAiÉÄà ªÀÄ£É ©qÀÄvÁÛ£É.
Shashank Kothari DzÀgÉ ¸ÀAeÉAiÀiÁzÀgÀÆ PÉÆøÀ ªÁ¥À¸ÁUÀĪÀÅ¢®è. ªÀĦüÛAiÀÄ°èzÀÝ
Cast: ¥ÉưøÀgÀÄ PÉÆøÁ£À£ÀÄß §A¢ü¹ «ZÁgÀuÉ £ÀqɹzÁÝgÉ. ºÀ®ªÀÅ
Kunal Bhange, ¢£ÀUÀ¼À »AzÉ PÉÃAzÀæ «ÄøÀ®Ä ¥ÀqÉAiÀÄ ªÁºÀ£À ¸ÉÆáÃlPÉÌ
Kareena Jagat, Gopal ¸ÀA§A¢ü¹zÀAvÉ ºÀÄqÀÄPÀÄwÛzÀÝ ªÀiÁªÉÇà GUÀæUÁ«Ä EªÀ£Éà JA§
Dhurve, Nooryaab vÀ¥ÀÄàUÀæ»PɬÄAzÀ PÉÆøÁ£À£ÀÄß §A¢ü¸À¯ÁVgÀÄvÀÛzÉ. oÁuÉAiÀÄ°è
Nakhat, Vitthal PÉÆøÁ¤UÉ avÀæ»A¸É ¤ÃqÀ¯ÁUÀÄvÀÛzÉ. £ÉÊd WÀl£ÉAiÀÄ£ÁßzsÀj¹zÀ
Nagnath Kale F avÀæzÀ°è D¢ªÁ¹UÀ¼À ªÉÄÃ¯É £ÀqÉAiÀÄÄwÛgÀĪÀ PËæAiÀÄðªÀ£ÀÄß
ºÉüÀ¯ÁVzÉ. D¢ªÁ¹UÀ¼ÀÄ §qÀvÀ£À¢AzÀµÉÖà £ÀgÀ¼ÀÄwÛ®è. CgɸÉãÁ
PÁªÀ®Ä ¥ÀqÉUÀ¼À ±ÉÆõÀuɬÄAzÀ®Æ £À®UÀÄwÛzÁÝgÉ JA§ÄzÀÄ E°è
ªÉÃzÀåªÁUÀÄvÀÛzÉ.

Nominations Mohit Priyadarshi
Mohit Priyadarshi is a young writ-
FIPRESCI - India er-director from India with a deep
Grand Prix 2021- love for storytelling and cinema.
Nominee / Kolkata After studying Literature and Film
IFF 2020- Nominee Writing at India’s best universities,
Best Indian Film,
Best Director he took a plunge into the abyss of independent
filmmaking when he came across a story he simply
couldn’t get away from.

World Sales: 31
Whispering Walls
Films

Asian Cinema Competition

13th Biffes

Namo The Alien
¢ K°AiÀÄ£ï
2020 / Iran /
Farsi, Turkish, Kurd-
ish / 93 min.

Director: Two mysterious strangers in a car, who
Nader Saeivar begin to park daily in an otherwise or-
Producer: dinary Iranian neighborhood and are
Mastane Mohajer, suspected to be national security, un-
Fateme Abolgassemi leash a wave of paranoia and distrust
Editor: among the neighbors, as each feels
Jafar Panahi they have reasons to be watched.
Writer(s): The neighbors collectively suspect,
Jafar Panahi, Nader however, that the main target for the
Saeivar surveillance is Bakhtiar, a Kurdish
DOP: teacher, a newcomer and a foreigner,
Vahid Biuote and attempt to pressure him into giv-
Sound: ing himself up or leaving the neigh-
Hosein Gorchiyan, borhood.
Abdolreza Heydari
Music: EgÁ£ï£À°è RÄ¢ðµï ªÀiÁvÀ£ÁqÀĪÀ ¥ÁæAvÀåzÀ £ÀUÀgÀPÉÌ
Tarife Karimiyan ªÀUÁðªÀuÉAiÀiÁV §gÀĪÀ ²PÀëPÀ §TÛAiÀiÁgï ¸ÀÄvÀÛ F PÀvÉ
Cast: ©aÑPÉƼÀÄîvÀÛzÉ. PÀÄlÄA§ ¸ÀªÉÄÃvÀ F £ÀUÀgÀPÉÌ §gÀĪÀ §TÛAiÀiÁgï,
Bakhtiyar Panjeei, ºÉƸÀ ªÁvÁªÀgÀtPÉÌ ºÉÆA¢PÉƼÀî®Ä ±Àæ«Ä¸ÀÄwÛzÁÝ£É. DzÀgÉ C°è£À
Sevil Shirgi, Naser ¸ÁªÀiÁfPÀ PÀlÄÖ¥ÁqÀÄUÀ¼ÀÄ CªÀ£À£ÀÄß ªÀÄvÀÛµÀÄÖ ¸ÀAPÀµÀÖPÉÌ zÀÆqÀÄvÀÛzÉ.
Hashemi, Hadi MAzÀÄ ¢£À ¤UÀÆqsÀ jÃwAiÀÄ°è E§âgÀÄ C¥ÀjavÀjzÀÝ PÁgÉÆAzÀÄ
Eftekharzadeh et al §TÛAiÀiÁgï EzÀÝ ©Ã¢AiÀÄ°è ¥ÀzÉÃ¥ÀzÉà PÁt¹PÉƼÀÄîvÀÛzÀ®èzÉ.
CzÉà ©Ã¢AiÀÄ°è ¸ÀzÁ ¤AwgÀÄvÀÛzÉ. F C¸ÀºÀd £ÀqÀªÀ½PÉ
Nominations ¸ÀܽÃAiÀÄgÀ°è DvÀAPÀ ¸ÀȶָÀÄvÀÛzÉ. gÁ¶ÖçÃAiÀÄ ¨sÀzÀævÉUÉ C¥ÁAiÀÄ
Berlin IFF- Nominee JA§ ¥Àæ±ÉßAiÀÄÆ GzÀ㫸ÀÄvÀÛzÉ. §qÁªÀuÉAiÀÄ°ègÀĪÀ KPÉÊPÀ
Best First Feature RÄ¢ðµï ²PÀëPÀ£ÉƧâ£Éà E°è ºÉƸÀ§. CªÀ¤AzÀ¯Éà F «avÀæ
¨É¼ÀªÀtÂUÉ ¸ÀA¨sÀ«¸ÀÄwÛgÀ¨ÉÃPÀÄ JAzÀÄ ¸ÀܽÃAiÀÄgÀÄ ¨sÁ«¸ÀÄvÁÛgÉ.
¸ÀܽÃAiÀÄjVÃUÀ G¨sÀAiÀÄ ¸ÀAPÀl.

Awards Nader Saeivar
Beijing IFF- Winner
Forward Future, He was born in 1974 in Tabriz. His
Most Popular career began in 1990 with his first
Feature Film short film. Since then, his short
movies have earned several awards
World Sales: in national and international festi-
ArtHood
Entertainment vals. In the meantime, he was also directing sever-
al TV serials. He continued cooperating with Jafar
Panahi in cinema and was presented in the movie
THREE FACES as the producer and the screenwrit-
er’s assistant.
In 2018, he received the Golden Palm Award for the
same movie THREE FACES. His first feature film
NAMO was presented at the 70th Berlinale Forum

