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"Being at a film festival reminds me of the power of film. The power that we have in our hands. Telling specific stories about personal matters can start the debate that is needed today, and that connect you with realities that you had no idea were connected"  - Diego Luna

 

On 16thNovember 2018, city Kolkata witnessed an event 1sttime of its kind. Hundreds of filmmakers &artists from all over the world came to the City of Joy to celebrate the joy of creation.To explore the cinema with no border and to encourage risk taking independent filmmakers, the Critics of CULT CRITICÒfilm magazine organized the 1stannual JEAN LUC GODARD AWARDSÒat Rotary Sadan, Kolkata

CCMA is an organization dedicated to the discovery and development of new Artists and Audiences. Cult Critic Movie Awards™ (CCMA) is an INTERNATIONAL LIVE SCREENING FILM FESTIVAL which seeks to support and inspire independent film and theatre artists from all over the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work.

Shailik Bhaumik, the Chairman of Cult Critic Movie Awards says “ We accepts works of all lengths, genres, dates of completion, and countries of origin. Films have no premiere requirements or screening restrictions and may be released or unreleased. Screenplays have no prior distribution restrictions and may be produced or unproduced”

The annual Gala started at 9 AM with the fabulous of Red carpet event. Then the inauguration and lamp lighting took place, on that day the live screening event, as well as the press conference and in the afternoon award ceremony event and cultural, programmed was making the day wonderful.

More than 100 of filmmakers joined this glamorous event. Not only filmmakers many of the honorable personalities join the event.

The following personalities were present in the event as the honorable guests-

Mr. ShyamalSen, Former Chief Justice of Kolkata High Court
Mr.GoutamGhosh, Film Director

Mr.ChandanSen, Actor
Mrs.RitaDuttaChakraborty, Actor
Mrs.DeboleenaDutta, Actor
Mr.FabricePlancon, Director, Alliance Francaise
Mrs. Mom Ganguly, Eminent Classical Dancer
Dr. Mala Moitra, Director-Film Division of WB Govt.

Mr.Shailik Bhoumik, Chairman of HLC

In this event, the most acclaimed film directors and cinematographer of modern India, MR. GOUTAM GHOSH was honored by Lifetime Achievement Award. In his speech, Mr. Ghosh  shared the experience of his journey to the film industry as well as he gave some tips to the independent filmmakers about the art of visual storytelling.

The festival has a wide range of submission categories (Approx 50 categories) from Narrative Feature Film, Documentary, Short Film…..to Drone Film, Experimental Film and Virtual Reality Film.

After the inaugural event around 80 international, as well as Indianfilms were screened in front of the live audience. Mostly the award-winning movies of the festival were screened to this event; some movies touched directly the heart of the audiences.

After the screening of each film the festival committee invited the respective Directors and Artists of the film to share their creative vision with the audience.

In the evening, the Award Ceremony took place along with a colorful cultural program.The cultural program covered the mainly the wide spectrum of Indian cultures, which represented various tradition of the Indian civilization. An amazing singing and dance performance also took place in between the Award Ceremony, which made the audience mesmerizing.

Apart from encouraging the risk-taking independent filmmakers, Cult Critic, which is also known as the voice of independent filmmakers, took a unique initiative to discover and showcase art-house independent cult cinema of recent time. The Festival committee identified 8 independent films from various countries as the CULT CLASSIC CINEMA and honored the filmmakers with the medal of recognition and certificates.

Finally the program was ended with a happy note and promise to every filmmaker that the next year it will be grand event with lots of new avenues for the independent filmmakers who dare to dream.

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"Being at a film festival reminds me of the power of film. The power that we have in our hands. Telling specific stories about personal matters can start the debate that is needed today, and that connect you with realities that you had no idea were connected"  - Diego Luna

On 16thNovember 2018, city Kolkata witnessed an event 1sttime of its kind. Hundreds of filmmakers &artists from all over the world came to the City of Joy to celebrate the joy of creation.To explore the cinema with no border and to encourage risk taking independent filmmakers, the Critics of CULT CRITICÒfilm magazine organized the 1stannual JEAN LUC GODARD AWARDSÒat Rotary Sadan, Kolkata

CCMA is an organization dedicated to the discovery and development of new Artists and Audiences. Cult Critic Movie Awards™ (CCMA) is an INTERNATIONAL LIVE SCREENING FILM FESTIVAL which seeks to support and inspire independent film and theatre artists from all over the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work.

