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Pondicherry Filmmaker Samir Sarkar’s production “JONAKI” to have its world premiere at the prestigious 47th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR 2018)

The Bengali film produced by Magic Hour Films in association with Catherine Dussart Productions and For Films will be screened between January 24th – February 4th in the Bright Future Section at the IFFR 2018 in Rotterdam.

JONAKI“, directed by Aditya Vikram Sengupta, tells the tale of an octogenarian woman, searching for love in a strange world of decaying memories, while her lover, now old and grey, returns to a world she is leaving behind.

An Indo French Singaporean production the film stars 81-year-old actress Lolita Chatterjee (of Aap Ki Kasam & Victoria No 203 fame) alongside Jim Sarbh (Padmavat, Neerja, Death in the Gunj) and Ratnabali Bhattacharjee.

Director Aditya’s debut film ‘Labour of Love’ which premiered at the Venice Film Festival 2014 and won the Fedeora award for best debut film then went on to be shown at over 70 international film festivals and won 13 international as well as two national awards including the Golden Lotus for Best Debut Film.

About “JONAKI” the director says “It is a film that is very personal to me and to have its world premiere at Rotterdam is a true honour. IFFR celebrates and upholds auteur cinema with the highest regard. I think this is the perfect platform for us to showcase our vision”.

Samir Sarkar, who was involved in the production of Oscar award-winning director Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi’ adds; “I wanted to support Aditya’s vision. Jonaki is another powerfully poignant tale of love lost. It is, in my opinion, one of those rare Indian films that have broken several boundaries to create an original avant-garde style in filmmaking. Each frame is like a painting, each scene is thought-provoking. IIFR will definitely help promote its journey”.

IFFR, since its inception in 1972, has become one of the most important events in the film world, maintaining its focus on independent and experimental film making by emerging talents and established auteurs.

 

Text: TOI

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