32 Asian Cinema Competition

13th Biffes

Moto shel hakol- The Death of Cinema and
noa veshel aba
sheli gum My Father Too

2020 / Israel / ¢ qÉvï D¥sï ¹¤ªÀiÁ CAqï ªÉÄÊ ¥sÁzÀgï lÆ
Hebrew / 103 min.
A father and son try to freeze time
Director: through cinema. While the father is
Dani Rosenberg unsentimental in his approach to-
Producer: ward his last days, his son disconnects
Stav Morag Meron, from reality in a desperate attempt to
Dani Rosenberg, see his father as a hero. Although in
Carol Polakoff the fictional story, Tel Aviv goes up in
Editor: flames, the father’s real world does not
Nilli Feller, Guy end with a bang but a slow vanishing
Nemesh whimper.
Writer(s):
Dani Rosenberg, Itay mɯï C«Ãªï ªÉÄÃ¯É EgÁ¤ «Ä°lj ¥ÀqÉUÀ½AzÀ ¸ÀvÀvÀ zÁ½
Kohay DVgÀĪÀ ¸ÀÄ¢Ý EAiÉÆïï Q«UÉ ©zÀÝ £ÀAvÀgÀ PÀÄlÄA§ ¸ÀªÉÄÃvÀ
DOP: ¸ÀÄgÀQëvÀ vÁt eÉgÀƸÀ¯ÉÃAUÉ J®ègÀ£ÀÆß ¸ÀܼÁAvÀj¸ÀĪÀ
David Stragmeister PÁAiÀÄðPÉÌ EAiÉÆÃ¯ï ªÀÄÄAzÁUÀÄvÁÛ£É.
Sound: vÀAzÉ DUÀĪÀ ¸ÀAvÉÆõÀzÀ°ègÀĪÀ EAiÉÆïï£À ªÀÄUÀ C¸À¥sï, vÁ£ÀÄ
Neal Gibs ¤zÉÃð²¸À°gÀĪÀ ZÀ®£ÀavÀæzÀ°è vÀAzÉUÉ ªÀÄÄRå¥ÁvÀæ ¤ÃqÀĪÀ
Music: D¯ÉÆÃZÀ£ÉAiÀÄ°èzÀÝ£À®èzÉ, CªÀgÀ£ÀÄß M¦à¸ÀĪÀ°è AiÀıÀ¹éAiÀÄÆ
Yuval Semo DVzÁÝ£É. awæÃPÀgÀt DgÀA¨sÀªÁUÀÄwÛzÀÝAvÉAiÉÄà EAiÉÆïï
Cast: C¸Àé¸ÀÜ£ÁUÀÄvÁÛ£É. vÀ£Àß vÀAzÉ ¸ÁªÀÅ §zÀÄQ£ÉÆA¢UÉ ¸ÉuɸÀÄwÛgÀĪÀ
Marek Rozenbaum, ¸ÀAUÀw ªÀÄUÀ¤UÉ w½¢zÉ. DzÀgÉ ¹¤ªÀiÁªÀ£ÀÄß ¤°è¸À®Ä
Roni Kuban, Ina EµÀÖ¥ÀqÀzÀ ¤zÉÃð±ÀPÀ vÀAzÉAiÀÄ £É£À¥ÀÄUÀ¼À£ÀÄß zÁR°¸ÀÄvÁÛ
Rosenberg, Noa Kol- ºÉÆÃUÀÄvÁÛ£É. vÀAzÉAiÀÄ ¸ÁªÀÅ ¤²ÑvÀ JA§ÄzÀÄ w½zÀÆ awæÃPÀgÀt
er, Natan Rosenberg, ªÀÄÄAzÀĪÀgɸÀÄvÁÛ£É. awæÃPÀgÀt ¸ÀA¥ÀÆtðªÁUÀĪÀ ªÀÄÄ£ÀߪÉÃ
Sabina Rosenberg, vÀAzÉ ¸ÁAiÀÄÄvÁÛ£É. ¤zÉÃð±ÀPÀ¤UÉ JgÀqÀÆ PÀqÉAiÀÄÆ £ÀµÀÖ.
Ruth Farhi ªÁ¸ÀÛ«PÀ, PÁ®à¤PÀ ºÁUÀÆ DvÀäZÀjvÉæUÀ¼À «Ä±ÀætzÀ ªÀÄÆ®PÀ
¤zÉÃð±ÀPÀgÀÄ ¸ÁªÀiÁfPÀ, gÁdQÃAiÀÄ avÀætªÀ£ÀÄß zÀÄgÀAvÀzÀ
Nominations bÁAiÉÄAiÀÄ°è ªÀÄÆr¸ÀÄvÁÛgÉ. ªÉÆzÀ®avÀæzÀ¯Éèà ¤zÉÃð±ÀPÀjUÉ
Several Nominee EgÀĪÀ ¹¤ªÀiÁ §UÉV£À C¥Àj«ÄvÀ ªÉÆúÀ E°è ªÀåPÀÛªÁUÀÄvÀÛzÉ.
for Israeli Film
Academy Dani Rosenberg
He is a director and writer who grad-
Awards uated from the Sam Spiegel Film
Jerusalem FF- Win- School, Jerusalem. His award-win-
ner Best Director, ning short films have been screened
Best Original Score, at dozens of international film festi-
Best Editing / vals, including the Cannes Cin’fondation Compe-
London Film Week tition, Berlinale International Short Competition,
- Winner Jury Prize HotDocs and more. He’s also created acclaimed tel-
- Feature Film and evision series (QUEENS and MILK & HONEY which
Best Screenplay were adapted in Germany and purchased by Chan-
nel 4), co-created a documentary (ZOHAR, THE RE-
World Sales: TURN), and most recently adapted GOD OF VENGE-
Films Boutique ANCE for Israel’s leading theater, The Cameri. THE
DEATH OF CINEMA AND MY FATHER TOO is his first
feature film.

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13th Biffes

The Newspaper The Newspaper
¢ £ÀÆå¸ï¥ÉÃ¥Àgï
2020 / Sri Lanka /
Sinhala / 103 min.

Director: A headline had been published in the news-
Sarath Kothalawala, papers with inaccurate allegations against
Kumara Thirimadura an M. K. Shantha stating he carried out a
Producer: suicide blast attack on a military bus. There-
Bandula Gunaward- fore, the brother of the spokesperson, Guna
hana and his mother were punished with serious
Editor: physical and mental damages and were
Rukmal Nirosh banished from the village. Finally, they set-
Writer(s): tled down in a rural uninhabited area. After
Sarath Kothalawala, nine years, Guna suddenly finds a piece of
Kumara Thirimadura newspaper containing the news of his
DOP: brother’s innocence. Then, Guna decides
Chandana Jayas- to come the capital city with his only friend
inghe Luwis / Luiya to publish the accurate news
Sound: on the first page of daily Newspapers as re-
Gayathri Kemadasa quested by their mother. But none of the
Music: newspaper editors fulfill their requirement.
Gayathri Kemadasa
Cast: «Ä°AiÀÄ §¸ÉÆìAzÀgÀ ªÉÄÃ¯É DvÀäºÀvÁå zÁ½ £ÀqɹzÀ߯ÁzÀ ±ÁAvÀ
Kumara Thirimadura, JA¨ÁvÀ£À §UÉÎ DzsÁgÀ gÀ»vÀ ªÀgÀ¢AiÉÆAzÀÄ ¥ÀwæPÉAiÉÆAzÀgÀ
Sarath Kothalawala, ªÀÄÄR¥ÀÄlzÀ°è ¥ÀæPÀlªÁVgÀÄvÀÛzÉ. F ¸ÀÄ¢Ý ¥ÀæPÀlªÁzÀ £ÀAvÀgÀ
Dharmapriya Dias, ±ÁAvÀ£À UÁæªÀÄzÀ d£À CªÀ£À ¸ÀºÉÆÃzÀgÀ UÀÄt ºÁUÀÆ CªÀ£À
Pubudu Chathuran- vÁ¬ÄAiÀÄ£ÀÄß CªÀªÀiÁ¤¸ÀÄvÁÛgÀ®èzÉ, CªÀgÀ ªÉÄÃ¯É zËdð£Àå
ga, Gihan Fernando £ÀqɸÀÄvÁÛgÉ. Erà UÁæªÀĪÉà F PÀÄlÄA§ªÀ£ÀÄß CªÀªÀiÁ¤¸ÀÄvÀÛzÉ
ºÁUÀÆ ºÀ¯Éè £ÀqɸÀÄvÀÛzÉ. CªÀªÀiÁ¤vÀgÁzÀ E§âgÀÆ UÁæªÀÄ vÉÆgÉzÀÄ
AiÀiÁjUÀÆ w½AiÀÄzÀ KPÁAvÀ ¥ÀæzÉñÀzÀ°è ªÁ¹¸ÀÄwÛgÀÄvÁÛgÉ.
MA§vÀÄÛ ªÀµÀðUÀ¼À £ÀAvÀgÀ UÀÄt¤UÉ ªÀiÁgÀÄPÀmÉÖAiÀÄ°è ¹PÀÌ ¥ÀwæPÁ
vÀÄtÄPÀÄ ºÁUÀÆ CzÀgÀ°è ¥ÀæPÀlªÁVzÀÝ ¸ÀÄ¢ÝAiÀÄ£ÀÄß N¢ UÀÄt
ZÀQvÀ£ÁUÀÄvÁÛ£É. vÀ£Àß ¸ÀºÉÆÃzÀgÀ ¨ÁA¨ï zÁ½ ¥ÀæPÀgÀtzÀ°è
¤zÉÆÃð¶ JA§ ¸ÀÄ¢Ý ¥ÀæPÀlªÁVgÀĪÀÅzÀ£ÀÄß UÀÄt UÀªÀĤ¸ÀÄvÁÛ£É.
KPÉÊPÀ ¸ÉßûvÀ ®Æ¬Ä eÉÆvÉ gÁdzsÁ¤UÉ §gÀÄvÁÛ£É. vÁ¬ÄAiÀÄ
D¸ÉAiÀÄAvÉ ±ÁAvÀ ¤gÀ¥ÀgÁ¢ü JA§ ¸ÀÄ¢ÝAiÀÄ£ÀÄß ¥ÀwæPÉAiÀÄ
ªÀÄÄR¥ÀÄlzÀ¯Éèà ¥ÀæPÀn¸À®Ä C¯ÉzÁqÀÄvÁÛ£É. AiÀiÁªÀ ¥ÀwæPÉ
¸ÀA¥ÁzÀPÀgÀÆ CzÀPÉÌ ¸ÀàA¢¸ÀĪÀÅ¢®è. ºÀvÁ±À£ÁzÀ UÀÄt£À fêÀ£À
zÀÄgÀAvÀzÀ°è CAvÀåªÁUÀÄvÀÛzÉ.