Shailik Bhaumik, the Chairman of Cult Critic Movie Awards says “ We accepts works of all lengths, genres, dates of completion, and countries of origin. Films have no premiere requirements or screening restrictions and may be released or unreleased. Screenplays have no prior distribution restrictions and may be produced or unproduced”

The annual Gala started at 9 AM with the fabulous of Red carpet event. Then the inauguration and lamp lighting took place, on that day the live screening event, as well as the press conference and in the afternoon award ceremony event and cultural, programmed was making the day wonderful.

More than 100 of filmmakers joined this glamorous event. Not only filmmakers many of the honorable personalities join the event.

The following personalities were present in the event as the honorable guests-

Mr. ShyamalSen, Former Chief Justice of Kolkata High Court
Mr.GoutamGhosh, Film Director

Mr.ChandanSen, Actor
Mrs.RitaDuttaChakraborty, Actor
Mrs.DeboleenaDutta, Actor
Mr.FabricePlancon, Director, Alliance Francaise
Mrs. Mom Ganguly, Eminent Classical Dancer
Dr. Mala Moitra, Director-Film Division of WB Govt.

Mr.Shailik Bhoumik, Chairman of HLC

In this event, the most acclaimed film directors and cinematographer of modern India, MR. GOUTAM GHOSH was honored by Lifetime Achievement Award. In his speech, Mr. Ghosh  shared the experience of his journey to the film industry as well as he gave some tips to the independent filmmakers about the art of visual storytelling.

 

The festival has a wide range of submission categories (Approx 50 categories) from Narrative Feature Film, Documentary, Short Film…..to Drone Film, Experimental Film and Virtual Reality Film.

After the inaugural event around 80 international, as well as Indianfilms were screened in front of the live audience. Mostly the award-winning movies of the festival were screened to this event; some movies touched directly the heart of the audiences.

After the screening of each film the festival committee invited the respective Directors and Artists of the film to share their creative vision with the audience.

In the evening, the Award Ceremony took place along with a colorful cultural program.The cultural program covered the mainly the wide spectrum of Indian cultures, which represented various tradition of the Indian civilization. An amazing singing and dance performance also took place in between the Award Ceremony, which made the audience mesmerizing.

Apart from encouraging the risk-taking independent filmmakers, Cult Critic, which is also known as the voice of independent filmmakers, took a unique initiative to discover and showcase art-house independent cult cinema of recent time. The Festival committee identified 8 independent films from various countries as the CULT CLASSIC CINEMA and honored the filmmakers with the medal of recognition and certificates.

Finally the program was ended with a happy note and promise to every filmmaker that the next year it will be grand event with lots of new avenues for the independent filmmakers who dare to dream.

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Devil

Directed by Kshitij Sharma  |  Review by Prarthana Mitra

Devil by seasoned actor-filmmaker Kshitij Sharma is a treat for all those who love intrigue, which is just another way of testing morality and its limits. Halfway into the film, the hero of Sharma’s film laments how death is more difficult for those it leaves behind. At that moment, the trajectory of events becomes abundantly clear to the audience, if not to his interlocutor, Maya. She is the one who drives the action to its precipice and becomes the locus of guilt, self-preservation and relief.

Made on a shoestring budget by a collective that shares pre- and post-production among themselves, the film is an independent project through-and-through. But it resorts to none of the stylistic hacks we have come to recognize in the indie wave of filmmakers. The film is honest in that sense, and focuses on documenting a fictive reality, instead of arranging the puzzle pieces along an allegorical line in order to send a clear message. The nuanced performances and art design will capture your attention, even if you find the film narratively predictable. After all, Sharma has based it, quite unambiguously, on one of Maupassant’s most popular short stories, adapting it dexterously with an Indian bite.

The background score stood out for me as it is not only omnipresent but quite effervescent and generously used. The sonorous theme gives the mood away from the opening scene which features the titular painting and hits the right crescendo at pivotal moments. The portrait of the devil, revealed later in the film, serves as a totem for the events that unfold over the 115 minutes. By the end, the characters in Devil are presented with an ethical tension that unrelentingly tests them.

