Thirty year old film Vipin Vijay’s metaphorical documentary film “Video Game” bagged the Best Short Documentary Film Award at the International Film Festival which concluded at Hyderabad recently.
The film which got the Golden Pearl award and Rs 50,000 has earlier received the Grand Jury Tiger Award at the Rotterdam International Film festival. The film has also got the John Abraham National Awards 2006.
Talking to the Hindustan Times over phone Vipin Vijay said, "Stylization and structure of this film are like the playfulness of a video game allowing you to go anywhere. There is no formal structure."
A journey down memory lane with a video camera in a car to the same areas in Purulia West Bengal where Vipin Vijay had shot a film five years ago.
The film is deeply rooted on local people and their myths but becomes global as it deals with the universal theme of change over time ,questioning and searching, the need for being, for love, for a home and for a promise of a different future.
"About half the film has the 35mm black and white footage shot five years ago,the rest shot now on digital colour video. There is juxtaposition of different formats with different aesthetics - 35 mm chemical based film medium and digitial electronics of video medium ."
According to Vipin Vijay, the film also deals with the relationship of Man and Machine, two of the greatest inventions of industrial revolution - the automobile and the cinema- providing unparalled freedom in terms of time and space. The transformation and evolution of technology and its impact on human civilization.The car used in the film is an old black Ambassador Mark II.
The Jury at the Rotterdam International film festival said the film , "evokes not only digital game space as an aspect of real ,but the pursuit of video within the understanding of a game ,replete with strategies ,movements and counter movements. A new kind of road movie, indeed."
The film has been produced by Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT) which works in partnership with Doordarshan to produce 52 documentary films a year made by independent film makers.
Managing Trustee of PSBT ,Rajiv Mehrotra said, "Its most gratifying to note that given an empowering context our directors can make films even with modest budget of US $ 10,000 to compete with films made on budgets hundred times that amount."