Sarath Kothalawala took the
approach of Street Plays in the ear-
ly 90’s, contributed as an actor for
more than 50 Stage Plays, wrote
and directed 5 Stage Plays. He also
contributed to 41 Movies as an actor
and 2 movies as the screenwriter.

Kumara Thirimadura is an award-winning actor
in Sri Lankan cinema, stage drama and television.
He is a highly versatile actor, from drama to com-
edy. He, along with Sarath Kothalawala, won an
Award for the Best Screenplay at Derana Lux Film
Awards in 2014 for THANHA RATHI RANGA movie.

34 Asian Cinema Competition

13th Biffes

Avijatrik The Wanderlust of Apu
¢ ªÁAqÀg﮸ïÖ D¥sï C¥ÀÄ
2020 / India /
Bengali / 136 min.

Director: A follow up to Satyajit Ray’s classic Apu
Subhrajit Mitra Trilogy, The Wanderlust of Apu (Avi-
Producer: jatrik) brings back to the big screen,
Gaurang Jalan after 60 years, the enduring and en-
Editor: dearing character of Apu. Now a warm
Sujay Datta Ray and affectionate father to his dear son
Writer(s): Kajol, Apu misses his late wife Aparna,
Subhrajit Mitra and through his dreams finds himself
DOP: constantly involved in philosophical
Supratim Bhol discourses with his beloved.
Sound: Life has come a full circle for Apu as he
Bickram Ghosh, lives vicariously in moments through
Anoushka Shankar his son. Yearning for more adventure,
Music: he finally bids farewell to his village, his
Bickram Ghosh, city, his motherland and embarks on a
Anoushka Shankar spirited journey with Kajol through un-
Cast: chartered territories in search of new
Arjun Chakrabar- beginnings in a faraway land.
ty, Sabyasachi
Chakrabarty, Arpita ¸ÀvÀåfvï gÉà CªÀgÀ ¤zÉÃð±À£ÀzÀ “¥ÀxÉÃgï ¥ÁAZÁ°” ¨sÁgÀwÃAiÀÄ
Chatterjee, Ditipriya avÀægÀAUÀzÀ°è MAzÀÄ ºÉƸÀ CzsÁåAiÀĪÀ£Éßà §gɬÄvÀÄ.
Roy, Ayushman ¥ÀxÉÃgï ¥ÁAZÁ°AiÀÄ ªÀÄÄA¢£À ¨sÁUÀUÀ¼ÁV “C¥ÀgÁfvÉÆÔ
Mukherjee ªÀÄvÀÄÛ “C¥ÀÄgï ¸ÀA¸Ágï” avÀæUÀ¼À£ÀÄß gÉà ¤zÉÃð²¹zÀgÀÄ. CzÀÄ
C¥ÀÄ næ¯ÉÆf JAzÉà SÁåw ¥ÀqɬÄvÀÄ. «±ÀézÀ°è EzÀĪÀgÉUÉ
vÀAiÀiÁgÁVgÀĪÀ C£ÉÃPÀ næ¯ÉÆfUÀ¼À ¥ÉÊQ EzÀÄ CvÀåAvÀ ±ÉæõÀ×
PÀ¯ÁPÀÈw JAzÀÄ SÁåw ¥ÀqÉ¢zÉ. 60 ªÀµÀðzÀ £ÀAvÀgÀ F vÉæöÊPÀxÁ
¸ÀgÀtÂAiÀÄ ªÀÄÄAzÀĪÀgÉzÀ ¨sÁUÀ “C«eÁwæPï” £À°è C¥ÀÄ«£À
§zÀÄQ£À ªÀÄvÉÆÛAzÀÄ ªÀÄd®Ä vÉgÉzÀÄ PÉÆArzÉ. ºÉÆgÀ dUÀwÛUÉ
C¥ÀÄ vÉgÉzÀÄ PÉƼÀÄîªÀÅzÀÄ, UÁæªÀÄPÉÌ «zÁAiÀÄ ºÉý £ÀUÀgÀzÀvÀÛ
ªÀÄÄRªÀiÁqÀĪÀ C¥ÀÄ, ºÉƸÀ fêÀ£ÀzÀ ºÀÄqÀÄPÁl DgÀA©ü¸ÀÄvÁÛ£É.

Nominations Subhrajit Mitra

Kolkata IFF 2020- He started his career at 18 as a docu-
mentary director. He completed his
Nominee Best post graduate diploma in Comput-
er science and engineering and a
Indian Film, Best part-time two-year diploma course

Director / Miami in Film-direction from the National Institute of Film
and Fine Arts. Mitra has directed 7 feature films
FF 2021- Nominee including AAGUNPAKHI and KAKABABU TRILO-
GY by Sunil Ganguly, and CHORABALI (2016 film)
Knight Marimbas a who dunnit thriller inspired by Agatha Christie’s
work . VORAI, a 52 mins film, was Mitra’s first fic-
Award tion work and has won multiple awards. AVIJATRIK
(THE WANDERLUST OF APU) is a sequel to the APU
World Sales: TRILOGY,
Gaurang Films

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Time Time
mÉʪÀiï
2020 / Hong Kong /
Cantonese / 99 min.

Director: Once famous for his quick blade, a re-
Ricky Ko tired assassin can no longer earn a liv-
Producer: ing with his cut-throat skills.
Lam Ka Tung Summoned again, he partners with
Editor: his chauffeur to carry out special
YEUNG, Kai Wing missions -- fulfilling the wishes of
Writer(s): old people looking to kill themselves.
Ho Ching Yi, Lam When commissioned by a young girl
Ka Tung who has been deserted by her parents
DOP: and lover, the “Guardian Angels of the
Jam YAU Elders” squad finds an arresting way
Sound: to complete its task. Director Ricky Ko
WAI, Kai Leung slashes open the loneliness and de-
Music: pression of old age in a black comedy
WAI, Kai Leung that’s no laughing matter.
Cast:
Patrick Tse, Petrina ºÁAPÁAV£À°è MAzÀÄ PÁ®zÀ°è ¸ÁA¥ÀæzÁ¬ÄPÀ PÉÊZÀ¼ÀPÀ PÀ¯ÉAiÀÄ°è
Fung, Lam Suet, ¤¥ÀÄtgÁVzÀÝ ªÀÄƪÀgÀÄ ¸ÉßûvÀjÃUÀ ¤gÀÄzÉÆåÃVUÀ¼ÀÄ. DzÀgÀÆ
Chung Suet-ying ¸ÀºÀªÀwðUÀ¼ÀÄ ¸ÉÃj ¤gÁ²ævÀªÀÈzÀÞjUÉ fêÀ£ÀªÀÄÄQÛ PÉÆqÀĪÀ
PÉ®¸À DgÀA©ü¸ÀÄvÁÛgÉ. MAzÀÄ ¢£À ¥ÉÆõÀPÀjAzÀ ºÁUÀÆ
¦æAiÀÄvÀªÀĤAzÀ ¥ÀjvÀåf¸À®àlÖ AiÀÄĪÀwAiÉƧâ½AzÀ §gÀĪÀ PÀgÉ
F vÀAqÀzÀ dªÁ¨ÁÝjAiÀÄ£ÀÄß ºÉaѸÀÄvÀÛzÉ. §ºÀÄ¢£ÀzÀ £ÀAvÀgÀ
§AzÀ F §UÉAiÀÄ PÉ®¸À¢AzÀ CªÀjUÉ ºÀ¢ºÀgÀAiÀÄzÀªÀgÀÄ JzÀÄ-
j¸ÀÄwÛgÀĪÀ ¸ÀªÀĸÉåUÀ¼À CjªÁUÀÄvÀÛzÉ. CzÀgÀ eÉÆvÉUÉ F avÀæ
ºÁAPÁAV£À ªÀÈzÀÞgÀ°ègÀĪÀ KPÁAVvÀ£ÀªÀ£ÀÄß awæ¸ÀÄvÀÛzÉ. CªÀ-
jUÉ ¦æÃw, ¸ÀªÀÄAiÀÄ, DgÉÊPÉ CUÀvÀåªÁV ¨ÉÃPÁVzÉ JA§ÄzÀgÀvÀÛ
¨É¼ÀPÀÄ ZÉ®ÄèvÀÛzÉ.

