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An interview with filmmaker Qiu Yang

He recently won the Leitz Cine Discovery Prize during Critic’s Week at Cannes. Meet the Changzhou-based filmmaker and VCA Master of Film and Television graduate Qiu Yang.

A woman gently presses her head against a bus window. The shifting neon lights from the street outside wash over her face, and somewhere in the city beyond, living or dead, is her daughter. Somewhere else in China, a young man is accused by the children of an elderly woman of pushing her on the street after taking her to a hospital, with devastating social implications for both families. On the other side of the world, a young woman leaves her stifling family life to go for a walk through a Melbourne street at night, but will never return. Continue reading An interview with filmmaker Qiu Yang


Irfan Avdic, director of Precious. Interview

Precious takes the traditional story of a teenager dealing drugs to improve his lot in life and gives it new life. Taking in ideas of teenage pride alongside ideas of escape and entrapment, Precious is a bravura piece of work that is already the recipient of numerous awards, including Best Student Film at the Sarajevo Film Festival in 2018. Continue reading Irfan Avdic, director of Precious. Interview

Mehdi Rahmani, Jury member at Imagineindia 2020

Mehdi Rahmani will be Jury Member at the 19th edition of Imagineindia International Film Festival to take place in Madrid on 17 – 31 May 2020.

The Iranian director and producer was born in 1979. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Iranian Cinema and Broadcasting university-Tehran as a director and made 18 short films and documentaries. Continue reading Mehdi Rahmani, Jury member at Imagineindia 2020

Mahtab Keramati, jury president at Imagineindia 2020

Mahtab Keramati will be the Jury President of the 19th edition of Imagineindia  to  take place in Madrid, May 17-31, 2020.

Born on October 17, 1970 in Tehran, Iran, in 2006 she was appointed UNICEF National Ambassador in Iran.

She was taking acting courses when she was cast for the role of Helen in The Men of Angelos, which earned her national recognition.  She later appeared in films such as Mummy III and Rain Man, for which she was nominated for the Fajr Crystal Simorgh International Film Festival.  She then appeared in dramas such as Saint Mary and Crimson Soil and the films Hell, Purgatory, Heaven, There are things you don’t know, Alzheimer’s and the private life of Mr. and Mrs. M ..   She won a Crystal Simorgh for Best Actress in a supporting role for Twenty In 2015, winner of the Award for Best Actress International Imagineindia Film Festival.

Keramati won the Best Actress Award at Imagineindia for her performance in “Ghosts” by acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Dariush Mehrjui.


Mahtab Keramati


Interview to Modhura Palit

Young Indian cinematographer Modhura Palit EICA (Eastern India Cinematographers Association), IWCC (Indian Women Cinematographers Collective) will receive the 2nd Angénieux “special encouragement” award on May 24th, 2019 during the “Pierre Angénieux ExcelLens in Cinematography” ceremony at the Cannes Film Festival. This recognition will allow Modhura the opportunity to use the most sophisticated Angénieux lenses on an upcoming project. She told us more about herself and her vision of cinematography.

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Interview of G.García Márquez to Akira Kurosawa

In October 1990, in Tokyo, while Kurosawa was still filming his penultimate film, Rhapsody in August (Hachi-gatsu no kyōshikyoku, 1991), writer and director met to discuss the differences between literary and cinematographic language, and the difficulties of the adaptation of the first to the second.  On the occasion of the central topic of Rhapsody in August, they addressed the physical, spiritual and historical consequences of the Nagasaki nuclear bombing in 1945 and the reaction of the perpetrator, the United States: the establishment of a machinery of oblivion in Japan, under its auspices, in place of acceptance of his crime and publicly apologize; they also delved into the conditions of happiness, the limits of man, and, of course, the implications of this in art. It is a friendly duel between two of the sharpest and most passionate minds of his time, showing a deep concern to leave, through his work, a positive legacy for humanity.  This is a part of the interview. Continue reading Interview of G.García Márquez to Akira Kurosawa

