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Few films have shown early 1960’s Moscow, its young inhabitants, its streets, squares, houses, and apartments in such lively, immediate fashion and created a such clear-sighted portrait of a whole generation’s attitude towards life as Marlen Khutsiev’s MNE DVADTSAT LET (I Am Twenty, 1961-64). Born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1925 and trained at the State Film Academy (WGIK) in Moscow, this director, screenwriter, actor, professor, and outstanding protagonist of the 1950s and 60s Soviet New Wave produced the central work of Soviet Thaw-Era cinema with this film, despite the fact it had to be cut and reworked following an intervention by Khrushchev. Continue reading IMAGINEINDIA AT FILMOTEQUE OF NAVARRA (DECEMBER 2016)

Imagineindia Barcelona 2016. From 2 july to 13 august.

The Eighth edition of Imagineindia Barcelona will take place with the collaboration of Casa Asia during the months of July, August, at Cines Girona,  every Saturday at 20.00 h.

Imagineindia International Film Festival  and Casa Asia present a film programme on India whose contents include narratives exploring urban and rural life through the stories that exchange its protagonists. This first part of the programme will be screened during four Saturdays in July 2016, and will consist of 5 feature films . As in previous editions, the films presented in this Edition are related to gender issues and dramas of everyday life, whose protagonists living in the current India, sharing with the anonymous multitudes of this country culturaly complex and socially diverse.


2 july,  20.00h
RADIOPETTI  (Hari Viswanath) India

9 july,  20.00h
THE SILENCE  (Gajendra Ahire) India

23 july,  20.00h
FROZEN (Shivajee Chandrabhusan)  India

30 july,  20.00h
OTTAAL (Jayaraj)  India

6 august,  20.00h
THE QUEST (Sikta Viswas)  India

13 august,  20.00h
FROZEN (Shivajee Chandrabhusan)  India

Imagineindia 2016 Awards

BEST  FILM :                                                                                                                 RAUF  (Soner Caner , Baris Caya)  Turkey

BEST  DIRECTOR :                                                                                                   HANNA  POLAK (Something better to come)  Denmark, Poland           RUCHIKA  OBEROI (Island City)  India

BEST  ACTRESS :                                                                                               TANISHTA  CHATTERJEE (Island City) India

BEST  ACTOR :                                                                                                     RAGHUVIR  YADAV (The Silence)  India

BEST PHOTOGRAPHY :                                                                                     VEDAT  ÖZDEMIR (Rauf)  Turkey

BEST   MUSIC :                                                                                                       RICHARD  FORD (Radio Set) India

BEST CHILD ACTOR :                                                                                             ALEN HUSEYIN GURSO  (Rauf) Turkey                                                                 ALI AKBAR SAHRAIE (The sea and the flying fish)  Iran

BEST  SHORT :                                                                                                                       MOUSSE (John Hellberg)  Sweden

SPECIAL  RECOGNITION  :                                                                                           TATA INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES (TISS)  India

The festival pays lot of attention to gender issues. So we are obligued to add this text of Nishta Jain and Nagraj Manjule :

Nagraj Manjule’s words have stayed etched in my mind since I read them a couple of weeks ago after the release of his film Sairat. His words ring true especially in the context of the men and women of our elite institutions denying the charges of widely prevalent misogyny. It might be well worth for all of us to pay attention to his words. Rarely a man has spoken so honestly on the subject of men’s treatment of women. It requires rare courage to speak this:

“I am tired of this world created by men, ruined by men. I want a woman now to build the world or mess it up. I also realise that a woman is the Dalit in every case. Even when you look at savarnas [forward castes], the woman is secondary. Even a Dalit man would look down upon a savarna woman. Yet, the fact is that half the world is populated by women. We are fighting small fights — Hindus versus Muslims, Dalits versus upper castes. Gender is the bigger battle. I am tired of the man within me. I also want to change. You get unconsciously trapped in male values. You are superior only because you happen to be a man. I want a break from this male-dominated world.”