Nominations Ricky Ko
He is a Hong Kong film director.
Hong Kong Film TIME (2021) is his directorial debut,
Awards 2022- Nom- with its premiere at the Hong Kong
inee Best Actor, International Film Festival. Before
Best New Perform- this, he worked as an assistant on a
er, Best Supporting
Actress, Best number of films, including HERMAN YAU’S IP MAN:
Supporting Actor, THE FINAL FIGHT (2013).
Best Screenplay

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Rainbow Fong

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Pinki Elli? Where Is Pinki? Also Part of
¦AQ J°è?
2020 / India / Indian Cinema
Kannada / 109 min. Competition
Kannada Cinema
Director: Competition
Prithvi Konanur
Producer: Bindu and Girish are seemingly typical
KRISHNEGOWDA middle-class working couple in an ur-
Editor: ban setup (Bengaluru) in India with an
S SHIVAKUMAR 8-month-old baby girl PINKI. One day,
SWAMY when Bindu returns home very early
Writer(s): from the office, she discovers to her
Prithvi Konanur horror that Pinki is not home and nei-
DOP: ther is maid Sannamma, who is sup-
Arjun RAJA R posed to be taking care of Pinki. Thus
Sound: begins a frantic day for all the stake
KRISHNA holders, going to strange places, peo-
Music: ple, realities, forcing them all to con-
KRISHNA front their pasts, present and re-eval-
Cast: uate their futures.
Akshatha PAN-
DAVAPURA ,Gun- ©AzÀÄ ªÀÄvÀÄÛ VjÃ±ï £ËPÀjAiÀÄ°ègÀĪÀ ªÀÄzsÀåªÀÄ ªÀUÀðzÀ zÀA¥Àw.
jalamma ,Deepak JAlĪÀµÀð ªÀAiÀĹì£À ªÀÄUÀÄ ¦AQAiÉÆA¢UÉ ¨ÉAUÀ¼ÀÆ-
SUBRAMANYA j£ÀAvÀºÀ £ÀUÀgÀzÀ°è £É¯É¹zÁÝgÉ. ©AzÀÄ MAzÀÄ ¢£À PÀZÉÃ-
,Lakshmi NARAYANA j¬ÄAzÀ JA¢VAvÀ ªÀÄÄAZÉ ªÀÄ£ÉUÉ »AwgÀÄUÀÄvÁÛ¼É. ¦AQ
,Anasooya ,Anoop ªÀÄ£ÉAiÀÄ°è®è¢gÀĪÀÅzÀÄ CªÀ½UÉ DWÁvÀ GAlÄ ªÀiÁqÀÄvÀÛzÉ.
SHOONYA ,Ram- ªÀÄUÀĪÀ£ÀÄß £ÉÆÃrPÉƼÀî®Ä £ÉëĹgÀĪÀ ¸ÀtÚªÀÄä£À §½AiÀÄÆ
achandra HOSUR EgÀĪÀÅ¢®è. F ºÀÄqÀÄPÁlzÀ°è ¤UÀÆqsÀ ªÀåQÛUÀ¼À eÉÆvÉ
,Sangamma ¸ÀA¥ÀPÀð ¨É¼ÉAiÀÄÄvÀÛzÉ. ªÁ¸ÀÛªÀ ¸ÀAUÀwUÀ¼ÀÄ §AiÀÄ°UÉ §gÀÄvÀÛªÉ.
¨sÀÆvÀ, ¨sÀ«µÀvï eÉÆvÉ ªÀÄÄSÁªÀÄÄTAiÀiÁUÀ ¨ÉÃPÁUÀÄvÀÛzÉ.
Nominations ªÀÄÄA¢£À ¨sÀ«µÀåzÀ §UÉÎ ¥ÀÄ£ÀgïªÀiË®å ªÀiÁqÀ¨ÉÃPÁzÀ ¸ÀAzÀ¨sÀð
Busan IFF 2020- §AzÉÆzÀUÀÄvÀÛzÉ.
Nominee Window
on Asian Cinema
/ FIPRESCI - India
Grand Prix 2021-
Nominee / Prague
IFF 2021- Nominee
Best Film

Awards Prithvi Konanur

Asian FF Barcelona A former software professional, and
2021- Winner Best an alumni of New York Film Acade-
Film / New York In- my, he made his debut feature film
dian FF 2021- Win- ALEGALU for the Children’s Film
ner Best Actress, Society of India, Mumbai. RAILWAY
Best Screenplay,
Best Film CHILDREN, his second feature, won many nomina-
tions and awards including a National Film Award
and 2 Karnataka State Film Awards. His films have
been screened/nominated/won film festivals such
as the Zlin FF, IFFI Goa, MAMI, Roshd IFF Tehran,
TIFF Kids among others. He published his first novel
online in 2018, an espionage thriller titled SALEEM’S
DECEPTION, PINKI ELLI?

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Ghayeb Absence
D¨Éì£ïì
2021 / Iran /
English / 100 min.

Director: An Iranian man, while investigating his
Ali Mosaffa father’s youth in Prague, finds himself
Producer: in the shoes of a third man who is al-
Ali Mosaffa most dead and happens to be of Irani-
Editor: an origin. In Iran, shortly after the 1953
Haydeh Safi Yari military coup against Dr Mosadegh’s
Writer(s): government and the heavy security
Ali Mosaffa atmosphere that followed -- most of
DOP: the opposition were arrested, tried and
Massoud Salami jailed or even hanged. Some managed
Sound: to escape the country and those with
AmirHossein a history of being communists found
Ghasemi it easier to seek asylum in Eastern Eu-
Music: rope.
AmirHossein
Ghasemi ¥ÁæUï£À°è ¢£ÀUÀ¼É¢zÀÝ vÀ£Àß vÀAzÉAiÀÄ ªÀÄÆ® ±ÉÆÃzsÀ£ÉUÉ vÉgÀ½zÀÝ
Cast: EgÁ¤ ªÀåQÛUÉ ªÀÄvÉÆÛ§â EgÁ¤ ªÀÄÆ®zÀ ªÀåQÛAiÀÄ ¸ÀĽªÀÅ
Ali Mosaffa, Zuzana zÉÆgÀPÀÄvÀÛzÉ. ¥ÀæzsÁ¤ qÁ.ªÀĺÀªÀÄzï ªÉƸÀzÉUï ¸ÀPÁðgÀzÀ «gÀÄzÀÞ
Stivanova¡, Magda- 1953 gÀ°è £ÀqÉzÀ «Ä°lj Që¥Àæ PÁæAwAiÀÄ ¸ÀªÀÄAiÀÄzÀ°è ©V¨sÀzÀævÉ
lena Borova¡, Petra EzÀÝ ¸ÀªÀÄAiÀÄzÀ°è ¥ÀæwgÉÆâüUÀ¼À£É߯Áè §A¢ü¸À¯ÁVvÀÄÛ. CzÀgÀ°è
Nesvaailova¡, Zuzana §ºÀ¼ÀµÀÄÖ ªÀÄA¢UÉ ²PÉëAiÀiÁVvÀÄÛ. PÉ®ªÀgÀÄ eÉÊ°UÉ ºÉÆÃzÀgÀÄ. ªÀÄvÉÛ
Kronerova¡, Antonie PÉ®ªÀgÀ£ÀÄß £ÉÃtÂUÉÃj¸À¯Á¬ÄvÀÄ. PÉ®ªÀgÀÄ ºÉÃUÉÆà zÉñÀ¢AzÀ
Formanova¡, Kia¡ra ¥À¯ÁAiÀÄ£À ªÀiÁrzÀgÀÄ. PÀªÀÄÄ夸ïÖ »£Éß¯É EzÀݪÀgÀÄ ¥ÀƪÀð
Meiaa¡kova¡, Leila AiÀÄÆgÉÆæ£À°è D±ÀæAiÀÄ ¥ÀqÉzÀgÀÄ.
Hatami

Ali Mosaffa
This Iranian director and screen ac-
tor is most known for directing and
starring in the 2012 feature film THE
LAST STEP. He also directed the crit-
ically praised film PORTRAIT OF A

LADY FAR AWAY and acted in the films THERE ARE
THINGS YOU DON’T KNOW, PARI, AND BELOVED
SKY.

