The Bengali film Cinemawaala – which won the UNESCO-Fellini Award at International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2015 in Goa and the National Award winning Kannada film Thithi will represent aesthetically elevated film making in our country.
The first BRICS Film Festival opens at Siri Fort multiplex in the city on September 2 and will go on till September 6. The five-day film gala will screen four films each from the participating nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
Bollywood veteran Rishi Kapoor will be the special guest at the opening ceremony, while Minister of State for Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Minister of State of External Affairs VK Singh are expected to grace the occasion.
“The festival is a brainchild of Prime Minister Narendra Modiji. The idea came to him during his visit to Russia. India is set to host the BRICS summit later this year, and a number of cultural events will be hosted to mark the occasion. The film festival is one such,” said C. Senthil Rajan, Director, Directorate of Film Festivals.
FILMS TO BE SCREENED
At a press interaction on Thursday, Rajan introduced the cast of Veeram – the opening film of the festival. The film is directed by National Award-winner Jayaraj and stars Bollywood actor Kunal Kapoor. Veeram is Jayaraj’s interpretation of Macbeth and the film – a trilingual in Malayalam, Hindi and English – redefines William Shakespeare’s immortal play using the ancient martial art of Kerala, Kalaripayattu. “It was mentally and physically a challenge to shoot this film for long hours, but the outcome was rewarding,” said Kapoor.