Sharma himself plays the protagonist, an ex-army man who struggles to care for his mother, and coping with the looming presence of his dead father, a prolific artist who has left behind a slew of artworks around the house. Dev’s mother has been suffering from dementia from the time she lost her husband to a freak accident. Incidentally, the devil’s portrait was the last thing he painted and which miraculously survived the crash. Now they live in a sprawling mountain resort in the middle of nowhere, as Dev tries and fails to make ends meet.
The plot gets rolling with Maya’s entry into their lives, who arrives to care for the ailing matriarch now on her deathbed. Disgruntled with the terms of her unusual agreement and appalled at Dev’s lack of empathy for his mother (among other things), Maya orchestrates a way out of this modern day Bates Motel. Niharika Singh as Maya delivers an expressive yet understated performance in the film alongside Sharma.
The setting and cinematography have been aptly used to portray Dev and Maya’s spiral into a situation that tests their strengths and weaknesses. The dialogue flows from one scene to the next effortlessly and serves as the primary source of information. It also acts as the cordial veneer that hides their frayed nerves underneath.

The lighting is a little inconsistent, given how perfectly lit some of the night scenes are. But the film manages to hold on to its darkness, with an atmosphere that spells inevitable doom. In hindsight, a tighter edit could have helped stitch the events in a more cohesive and impactful manner. But Sharma insists on glossing over the tiniest and the most mundane of details, which makes sense since the narrative is carefully divided into ten days of action. Additionally, it helps highlight Maya’s occupational hazards and the toll it takes on her psyche, which may have driven her to take the extreme action. Dev’s character too has been characterized, blocked and recontextualized very well. There is ample evidence of his gruffness, world-weariness, alcoholism and the ability to strike a hard bargain, which ultimately makes for a better understanding of Maya’s intentions.

The moral compass of this film rests with Dev and Maya, and we weigh their compassion and humanity, measure for measure. The film does a brilliant job in portraying the reality of these two characters, whose fates become intertwined with that of an old woman awaiting her death but refusing to die. The devil is perhaps in the waiting.

Prarthana is presently in between odd jobs and obtaining her master’s degree in literature. She loves modern poetry and meditative cinema. Based out of Calcutta, Prarthana observes people, football, films and enjoys writing about all three. Of late, she relates to Frank Ocean’s music. Her writing experience consists of writing for various sites such as Try Cinema, The Indian Economist, Doing The Rondo, Saintbrush and various academic journals.

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Violet and the Wildman

Directed by Krisztina Danka  |  Review by Aindrila Chatterjee

Whoever loves and understands a garden will find a contentment within. The famous Chinese proverb says it all for this nature documentary film “Violet and the Wildman”. Krisztina Danka, Ph.D., the executive director of “Violet and the Wildman”, is herself of the US origin. Besides being a multi-award winner director, she is also the author of three books, a college lecturer, human rights and environmental activist. She is the writer-director-producer of over 30 documentaries, television-series and videos. Her topics of work are mainly upon human rights, charity work, inspiring stories, environmental issues, animal rights, vegetarianism, art, science and spirituality and education.

She likes to tell people’s stories. So, her documentaries always focus upon real human characters and their real experiences which audience can easily relate with and could understand easily the whole topic. In this documentary short film of Krisztina, the inspirational story of Steve Brill shows us how a person saves animal by searching various edible plants and their medicinal values worldwide.

Here ‘violet’ is not only representing the daughter of Steve Brill, Violet Brill, who is the center of his world, but also colors of nature and incomparable beauty of natural treasures. And ‘wildman’ refers to the plant-eater, Steve Brill, who continues his search for edible wild plants all over the world and once has been put behind the bars in 1986 for eating a dandelion in Central Park, New York. Born in the US, Steve Brill is a naturalist, environmental educator and author. He used to buy organic chicken for his meals, but once he saw a terrible sight of chicken in a slaughter house, he changed his mind. He totally lost his desire for animal flesh since that day. He then started his journey for the medicinal and edible plants all over the world and asked many botany students, researchers and other professionals of all ages to join his journey.

During his travel around the world, he once found a plant which can solve any skin irritation problems, even a small mosquito bite. This ‘Wildman’ even found some endangered plant species as well. According to him, these hands-on programs are designed not only to learn about the nature, but also to get back to touch with it. Our rich ecological treasures can be rebuilt only by preserving the renewable resources and reaffirming our commitments towards nature. Furthermore, according to Brill, the whole world is his garden because there are so many edible and medicinal plants. He went on searching for those amazing facts about nature in his ‘’own garden’’. Steve is able to convince in his philosophy all the others students and researchers except for his only daughter and partner, Violet. Now the question is, will he be able to convince his daughter in the credibility of his research? May his search goes on till miles before I go to sleep.

