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Cinematographer in focus: Pooja Gupte

By Priya Bhattacharji

Trained in commercial arts, Pooja Gupte has alternated between the world of commercials and independent shorts, documentaries, and features.

Here, Pooja speaks of the demands of her job – the artistry, the technicalities, and team-work. From the well-thought-out composition of visuals to the intuitive composition of team dynamics, Pooja zooms in and tracks her world behind the camera. She recounts her fascinating career that started off as an assistant cinematographer, and has spanned from a cinematographer for National-award-winning film Crossing Bridges to Director of Photography in Netflix’s latest production, Brij Mohan Amar Rahe. Continue reading Cinematographer in focus: Pooja Gupte


Programme. Barcelona. September 2018

Filmoteca de Cataluña
Plaza de Salvador Seguí 1-9

Saturday 1 September
21.30 h

Lal Darja

Sunday 2 September
19.30 h

Manda Meyer Upakhyan

Tuesday 4 September
21.30 h

Swapner Din

Wednesday 5 September
21.30 h

Ami, Yasin Ar Amar Madhubala

Thursday 6 September
18.30 h


Friday 7 September
21.30 h



Casa Asia
Cines Girona
Carrer de Girona 175


Saturday 22 September
20.00 h

Out of Frame (Wai Lun Kwok)  Hong Kong

Saturday 29 September
20.00 h

Bomba (Ralston Jover)  Philippines

Saturday 6 October
20.00 h

Highway 318 (Yunxing Nie)  China

Saturday 13 October
20.00 h

Blockage (Mohsen Gharaei)  Iran

Saturday 20 October
20.00 h

King of Peking (Sam Voutas)  Australia

B The Travel Brand
Avenida Diagonal 512

Monday 3 September
19.00 h

Mousse (John Hellberg)  Sweden

Szamota’s Mistress (Adam Uryniak)  Poland

Monday 17 September
19.00 h

King of Peking (Sam Voutas)  China / Australia

The unhurried genius of G Aravindan (Nasrin Munni Kabir)

Ahead of an event to mark the Malayalam master’s 25th death anniversary and 80th birth year in March, memories of the ‘Chidambaram’ shoot with actress Smita Patil.

I met Govindan Aravindan through Satti Khanna, a common friend, 36 years ago in Bangalore. Aravindan exuded a rare and intense tranquillity,  although he spoke so little and so softly that sometimes you did not even catch the few words he did say. An observant man who could read your thoughts and feelings, but did not let on that he had. It is not a surprise that the power of his films is in his images and not in the words – in what he did not say rather than said. Continue reading The unhurried genius of G Aravindan (Nasrin Munni Kabir)

Closing Gala Imagineindia 2018





On May 31, Thursday, 7:00 pm, took place the Closing Gala of the 17th edition of the Imagineindia International Film Festival. With the presence of directors, international producers: Bauddhayan Mukherji (India) Director, Airat Iamilov (Russia) Director of photography, Delphine Montaigne (France) Actress, Yunxing Nie (China) Director, Sun Yun (China) Producer, Tzahi Grad (Israel) Director, producer.

The Gala was presented by the actor Sergio Pazos and actress Yolanda Font.

The Awards were given by Spanish cinema personalities like : Pedro Hernández (Producer of Magical Girl), Ángela Molina (Actress), Innocence (Singer), Azucena de la Fuente (Actress), Alba Ferrara (Actress), Lola Forner (Actress), José Marzilli (Representative of Javier Bardem), David Marqués (Scriptwriter of Campeones), Paola García San Juan (Director), Pedro Mari Sánchez (Actor), Félix Sabroso (Director) or authorities : Hagit Mualem (Embassy of Israel), Jeeva Maria Roy (Embassy of India) among others.


