Beyond the glitz, glamour and the 100 Crore Club of the Indian film industry lies indie-cinema – a movement rapidly gaining currency. What’s fuelling this new way of storytelling is the emergence of Indian film festivals in India and abroad; one of the most prominent ones being the Imagine India International Film Festival in Madrid. Believe it or not, Spaniards love themselves a good Indian movie and considering the festival is in its 12th year now, they love them a lot!
The festival in Madrid will showcase movies from India and other countries in the subcontinent to an attentive audience at various venues. The festival aims at promoting friendship and cooperation between India and Spain and presenting a clearer understanding of Indian society and ethos to a foreign audience. And what better way to do it than through the universal medium of cinema! The Madrid festival will present movies that paint a picture of India through the eyes of Indians and that will be one of the most important things about this film festival.
The festival is a competitive event where films in different formats and divided in to 4 sections will compete for jury awards:
- Competition section of Indian feature films; which will be further divided into Indian, Asian and International sections
- The Out of Competition section will feature films by directors from India and other countries in southern Asia
- Short films
- Documentary films
If you’re the kind that would take ‘cineMa’ over ‘Ma’ most days, you need to be in ‘Ma’-drid during the festival dates of May 17 to May 31 and up the delight-factor in your life. Considering movies screened at this film festival in Madrid will touch themes that range from daring to ‘in your face’ and utterly unexpected, a Madrid trip this summer is on the cards for you.
Here’s another reason to take a Madrid trip: the festival will feature a Retrospective Section that is dedicated to old masters. Get ready to be re-introduced to the genius of Mrinal Sen on celluloid! The festival organisers are literally handing out free candy with 9 re-mastered, squeaky clean prints of some of Mrinal Sen’s best offerings. Wait in line to see the likes of Bhuvan Shome, Khandhar, Ek Din Achanak and Ek Din Pratidin among others at Filmoteca of Aragon.
What’s On; Where?
In the Indian section, several films will be competing for different categories like best film, best director and best actress and actor as well as the cherry on the top – The Golden Chakra – a jury award. Some of the movies to catch are: Onir’s ‘I am’,’ Char’ by Sourav Sarangi, ‘Alms for the blind horse’ by Gurvinder Singh and ‘Color of sky’ by Biju. In the Asian section, two names making a lot of noise are Rahbar Ghanbari’s ‘Growing in the wind’ and the Vietnamese director Siu Pham’s ‘Homostratus’. The films will be screened at different venues like Spanish Film Institute, Casa Asia, Collegio de Psicologos and Pza Augustin Lara.
The Imagine India International Film Festival is a promising event that will exhilarate you with a new type of cinema seldom seen in mainstream Bollywood! While at the festival, here’s who you might run into: AR Rahman, brand ambassador – Sharmila Tagore, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Carlos Saura and Jaime Chavarri. So get ready for a glam red carpet opening to the event, book your tickets and travel to Madrid for some great cinema and a travel experience of a lifetime.