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Iranian Independents

38

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Berenshtein Berenshtein
¨ÉgÉ£ï±ÉÖ£ï
2021 / Israel /
Russian, Polish, A fascinating story of Leonid Bern-
Ukrainian, German / stein, who was a partisan battalion
105 min. commander during ww2. He was re-
sponsible for destroying the devel-
Director: opment facility of the terrifying Nazi
Roman Shumunov V-2 rocket, the last hope of Hitler to
Producer: change the outcome of the war. But
Ronen Mach- beyond the medals lies a wonderful
lis-Balzam, Emanuel story of a young Jewish orphan who
Shechter, Hila Guy, becomes a leader, survives against
Lior Sasson all odds and succeeds to preserve his
Editor: identity.
Roman Shumunov
Writer(s): JgÀqÀ£Éà ªÀĺÁAiÀÄÄzÀÞzÀ ¸ÀªÀÄAiÀÄzÀ°è PÀªÀiÁAqÀgï DVzÀÝ
Simon Shechter, Ta- °AiÉÆùqï ¨ÉgÉ£ï±ÉÖ£ï ¸ÁºÀ¸ÀUÁxÉAiÀÄ£ÁßzsÀj¹zÀ £ÉÊd PÀx-
sha Karluyka, Roman À£À. »lègï£À gÀºÀ¸Àå ±À¸ÁÛç¸ÀÛç ¸ÀAUÀæºÀ ºÁUÀÆ «2 Që¥Àt C©üªÀÈ¢Þ
Shumunov PÉÃAzÀæzÀ §UÉÎ ªÀiÁ»w ºÉÆA¢zÀÝ KPÉÊPÀ ªÀåQÛ. «±Àé AiÀÄÄzÀÞzÀ
DOP: ¸ÀªÀÄAiÀÄzÀ°è «ÃgÀ AiÉÆÃzsÀ£ÁV ¨É¼ÉzÀ PÀvÉ. C¥ÁAiÀÄUÀ¼À£Àß
Evgeny Usanov, Ron- CªÀ£ÀÄ ªÉÄnÖ¤AvÀzÉÝà gÉÆÃZÀPÀ.
en Kruk, Kiril San
Sound:
Michael Goorevich
Cast:
Yaroslav Kucheren-
ko, Anton Karlinskiy,
Lilia Ostapovych,
Pavel Aldoshin

Roman Shumunov
Roman Shumunov is an award
winning Israeli director,
screen writer and editor. He has
been titled more than once as one
of the most promising young direc-

tors in Israel.

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Go 2 Films

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TAYA By Her
¨ÉÊ ºÀgï
2021 / India /
Malayalam / 112 min.

Director: Savitri Antharjanam, better known as
G PRABHA Kuriyedathu Taatri, is an enduring icon
Producer: worthy of superstardom in women’s
SREE GOKULAM struggle for gender justice. The body
MOVIES blow struck at the vicious patriarchy that
Editor: ruled her community is part of folklore in
B LENIN the south Indian state of Kerala. Thathri’s
Writer(s): legacy fuelled intense debate in Kerala,
G PRABHA particularly in the upper-caste Nam-
DOP: boothiri Brahmin community which she
SUNNY JOSEPH ISC belonged to, in the last century. Despite
Sound: the changes, the subjugation of wom-
BIJU PAULOSE en goes on in one form or another. This
Music: makes Taatri’s legend Taya relevant even
BIJU PAULOSE now. This movie describes Thathri’s life as
Cast: a tit-for-tat response to the male sexual
NEDUMUDI VENU, anarchy in her community.
NELLIYODE VASUDE-
VAN NAMBOOTIRI, PÉÃgÀ¼ÀzÀ°è `PÀÄjAiÉÄqÀvÀÄÛ vÀwæ’ JAzÉà ºÉ¸ÀgÁVgÀĪÀ ¸Á«wæ
ANUMOL, REVATHY CAvÀgïeÁ£ÀA °AUÀvÁgÀvÀªÀÄåzÀ «gÀÄzÀÞ ºÉÆÃgÁl £ÀqɹzÀ
SUBRAMANIAN, ªÀÄ»¼Á £ÁAiÀÄQ. ¸À»µÀÄÚvÉAiÀÄ ¥ÀæwÃPÀ JAzÉà UËgÀªÀPÉÌ
BABU NAMBOOTIRI, ¥ÁvÀægÁzÀªÀgÀÄ. AiÀÄdªÀiÁ£À ¸ÀA¸ÀÌøwAiÀÄ°è £ÀqÉAiÀĨÉÃQzÀÝ
PALLIPPURAM ¸ÀªÀÄÄzÁAiÀÄzÀ GzÁºÀgÀuÉ d£À¥ÀzÀzÀ°è ¸ÉÃj ºÉÆÃVzÉ.
SUNIL, UTHARA, ªÉÄîéUÀðzÀ £ÀA§ÆzÀj ¨ÁæºÀät ¸ÀªÀÄÄzÁAiÀÄPÉÌ ¸ÉÃjzÀ
DINESH PANICKER, vÀwæAiÀÄ §UÉÎ ªÁå¥ÀPÀ ZÀZÉðUÀ¼ÀÄ £ÀqÉ¢ªÉ. PÁ®ZÀPÀæ wgÀÄVzÉ.
MASTER ADIDEV zÀ±ÀPÀªÉà ¸Àj¢zÉ. DzÀgÉ ªÀÄ»¼ÉAiÀÄgÀ zÁ¸Àå ¨ÉÃgÉ ¨ÉÃgÉ
gÀÆ¥ÀzÀ°è eÁjAiÀÄ°èzÉ. ¨ÁæºÀät ªÀÄ»¼ÉAiÀiÁV zÉêÀgÀ ¥ÀÆeÉ
ªÀiÁrPÉÆAqÀÄ ªÀÄrAiÀÄÄlÄÖ ªÀÄ£ÉAiÉƼÀUÉà EgÀ¨ÉÃPÁzÀ ¸Á«wæ,
ªÉñÉåAiÀiÁUÀÄvÁÛ¼É. WÀmÁ£ÀÄWÀnUÀ¼À ºÉ¸ÀgÀÄ §»gÀAUÀ ªÀiÁqÀÄvÁÛ¼É.
CªÀ¼À £ÀqÉAiÀÄ §UÉÎ PÉÃgÀ¼ÀzÀ°è E£ÀÆß ZÀZÉðAiÀiÁUÀÄwÛzÉ.
¸Á»w, ¸ÀªÀiÁd ¸ÀÄzsÁgÀPÀ ºÁUÀÆ ¸ÁévÀAvÀæöå ºÉÆÃgÁlUÁgÀ
«.©.¨sÀmÁÖ¢æ¥Ázï, ¥ÀÄgÀĵÀ ¯ÉÊAVPÀ zÀ¨Áâ½PÉ «gÀÄzÀÝ ¸Á«wæ
¸ÉÃrUÉ ¸ÉÃqÀÄ wÃj¹PÉÆArgÀ§ºÀÄzÀÄ J£ÀÄßvÁÛgÉ.

G PRABHA
Dr G Prabha (Professor/Writer/Film-
maker) is a native of Pachicodu,
Neyyattinkara, Thiruvananthapu-
ram, Kerala. He started his career
as a Journalist and then associat-

ed with colleges in Kerala and Tamil Nadu as a
Professor. He headed the Department of Oriental
Languages and was a Sanskrit Professor at Loyola
College, Chennai. He is the Director and the Script-
writer of the well-acclaimed documentary films AK-
KITHAM and AGNAYE. ISHTI, the first Sanskrit film
with a social theme scripted and directed by him,
was his debut feature film.

40 Asian Cinema Competition

13th Biffes

OT Fire
¥sÉÊgï
2021 / Kazakhstan /
ka / 82 min.