Press Conference. Presentation Imagineindia 2018

The Official Presentation of Imagineindia 2018 will take place at a Press Conference on 8th May, atThe Travel Brand Xperience (Calle Miguel Ángel 33, Madrid),12.00 h.
The event will count with the participation of Juan Echanove (Actor), Gran Wyoming (TV presenter),Dani Mateo (TV Presenter), Sergio Pazos (Actor), Nerea Garmendía (Actress), Alba Ferrara(Actress), Helga Martínez (Photographer), David Marqués (Director), Yolanda Font (Actress),Mayte Ariza (Dream,s Strategy), Jaime Iglesias Gamboa (Film Critic), José Marzilli (Actor,s Agent), Cynthia Hurtado (Information and Culture Assistant Embassy of India), Jesús Arcos García (Cultural Secretary of Embassy of Israel) ,  Qazi Abdur Rahim (Festival Director).
Imagineindia festival is sponsored by the Madrid City Council, the State Government of Madrid,Embassy of IndiaDirectorate for film festivals (DFF)Minsitry of External Affairs of India (MEA), in addition to the numerous collaborators.

Photographs of a School Teacher (Mahde Hasan) Bangladesh

Photographs of a School Teacher
Mahde Hasan
Bangladesh. 2013.  7 min

She is a school teacher. She has spent a long time of her life in an edge of this city. After long time, she was gazing on her photo album and found photographs of different time of her life. Each photograph reminds her different fragmented memories and moment of her life.


Based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Mahde Hasan is a Screenwriter and Director. His short film, ‘Photographs of a School Teacher’, premiered at “IndieCork Film Festival, Ireland, 2013”. Another short, ‘I Am Time’, screened at 69th Festival del Film Locarno, 2016. Mahde Hasan placed first in the section ‘movieofmylife’ at 70th Locarno Festival, 2017. He participated in Ekadeshma Film Lab Nepal 2017, an intensive script and project development workshop organized in collaboration with Open Doors Locarno.
His film project SAND CITY is selected for Open Doors Hub at Open Doors Locarno 2018, which will be held in August during the 71st Locarno Film Festival.


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Imagineindia 2018 Official Presentation

The 17th edition of Imagineindia International Film Festival will come to Madrid’s screens from May 17 to 31, 2018. More than 80 films, 6 venues, 12 international guests make this festival a classic among the film festivals in Spain.

13 films from 11 countries will compete in the Official Section for the “Golden Chakra” in the 17th edition of Imagineindia, which will take place in Madrid from May 17 to 31. Accompanied by parallel sections for documentaries, short films, film schools, humanitarian conflicts (Syria), women or religions. Continue reading Imagineindia 2018 Official Presentation

Interview with Adam Uryniak (Szamota,s Mistress)

Interview by Monica Magdalena Semzuki.

Adam Uryniak, a graduate of the Crakow School of Film and Audiovisual Communication, tells us about his various film productions and the latest film project – “Szamota’s Mistress” by Stefan Grabiński, and wonders about the state of horror film in Poland.

Firstly, tell us a little about yourself. When did your adventure with film started and why did you choose this direction?

The first video I did for fun, with friends with whom I studied film theory. We named ourselves Butcher’s Films. The initiative has grown, with each film we learned something new and eventually, most of us took up film in a professional way. In the heroic times of the Butcher’s Film, we were actors ourselves, as well as sound engineers, operators, and if necessary, even make-up artists, so we know the ins and outs of working in different dimensions, we are still supporting ourselves in a similar way. I was attracted to directing in the first place. I made a few short films, and in 2011 I directed a full-lenght film called “Zniknięcie”, based on a short story by Olga Tokarczuk.

In your words, how would you describe the film you’re working on, and why did you chose “Szamota’s Mistress” by Stefan Grabiński?

What’s most important is the mood and creative use of the iconography of a horror movie. “Szamota’s Mistress” doesn’t have to be an ordinary scary movie, I want to create ambiguous, gripping intrigue, which also contains criminal elements. I care about the visual aspects of the film. Moreover, an idea for a film grows out of this area. My scenographer showed me the story, and we wanted to adapt it to a very short movie, a candy created for mine, operator’s and stage designer’s pleasure, in order to utilize our creative forces. The story inspired me, however, to expand it significantly, and before I knew it, I had written a much bigger film script. After a few adjustments, it seemed quite natural and obvious to us, that there is no return, and we just have to do this movie. Unfortunately, the project size makes us to look for different sources of funding.

