A platform for good cinema

A platform for good cinema

 The festival is being held for the fourth time in the City by the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan and is being done in collaboration with the Suchitra Film Society and the Asian Film Foundation.

Much before the launch of the festival, the crowd had assembled in full fervour. Among them were Umashree, Prakash Belwadi, Basant Kumar Patil, Jayamala, P Sheshadri and Girish Kasaravalli.

Emphasising on the fact that festivals like these form an ideal platform for deserving cinema, actress Umashree said, “It’s a great opportunity to see not only good Indian cinema but German ones too, which we rarely get to see in theatres.”

The festival comprising four children’s films, eight Indian and eight German films, intends to showcase films that are hardly seen in the commercial arena.

“One will definitely get to see a rich package of entertaining and thought- provoking movies during the week,” says Friedrich Rahn, Vice-Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bangalore.

Explaining how the Indo-German film festival has made a huge contribution to the City, Subba Rao from Suchitra Film Society, said, “The film festival has been bringing in enriching cinema and film-makers to the City for years now. My only suggestion is that maybe someday, we could have a Kannada-German film festival as there are many good Kannada films which people do not get an opportunity to see.”

The chief guest for the evening was H R Bhardwaj, the Governor of Karnataka, who said he did not get the opportunity to watch many German films but knows a lot about their culture.

“There are so many similarities between  German and Karnataka cultures. On my many visits to Germany, looking at the people there, their fascination to the medium of films and the lovely surroundings there, I feel one is in Karnataka itself,” he added.

The festival kick-started with Girish Kasaravalli’s Kanasembo Kudureyaneri. Being screened for the first time, the film’s director Girish Kasaravalli explained that this movie was something far different from his other films.

“What really stands out in the film is the narrative style of the film. It is highly fragmented and not in any chronological order. It is for the first time that anyone has tried this form of narration in the Kannada film industry and I hope the audience likes it,” he added.
Some of the films being screened are A Year Ago In Winter by Caroline Link, Foto by Virendra Saini and Gubbachigalu by Abhaya Simha.

On till August 26 at Lavanya Theatre, the festival will not only screen films but will also feature one filmmaker every day, who will interact with the audience.

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