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16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival full reports

 

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: XI

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16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: XI Sixteen years is a long time in the life of a film festival. It seems an even bigger achievement when you consider the upheavals that the Third Eye Asian Film Festival has undergone during its tenure. In fact, it is a miracle that it has continued, against all odds. Asian Film Foundation, headed by Kiran Shantaram, son of late V. Shantaram, remains the driving force, as does Sudhir Nandgaonkar, journalist and a bunch of teenage students pool in their res...
 

15.01.2018 | Siraj Syed's blog

Magnum Opus Padmavati adds a, drops i, eyes release on 25th January

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Magnum Opus Padmavati adds a, drops i, eyes release on 25th January It will now be called and spelt Padmaavat, from its original moniker of Padmavati. The deletion of the i is in deference to the wishes of many Indians who hold the folklore of Rani Padmavati very dear, and would not allow a film that shows the actor playing her dancing, midriff exposed, to be released. Protests led to a delay of eight weeks in rescheduling the release, and even now, entire states, like Rajasthan (where the st...
 

14.01.2018 | Siraj Syed's blog

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: X

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16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: X Besides features and docu-features, the 16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival (TEAFF) had a competitive section for shorts. As many as 25 films competed. Countries represented included India, Iran, Myanmar, Turkey, Tajikistan and South Korea. They were packaged into two screening slots, one of which I managed to attend. Audience Award, Short Film: Taghdir (Fate)/Iran/13 min/Azar Faramarzi Actress, producer and director Azar Faramarzi graduated in Film and ...
 

14.01.2018 | Siraj Syed's blog

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: IX

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16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: IX Biler Diary, Cyanide and Jana Aranya. A Bengali film about a boarding school based on Hindu religious values, an Iranian political thriller about the period immediately preceding the Islamic revolution and a raved work of the master, Satyajit Ray—these were the last feature films I saw at the 16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival, Mumbai. The festival was organised in December 2017 by the Asian Film Foundation and P.L. Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Acad...
 

13.01.2018 | Siraj Syed's blog

MIFF 2018, III

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MIFF 2018, III Films in the National Competition section of the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) for Documentary, Short and Animation films have been categorised into Long Documentaries (above 60 minutes), Short Documentaries (up to 45 minutes), Short Fiction (up to 45 minutes) and Animation. Altogether, 43 films will be shown, varying in length from 6 minutes to 112 minutes. LIST OF FILMS SELECTED FOR NATIONAL COMPETITION SECTION IN MIFF-2018 ...
 

12.01.2018 | Siraj Syed's blog

Paddington 2, review: Bear maximum

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Paddington 2, review: Bear maximum Imagine a London where bears are accepted as persons and move about freely; a London where Aunt Lucy and her nephew Paddington board a bus and buy tickets for “One-and-a-half bears.” Imagine a bear named Paddington, so called because his adoptive human family find him at Paddington railway station. And imagine a bear that has the highest moral standards and sets the benchmark for ethics and courtesy, not only among regular humans, but even jailbi...
 

12.01.2018 | Siraj Syed's blog

Downsizing, review: Mini We

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Downsizing, review: Mini We Once in a while, a movie comes along that renews our faith in creative writing and the ability of cinema to rise above its own decadence. Maybe it took a dozen ‘shrink’, ‘little’ and ‘antman’ films, from 1957 to 2015, to inspire the writers of Downsizing, the title itself a pun, but the resulting effort has a fresh new feel about it. After setting up a very interesting premise and some smooth as silk spellbinding VFX, the film th...
 

11.01.2018 | Siraj Syed's blog

MIFF 2018, II

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MIFF 2018, II Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) for Documentary, Short and Animation Films, which begins on 28 January, 2018 in Mumbai, has released the list of films to be screened in four sections. Here is the list of films selected for the International Competition section, in the two duration-based categories, 45 or less and no specified duration. The shortest of the lot runs for 15 minutes while the longest is a marathon 183 minutes long. Films come from India, Canada, Australia,...
 

10.01.2018 | Siraj Syed's blog

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: VIII

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16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: VIII Besides Marathi, Bengali language films saw fair representation at TEAFF. There were two Assamese films as well. Internationally, of course, we had a strong Iranian contingent. The festival was organised in December 2017 by the Asian Film Foundation and P.L. Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy, and co-organised by Prabhat Chitra Mandal and Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Chitrapat Mahamandal. An annual event, it is supported by Department of Culture, Government...
 

08.01.2018 | Siraj Syed's blog

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: VII

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16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: VII TEAFF was organised by the Asian Film Foundation and P.L. Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy, and co-organised by Prabhat Chitra Mandal and Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Chitrapat Mahamandal. An annual event, it is supported by Department of Culture, Government of Maharashtra. Screenings were held at Ravindra Natya Mandir Mini Auditorium, Mumbai, which has been the venue for the last few years. In my last instalment, I covered two Marathi films. Today, we wi...
 

