Process of entering films for foreign festivals is faulty Adoor

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Panaji, Nov 29 (UNI) Eminent filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan today criticised the process of sending entries to foreign film festivals, saying it was responsible for the large number of rejections.

''India can send better entries to these festivals provided we have a thorough screening and shorlist fewer entries,'' he said speaking at a press conference after the screening of his latest film 'Naalu Pennungal'(Four Women)' at the on-going 38th International Film Festival of India(IFFI) here.

What happens that in festivals like Cannes over a dozen films were sent without caring so much for quality. The result was rejection for a number of films, and after three rejections, it was difficult for the films to find place in other festivals, he said.

Talking about IFFI, he said the focus of the festival should be Indian Panorama. Moreover, the authorities should try to bring those foreign movies which have not been shown anywhere else.

Replying to questions about 'Naalu Pennungal' he said the movie was based on short stories by his favourite Malayalee author Thakazzhi Sivasankara Pillai.

''Though these stories had been written at different times, but he chose them because of their they go together thematically.It was in fact part of a Doordarshan project for making films based on the work of Mr Pillai, but hee had full freedom to chose, and interestingly, the works he chose were all short stories, said Mr Gopalakrishnan.

''A short story has a central point. There is no beating about the bush,'' he said.

The filmmaker said he enjoyed complete freedom in adaptation to the film form. In fact, he had gone beyond the author and infused sub-text and layers.

The four stories, each independent and set in a specific time(between 1940s and 60s) and place(Kittanadu--the granary of Kerala), together reflect the plight of women in a society in transition and resonates concerns that are contemporary.

Replying to a question, he said the reason that he could make only ten films in his about 40-year-long career was that it was so difficult to make the films the way one want.

He said it was so hard these days to find platforms for showing good movies. He, however, was very much satisfied with the response 'Naalu Pennungal' had got in the South and elsewhere. The film was premiered in Toronto and has gone to a number of foreign film festivals, said Mr Gopalakrishnan.

Replying to a question about the future of Indian cinema, he said things had changed a lot, especially the advent of TV had impacted cinema in significant way but this medium would remain as it had a magic of its own. The experince of collectively watching a movie in darkness had its own charm and meaning, he added.


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