Director: Tolik is an outstanding representative of
Aizhana KASSYM- a middle-aged family man -- a man who
BEK is used to his fate. He lives routinely and
Producer: tries to provide for his family, despite the
Diana ASHIMOVA domestic problems, endless debts, Ka-
Editor: zakh weddings, and funerals, all of which
Aidana Sydykbek require money. On one of such days, he
Writer(s): finds his minor daughter pregnant. Tolik
C.Yeskendirov, intends to find out the father and wants
M.Kassabekov, to seriously talk to him about the vague
A.Kassymbekova, future of his daughter and the latter’s
A.Duissenbiyev further intentions. To solve his daughter’s
DOP: and financial problems, he jumps into a
Aigul Nurbulato- risky project that costs his friend’s life. He
va was doomed to fail beforehand, with one
Sound: failure following another. After all misfor-
Ilya Gariyev tunes and circumstances, he finally un-
Music: derstands the purpose of his life.
Jong Ho Choi
Cast: PÀdQ¸ÁÛ£ÀzÀ ªÀÄzsÀåªÀĪÀUÀðzÀ ¥Àæw¤¢ü vÁ°Sï. vÀ£Àß PÀÄlÄA§
T.Baisakalov, E.Togu- ¤ªÀðºÀuÉUÁV ºÀUÀ®Æ EgÀļÀÆ zÀÄrAiÀÄÄwÛgÀĪÀ ªÀÄzsÀåªÀAiÀĸÀÌ.
zakov ¸Á®, ¸ÀA¸ÁgÀ ¤ªÀðºÀuÉUÉ ºÉtUÁl, ¤vÀåzÀ HlPÀÆÌ vÁ¥ÀvÀæAiÀÄ
EzÀÄ PÀdQ¸ÁÛ£ÀzÀ ªÀÄzsÀåªÀĪÀUÀðzÀ d£ÀgÀ EA¢£À ¸ÀAPÀl. MAzÀÄ
Nominations ¢£À vÀ£Àß C¥Áæ¥ÀÛ ¥ÀÄwæ UÀ©üðtÂAiÀiÁVgÀĪÀ ¸ÀAUÀw vÁ°SïUÉ
Golden Rooster w½AiÀÄÄvÀÛzÉ. vÀ£Àß ªÀÄUÀ¼À ¨sÀ«µÀåzÀ zÀȶ֬ÄAzÀ EzÀPÉÌ PÁgÀt-
Awards 2021- Nom- PÀvÀðgÁgÀÄ JAzÀÄ w½zÀÄPÉƼÀî®Ä vÁ°Sï AiÀÄw߸ÀÄvÁÛ¼É. vÀ£Àß
inee Best Interna- ¥ÀÄwæAiÀÄ ¸ÀªÀĸÉå ºÁUÀÆ ºÀtPÁ¸ÀÄ ¸ÀªÀĸÉåAiÀÄ£ÀÄß ¤ªÁ-
tional Film j¸ÀĪÀ ¤nÖ£À°è DvÀ ªÀiÁqÀĪÀ AiÉÆÃd£É CªÀ£À ¸ÉßûvÀ£À
fêÀPÉÌà ªÀÄļÀĪÁUÀÄvÀÛzÉ, CzÀ£ÀÄß ¥ÀjºÀj¹PÉƼÀî®Ä ºÉÆÃzÁUÀ
Awards ªÀÄvÉÆÛAzÀÄ ¸ÀªÀĸÉå JzÀÄgÁUÀÄvÀÛzÉ. F §zÀÄQUÉ K£ÁzÀgÀÆ
Singapore IFF 2021- CxÀð«zÉAiÉÄà JAzÀÄ vÁ°Sï AiÉÆÃa¸ÀvÉÆqÀUÀÄvÁÛ£É.
Best Performance
- Asian Feature Film Aizhana Kassymbek
She is a director and cinematogra-
pher from Kazakhstan. She is work-
ing on a series of films inspired by
the four basic elements. Her first
two shorts, WATER (2018) and AIR
(2018), were screened at festivals in Europe and Asia.
FIRE (2021) is her first feature film.

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Mahishasur Mahishasur Marddini
Marddini ªÀÄ»µÁ¸ÀÄgÀ ªÀÄ¢ð¤

2021 / India / Mahishasur Marddini presents a col-
Bengali / 90 min. lage of narratives from a single night.
In the film, the four characters hail
Director: from the suburbs and stay as paying
Ranjan Ghosh guests in a house owned by Rituparna
Music: Sengupta’s character. Sengupta and
Avijit Kundu the four characters have some visitors
Cast: on that particular night and, through
Starring Rituparna their interactions, the entire film un-
Sengupta, Saswata folds.
Chatterjee and Par-
ambrata Chatterjee

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Ranjan Ghosh
Best known for making the critical-
ly acclaimed Bengali feature film,
HRID MAJHAREY, Ranjan Ghosh is
noted for his work in Bengali cine-
ma. Inspired by the iconic plays of
the legendary bard William Shakespeare, the film
was the first Bengali film based on Shakespeare’s
work and was screened at the New York
University Tisch School of the Arts in 2015.

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Payer Tolay No Ground Beneath the Feet
Mati Nai £ÉÆà UËæAqï ©¤Ãvï ¢ ¦üÃmï

2021 / Bangladesh /
Bengali / 91 min.

Director: Set in the backdrop of the scathing
Mohammad Rabby consequences of climate change, an
Mridha impoverished ambulance driver Sai-
Producer: ful staggers between two wives while
Abu Shahed EMON, he sets out on a bone-tired journey of
Faridur Reza SAGAR, moral decay, murder, deception, and
Tahrima KHAN, Mir social bashing.
Mukarram HOSSAIN
Editor: qÁPÁzÀ°è DvÁåzsÀĤPÀ ¸Ë®¨sÀåUÀ¼ÀļÀî DA§Ä¯É£ïì ZÁ®PÀ£ÁVgÀĪÀ
Sameer AHMED ¸ÉÊ¥sÀįÁè, ¥Àæw¤vÀå ¸Á«£À eÉÆvÉ ºÉÆÃgÁqÀĪÀªÀgÀ£ÀÄß PÁtÄwÛzÁÝ£É.
Writer(s): DzÀgÉ CªÀ£À §zÀÄPÀÄ §qÀvÀ£À¢AzÀ PÀĹAiÀÄÄwÛzÉ, ºÀ½îAiÀÄ°ègÀĪÀ
Mohammad Rabby d«ÄãÀÄ ªÀÄļÀÄUÀqÉAiÀiÁUÀÄwÛzÉ, «zÉñÀzÀ°è PÉ®¸À ªÀiÁqÀÄwÛgÀĪÀ
MRIDHA CªÀ£À JgÀqÀ£Éà ¥Àwß ªÁ¥À¸ÀÄ §gÀ®Ä «ªÀiÁ£À nPÉmïUÉ ºÀt
DOP: ºÉÆA¢¸À®Ä ¸ÁzsÀåªÁUÀzÉ ¸ÉÊ¥sÀįÁè£À£ÀÄß ¤A¢¸ÀÄwÛzÁݼÉ. E§âgÀÄ
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Sound: eÉÆvÉUÉ £ÉʸÀVðPÀ «PÉÆÃ¥À¢AzÁV DVgÀĪÀ ºÀªÁªÀiÁ£À ªÉÊ¥À-
Ripon NATH jvÀå¢AzÁV ¸ÉÊ¥sÀįÁè£À ¨Á¼ÀÄ PÀĹAiÀÄÄvÁÛ ¸ÁVzÉ.
Music:
Emon CHOWDHURY
Cast:
Mostafa MONWAR,
Priyam ARCHI,
Deepanwita MARTIN

Mohammad Rabby Mridha
Born in Rupatoli, Mohammad Rab-
by Mridha moved to Dhaka in 2007
and started his storytelling journey
in 2015 with a TV commercial for a
fashion brand. After that, he made

a lot of TV commercials and music videos. NO
GROUND BENEATH THE FEET is his debut fiction.

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Golpo Rajjo Films

Asian Cinema Competition

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NOT TODAY Not Today
£Ámï lÄqÉ
2021 / India /
Hindi / 92 min.

Director: A 24-year-old from a traditional Mus-
ADITYA KRIPALANI lim family in Mumbai goes to work se-
Producer: cretly as a suicide prevention counsel-
Mumba Devi Motion lor. On her first day, she encounters a
Pictures 52-year-old man, standing atop a high-
Editor: rise, wanting to jump. Trying to bring
RACHITA SINGH him down, she is forced to confront
Writer(s): why she became a Suicide Prevention
ADITYA KRIPALANI Counsellor in the first place, and also
DOP: share a lot herself to get him to share.
ADITI SHARMA Going all in to save him, she begins to
Sound: deal with and release the loneliness
ADITI RAMESH and grief in herself to be able to do the
JHAILLH same in her callers. And in doing so,
Music: she ends up healing not just her own
ADITI RAMESH heart, but also the heart of the man
JHAILLH who called.
Cast:
Rucha Inamdar,
Harsh Chhaya

Nominations ªÀÄÄA¨ÉÊ£À ¸ÁA¥ÀæzÁ¬ÄPÀ ªÀÄĹèA PÀÄlÄA§zÀ 24 ªÀµÀð ªÀAiÀĹì£À
Kolkata IFF 2020- vÀgÀÄtÂ, gÀºÀ¸ÀåªÁV DvÀäºÀvÉå vÀqÉ ¸ÀAZÁ®QAiÀiÁV PÁAiÀÄð
Nominee Best Film ¤ªÀð»¸ÀÄwÛgÀÄvÁÛ¼É. MAzÀÄ ¢£À 52 ªÀµÀð ªÀAiÀĹì£À ªÀåQÛAiÉƧâ
DvÀäºÀvÉå ªÀiÁrPÉƼÀî®Ä JvÀÛgÀzÀ PÀlÖqÀ KjzÁÝ£É. CªÀ£À ªÀÄ£À
Awards M°¹, CªÀ£À£ÀÄß PɼÀV½AiÀÄĪÀAvÉ ªÀiÁqÀ®Ä, D vÀgÀÄt vÁ£ÉÃPÉ
London Asian FF DvÀäºÀvÉå vÀqÉ ¸ÀAZÁ®Q DzÉ J£ÀÄߪÀ »£É߯ÉAiÀÄ£ÀÄß «ªÀj¸ÀÄvÁÛ¼É.
2021- Winner Ray of DvÀäºÀvÉåUÉ §AiÀĹzÀÝ ªÀåQÛ PÀÆqÀ vÀ£Àß PÀvÉ ºÉý ºÀUÀÄgÁUÀ
Hope Igniting Flame ¨ÉÃPÉAzÀÄ CªÀ¼À GzÉÝñÀ, F AiÀÄvÀßzÀ°è D vÀgÀÄt vÀ£Àß PÀvÉ
Commendations ºÉýPÉƼÀÄîªÀ ªÀÄÆ®PÀ ºÀUÀÄgÁUÀÄvÁÛ¼É. PÉÆ£ÉUÉ D ªÀåQÛAiÀÄÆ
vÀ£Àß M¼ÀUÀ£ÀÄß vÉgÉ¢qÀÄvÁÛ£É. E§âgÀzÀÆ MAzÉà zÉÆÃtÂAiÀÄ
¥ÀAiÀÄt.

