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Narvydas Naujalis, nominated Best DOP for Isaac at Imagineindia 2020

“Thinking about Lithuanian cinema, we want to be happy that we are gradually abandoning the complexes of a small country and stop comparing it with the big countries of the film industry. Our thinking, identity, and minority can just as well be the strengths to help construct an authentic film narrative. I am also happy with the exceptional nominees for this year’s awards, “said Narvydas Naujalis, Chairman of the Lithuanian Cinematographers’ Association, at the beginning of the ceremony.

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Still (Anis Naseri) Iran

Still
Anis Naseri
Iran.  2019.  14 min

The film is narrating two sisters living alone, Azi, the elder, and Anna, the younger.
Their mother passed away at Anna’s birthday. Azi was blaming her sister for her death and hated her for a while . Time passed by, Anna was growing up and she was resembling her mom more and more. Azi could not hate her anymore. She found her as her mother replacement and started playing a game with her. A dreadful Mom and Child game.

ANIS NASERI

Anis Nasseri was graduated in B.A Persian Literature and M.A Cinema. She recieved the Gold Medal for 20 Iranian National Scientific Olympiad: Persian Literature, Iran.

She also attended at different cinema courses including Directing by Asghar Farhadi and Shahram Mokri. She was script writer and researcher for some short films.
Still is her directorial debut film which goes through a sisterhood story.

DIRECTOR,S STATEMENT

Family has been a considerable concern to me. I could neither leave it away nor absorb it utterly. I think that most complicated family relationship is my relationship with my mother. My mother was and still is a tough woman. I wished I could set up close relationship with her. My sister behaves like my mother. Our sisterhood emerged out then. She takes the duty to go through the unfinished role of my mother. When I grew up, I become curious to figure out the relationships. In this film, we see the relationship of two sisters in the absent of their mother. All of us have left our mothers behind. The mother that we knew them in our childhood, a happy mother who walked fast or listened to us …. STILL makes a review of such motherhood and sisterhood relationship. Let’s say : it goes through the STILLS, quoted by Shamlou, a great Iranian poet.

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Dog (Hesam Salehbeig) Iran

Dog
Hesam Salehbeig
Iran.  2019.  15 min

It is said that the origin of dogs is from wolves. They have changed through the time and are the human’s best friend. Two women have to deal with a human.

HESAM SALEHBEIG

Hesam Salehbegi was born in in 1995, Iran. He got his B.A in architecture from IKIU University, 2017 and now he is studying master of cinema at Sooreh University. He has been working as film editor, graphic designer, screen writer since 2005. DOG is his first short film.

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Ranvir Shorey, nominated Best Actor for Kadakh at Imagineindia

Ranvir Shorey is an Indian actor and former VJ. Since making his debut in Ek Chhotisi Love Story (2002), he has starred in a number of high-profile films such as Jism (2003) and Lakshya (2004). He has also starred in the critically acclaimed films such as Traffic SignalBheja Fry (2007) and the critical and commercial hit Mithya (2008).

He started his career along with his friend and co-actor Vinay Pathak. He was the host of the successful talk show Ranvir Vinay Aur Kaun? and The Great Indian Comedy Show which aired on STAR One.

He made his debut opposite Manisha Koirala in the film Ek Chhotisi Love Story (2002). His next film Jism (2003) was a hit but he had a minor role. It was not until 2006 that he got noticed in the comedy Khosla Ka Ghosla. The film was released to much acclaim and his comic role was praised. He played Nanoo in the comedy Pyaar Ke Side Effects alongside Rahul Bose as his funny friend. He appeared in the multi-starrer Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007) which was moderately successful. He appeared in a Yash Raj Films, titled Aaja Nachle which was released in November 2007. Mithya, which was released in February 2008, has Ranvir Shorey as the lead actor and has been critically acclaimed. In 2008, Ranvir was seen in movies like Ugly Aur Pagli and box office hit Singh Is Kinng.

He hosted Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (season 7) in the year 2014. Which aired on Colors (TV channel)

In 2018, he starred in the short film Shame alongside Swara Bhaskar. He also appeared in the 2019 film Sonchiriya alongside Sushant Singh Rajput and Manoj Bajpayee.

Missing Days (Ekta Mittal) India

Missing Days
Ekta Mittal
India.  2020.  25 min

A film about missing days from the calendar; of missing people who left to faraway cities for work. Guided by Shiv Kumar Batalvi’s birha poetry, Gumnaam Din explores the yearnings of the missing and their loved ones who wait endlessly. Will they be found? Do they want to return? The Film observes separation as an inevitable everyday practice.

EKTA MITTAL

Ekta Mittal co-founded Maraa, a media and arts collective in Bangalore, and works there as practitioner, researcher, curator and facilitator around issues of gender, labour and caste in rural and urban contexts, making films around labour, migration and cities. Her films project on migration is titled Behind the Tinsheets. Ekta also works with creative practices in the public space, through independent production and collaborations with other artists.

EKTA MITTAL AT BERINALE

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Rickshawala (Ram Kamal Mukherjee) India

Rickshawala
Ram Kamal Mukherjee
India.  2020.  48 min

Rickshawala is a tribute to great master Bimol Roy,s masterpiece Do Bigha Zameen and Roland Joffe’s The City Of Joy. The hundred year old traditional vehicle of Kolkata that has been declared illegal by supreme court is breathing its last breath in the by lanes of the city. The film depicts the pathos, love and human bond through the two wheeler that keeps the city alive.

