Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 10: The International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) stands ahead of many international festivals like Venice, Busan, and Berlin in terms of organisation, quality of films screened and the crowd present, said the overwhelmed Nepali director Min Bahadur Bham.
He was speaking at a press conference, along with the German Cinematographer Lutz Reteimeir and Philippine director June Robles Lana on the penultimate day of the international fest held at the Tagore theatre premises.
“I am overwhelmed and jealous by the response of the young audience I see here. Back in my hometown in Nepal, cinema is only watched by retired old people whereas the younger crowd spend their time in pubs and other activities,” said the Nepali director Mir Bahadur.
It is the first time that my movie is being screened in front of 800 people and it was really a wonderful experience for me, he added. He also said that the younger generation in India, especially in Kerala are very lucky to watch and get educated on movies.
His movie, Black Hen is based on a true story that happened in the childhood days of Min. Unlike other movies shot in Nepal, this does not show the brighter side and beauty of the country, but the darker shades like poverty.
He also spoke about how 90 per cent of the 150 Nepali feature films released are inspired by Bollywood which has the typical dance and fight sequences of a triangular love story.
Meanwhile, the German cinematographer Lutz Reteimer said that the audience, here were very warm and encouraging. I appreciate them for watching the complicated films we present them, he added.
“They also do not hesitate in applauding for appreciative scenes in movies. We are making films for the audience to watch in theatres and not for the TV, said Lutz, while appealing the audience to watch movies exclusively in theatres.
He also appreciated the quality of the projectors placed in various IFFK venues. His historical movie Yona, set in the 1960’s tells the turbulent story of the Hebrew poet Yona Wallach.
June Robles, whose film Shadow Behind the Moon is a one-take drama, said that his movie is also based on a true incident and that he chose long shots to give the viewers a raw and authentic experience.
The movie, where cinematography plays an important role shows the friendship of a military man and married couple and the tension that escalates among them.
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