8th Asian Film Festival: Kasarvalli, Prabhavalkar to be honoured
The film festival will also present a lifetime achievement award to actor Dilip Prabhavalkar for his valuable contribution to the field of Indian cinema.pune Updated: Jan 23, 2018 17:05 IST
National award winner and Kanada director Girish Kasarvalli will be honoured with the Zenith Asia award at the 8th Asian Film Festival, which will take place from January 24 to January 30 at the National Film Archive of India (NFAI) and Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).
“This year we want to award the Zenith Asia award to Girish Kasaravalli. This honour is presented to a senior director who has made significant contribution to world cinema. Earlier, this award has been given to directors Aparna Sen, Majid Majidi, Yash Chopra and Priyadarshan,” said Virendra Chitrav, organiser of the festival.
Further elaborating on the films of Kasaravalli, Chitrav said, “His films stand for simplicity. They are audio visual explorations of life, especially of common people. They are rooted in their culture and still have universal appeal.”
The film festival will also present a lifetime achievement award to actor Dilip Prabhavalkar for his valuable contribution to the field of Indian cinema. “He is regarded as one of the finest actors in India. His dedicated approach to the variety and choice of roles and the ease with he actsz, make him stand apart,” said Satish Jakatdar, also an organiser of the festival.
The 8th Asian Film Festival is being organised by Aashay Film Club and is supported by ministry of tourism and cultural affairs, Maharashtra, in collaboration with NFAI, FTII and FFSI, in association with the Asian Film Foundation, Mumbai.
The screening of the films will take place at NFAI’s archive theatre and FTII’s main theatre.
- The Asian Film Festival will be inaugurated by Marathi director Sumitra Bhave, followed by the screening of Irani film 'Bench Cinema', directed by Mohammad Rahmanian.
- Indian Vista, a special section of 'Indian Cinema', will screen Bengali films Pupa, Death Certificate, Guhamanab, Bhagshesh - The Reminder; Kannada films like Ghatashraddha, Tabarana Kathe, Harikatha Prasanga; and Assamese film Ananya; while the south has been represented by Tamil (Revelations) and Malayalam (Maravi - Lost).
- Off-beat Bollywood will screen films like CRD, Newton, Phobia, Kadvi Hawa
- My Marathi section will have films like Maza Bhirbhira, Kshitij, Redu, Asehi Ekda Vhave, 'i Sadhya Kay Karte and Pimpal.
- This year the film festival will focus on Vietnam as a country with seven films from 1974 to 2015 - Little Girl of Hanoi, Nostalgia for the Countryside, Story of Pao, Don't Burn It, The Children of the Village, On the Peaceful Peak and The Prophet