International film festival toasts the reel life of artists


BHUBANESWAR: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the 11th International Film Festival on Art and Artists at Idcol Auditorium here on Friday. Also present was noted filmmaker and 2004 Dadasaheb Phalke award winner, Adoor Gopalakrishnan.

As many as 40 films will be screened during the three-day event organised by the JD Centre of Art, in association with the state government. The focus of this year's festival will be architecture.
"This type of festival plays a significant role in documenting and preserving the state's art and artists for future generations," said Naveen at the inauguration.

"Knowledge on arts, artists and the culture of foreign countries will certainly make an impact on our young and talented artistes. Together we will enrich each other by blending of art and culture," the chief minister added.

Twelve films were screened on day one of the festival. One of the main draws and the first film of the festival was 'I am Kalam' director Nila Madhab Panda's noted documentary film, 'Nabakalebara (God's Own People)'. Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan's baritone voiceover in the film was a natural hit with the audience at the festival.

Already acclaimed, 'Nabakalebara' is a narrative that showcases Odia folks' relationship with god. The 18-minute-long film is a shortened version of the original 83-minute-long documentary. Taking its viewers through a journey into the birth of the gods, it portrays essential rituals that servitors follow while making new idols, like locating and cutting the 'right' trees, the wood of which will be used for construction.

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