“Glamour is not for us, it’s for others”. Hearing that Aindrila came into the world of media. Her struggle started from her college days. She loves to communicate with people. Adventure is her first love. Worked in many Bengali media houses like Aajkaal, SNews during and after her university days. She loves literature, drama, cinema, football, and cooking. She loves to learn new things daily. According to her, communication and books make a person more knowledgeable.

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Phire Paowa

Directed by Abesh Banerjee  |  Review by Riya Saha

How it feels to be a quintessential housewife from an average middle-class family? It’s monotony on one side but sheer dedication on the other. It’s a boredom from the mundane household activities but at the same time a zeal which arises from the love and care for the dear ones, a plethora of responsibilities that overshadows her own passion, ambition and dreams. But when it comes to her self-dignity, she simply knows no boundaries and she will face any challenge whatsoever daunting it may be and show the world her true power. This is what the director Abesh Banerjee has tried to portray in his short film ‘Phire Paowa’.

The movie has an enthralling screenplay and direction which keeps the viewers engaged and bound till the climax. It has a blend of different emotions beautifully captured and encapsulated within compact sequences. Phire Paowa depicts female empowerment and facilitates viewers to envisage the issues created even in today’s modern world due to the conventional patriarchal traditions and mentality leading to the subordination of women.

The movie portrays women as individuals capable of making rational and educated decisions about themselves as well as the society, increasing and improving the economic, political and legal strength to ensure equal rights as men.

The music is subtle and sweet, which makes the atmosphere quite enchanting. The songs (Rabindra Sangeet) used partly in this film (Nyay Onnyay, Janine and Amar A. Poth) are blended well with the scenes and the words are irresistibly charming.

The actress who plays the protagonist has done a brilliant job with her natural and convincing expressions – she showcased a truly matured performance! This is an absolutely marvelous piece of work done by the cinematographer to ensure every angle adds value to the scene. Credit goes to the director for the perfection brought about in every single sequence, as well to the entire cast for the brilliant acting and powerful performances. While watching the film, for not a second did I feel the director has over exaggerated anything! Phire Paowa will surely influence many emancipated women. Abesh Banerjee and Phire Paowa have successfully created a very distinct movie about the female power and understanding of the feminine mind, which I really appreciate.

We have seen many films about female empowerment, but this one is all about female bonding. When friends help you out, it can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Not only do you have the support of someone who knows you, but you also have the opportunity to make connections and profit from the help you receive- without owing your friend anything in return!
This movie is an amazing homage to the greatness and to the success of the lead actress of Phire Paowa, who finally crossed all boundaries to fulfill her feminine aspirations.

So, what are you waiting for? This movie is a piece of art and it is definitely a must watch for all the movie lovers out there.

Riya Saha is a Kolkata based writer, editor, journalist and cinephile. She has completed her masters with Journalism and Mass Communication from Calcutta University and currently working as a freelance journalist. Having a great interest in world cinema made Riya join Human Lab Corporation. She is passionate about setting goals and achieving them. She enjoys reading, writing, travelling, socializing and meeting people. She is also very fond of watching International movies.

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Twalking

Directed by Lorenzo Gonnelli  |  Review by Nabadipa Talukder

Focusing on the dark matter through music and visual interpretation, “Twalking” delves into a theme girdled with objects unfathomable and the surrounding resembling that of Earth. It begins with a hint of familiarity, with the emergence of what seems to be a human body with music accompanying and relishing what you would come across. It has a very interesting mixture of reality and illusion which engrosses and questions its own making. The dreamlike sequence depicts the journey of a man, whose story we would soon find out.

The story begins with a man emerging out of a water body, depicting his birth. The slow progression to his realization of his existence is then portrayed through visuals where he becomes aware of his body and his surroundings. He tests and examines everything around him. Changes can be then seen through the change of matter both inside and outside of him. This man imbibes from his surroundings, tests everything while he walks on the surface. The depictions of matter changing and evolving are visualized using graphic motion animation.
Every element on Earth is shown to be associated with this man who turns his face to each element carefully, nurturing it coming in close association with every object as he embarks on a journey. There are concepts like mirroring, reflection and stance, a symmetry which is manipulated and used in conjunction. When all of the elements come together, all the elements are seen to merge with the creator who most probably is “ADAM-the first man”.

