Thursday, 1 September 2016

India to host the 1st BRICS Film Festival

Malayalam movie Veeram to be the opening film for the Film Festival 

If there is something that cuts across borders and linguistic barriers it has to be films. Films have the power to engage the viewer despite the varied constructs of age, gender, language and nationality. They act as a visual treat to our imagination and teach us about the varied cultures around the world.  
At the press conference of BRICS Film Festival, Shri Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting had said, “BRICS Film Festival to explore areas of cooperation in the domain of cinema, culture & cuisine”
India is hosting 1 st BRICS Film Festival which will begin from today with a Curtain Raiser. The Festival will be held at Siri Fort Auditorium Complex, New Delhi from September 2 to September 6, 2016 and will act as a platform for people to explore areas of cooperation in the domain of cinema, culture and cuisine’
Minister had also mentioned that the idea of organising the BRICS Film Festival originated at the last BRICS Summit where PM Narendra Modi proposed a BRICS film festival and film awards. The festival would celebrate the excellence of cinema by rewarding filmmakers, actors, producers and directors.
The BRICS countries comprising of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa ahead of the BRICS summit in October have planned a Film Festival that will go beyond political relations and initiate interaction between the common people. The Film Festival aims to showcase the cultures of various countries through their films.

Highlights of 1 st BRICS Film Festival
  •         Four films from each of the BRICS nations will be showcased at the festival. The Festival, being organized by the Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF) will also double up as a competition. Apart from feature films, documentaries and films made by students of the participating nations will also be showcased at the Festival.
  •         For Food Connoisseurs, exclusive cuisines from all the BRICS nations would also be available at the food court of the venue. A craft fair is also being organised at the Sir Fort auditorium complex with all member countries putting up stalls with souvenirs and other properties for sale.
  •         The opening film for the festival would be the world premiere of the Malayalam movie Veeram, directed by Jayaraj Rajasekharan Nair and starring Kunal Kapoor. The film is a transcreation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and flawlessly portrays the greed for power and the extent a person goes to attain them. 
  •    The opening ceremony of the festival will be attended by senior Ministers from all five nations, eminent film personalities and jury members.
  • The Festival will close with a Chinese film as China will host the next film festival

 Beyond films, the Festival will also bring to stage spectacular performances by the Chengdu Performing Arts Theatre (China), Theatre Leningrad Centre Dreams of Russia and MBZ Music Production (South Africa)

The films in the competition section from all the 5 participating countries are listed below:

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