ADITYA KRIPALANI
Writer, Director, Aditya Kripalani is
a script writing graduate from the
Film and Television Institute of India.
Kripalani was also a script consult-
ant on TAHAAN which won many
awards. Since 2008 he has written
3 bestselling novels, BACK SEAT, FRONT SEAT and
TIKLI AND LAXMI BOMB; the last was his first fea-
ture film. The film won many international awards
and streamed on Netflix; THE INCESSANT FEAR OF
RAPE, is currently streaming on Netflix; THE GOD-
DESS AND THE HERO won the NETPAC Award at
the Kolkata IFF; NOT TODAY won the Festival Direc-
tors Award at the 23rd UK Asian Film Festival, 2021.

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STALKER Stalker
¸ÁÖPÀgï
2021 / India /
Kannada / 92 min.

Director: Arvind is a doting father to 16-year-old
KISHORE BHARGAV Anu. One day, Anu starts receiving text
Producer: messages from unknown numbers.
Ramesh Annavarapu She confronts her friends but they
Editor: deny it. She finds herself stalked
Somshekhar N wherever she goes. Anu can’t divulge
Karadi this to anyone as the stalker
Writer(s): threatens to kill her parents if she does.
Kishore Bhargav Caught in this traumatic situation,
Somshekhar Karadi she becomes a recluse and a mental
Bharat Pramod wreck. Her parents are unable to
DOP: fathom what is happening to her. How
Vinod J Raj Anu and the family get out of this
Sound: situation forms the crux of the film.
Hulivan Nagaraj,
Skanda Kashyap ºÀ¢£ÁgÀÄ ªÀµÀð ªÀAiÀĹì£À C£ÀÄ ªÉƨÉÊ°UÉ MAzÀÄ ¢£À
Music:
Hulivan Nagaraj, C£ÁªÀÄzsÉÃAiÀÄ£À ªÉĸÉÃeï MAzÀÄ §gÀÄvÀÛzÉ. ZÀQvÀ¼ÁzÀ
Skanda Kashyap
Cast: C£ÀÄ ¸ÉßûvÀgÀ §½ «ZÁj¹zÁUÀ AiÀiÁgÀÆ D jÃwAiÀÄ
Annavarau Ramesh,
Aishwarya Nambiar, ªÉĸÉÃeï PÀ¼ÀÄ»¹®è J£ÀߪÀÅzÀÄ w½AiÀÄÄvÀÛzÉ. C£ÀÄ ºÉÆÃzÀ¯É¯Áè
Namrata Patil,
Suman Nagarkar, AiÀiÁgÉÆà »A¨sÁ°¸ÀÄwÛgÀĪÀÅzÀÄ CªÀ¼À UÀªÀÄ£ÀPÉÌ §gÀÄvÀÛzÉ,
Jiten Arora, Bhavan-
ishankar Desai, Dha- EzÀ£ÀÄß AiÀiÁjUÁzÀgÀÆ ºÉýzÀgÉ ¥ÉÆõÀPÀgÀ£ÀÄß PÉÆ®ÄèªÀÅzÁV
nush Ravi, Shreyas N
Rao, Sanju Pudyandil,
Gurukaruna

C£ÁªÀÄzsÉÃAiÀÄ ºÉzÀj¹zÀ PÁgÀt¢AzÀ C£ÀÄ «µÀAiÀĪÀ£ÀÄß AiÀiÁ-

jUÀÆ ºÉýgÀĪÀÅ¢®è. ºÉzÀjPɬÄAzÀ CªÀ¼ÀÄ ªÀiÁ£À¹PÀªÁV

PÀĹAiÀÄÄvÁÛ¼É. C£ÀÄ«£À ªÀvÀð£É¬ÄAzÀ ¥ÉÆõÀPÀjUÉ aAvÉ. F

©PÀÌnÖ¤AzÀ CªÀ¼À PÀÄlÄA§ ºÉÃUÉ ¥ÁgÁUÀÄvÀÛzÉ.

KISHORE BHARGAV

Kishore Bhargav is a Banga-
lore-based filmmaker. He has
worked as an associate director with
Ram Gopal Varma. He directed a
feature film called PSYCHO which

was dubbed and released in Telugu. Kishore has
also directed and acted in many plays. He is a writer,
having written many screenplays.
Prior to venturing into films, he was in the Advertis-
ing industry for 8 years. He believes in making real-
istic films, while thriller and horror are his favourite
genres. Kishore believes in the power of ideas.

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Chi tang The Day Is Over
¢ qÉà F¸ï NªÀgï
2021 / China /
Chinese / 108 min.

Director: Living quietly in the mountains,
Qi Rui 12-year-old Zhang Jiaxing faces humil-
Producer: iation when she finds a dirty note and
Qi Rui is accused of theft by her classmates.
Editor: Assisted by her good friend sent back
Qi Rui to the village, Jiaxing gets the mon-
Writer(s): ey they need to go find her father in
Qi Rui Shenzhen. Yet, her plan is wrecked
DOP: when her grandmother accidentally
Qi Rui sells the wardrobe in which her mon-
Sound: ey is hidden. Unable to repay the loan,
Huijia Mo and with no hopes of seeing their par-
Cast: ents, the girls resolve to find their way
Li Ying-chun, Yu out in the pond, where they can be
Ying, Kong Jing-yao, embraced once again, just like in their
Chen Hui-hui mother’s womb.

Nominations ºÀ£ÉßgÉqÀÄ ªÀµÀðzÀ ¨Á®Q fAiÀiÁQìAUï vÀ£Àß ¥ÁrUÉ vÁ¤zÀݪÀ¼ÀÄ.
Torino FF 2021- ±Á¯ÉAiÀÄ°è MAzÀÄ ¢£À CªÀ¼À ¸ÀºÀ¥ÁpUÀ¼Éà CªÀ¼À£ÀÄß
Nominee Best Fea- CªÀªÀiÁ¤¸ÀÄvÁÛgÀ®èzÉ, PÀ¼ÀîvÀ£ÀzÀ DgÉÆÃ¥À ªÀiÁqÀÄvÁÛgÉ.
ture Film £ÉÆAzÀÄ ºÀ½îUÉ ªÁ¥À¸ÀÄ §AzÀ fAiÀiÁQìAUï½UÉ, £ÀUÀgÀPÉÌ ºÉÆÃV
vÀAzÉAiÀÄ£ÀÄß ¨sÉÃn ªÀiÁqÀĪÀAvÉ ¸À®ºÉ ªÀiÁrzÀ ¸ÉßûvÀ¤AzÀ
Awards ¥ÀæAiÀiÁtPÉÌ ºÀt ¸ÀºÁAiÀÄ ¥ÀqÉAiÀÄÄvÁÛ¼É. ¸Á®zÀ ºÀt EnÖzÀÝ
Hong Kong IFF ªÁqïðgÉÆç£ÀÄß CªÀ¼À CfÓ EªÀ½UÀj«®èzÀAvÉAiÉÄà ªÀiÁj
2021- Winner Young ©nÖgÀÄvÁÛ¼É. fAiÀiÁQìAUï ºÀvÁ±À¼ÁUÀÄvÁÛ¼É. ¸Á® wÃj¸À¯ÁUÀzÉ,
Cinema Chinese ¥ÉÆõÀPÀgÀ£ÀÄß ¨sÉÃnAiÀiÁUÀ¯ÁgÀzÉ fAiÀiÁQìAUï ªÀÄvÉÛ £ÉªÀÄä¢
Competition §AiÀĸÀĪÀÅzÉ°è?

Qi Rui
QI Rui was born in the Chinese prov-
ince of Jiangsu and was educated
at the Beijing Film Academy. He
was a cinematographer on Wang
Baomin’s THE SUNFLOWERS (2005),

which premiered in Venice. THE DAY IS OVER (2021)
is his directorial debut.

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Akyrky koch The Road to Eden
gÉÆÃqï lÄ FqÀ£ï
2021 / Kyrgyzstan /
Kyrgyz / 121 min.