Press Conference / Presentation of Imagineindia festival 2016

“The 15th edition of Imagineindia International Film Festival will kick out next 17 may in Madrid.

A prelude of the festival has had its space at the headquarters of B The Travel Brand Xperience in April and will continue in may and June.

A total of 71 films in 14 sections, 7 venues (Filmoteca Española, B The Travel Brand Xperience, Teatro del barrio, Casa Asia, Función Lenguaje, Russian Center of science and culture, CC Pilar Miró) for 16 days will give good account of the independent film scene.
Comedies, thrillers, dramas and much more where the public can choose to their taste!

To highlight the films on/of Russian director Igor Savchenko, the Indian actress Suchitra Sen and the most outstanding concerned about social inequalities Indian director Shyam Benegal.

Abound in the sections which reflect the efforts of the great institutions of India as the Tata Institute (TISS), or Public Broadcasting Service (PSBT) that year after year bring to the festival films from research on social trends, gender rights, situations of conflict, among many other social issues.

If everybody’s mouth echoes the word Bollywood with the imminence of their awards in Madrid, Imagineindia has for 15 years been showing great Maestros who have left their mark in our lives through “other cinema”.


Day :   11 may,  wednesday. 12.00 h

Venue :   B The Travel Brand Xperience.                                                             Calle Miguel Ángel 33. Madrid

Invitees :  El Gran Wyoming, Sergio Pazos, Yolanda Font (Actriz), David Marqués (director), Alicia Lledó (Kamala Producciones), Sara Casasnovas, Qazi Abdur Rahim.

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Presentation of Imagineindia 2016 at Barceló the travel brand Xperience

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THE BEST FILMS OF  IMAGINEINDIA AT B the travel brand Xperience

Imagineindia International Film Festival, already in its 15th Edition, presents at the headquarters of Barceló the travel brand Xperience the best films that have shown at the festival and few premieres. IMAGINEINDIA is one of the few film festivals in Madrid where you can see the best recent films of the international scene.  These projections are a prelude to the festival which starts on 17 may, and will display the best films of previous editions and some surprises of this year. The festival, supported by the great actors like Gran Wyoming, Hugo Silva, Javier Gutiérrez or Angela Molina, proposes stories that will not leave you indifferent. As far as Calcutta, Ervil, or Kazakhstan, their films will fill our screens with color at B travel brand Xperience. Hope you enjoy it!

B The Travel Brand Xperience                                                                                     Calle Miguel Ángel 33 (esquina Plza Gregorio Marañón)               Metro Gregorio Marañón.

4 APRIL (19.30)
NABALOK                                                                                                                                 Director: Bauddhayan Mukherji
India. 2014. 51 min.                                                                                                                    Spread over 34 years of the Bengali life, Nabalok (The Innocent) the first piece of Teenkahon explores a transgressive facet of a relationship that exceeds the norms of social acceptability.

Written by Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay, the film is the story of an 8-year-old boy’s emotional attachment and obsession with a newly married girl in the village. A relationship that stirs up a hornet’s nest, opens a can of worms and peers into the frailties of human relationships through a tragicomical glass.

Director : John Hellberg
Sweden. 2013. 35 min.                                                                                                          What could be easier than robbing a small bookie place on the outskirts of town? It’s during the year’s biggest horse race event and the betting center Washington’s Tobacco looks like the ultimate hit for some fast cash. Mousse is a man of pride and principles and is fed up with living as a second-class citizen. But what happens when he faces principles different to his own?

11 APRIL (19.30)
Director : Umesh Aggarwal
India. 2014. 60 min. Biography                                                                                       Allah-Rakha Rahman has the honour of single-handedly catapulting Indian Film Music on to the world stage.
Considered one of the world’s most influential people by Time Magazine, his prolific body of work, over 120 film scores worldwide– at last count – in a career spanning two decades, makes him one of the world’s all-time top selling recording artists. The Film explores the evolution of his style of music – a fusion of Eastern sensibilities and Western technology. Through various turning points in his life and significant milestones, the Film celebrates an Indian icon who is no less than a global phenomenon.
Spanning across Los Angeles, London, Chennai and Bombay, the Film brings to its viewers, a hitherto unseen and unheard narrative of one of the greatest musicians the world has ever known.