RAM KAMAL MUKHERJEE

Ram Kamal Mukherjee born in North Kolkata. He developed an interest in actress Hema Malini after watching her films.  When his father Jaydeb Mukherjee realized that he had an interest in writing, he encouraged Ram to write a ‘letter to the editor’ on his favourite topic (Hema Malini) to Screen (now Hotstar). The letter, and a subsequent one, was published in the newspaper and led to the start of a career as a freelance journalist in 1995. Mukherjee graduated in Media and Film Studies at the University of Calcutta. After the period working for Screen, he was appointed as the sub editor for The Asian Age in Kolkata in 2001. He was appointed as the official journalist for Kolkata Film Festival. In 2003, he moved to Mumbai, where he became a Senior Correspondent at Stardust magazine.

Ram Kamal Mukherjee is best known for Hema Malini – Diva Unveiled, an unofficial biography which was published in 2005.  

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A Man Without Shadow (Alireza Raisian)

A Man without Shadow
Alireza Raisian
Iran.  2019.  90 min

Mahan is a documentary filmmaker. When he makes a documentary about an honor killing, his film is rejected by the broadcaster and he consequently gets fired. He feels his personal life is in danger, especially when he is threatened by the victim’s family. To help Mahan, his wife Sayeh finds a good job in a big company. Sayeh goes to Spain with her boss to sign a big deal, but she disappears upon her return.

ALIREZA RAISIAN

Born in 1955 in Tehran, Alireza Raissian is best known for his debut feature film REYHANEH, represented in festivals of Montreal, Torino, Nantes and Berlin in early nineties. Graduated from College of Television, he began his professional career as scriptwriter and assistant director. His second film JOURNEY, based on a screenplay by Abbas Kiarostami, was shown in San Sebastian, Sao Paulo, Hong Kong and London. The film DESERTED STATION won the Best Actress award in Montreal IFF. His last three films HAVANA FILE, LOVE AT FORTY and TIME TO LOVE also took part in many international festivals.

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Behind India, a look through their social movements (Fernando Vera) Spain

Behind India, a look through their social movements
Fernando Vera Moreno
Spain.  2018.  77 min

This film shows the struggles, often invisible, of activists and anonymous women like our protagonist Santoshi, who are not satisfied with being silent witnesses of the violation of their rights and the deterioration of the environment.

FERNANDO  VERA  MORENO

BEHIND INDIA, UNA MIRADA DESDE SUS MOVIMIENTOS SOCIALES ...

Fernando Vera Moreno (Zaragoza, España, 12/09/1975). Formed in the Bigas Luna Film Workshop, the New York Film Academy and different courses in script, direction and production. Diploma in Teaching by the University of Zaragoza.  Audiovisual producer with more than 15 years of experience in management and production teams.  Experience for more than four years in the preparation and implementation of educational programs that take the cinema as a pedagogical tool in different schools, both in primary and secondary. Responsible for award-winning short films inside and outside of Spain, launch campaigns for brands nationwide and several institutional documentaries.

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Miss Man (Tathagata Ghosh) India

Miss Man
Tathagata Ghosh
India.  2019.  25 min

After being shunned by his homophobic father for his sexuality and his lover for not being a woman,  Manob finds himself travelling to the city for a sex change operation. However, as he struggles with his identity, he faces challenges and questions he may not be ready to confront yet.

TATHAGATA  GHOSH

Hailing from a small Indian town, Tathagata has always believed in telling stories of people from different social backgrounds.  People who do not have a voice of their own.  Tathagata writes for various leading web film magazines as well about cinema and film making. His articles have been published in some of the leading web film magazines of India too like Jamuura.  His detective novel “Senilar Sonket” got published in the Kolkata International Book Fair 2016 in February. He has also directed numerous commercials, music videos and written screenplays for several projects. His last short “The Demon”(Doitto) has travelled to more than 25 major international film festivals, competing for Best Short and has won 4 awards so far.

INTERVIEW TO TATHAGATA GHOSH

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Araf (Didem Pekún) Turkey

Araf
Didem Pekún
Turkey. 2018. 45 min

A’raf – a Turkish word for limbo or purgatory – symbolises the borderland between heaven and hell for those who are, from incapacity, neither morally bad nor good, according to Qur’an. In this very special essayistic road movie,  we follow a diary of Nayia, a ghostly character who travels between Srebrenica, Sarajevo and Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  She has been in exile since the war and returns for the memorial of the Srebrenica genocide. Her diary notes merge with the myth of Daedalus and Icarus – Icarus being the name given to the winner of a bridge-diving competition in her home country. This years-old tradition in Mostar appears as a central motif of the film. The carefully chosen visual style with black and white photography remarkably emphasises the emotional state and grief of people at the Srebrenica Memorial.

DIRECTOR,S STATEMENT

I was in a trance when I was making this film, or perhaps in a nightmare I was unable to snap out of.  Everything fell into place in that manner, in the sense of how the team came together, how the production materialized out of a series of what almost looked like impossibilitie The film is also an elegy in slow motion; an elegy of an event that the world fast-forwarded. I wanted to rewind and replay and really look to see through the commemoration, because commemoration is an act of protest against this repulsive phenomenon of genocide and the desire to erase a people from history.

DIDEM  PEKÚN

Didem Pekün

Didem Pekün was born in 1978 in Istanbul, Turkey.  Her work explores both artistic research and practice. In her essay films, she addresses how violence and displacement define and destroy life. Her documentaries and video installations have been shown internationally and have received various awards.  She is a founding member of the Center for Spatial Justice (MAD).  She holds a BA in Music from SOAS, an MA in Documentary from Goldsmiths, and a practice-based PhD in Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths, University of London. After being a faculty member at Koç University, a Research Fellow at Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, a Joint Fellow at Institute for Advanced Studies & Visual Studies Platform at CEU, Budapest, she is currently a fellow at Graduate School / Berlin Center for the Advanced Studies in Arts and Sciences.

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