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IFFI 50: Entertainment, Meaning and Magic are three layers of Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s films--Maysam Makhmalbaf

IFFI 50: Entertainment, Meaning and Magic are three layers of Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s films--Maysam Makhmalbaf

Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s Marghe and Her Mother, the closing film at IFFI 2019, is a very realistic film, incorporating elements of Italian Neo-realism and Iranian New wave Second generation, as it tries to show how the lives of Claudia and her daughter Marghe change due to economic troubles, said Maysam Makhmalbaf, son of the reputed director. Maysam is producer, editor and DOP of the movie. He was speaking at the press conference on the last day of IFFI Goa. Actors of the movie, Danilo Giuseppe  Paolo and Carmine Santeramo were also present on this occasion.

Mohsen Makhmalbaf has made 10 films in different countries. All his films try to portray the soul of the country in which the film is made. This is his Italian debut, and it shows the reality of life in Italy. There are three power centres in Italy, namely Central government, Church and Mafia, Maysam said to the press. “There is a difference in censorship in the West and the East. While censorship is ideological in the east, it is influenced by money in the west,” Maysam added.

Mohsen Makhmalbaf believes in making realistic films. For him, it is the actor who is the most important element in his film, as against the camera, which is perceived as more important than the actor.  In Marghe and her Mother, real life is portrayed, using first time actors and dialogues are not dictated by the director, but emerge from the hearts of the actors.

Speaking further on Mohsen’s film-making style, Maysam said, “There are three layers to his films, first is entertainment second is social, psychological and philosophical meaning and third is magic of the film. Magic of the film lies in audience not being able to tell exactly what they liked about the film,” he added. For Mohsen, the Master, the subject matter of the film decides its genre and not vice-versa, as happens is mainstream films.

Minimal music was used in the film. The whole movie was shot with a hand-held camera.  Actors Danilo Giuseppe Paolo and Carmine Santeramo, who are making their debut, said that whatever they did in the movie was possible due to training of Mohsen Makhmalbaf.


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Siraj Syed is a film-critic since 1970 and a Former President of the Freelance Film Journalists' Combine of India.

He is the India Correspondent of and a member of FIPRESCI, the international Federation of Film Critics, Munich, Germany

Siraj Syed has contributed over 1,015 articles on cinema, international film festivals, conventions, exhibitions, etc., most recently, at IFFI (Goa), MIFF (Mumbai), MFF/MAMI (Mumbai) and CommunicAsia (Singapore). He often edits film festival daily bulletins.

He is also an actor and a dubbing artiste. Further, he has been teaching media, acting and dubbing at over 30 institutes in India and Singapore, since 1984.

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