The Seminar India Cinema - Cooperation and Development

As a vast country with the large population and cinema of diverse genres and languages, India is considered one of the greatest in Asian cinema. At the 4th Hanoi International Film Festival (HANIFF), along with a candidate and films premiering in the spotlight program, the Indian filmmakers and the cinema administrators have met their Vietnamese peers in the Seminar " India Cinema - Cooperation and development" on the morning of November 3rd 2016.

The Director General of Vietnam Cinema Department and the Director of the 4th HANIFF - Dr. Ngo Phuong Lan said that Indian films were chosen to be the festival's spotlight program due to Indian cinema’s advance and as a cinema administrator , she also expressed her desire in which Vietnam cinema was as successfully as Indian in the near future. Taking part in the seminar, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of India in Vietnam - Mr. Preeti Saran stressed that the link between the two countries had been marked by the arrival of Buddhism in Vietnam 2000 years ago. The Ambassador also gave the outline of the film production industry in India today and expressed his interest in the cooperation with foreign film production which is considered the top priority of India cinema.


As the seminar facilitator, the Singaporean film critic and  the member of the 4th HANIFF Jury Board for Short films - Mr. Phillip Cheah put some questions to the Indian director Adoor Gopalakrishnan – a member of the 4th HANIFF Jury Board for Feature-length films - and Mr. Bijukumar Damodaran IV – the director of the film Iron birds (a candidate in the 4th HANIFF). Two directors shared  notable information on Indian film production industry. Accordingly, India cinema is a collection of many cinema. India cinema annually produces thousands of films in different languages because the language in each region of the country is different. Besides, the filmmakers base on the most common language and the needs of the audience in each state to make favoured films. Meanwhile, the films on the national TV channel are made in Hindi. India cinema grow well because each region has a certain position and its own audience. Adoor Gopalakrishnan, a famous director of Indian cinema, devoted seven years to make his first film and he said from his own experience: When embarking on the film, a director must know what to do and believe in what you do. He also stressed that he "will not do anything that I do not trust or feel excited." As a relatively young film director, Bijukumar Damodaran said he had studied at domestic film school. In India, there are 22 languages to make films, and not every language has its own training school so a director should find his own way.  If a film director successfully makes films in other regional languages, he will be highly appreciated, Bijukumar Damodaran stated.


 

In the 2nd part of the Seminar, Indian film critic and the member of the 4th HANIFF Jury Board for Short films, Ms. Aruna Vasudev - and Vietnamese Indian director Peter Hien also presented their concerns to the film co-production between India and Vietnam. After listening to the opinion of the producer - actress Truong Ngoc Anh, Ms. Aruna Vasudev reiterated the changes of Asian cinema in 30 years, from the time when each country in the region had not known much about the others and thus the cinema  had not had cohesion but now Asian filmmakers are able to work together regularly. It is a long-term process of effort of the cinema administrators in particular and the governments’ diplomatic activities in general. In that spirit, Ms. Aruna Vasudev asserted, "all of us in Asia will gather to take our cinema and culture to European countries on two fronts: the government's diplomatic and culture which is specificallly the directors’ talent as well as the product. " This is also the main message throughout the seminar.
 

Thao Nguyen

 

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