Rituparno Ghosh – The ‘Enfant Terrible’ of Indian Cinema

By Amitava Nag

May has a very special connotation in the Bengali psyche. It is in this very month when two of Bengal’s brightest stars of the cultural sky were born – Rabindranath Tagore and Satyajit Ray. It is on a rainy day in the end of the same month two years back when Bengal lost its most versatile film-maker of contemporary times. It was a romantic rainy day in 2013 unlike the sweltering summer this year and I was driving to my office when the news of Rituparno Ghosh’s untimely death hit me quite hard, like many others. Two years later and the initial shock evaporated by now what does Rituparno Ghosh’s cinema mean to me? Continue reading Rituparno Ghosh – The ‘Enfant Terrible’ of Indian Cinema

Interview with Manoj Michigan

Written by Shoma A. Chatterji

To make a short film stripped of stars, technical razzmatazz, much of a story, and even dialogue, would be a challenge for any filmmaker. Manoj Michigan, who has been making feature films in Bengali with strikingly out-of-the-box subjects has just made I Reborn, a 20-minute film that explains the cycle of life through a warm story of a young Dom whose name we do not come to know. Continue reading Interview with Manoj Michigan

Bad Bad Winter (Olga Korotko) Kazakhstan

Bad Bad Winter
Olga Korotko
Kazakhstan, 84 min,  2018

A daughter of an Astana businessman, Dinara, comes to the city of her childhood to sell her grandmother’s house. Suddenly,  former classmates come to visit her, and a friendly meeting grows into something else when they tell her that recently they committed a murder and now they need money to ‘get clean.’ Dinara’s refusal
provokes classmates to act more harshly and tougher and very soon
they arrive from being former classmates to being just a group of
people from different social strata. Between them, there is a  conflict based on differences of view, worldviews and way of life.
Each side has its truth, but the whole situation, in the end,  leads to another crime – crueler than that from which it all began.


Olga Korotko started to study filmmaking with Darezhan Omirbayev’s filmmaking course where she shot her first few shorts.
In 2011 she was selected for the Asian Film Academy project
(Busan International Film Festival) where she shot a short film
THE LAST 5 MINUTES with other students. Right after AFA,
she shot a short film DOVE ON THE ROOF produced by Kazakhfilm
film studio. In 2014 -2015 she was studying filmmaking in  New York Film Academy. In 2016 she was selected for Berlinale Talents Campus, the same year she got a Master Degree in Filmmaking in
the Academy of Arts named after Zhurgenov in Kazakhstan.
In 2018 she finished her first feature film BAD BAD WINTER.



Olga Korotko :

I, reborn (Manoj Michigan) India

I, Reborn
Manoj Michigan
India, 20′, 2018

I Reborn, a short silent without dialogues, opens a window to the world of an undertaker/dom who lives in isolation with his aged father in the backwaters of the Bay of Bengal. He carries on his duties as a son taking care of his immobile father breathing through his existence. His father observes his son continuing his own vocation, that of a medium that gives death its destination, cremating the departed relatives of the villagers nearby. Suddenly, one day, life enters their cocooned world in the form of a baby that gives a completely alien perspective to their outlooks. The cycle of life and death takes on a new meaning when a familiar face of a woman, who had aroused his inner craving for his own family, arrives as an abandoned corpse at his doorstep. I Reborn, is the awakening, rising, dying and the re-awakening of this eternal universal cycle that we all invariably travel on.


Death as a subject has always fascinated me. I had always wanted to make a silent film on death as of life’s ultimate truth – the truth that rekindles the breath of life again. What was difficult was to formulate the screenplay and convey the relationship between father and son – pointing out the nuances, the role-play, the emotions, the anger, the joy and ultimately the realisation the end and the beginning. Thanks to my producers , my entire team of friends and technicians that this dream was realised. They worked with practically minimal budget without any demands , and passionately made it their own film. This is their film.


Manoj Michigan is an Indian filmmaker, screenwriter and producer
who works in the Bengali film industry. He is best known for penning and directing films like Hello Kolkata and 89, the latter of which he also produced. Other notable film credits as a writer-director include Damadol and the thriller Aami Joy Chatterjee.
His 2019 release includes Tritio Adhyay.