Mumbai October 27, 2012: The Seven Islands International Film festival set the ball rolling with the 'India Premier' of the critically acclaimed movie 'Berlin Telegraph' by Leila Albayaty an Iraqi-French singer-songwriter and filmmaker. The film festival also witnessed overwhelming support from the stalwarts of the Indian Cinema, who supported the festival for providing a strong platform for auteur's cinema in India. The festival was inaugurated by Dibaker Banerjee and Kalki Koechlin by lighting a ceremonial lamp.
Seven Islands International Film Festival will preview 50 movies across 18 countries, a platform created to celebrate World Cinema. The festival aims at bringing together global radical filmmakers with new cinematic approaches that break through the clutter of traditional filmmaking and create an audience for such movies.
Speaking on the inauguration Mr Dibaker Banerjee commented “I am extremely encouraged looking at the response such a platform has created for 'auteurs cinema'. Audiences today are willing to pay attention towards experimental movies, however the multiplex culture in India doesn't allow director to present such movies in front of the audiences. In such environment it is the film festivals that can make a difference in showcasing these movies through their platform. He further added we have already filed a petition with the government of India to grant 200 crores from the grant allotted for archiving 100years Indian cinema to encourage directors to focus on making 'auters cinema' that not only entertainment the audiences but also provides a strong socio economical message."
Speaking on the occasion Kalki Koechlin said "I am happy to see a film festival promote a strong theme 'Women against all odds', as this will help women become more aware of the inherent strength that they possess. I congratulate Seven Islands Film Festival for taking up such a relevant theme and wish them the best for their future”.
In addition Ms Sakshi Ojha, Festival Director, Seven Islands International Film Festival said, “We are over whelmed by the support we have received both by the film fraternity and the audiences, I am sure the next few days would be equally exciting and will showcase movies that are sure to enthrall the audiences. The film festival will also create a platform for discussions and seminars around its theme on women and encourage emerging talents through musical performances and regional dance shows, providing a platform for a panoramic showcase of cultural talent in fields such as music, dance and the arts".
A 'touring festival', Seven Islands International Film festival aims at creating a platform where different communities and students come together to watch, deliberate and discuss independent cinema. Launched at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, the Festival aims to bring together global radical filmmakers with new cinematic approaches that break through the clutter of traditional filmmaking.
The theme of the festival will change each year, depending on the broader socio-political happenings around the world.
About Seven Islands International Film festival
Seven Islands International Film Festival is a celebration of global auteurs in cinema that use film as an artistic language, defining it with their own aesthetics and idiosyncrasies. It will showcase international and national films, with a special focus on regional films.
With India as the backdrop and Indians as one of the oldest and thriving film and art literates of the world, the festival aims to bring together global radical filmmakers with new cinematic approaches that break through the clutter of traditional filmmaking.
Seven Islands International Film Festival is a non-commercial, annual touring festival that was launched at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2012.
The theme of this year’s festival is Women Rising, Against All Odds and is an ode to women across the world and a celebration of their unique and remarkable achievements.
The film festival will also provide a platform for a panoramic showcase of other regional and local untapped cultural talent in fields such as music, dance and the arts.
Movie Synopsis - Berlin Telegraph (India Premiere, held on October 26, 2012)
Leila the lead protagonist is a singer-songwriter who lives in Brussels. When Antoine, the man she is in love with, suddenly walks out on her for another woman, she leaves for Berlin to start a new life. Before closing the door of her apartment for the last time, she films herself in a mirror, vowing, one day, to send Antoine the images of her new life. It will be her revenge. It's a musical road-movie that travels to Brussels, Berlin, Lisbon and Cairo with Leila as our guide . A story of crossing paths, re-learning to live, and opening yourself up to the world. Antoine will never get to see the images.
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This is the opening line that Mr Dibaker Banerjee said jokingly at the after party at the Seven Islands International Film Festival, leaving the audiences in Chennai in a frenzy, after which he added that south films are very original and have this quality in keeping their audiences captivated and there s a lot that we film makers from Mumbai have to learn from, as we love picking up their concepts and making remakes out of them!