A treat for movie-buffs

A treat for movie-buffs

varied films

This is the fifth edition of the festival, which seeks to promote a greater interaction between film audiences in both countries. It is being organised by the Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, in collaboration with the Bavarian State Chancellery, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern and the Suchitra Film Society.

The conference included certain German and Indian dignitaries, who are associated with the film festival, such as Klaus Schaefer, the managing director of the Bavarian Film & Television Fund, Christoph Bertrams, the director of the Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Matthias Esche, the executive director of the Bavaria Film GmbH (Holding) and V N Subba Rao, the chairman of the Suchitra Cinema and Cultural Academy. Lalitha Nagaram, a faculty member of the Language Department at the Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, was also present along with the directors and producers of some of the films that will be screened at the festival.

Speaking about the organisation of the festival, Christoph Bertrams said, “The first talks happened about three months ago and since then, our teams have been working very hard to prepare for this event. It’s special because although the German film boards do a lot of film weeks abroad, here we have a combination of German and Indian films.”

The festival will include historical documentaries, films for children and the youth such as ‘Rock It’, directed by Mike Marzuk, as well as a few comedies. Some of the films that will be screened at the festival include Almanya, directed by Yasemine Samdereli. A person of Turkish descent who was brought up in Germany, she has focussed on the issue of different cultures and how people identify with them.

The film revolves around a Turkish family and refrains from evolving into a drama despite having some potent scenes. Hexe Lilli und die Reise nach Mandolan, directed by Harald Sicheritz, is one of the children’s movies that is going to be screened at the event. Based on a popular children’s book which has been widely read around the globe, it was shot mostly in Rajasthan, and even includes an animated character.

The Indian films that have been incorporated into the event include ‘Peepli Live’, Stanley Ka Dabba and ‘I Am Kalam’. The festival was inaugurated by the illustrious Dada Saheb Award-winning cinematographer, V K Murthy. It will also include a seminar, called ‘Notions in Motion — The Future of Animation’, which will be held on November 19 at the Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan between 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm and is open to all.

The film festival will be held till November 24 at the Lavanya Theatre, St John’s Road. Entry to the festival is on the basis of delegate passes. Registration forms are available at the Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Suchitra Film Society, Alliance Francaise de Bangalore and British Library. The forms are available online on www.goethe.de/bangalore. Passes will be issued at Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Suchitra Film Society and Lavanya Theatre against filled out registration forms. For details, call 25205305/6/7/8.