Feast for the eyes awaits cine buffs from tomorrow

GUWAHATI, Jan 29 – With an assortment of internationally acclaimed films on offer, cine-buffs of the State would get to view as many as 30 films of good taste in the third edition of the Cine Art Society, Assam (CineASA) Guwahati International Film Festival-2011 that would start from January 30.

With films appreciated and awarded in Cannes Film Festival, those with anti-establishment undertones, films depicting different strata of society, stories of little-known issues around the world – the festival would be a rare treat for cine-lovers interested in tales of different climes and cultures.

Around 30 films would be screened in the festival that would conclude on February 6.

The film fest to be inaugurated in Guwahati by renowned Malayali filmmaker Shaji N Karun, would also be screened in Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur.

In Guwahati, the film festival would have three venues, including Rabindra Bhaban, IIT-Guwahati and Jonaki – the auditorium of Assam Film (Finance and Development) Corporation, Panjabari.

Addressing the press today, Bitopan Borborah, the festival director said that Shaji N Karun’s internationally acclaimed Kutty Shrank (The Sailor of Hearts) would be the inaugural film, whereas the fest would end with Gautam Ghosh’s acclaimed movie Moner Manush. The inaugural function at Anuradha would be marked by a musical performance by noted artiste Kallol Barthakur.

“In the third edition of the film fest, films from China, and a number of films from Mexico would be screened in the ‘Country Focus’ section. In the ‘Jewel of Asia’ segment, two films by Apichatpong Weerasethakul namely Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives and Syndromes and a Centaury, and in the ‘Chorus for Freedom’ section Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi’s two films Crimson Gold and Offside would be screened.

In the ‘New Assamese Films’ segment of the festival, Jangfai Jonak of Sanjeev Sabhapandit would be screened.

The ‘World Prism’ section of the festival would feature films from Germany, Norway, Canada, South Africa, South Korea and Russia. These films have been well-received in many reputed film fests, including the Cannes, Berlin and Venice, among others.

Noted filmmaker of State and working president of CineASA, Manju Borah highlighted the need to guide the school and college students towards picking and viewing the movies with good taste.