Director : Ayan Banerjee
India. 2015. 14 min.                                                                                                                  What is that one thing we cannot live without? Even before we open our eyes in the morning, and not until we close them after a long tiring day. Or probably even after that. In our dreams and nightmares…what is that one thing we cannot afford to lose?

18 APRIL (19.30)
Director : Zhasulan Poshanov
Kazakhstan. 2015. 60 min                                                                                                           Rauan works at a parking lot in a prestigious residential area. Aidar passes him daily in his luxurious car. The auto belongs to his father, who works in the oil business. Rauan and Aidar are both determined to build their own lives themselves. They live in the same city, their paths cross in the same yard, but there is an abyss between them. They are separated by a toll-bar between wealth and poverty. One day Aidar and Rauan will clash and their worlds will clash. What will the results be..?

Directors : Caye Casas / Albert Pintó
Spain. 2014. 15 min                                                                                                                       NOTHING Co. is a tale, almost a caricature, about those jobs we hate but we have to keep because of economic reasons: even if the time is gold, money always wins.

25 APRIL (19.30)
Director : Camille Ponsin
France. 2012. 73 min                                                                                                                      Sanjay is a gypsy from Rajasthan. He’s 22, has a lady-killer smile and an overwhelming energy. He lives in a tent with his parents on a Delhi’s street camp. The father is a blacksmith, the mother sells the tools he makes. Sanjay is a teacher in a slum school. But his dream is to be a model and an actor. He goes and tries his luck in Bollywood, being coached by Nasser Abdullah, a supporting role actor.

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Director : Victor Ribeiro
Brasil. 2015. 7 min.                                                                                                                             Regina Bastos lives on a desert island. Her life has become quiet and lonely since the departure of her great love Beto Bruel. For over twenty years Regina will go to the beach every afternoon looking at the sea waiting for him to bring her love back.

3 MAY (19.30)

Ankhon Dekhi
Rajat Kapoor
India. 105 min. 2013

With the presentation of the writer OLGA CASADO .

Ankhon Dekhi centers around Raje Bauji, played by Sanjay Mishra who, after a dramatic incident, decides that he will only believe what he sees with his eyes

9 MAY (19.30)
Shivajee Chandrabhusan
India. 103 min. 2007
This is a touching and somber journey of Lasya, who lives with her father Karma and younger brother Chomo in a remote village in the Himalayas. Pristine snow capped mountains surround their tiny hamlet and barren harsh land stretches for miles into nowhere. One day the army moves in, settles a hundred yards across their doorstep. The last bit of comfort the family draws from their familiar surroundings changes into a harsh ceaseless irreversible conflict. The film depicts the life of this family whose dream like existence is interrupted by inevitable odds, one after the other.         

Homage to Suchitra Sen at Imagineindia 2016


SAAT PAKE BANDHA  (Ajoy Kar)                                                                             SAPTAPADI   (Ajoy Kar)                                                                                                 UTTAR FALGUNI  (Asit Sen)                                                                                       MUSAFIR  (Hrishikesh Mukherjee)

For the first time in Europe Imagineindia 2016 will hold a retrospective of the bengali actress Suchitra Sen paying this way homage to this great actress.

Suchitra Sen was an Indian film actress who worked in Bengali and Hindi cinema. The movies in which she was paired opposite Uttam Kumar became classics in the history of Bengali Cinema.

Suchitra Sen was the first Bengali actress to receive an award at an international film festival when, at the 1963 Moscow International Film Festival, she won the Silver Prize for Best Actress for Saat Paake Bandha. In 1972, she was awarded the Padma Shri, one of the highest civilian awards in India. From 1979 on, she retreated from public life and shunned all forms of public contact; for this she is often compared to Greta Garbo. In 2005, she refused the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest cinematic award in India, to stay out of the public eye. In 2012, she was conferred the West Bengal Government’s highest honour: Banga Bibhushan.

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