From the beginning of time, the concept revolving the creation of Earth has always been debated and explored and interpreted in different ways. Lorenzo has made an attempt to interpret it with a dark theme. The presence of rain, cloudy setup with a man walking all alone predicts and precedes the ideology of the first man being all alone and seeking for something he isn’t aware of. He takes to exploring everything around in order to look for answers. He walks through the caves and he walks through the forests and tries to connect to all living things looking for answers. Will he ever know?

The key feature of this project is its music. The different modulations in sound and quality of music that would have to be selected and incorporated into the video would have an impact on the visuals. Lorenzo’s skills in graphics and his perfect choice of music make the project even more interesting to watch. However, it would have been interpreted in a far better had this script been explored some more. The aftermath of human birth, growth and consequent existence has no limits. This film and how it has exactly replicated this thought is perfect in every sense.

Dr. Nabadipa Talukder is a doctor by profession with a passion for creative writing and has been into digital content writing for almost 5 years now. She practiced as a dental professional for two years in Kolkata before she quit her job in order to pursue a career in writing. Nabadipa was exposed to the freedom to write for various fronts which opened up her mind and introduced her to the world of screenplay and script writing. She wishes to travel and understand various cultures and wishes to write their stories.

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Los Angeles

Directed by Kishore Tummala  |  Review by Ananya Jana

In Los Angeles we follow Dave, a seamless stranger who accidentally bumps into a psychiatrist. In the beginning, he realizes there is a mystery, in the end, there is a confirmation. Mystery creates wonders and wonder is the basic man’s desire to understand.

The adrenalin rush of anger, like any other amphetamine effect, always crashes into some level of depression, at least in the form of self-doubt and energy depletion. He then uses a low-grade resentment to militate out of depressed mood – to gain temporary confidence and energy. Resentment keeps him partially aroused most of the time and highly susceptible to angry outbursts. The excess adrenalin and cortical in his bloodstream make it hard for him to sleep and more difficult to concentrate when awake. Often tired and distracted, he needs more anger for energy, focus, and motivation. He gets caught on a recurring roller-coaster of resentment-anger-depression-resentment-anger-depression. Chronic blame keeps him mired in victim-identity, which continually reignites the cycle.

The plot started with a mysterious guy who is busy with his own state of mind. His eyes and mind are not stable at all. By his first appearance, someone can easily understand he is wondering about something. At first, he just rushes with a lady then her phone blinked with someone’s message. He looked at it but didn’t give the importance – one can say that mysterious characters are like that. Again his phone rang and he talked. He is an exasperated stranger to Los Angeles and he bumps into a psychiatrist. He just entered the psychiatrist’s cabin, locked the door and turned the light off for a secret conversation. His problem is that he can’t sleep because of his nightmares.

Most people suffer from occasional nightmares and some seem to experience them almost every night. What exactly do these night terrors mean? Although nightmares can sometimes be random creations of the subconscious with no particular deeper interpretation, in many cases nightmares actually do have specific causes or meanings behind them. They can allow you to look deeper into your thoughts and feelings to get a better gauge of the current mental or emotional state.

He told the psychiatrist about his haunting nightmares due to his past deeds. From the anxious state of mind, he killed one of his closest friends because she talked too much and her grammar wasn’t good. With this kind of behavior, he proves that his present state of mind is not customary at all.

The psychologist was also surprised because of this kind of behavior and when he turned the table lamp on, he saw that the stranger is standing in front of his chair, holding a gun. The stranger takes a timer and asks the psychologist if the timer is set for 10 minutes. When he gets to know that timer is set for 3 minutes, he gives 3 minutes to the psychologist, but at that moment another patient knocks the door and the stranger tells him to leave and orders the psychologist to keep his mouth shut.

“The clock is running, make the most of today. Time waits for no one. Yesterday is a history, tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift.”

Ananya Jana finished her master degree in Journalism and mass communication. She is the event coordinator. She loves to explore different genres of movie. She is a passionate writer and believes that real writing equals authentical writing without the veneer and excuses in order to reach the audience at a heart level. She believes that when she writes she comes alive and the energy zaps. Her passion for writing focuses on character-driven plotlines.

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