[I]ndia is represented by four features, three shorts and one documentary at the 42nd International Film Festival Rotterdam that opens on January 23rd. While Amit Dutta’s Museum of Imagination, a twenty-minute short will compete for the prestigious Tiger Award for Short Film; four feature films Shanghai, Miss Lovely, Ship of Theseus and I.D will be shown out of competition in various sections. Two other short films Friday Night and 21 Chitrakoot, and documentary Celluloid Man will also be screened at the festival.
Two feature film projects will participate in industry sections of the festival. National Award winning (Anhey Ghorey da daan) director Gurvinder Singh’s second feature The Fourth Direction, produced by Kartikeya Singh, will participate in Rotterdam Lab 2013. Rotterdam Lab, in partnership with NFDC, selects one South Asian project presented at Film Bazaar so that it can follow up on previously made connections. Bikas Ranjan Mishra’s Wild Fire will participate in Cinemart, the international co-production market of the festival.
Dibakar Banerjee’s Shanghai and Ashim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely will be screened in the Spectrum section of the festival. Spectrum shows new and recent feature-length works by experienced filmmakers and artists who provide, in the opinion of IFFR, an essential contribution to international film culture. Miss Lovely received its world premiere at the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival in 2012. Shanghai, adapted from the novel ‘Z’ by Vasilis Vasilikos, features Emraan Hashmi, Abhay Deol and Kalki Koechlin in lead roles. It released in Indian theatres on June 7, 2012.
Gul Dharmani’s Friday Night and Shambhavi Kaul’s 21 Chitrakoot will be screened in Spectrum Shorts.
Documentary Celluloid Man, on the life and work of founder-director of the National Film Archive of India P.K. Nair, will be screened under ‘Regained’ section of the festival.
The Bright Future section of the festival that claims to showcase “idiosyncratic and adventurous new work by novice makers” will screen two Indian films. Anand Gandhi’s Ship of Theseus that had its world premiere at the Toronto film festival and I.D. directed by Kamal Karamattathil Muhammed. I.D. tells the story of a young graduate Charu who shares a flat in Mumbai. One day when a laborer who has come to repaint a sitting room wall collapses, she has no choice but to take events in her hand, even though the painter has no identity papers on him.
Aditi Anand of Little Red Car Films, Vivek Gomber of Zoo Films, Anusha Rizvi of Third World Films, Nilesh Navlakha of Navlakha Arts and Holy Basil Combine are selected from Film Bazaar, NFDC for CineMart’s Producers’ Lab 2013. Film Bazaar is the South Asian Co-Production Market organized by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) in Goa annually.