12th International Film Fest kick-starts in Odisha capital

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The JD Centre of Art (JDCA) is presenting the 12th International Film Festival on art and artist here today.

The event will showcase films short, long, narrative, documentary, animation, and film essays along with the panel discussions, lectures, and workshops.

Total 39 films of 11 countries in 15 foreign languages will be screened at IDCOL Auditorium till January 14.

The international award winning films like ‘Maya Miriga’, ‘Ahalyara Bahaghara’, ‘Mayurbhanj ra Chhau Nrutya’, ‘Dhauligiri ra Shanti Stupa’ and ‘Pattachitra’ directed by late Nirad Mohapatra, veteran director in Odia cinema, will be screened as part of paying tribute to him.

The JDCA will also present short film stories written by eminent writers Manoj Das and Gourahari Das at the auditorium.

Besides, 12 Odia films and 12 films in other Indian languages will be screened during the 3-day International Film Festival.

Among the films, Iranian film ‘The Salesman by Asghar Farhadi, Argentinian film ‘The Secret in Their Eyes ‘, Swiss film ‘My Life as a Zucchini’ by Claude Barrass, Tom Lowe’s ‘Timescapes’, ‘Lakshmi ra Abhisara’ directed by Raj Gopal Mishra, Gurvinder Singh’s ‘Chauthi Kuta’, Satyajit Ray’s ‘Shatranj Ke Khiladi’ and Nirmal Chandra’s ‘The Face behind the Mask’ will be screened during the festival.

The films will be screened from 10 am to 8 pm till Jan 14.

Besides, an exhibition showcasing traditional handicrafts, handlooms, and art books will be held during the festival.

Notably, the JDCA was established by artist Jatin Das, Padma Bhushan awardee and proponent of cultural heritage preservation. The Film Forum, an in-house programme of the JDCA, was established in 2006 archiving short and documentary films, literary and visual arts, and artists of all forms, painters, sculptors, potters, dancers, musicians and craftsmen from across the world.

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