Who are the main characters of your film?

The main character is Joseph Szamota, the notary, who comes to some old palace to estimate the value of the property. There, he’s on the trail of family secrets of former inhabitants of the palace. Some strange things begin to happen around him, Szamota stops to trust his senses and suspects that he fell into madness. The main female character is Jadwiga Kalergis, a character so interesting that her ontological status is unclear. She’s an unruly niece of the count, causing him some trouble in the past, because she liked to be friends with a lot of men, also of peasant origin, and for the Count – proud Sarmatian and a great fan of hunting, it was a major discredit to his honour.

Horror films are not very popular in Poland. Why do you think this happens, and why did you chose this kind of movie?

In Poland, there are many fans of horror, both literary and film. There is a very lively fan life, vibrant clubs and conventions, there are magazines about widely understood fantasy. Interesting fact is that, however, Polish film makers pass indifferently not only by the horror, but by every film genre. To see all Polish horror films, two or three days are enough. Most of them are television productions. After 1989, horror films were made only as school etudes or as a part of independent cinema. I really like such stories, so I decided to face the genre. Another attraction was the work of Stephen Grabiński, the writer, who is venerated by Polish horror fans. He wrote many excellent stories, which are just waiting to be filmed. Unfortunately, the last time the cinema reached for it, was almost 30 years ago. “Szamota’s Mistress” was shot in 1927 for the first time. Unfortunately, this film didn’t survive to our times, and if you believe reviews of the era, it was very interesting and stood out among other Polish films. Therefore, my version of the story will be also an attempt to restore “Szamota’s Mistress” in the sphere of Polish cinema.

Tell me something about your previous films. Were you driven by similar motives?

I am making films for over 10 years, many of my first productions were more fun than serious cinema. All of it changed in 2009, when I worked on “Podglądacz”. It was the first time I worked with professional actors and I had decent equipment. I lived through a period of fascination with cinema noir, and this film is a nod to the genre, both in feature and formal terms. I have a great sentiment for “Podglądacz”, because I travelled through some festivals with him, and generally met with good response from the audience. I mentioned about “Zniknięcie” – my last film so far. Here, you can see the trailer: It’s a bit of a thriller, a psychological film containing some metaphysical motifs. I really like to mix genres and under the guise of, for example, thriller, smuggle other content, something more from myself. It seems to me, that this is the way to create non-obvious cinema, surprising and simply addictive, interesting in its reception.

Which directors and movies inspire you?

I like every, well narrated cinema, but I also find inspiration in films which seems to be bad, but have their own characteristics, such as Roger Corman horror films. I watch both art-house cinema and also Hollywood blockbusters. In every genre you can come across something interesting. It would be hard for me to name the directors that I admire, and which I treat as a role model. It is never like the entire work of some artist equally appeals to me – there are better and worse films. Besides, I am not a supporter of treating the director as the only author of the film. Cinema is a collective art and you can be never sure whether an item in a movie, that intensively affects us, is the brainchild of the director or someone else from the team.


Janala (Buddhadeb Dasgupta) Retrospective. Imagineindia 2018

Buddhadeb Dasgupta
India. 2009. 107 min

Childhood is the golden phase of man’s life. This movie essentially deals with the reminiscence and recollection of childhood memories. Bimal, a simple urban man plans to visit his school. On his visit, he finds out that the window pane where he used to sit around is broken, and the building was also dilapidated. He wanted to donate some funds but did not have the means to do so. So, without letting his would be wife know, he took some money and gave it to the school authority, to which his displeasure was rejected. Owing to his dishonesty, Meera gets split with Bimal. The movie projects about a man’s emotions surrounding his memory of his childhood.