Indian film festival of Melbourne 2018 will turn into Bengali Cinema’s second home next month as six Bengali films have been selected to be part of the event.
The films are White by Aneek Chaudhuri, Ahare Mon by Pratim Gupta, Uma by Srijit Mukherji, Jonaki by Aditya Vikram Sengupta, Garbage by Q and Mayurakshi by Atanu Ghosh; besides, Haami is to be a part of Children Films’ section at the IFFM 2018.
The festival will take place in Melbourne and it commences on August 10. The selection reflects diversity where arthouse films like White, Jonaki, and Garbage have been placed with mainstream successful films. Moreover, the selection somewhere bridges a connection between mainstream and independent cinema.
Jonaki premiered at Rotterdam International film festival, Garbage got premiered at Berlinale while White got screened in Indian Film Festival in Vienna after a market screening at the Cannes. White is also scheduled to be screened in Boston and Ireland this year.
Mayurakshi is the recipient of National Award, while Haami and Ahare Mon have been big mainstream names. Uma was screened recently at London Indian Film Festival 2018.
This is perceived as the re-emergence of an artistic era for Bengal cinema with both (critical success and mainstream success) coming to its name.