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Meet Jessica Oreck – “One man dies a million times”

By Sophia Stewart for Women and Hollywood

Jessica Oreck is a writer and director.  Her first film, “Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo,” was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in 2010 and aired on PBS’ “Independent Lens” series, as well as playing theatrically around the world.  Since then, her credits have included ” “Venus,” “Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys,” and “The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga.” Continue reading Meet Jessica Oreck – “One man dies a million times”

Acting in Satyajit Ray,s cinema

Talking about Satyajit Ray and his cinema in a very short span is really difficult.  He is no doubt a complete artist and one who is a master in so many different aspects of cinema and culture.

Realism in Satyajit Ray’s cinema is the very first of its kind in the context of Indian cinema.  Earlier mostly cinematic expressions were borrowed heavily from theatre and also literature.

Ray was one of the first who showed how to evolve a cinematic language which is distinct from theatre and literature. Continue reading Acting in Satyajit Ray,s cinema

Jurgis Matulevicius, Director of Isaac

Cineuropa talked to Lithuanian director Jurgis Matulevičius about his first feature, Isaac, selected in Competition at Imagineindia International Film Festival Madrid.

Jurgis Matulevičius’s Isaac,  although shot, for the most part, in gorgeous black and white, and dealing with the theme of post-war guilt, is not simply another Ida.  The movie revolves around the infamous Lietūkis Garage Massacre and has many surprises up its sleeve.  We spoke to the director to find out more. Continue reading Jurgis Matulevicius, Director of Isaac

Season’s Greetings of Ram Kamal Mukherjee to be premiered at Imagineindia

Filmmaker Ram Kamal Mukherjee’s second venture A Tribute to Rituparno Ghosh: Season’s Greetings will have world wide premiere on Zee 5 this winter.

After the success of Cakewalk, author turned director Ram Kamal Mukherjee’s second feature A Tribute to Rituparno Ghosh: Season’s Greetings will have world wide premiere on Zee 5, India’s leading digital platform. The 47 minute Hindi feature marks the comeback of Bollywood star Celina Jaitly Haag post marriage and motherhood. The film also stars theatre thespian Lillette Dubey and debutant Azhar Khan in the lead. This film also marks the debut of Bollywood’s first transgender actor Shree Ghatak in a pivotal role. Continue reading Season’s Greetings of Ram Kamal Mukherjee to be premiered at Imagineindia

Interview with Ram Kamal Mukherjee

Tell us what inspired you to take that step into journalism. My father, Jaydeb Mukherjee was instrumental in guiding me. He realised that I liked writing, and…

Tell us what inspired you to take that step into journalism.

My father, Jaydeb Mukherjee was instrumental in guiding me. He realised that I liked writing, and I always preferred Shakespeare more than Newton in my school days! I guess the germ was already created; it needed the right soil to bloom. Continue reading Interview with Ram Kamal Mukherjee

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