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Sevan Island Internation Film Festival – Press Release

SEVEN ISLANDS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Venue: Tag Auditorium, Bhavan’s Rajaji Vidyashram,

Kilpauk, Chennai, India
Dates: 26-29 October 2012

THE CONCEPT

Seven Islands International Film Festival is a celebration of global auteurs in cinema that use film as an artistic language, defining it with their own aesthetics and idiosyncrasies. It will showcase international and national films, with a special focus on regional films.

With India as the backdrop and Indians as one of the oldest and thriving film and art literates of the world, the festival aims to bring together global radical filmmakers with new cinematic approaches that break through the clutter of traditional filmmaking.

Seven Islands International Film Festival is a non-commercial, annual touring festival that was launched at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2012.

The theme of this year’s festival is Women Rising, Against All Odds and is an ode to women across the world and a celebration of their unique and remarkable achievements.

The film festival will also provide a platform for a panoramic showcase of other regional and local untapped cultural talent in fields such as music, dance and the arts.

WHY WOMAN AS THE THEME?

Women across the world can lay claim to shaping and truly redefining history over the last year. Exemplified through various events in the world within the socio-political and economic realms, women’s traditional roles have been tested, challenged and overthrown.

In Saudi Arabia, women were granted the right to vote for the first time last year. In China, one-third of the millionaires are women. In the USA, the current presidential election campaign is consciously and increasingly targeting female voters.

In India, a “Missile Woman” is being celebrated in the country as the new and unusual face of its Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). In Myanmar, political prisoner and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, has taken charge of the opposition party.

These are only a few select examples of the successes that women have achieved. Women Rising, Against All Odds is a celebration of the contemporary woman.

FILMS AND PROGRAMMING

A four-day showcase of 50 international, national and regional films that are feature-length, documentaries and short films. There will also be international and national directors, producers, screenplay writers and actors attending to conduct workshops and participating in panel discussions. A number of known-artists will also perform on various days of the festival.

Seven Islands International Film Festival in Chennai; focuses on women in 2012

Festival will showcase world cinema through participation of 50 films from over 18 countries on theme ‘Women Rising, Against All Odds’

Annual festival that will move to a different city with a different theme
every year

Chennai October 19, 2012: Seven Islands International Film Festival (2SIIFF), organized by A.P.N.A. Group to be held from 26-29 October 2012 (Friday to Monday) at TAG Auditorium, Bhavan’s Rajaji Vidyashram, Kilpauk, Chennai, is a celebration of ‘auteurs cinema’ from across the world.

A ‘touring festival’, Seven Islands International Film festival aims at creating a platform where different communities and students come together to watch, deliberate and discuss independent cinema. Launched at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, the Festival aims to bring together global radical filmmakers with new cinematic approaches that break through the clutter of traditional filmmaking.

The theme of the festival will change each year, depending on the broader socio-political happenings around the world. In its inaugural year, 2SIIFF’s theme is ‘Women Rising, Against All odds’ and is a celebration of the contemporary woman who is strong, resilient and inspirational.

Speaking on the theme for this year’s festival, Sakshi Ojha, Festival Director, Seven Islands International Film Festival said, “Women across the world are making a difference through their unique and remarkable achievements. Last year, especially, has seen women rise against different socio-political and economic odds – from participating in the Arab Spring revolution to taking charge of the opposition party in Myanmar. We decided to celebrate the strength and resilience of women and their inspirational stories.”

“Seven Islands International Film Festival is not just in celebration of women’s inner strength, but also their creativity and confidence, as they become agents of positive social change for themselves, their families, other women and society at large.”

Keeping in mind the significance of the theme and the films, Seven Islands International Film Festival chose Chennai, as the cultural capital of India as the host city. Chennai is a city known for its cultural engagement and an intellectual crowd that is accepting of different kinds of Cinema. It is led by a strong woman leader, who has had an association with the film industry too.

Seven Islands International Film Festival will showcase two Indian premiers as the opening and closing films, along with finest films from across the globe. The four-day festival will showcase 50 films from over 18 countries that include feature length, documentaries and short films by international auteurs.