07.01.2018 | Siraj Syed's blog

Insidious 4-The Last Key, review: Spectral Sightings by Psychic and her side-kicks

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Insidious 4-The Last Key, review: Spectral Sightings by Psychic and her side-kicks Was a time when unfriendly ghosts used to have a motive for their haunting, and usually, it was revenge. Then, they began to exist for existence’s sake, in an alternate world, or the beyond, paranormal realm, crossing over accidentally into mother earth. Over time, they have inherited one most condemnable human trait--sadism. Once we stipulate that ghosts can exist solely with the motive of torturing hum...
 

06.01.2018 | Siraj Syed's blog

Pitch Perfect 3, review: Fat Amy’s tall father and DJ Khaled’s Bella a capella

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Pitch Perfect 3, review: Fat Amy’s tall father and DJ Khaled’s Bella a capella Wrapping-up the three-part series, the third instalment queers the pitch and is not perfect by a long mile. Some tweens have enjoyed their 93 minutes at the cinema-house, judging by the box-office collections, and so be it. More discerning cine-goers might have a flippant time at best, watching some caustic exchanges, routine choreography and songs that don’t stay with you too long. Three years ...
 

05.01.2018 | Siraj Syed's blog

All the Money in the World, Review: Ear today, gone tomorrow

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All the Money in the World, Review: Ear today, gone tomorrow Cinquanta to Gail: “Who is this so-called grandfather? How can he leave his own flesh and blood in the plight that your poor son is in? Here is the richest man in America, and you tell me he refuses to find just 10 miliardi for his grandson’s safety. Signora, you take me for a fool.” Two Ridley Scott releases in the same year? Alien Covenant and All the Money in the World mark the repeat of a phenomenon that occur...
 

05.01.2018 | Siraj Syed's blog

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: VI

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16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: VI Three Marathi films are the focus of today’s post: Nati Khel, Nadi Vahate and Copy. They were shown as part of a package at that consisted of as many as eight films, the maximum in any language from any Indian language. TEAFF is organised by the Asian Film Foundation and P.L. Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy, and co-organised by Prabhat Chitra Mandal and Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Chitrapat Mahamandal. It is supported by Department of Culture, Gover...
 

03.01.2018 | Siraj Syed's blog

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: V

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16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: V Open Forum, a festival tradition, was held at the 16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival too, on six of the eight days. It was thoughtfully scheduled between 2 and 3 pm, December 22-27, a slot when no films were being screened. Santosh Pathare of Prabhat Film Society moderated. Compared to the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Open Forum here was confined to an interaction with the cast/directors/producers of films screened on earlier day(s). Santo...
 

01.01.2018 | Siraj Syed's blog

 

 

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: IV

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16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: IV Screenings continued on Day 4, 5 and 6, and two films were memorable. One was a blast from 1956, made by an all-time great, and the other a laudable 2011 effort, shot in his home country, guerrilla style, by a returning prodigy, without permission I managed to attend nine shows out of the 15, which is a reasonable score. But here I will speak of just two films, since there is much to say. Return to Burma, 2011, 84 min So now we know that Ice Poison ...
 

27.12.2017 | Siraj Syed's blog

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: III

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16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: III Of the 10 feature films screened at the 16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival (TEAFF) during the first three days, I caught four and opted out of a fifth because I had seen it, albeit decades ago. Two of these were Indian, one Egyptian and one from Taiwan-Myanmar. Ziprya, based on the Arun Sadhu novel and chosen as the inaugural film, was big let-down. Made in amateurish style, full of tropes and stock screenplay, it did great disservice to the memory of ...
 

23.12.2017 | Siraj Syed's blog

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: II

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16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: II Prominent writer-journalist, late Arun Sadhu, winner of the Sahitya Akademi Award, was honoured posthumously at the inaugural function of the 16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival (TEAFF), on 21 December, at the Ravindra Natya Mandir Mini Auditorium. Sadhu, who wrote mainly in Marathi but also penned works in English and Hindi, passed away in Mumbai three months ago, aged 76. At the ceremony, he was represented by his wife Aruna and daughter Shefali. Kiran ...
 

23.12.2017 | Siraj Syed's blog

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival opens in Mumbai on 21 December

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16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival opens in Mumbai on 21 December Prabhat Chitra Mandal, one of India’s oldest and most active film societies that is celebrating its golden jubilee this year, in collaboration with P.L. Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy, is holding its 16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival in Mumbai, supported by the Department of Culture, Government of Maharashtra. The festival will be inaugurated on Thursday, the 21st of December, 2117. The inauguration will be followed ...
 

20.12.2017 | Siraj Syed's blog

 

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