Director: A retired writer, Kubat Aliev, is living his
Bakyt Mukul, Dastan last days as a famous and poor writer
Zhapar Uulu in a society increasingly concerned
Producer: with wealth. A widower, he has no chil-
National Film dren and his only wish is for literature
Studio, Bilimkana to continue to bring enlightenment to
Foundation his small and disillusioned nation. He
Editor: sees the possibility of a continuation
Aktan Ryskeldiev in his friend -- a younger and equally
Writer(s): talented writer, Sapar. However, Sapar
Bakyt Mukul, Dastan is very ill and needs an expensive treat-
Zhapar Uulu ment. On the day Kubat decides to sell
DOP: his apartment to save the bed-ridden
Dastan Zhapar Uulu writer’s life, he learns his own younger
Sound: businessman brother is beaten up by
Kalybek Sherniyazov, collectors for debts. Kubat finds him-
Mars Tugelov self torn between his overwhelming
Music: desire to save the sick writer’s life and
Balasagyn Musaev the pressure to help his kin.
Cast:
Marat Alyshpaev, PÀħvï C°ªï fêÀ£À¸ÀAzsÁåPÁ®zÀ°ègÀĪÀ ¸Á»w. «zsÀÄgÀ. ªÀÄPÀ̽®è.
Bakyt Mukul, Shaiyr D¹ÛAiÀÄÆ E®èzÀ §qÀ ¸Á»w. DzÀgÉ CªÀ£À°ègÀĪÀ zÉñÁ©üªÀiÁ£À
Kasymalieva, Busur- zÉÆqÀØzÀÄ, vÀ£Àß zÉñÀzÀ §UÉÎ EgÀĪÀ vÀ¥ÀÄà w¼ÀĪÀ½PÉUÀ¼ÀÄ zÀÆgÀªÁV
man Odurakaev, zÉñÀzÀ ºÉ¸ÀgÀÄ J¯ÉèqÉ «dÈA©ü¸À¨ÉÃPÀÄ, D ¢QÌ£À°è ¸Á»vÀå
Anara Azhykanova, ¨É¼ÉAiÀĨÉÃPÀÄ JA§ ¸ÀzÀÄzÉÝñÀ CªÀ£ÀzÀÄ. vÀ£Àß QjAiÀÄ ¸ÉßûvÀ ºÁUÀÆ
Kalipa Usenova, £À£ÀßµÉÖà ¥Àæw¨sÁªÀAvÀ£ÁzÀ ¸À¥Àgï¤AzÀ F PÉ®¸À DUÀÄvÀÛzÉ JA§ÄzÀÄ
Omurzak Tokto- PÀÄ©vï£À £ÀA©PÉ, DzÀgÉ ¸À¥Àgï wêÀæ C¸Àé¸ÀÜ£ÁV D¸ÀàvÉæAiÀÄ°èzÁÝ£É,
muratov, Gulsina C®èzÉ CªÀ£À aQvÉìUÉ C¥ÁgÀ ºÀt ¨ÉÃPÁVvÀÄÛ. vÀ£Àß C¥ÁgïÖªÉÄAmï
Chotonova ªÀiÁj ºÁ¹UÉ »r¢gÀĪÀ ¸À¥Àgï aQvÉìUÉ ¸ÀºÁAiÀÄ ªÀiÁqÀ®Ä PÀÄ©vï
¤zsÀðj¸ÀÄvÁÛ£É, EzÉà ¸ÀªÀÄAiÀÄzÀ°è vÀ£Àß ¸ÀéAvÀ vÀªÀÄä ªÀåªÀºÁgÀzÀ°è
Nominations £ÀµÀÖ ªÀiÁrPÉÆAqÀÄ ¸Á® wÃj¸À¯ÁUÀzÉ ¸Á®UÁgÀgÀ zËdð£ÀåPÉÌ
Tallinn Black Nights vÀÄvÁÛzÀ ¸ÀAUÀw PÀÄ©vïUÉ w½AiÀÄÄvÀÛzÉ. ºÁ¹UÉ »r¢gÀĪÀ ¸Á»wUÉ
FF 2020- Best Film ¸ÀºÁAiÀÄ ªÀiÁqÀ¨ÉÃPÉÆÃ, ¸ÀéAvÀ vÀªÀÄä£À £ÉgÀ«UÉ ºÉÆÃUÀ¨ÉÃPÉÆÃ
w½AiÀÄzÉ zÀéAzÀézÀ°èzÁÝ£É PÀÄ©vï.
Awards
Dhaka IFF 2021- Bakyt Mukul,
Winner Best Film Dastan Zhapar Uulu
Bakyt Mukul is an actor and a film
director from Kyrgyzstan. He was
born in 1965. He graduated from
Theater School with a degree in
drama and film acting, 1991. In 2010, he became a
member of the Union of Filmmakers of the Kyrgyz
Republic and a member of the Asia Pacific Screen
Academy (APSA), Australia in 2017. Both Bakyt
Mukul, Dastan Zhapar Uulu co-wrote the script
and directed the 2016 film ATANYN KEREEZI (A FA-
THER’S WILL). They won Golden Zenith for the Best
First Fiction Feature film at the Montreal World FF.
In 2016, they won the Asian Cinema Competition
section at the BIFFes.

Asian Cinema Competition 47

13th Biffes

Do Sag Two Dogs
lÆ qÁUïì
2021 / Iran /
Persian / 83 min.

Director: Iman and Sajjad are two young men
Amir Azizi struggling with problems typical for
Producer: 30-year-olds in contemporary Iran:
Navid Mohammadza- unemployment, depression and lack
deh of self-confidence. Iman is translating
Editor: Franz Kafka’s Investigations of a Dog
Emad Khodabakhsh into Farsi and works as a cab driver.
Writer(s): His passengers are similar to the char-
Amir Azizi acters of Kafka’s story. Sajjad, Iman’s
DOP: best friend, is very inhibited because
Ali Ehsani of the way he looks and is trying to ob-
Sound: tain enough money for surgery. They
Vahid Moghadasi both have dogs that look very similar
Music: to their owners. The dogs, not always
Omid Dolatkhah welcomed by the families, make the
Cast: men feel less lonely living in traditional
Iman Sayad Borhani, Iranian society.
Sajjad Hamidian,
Maryam Palizban, ¸ÀªÀÄPÁ°Ã£À EgÁ¤£À°è AiÀÄĪÀPÀgÀÄ JzÀÄj¸ÀÄwÛgÀĪÀ
Soheila Golestani ¤gÀÄzÉÆåÃUÀ, T£ÀßvÉ ªÀÄvÀÄÛ DvÀ䫱Áé¸ÀzÀ PÉÆgÀvÉ ¸ÀªÀĸÉåAiÀÄ£ÀÄß
EªÀiÁ£ï ªÀÄvÀÄÛ ¸ÀdÓ£ï PÀÆqÀ JzÀÄj¸ÀÄwÛzÁÝgÉ. PÁå¨ï qÉæöʪÀgï
DVgÀĪÀ EªÀiÁ£ï, ¥sÁæ£ïÓ PÁ¥sÁÌ£À “E£ïªÉ¹ÖUÉõÀ£ï D¥sï J qÁUï”
JA§ PÀvÉAiÀÄ£ÀÄß C£ÀĪÁ¢¸ÀÄwÛzÁÝ£É. CªÀ£À PÀtÂÚUÉ J®è PÁå¨ï
¥ÀæAiÀiÁtÂPÀgÀÆ PÁ¥sÁÌ£À PÀvÉAiÀÄ°è §gÀĪÀ ¥ÁvÀæzsÁjUÀ¼ÀAvÉAiÉÄÃ
UÉÆÃZÀj¸ÀÄwÛzÁÝgÉ, EªÀ£À DwäÃAiÀÄ ¸ÉßûvÀ ¸ÀdÓzï ±À¸ÀÛçaQvÉìUÁV
ºÀt ºÉÆA¢¸ÀĪÀÅzÀgÀ°è ªÀÄUÀߣÁVzÁÝ£É, E§âgÀ §½AiÀÄÆ EªÀgÀ
ªÀiÁ°ÃPÀ£À£Éßà ºÉÆîĪÀ JgÀqÀÄ £Á¬ÄUÀ½ªÉ. ¸ÁA¥ÀæzÁ¬ÄPÀ
EgÁ¤ PÀÄlÄA§zÀ°è £Á¬ÄUÀ½UÉ ¥ÀæªÉñÀ«®è. DzÀgÉ CªÀÅ d£ÀgÀ
KPÁAVvÀ£ÀªÀ£ÀÄß ºÉÆÃUÀ¯Ár¸ÀĪÀ PÉ®¸À ªÀiÁqÀÄwÛªÉ.

Nominations Amir Azizi
He is an iranian director born in 1984
Warsaw IFF 2021- in Ahvaz, and started his film career
Nominee Best Film in 2003 as an assistant director for
a number of famous directors. He
has made a few documentaries and

short films. His debut feature film, TEMPORARY
(2015), was screened at many international festivals.
TWO DOGS is his second feature film.

World Sales: Asian Cinema Competition
Iranian Independents

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