The film festival will also create a platform for discussions and seminars around its theme on women and encourage emerging talents through musical performances and regional dance shows, providing a platform for a panoramic showcase of cultural talent in fields such as music, dance and the arts.

Speaking on the Film Festival, Mr Anand P Nair, Chairman, Shree Ramanugrah Trust said, “Seven Islands Film Festival is in support of Shree Ramanugrah Trust, as there is a synergy between the theme of this year’s festival and our initiatives on women empowerment. We work across a range of sectors, including education, sanitation and healthcare, generating employment and other rural development schemes.”

“An initiative such as the Seven Islands International Film Festival is an excellent platform for creating awareness about certain causes and highlighting socially relevant issues through a medium as immensely popular and enjoyable as cinema. It also serves as a way of engaging with different cultures through stories narrated through films.
Seven Islands Film Festival will host two ‘India Premiers’ which form the highlight of the festival – Berlin Telegram by Leila Albayaty is a film in quest for love and Shobhna’s Seven Nights by Sudipto Chattopadhyay, a bold story of a seductive socialite as its closing film. The Seven Islands International Film Festival, in association with the National Film Archive of India (NFAI) will also organize a poster exhibition of women-centric films – ‘Women in cinema’, commemorating the 100 years of Indian Cinema.

ENDS

For more , visit the official Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/SevenIslandsInternationalFilmFestival
or visit the website www.ssiiff.com

For more details contact:
Gomathi – 09791015777
[email protected]

SEVEN ISLANDS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, 26th OCTOBER, 2012

6:00 PM onwards

INAUGURATION OF FESTIVAL AND INDIA PREMIERE OF OPENING FILM
Berlin Telegram (Leila Albayaty, 2012) (BELGIUM), with musical performance and address by director

SATURDAY, 27th OCTOBER, 2012
TIME AUDI 1 TIME AUDI 2
10 AM HER NAME IS SABINE (Sandrine Bonnair, 2007, 85min) (FRANCE) 10 AM

10: 15 AM WAITING FOR THE TRAIN (13mins) (ITALY)
TRENDY DOG MARKOER (Moonika Siimets, 2010) (ESTONIA)
11:30 PM FATHER OF MY CHILD (Mia Hansen Love, 2009, 110 mins) (FRANCE) 11:00 AM 678 (Mohamed Diab, 2010, 100mins) (EGYPT)
01:30 PM VU (Leila Albayaty, 2009, 25 mins)(BELGIUM) 01:00 PM GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS (Minna Hint, 2010, 30min) (ESTONIA)
02:00 PM

02:10 PM THE LAST MARBLE (Manjari Makijany, 2011,
8 mins) (INDIA)

Q&A WITH MANJARI MAKIJANY

02:00 PM THE LEAP (Mirjam van Veelan, 2001, 15 mins) (THE NETHERLANDS)
02:45 PM MEGUMI (Mirjam van Veelan, 2007, 65mins)
(THE NETHERLANDS) 02:15 PM A NOS AMOURS (TBC) (Maurice Pilalat, 1983, 95 mins) (FRANCE)
04:00 PM TALES FROM A WALLED CITY (Surbhi Dewan, 2011, 16 mins) (INDIA) 04:00 PM THE FIRST ASSIGNMENT (Giorgia Cecere, 2010, 90 mins) (ITALY)
04:15 PM TIME WILL TELL (Surbhi Dewan, 2011, 14 mins) (INDIA) 06:00 pm
04:30 PM Q & A WITH SURBHI DEWAN 06:30 PM SAUDI WOMEN (Rakan Asoy, 2011, 4mins)
(SAUDI ARABIA)
05:00 PM Interaction with winners of I AM SHE 2012 06:45 PM 36 CHOWRINGHEE LANE (Aparna Sen, 1981, 122 mins) (INDIA)(English)
05: 15 PM Panel discussion with SHANGHAI TEAM ON ALTERNATE CINEMA
09:00 PM ISTATION/THE STATION
(Budhadeb Dasgupta, 2012, 30 Min) (INDIA)
06:00 PM THE HOUSE IS BLACK (Forough Farrokhzad, 1963, 20 mins) (IRAN)
06:30 THE WIND WILL CARRY US (Abbas Kiarostami, 1999, 118 mins) (IRAN)
08:30 PM THE FLUTE (Budhadeb Dasgupta, 2012, 30 mins) (INDIA)
09:00 PM Krishnabali/The Dark Maiden (Budhadeb Dasgupta, 2012, 30 Min) (INDIA)
09:30 PM PUKU DHARE/THE POND
(Budhadeb Dasgupta, 2012, 30 Min) (INDIA)

