By K.Ashwin, Mob: 09920183006, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
After a grand opening on Day one, 5th Jagran Film Festival’s Day one proved to be an ideal treat for film buffs with its engaging lineup of films, master classes and workshops. With three Asian premieres and some regional Indian films, variety was at its ever best on a day that offered cine-goers more than they anticipated and left them look forward to some more cinematic pleasure over the next five days.
At PVR Andheri, the day took off with Asian premiere of director Taishi Shiode’s 80 minute Japanese film ‘Death & Tanya’. For those who missed this cinematic master piece that depicts the time and age of First World War, a repeat screening of Day one’s opening Austrian film ‘The Woods Are Still Green’ followed. Asian premieres were the flavor of the day as PVR Andheri showcased Director Tamar van den Dop’s 90 minute Dutch film ‘Supernova’ and Alejandro Fernandez’s 82 minute Spanish film ‘To Kill a Man’. Indian Director Soumik Sen’s biopic ‘Gulab Gang’ starring two of India’s most powerful actresses Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla with their strong performances also added to Day two’s lineup at the PVR.
Keeping up the magic of master classes, PVR Andheri on Day two saw a series of sessions and workshops by film specialists. Embassy of Cyprus presented a spectacular purview of filming locations in Cyprus through a special session titled ‘Locations’. Taking forward Jagran’s tradition to showcase short films through a unique platform, it presented a special Spanish collection of short films that comprised Lander Camarero’s 11 minute short ‘A Political Story’, Aritz Moreno’s seven minute film ‘Colera’, BorjaCobeaga’s 11 minute short film ‘Democracia’, Izibene Onederra’s five minute short film ‘Hotzanak,You’re Your Own Safety’ and director ‘Raul De La Fuente’s 27 minute Spanish film ‘Minerita’.
At Cinemax Versova, the day brought to the forefront some pearls from Indian regional as well as Hindi cinema with a lineup consisting of director Arun Kumar’s 152 minute film ‘Pannaiyarum Padminiyum’ followed by director Laxman Utekar’s Marathi tale of childless couple and a kid, ‘Tapaal’, 1980s ‘Who Saat Din’ directed by Bapu and Vijay Raaz’s 130 minute Hindi war drama ‘Kya Dilli Kya Lahore’. The theatre also screened some not to be missed gems from the world cinema starting with Jean Renoir’s 35 mm French film ‘Grand Illusion’, a black and white 1937 film from the vintage collection of the legendary director to Shyam Benegal’s much-talked about 2005 biopic ‘Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero’.
The Greek film ‘Block 12’ marked the opening of Country Focus on Greece this year, a 94 minute film directed by Kyriacos T. farides followed by another landmark screening of 98 minute Portuguese film, ‘Beatriz’s War’. The film director by Luigi Acquisto & Bety Reis is East Timur’s first official feature film span over 24-year period of Indonesian occupation and had also featured in 2013’s International Film Festival of India.