28TH OCTOBER, 2012, SUNDAY
TIME AUDI 1 TIME AUDI 2
10 AM

10:30

11:40 JOURNEY TO NAGALAND (Aditi Chitre, 2010, 26 mins) (INDIA)

IACO’S TALE
(Gaia Ceriana, 2009, 70 Min) (ITALY)

Q & A with GAIA CERIANA 10 AM GULABI TALKIES (Girish Kasarvalli, 2008, 122 mins) (INDIA)(Kannad)
12: 00 PM THE RIVER OKKERVIL (Mirjam van Veelan, 1993, 56 mins) (THE NETHERLANDS) 12:15 MIN

THE FOREIGNER (Avlithia Avramis, 2012, 15mins) (GREECE)

01:00 PM CITY OF JORDAN (Mais, 2011, 6 Min) (JORDAN) 12:30 PM SWING GIRLS (Shinobu Yaguchi, 2004, 105 mins) (JAPAN)
02:30 PM DREAM COUNTRY (Jihane Choaib, 2011, 94 mins) (LEBANON)

1:45 PM IN A BETTER WORLD (Sussanne Bier, 2010, 113 Min)(DENMARK)
03:45 PM RED BUILDING WHERE THE SUN SETS (Revathi, 2011, 17 mins) (INDIA)(English)

29TH OCTOBER, 2012, MONDAY
TIME AUDI 1 TIME AUDI 2
10 AM EK CUP CHYA (Sumitra Bhave & Sunil Sukhtankar, 2009, 120mins) (INDIA)(Marathi) 10 AM MATHILDE’S MISSES (Pieter de Vos, 2012, 53mins) (BELGIUM)
12:00 PM PANEL DISCUSSION: GENDER SENSITIVITY IN FILMS (MS Sathyu, K Hariharan, Budhadeb Dasgupta) 11: AM SOME OTHER STORIES (Marija Dzidzevam Ivona Juka, Ana Marija Rosi, Ines Tanovic, Hanna Anonina Wojcik Slak, 2010, 114 mins) (SERBIA)
01:20PM IM WINTER EIN JAHR (Caroline Link, 2008, 129mins) (GERMANY) 01:00 PM GOBBEL (Cristian Hordila, 2012, 19mins) (ROMANIA)
03:30 PM LIFE GOES ON (Sangeeta Dutta, 2009, 119mins) (INDIA) 02:00 PM HELIAPOLIS (Ahmad Abdalla, 2009, 96mins) (EGYPT)
05:30 PM Q & A Sangeeta Dutta 03:30 PM THE OTHER SIDE OF RAINBOW (Triin Ruumet, 2012, 18 Min) (ESTONIA)
06:00 PM AIDALULI (Mirjam van Veelan, 2000, 54mins) (THE NETHERLANDS)
04:00 PM THE BEACHES OF AGNES (Agnes Varda, 2008, 110mins) (FRANCE)
07:OO PM CLOSING FILM:
SHOBHNA’S SEVEN NIGHTS (SUDIPTO CHATTOPADHYAY, 2012, 105 Min)(India)
Musical performance and Q&A with director and lead actors
06:00 PM LAS MENINAS (Eva Maria Cools, 2011, 29mins) (BELGIUM)
06:30 PM LETTERS FROM THE DESERT (Michela Occhipinti, 2010, 88mins) (ITALY)




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