Dates for Imagineindia Barcelona 2014

Here comes a new edition of Imagineindia Barcelona, the sixth. The festival will take place at Cines Girona on saturdays during one month and half. The dates are 18, 25 October and 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 November. The festival will be organized in collaboration with Casa Asia.

Imagineindia will present a total of 14 films, feature and short films from India. Although most of the films have participated in Imagineindia Madrid in may, there will be some new films.

You can check the programme at the websites of Imagineindia or Casa Asia.

Letter from YASUO DAICHI, Best Actor for JIN JIN. Imagineindia 2014

A message of the joy arrived from Mr. Yasuo Daichi who wins Best Actor Award at 13th Imagineindia International Film Festival 2014 for Jin Jin.

“Jin Jin” is made with an encounter with Kenbuchi-cho that succeeded in the making of  a gentle town by the power of the picture book, and it is a work made of the grace of many people concerned with the good will to want to contribute to the world.

For receiving this prize, I thank the people who had given it heartily.  Thank you so much.

Kenbuchi-cho “It likes two peas in a pod with European rural scenery here, if an original picture museum of the picture book is built here, it matches.” It was initiated due to a woodblock artist 26 years ago now, and the making of village of the picture book started.

When it won an European Film Festival this time, I felt some mysterious relationship and deep emotion.

In addition,  a large number of people and think very gratefully.

If receiving this prize becomes the spring and can watch “Jin Jin” more people, I am very happy.

Yasuo Daichi

AWARDS Imagineindia 2014

Best film :  Ankhon Dekhi (Rajat Kapoor)
Best director :  Rolf de Heer (The king is dead)
Best actor :  Yasuo Daichi (Jin Jin)
Best female protagonist :  Sampat Pal Devi (Gulabi Gang)
Best music :  Sagar Desai (Ankhon Dekhi)
Award to lifetime achievement : Marlen Khutsiyev
Special mention :  

         Apur Panchali (Kaushik Ganguly)
         Parviz (Majid Barzegar)

PRESS CONFERENCE of Imagineindia 2014 at Russian Cultural Centre

The presentation Press Conference of the 13th edition of Imagineindia International Film Festival will take place on 13th may, tuesday, 13.00 h, at the Russian Cultural Centre in Madrid, Calle de Atocha 34. 

With the participation of  Sergio PazosGran WyomingJavier GutíerrezElena Ballesteros, the director of the festival Qazi Abdur Rahim and the director of the Russian Cultural Centre Eduard Sokolov.

The acreditations can be requested at the web of the festival :

Elena Ballesteros

RAJAT KAPOOR heading to Imagineindia.

Rajat Kapoor will be in Madrid for the presentation of the film Ankhon Dekhi at Filmoteca Española. 

His visit has been sponsored by Qatar Airways.

Rajat Kapoor had a not so novel way of raising money for his first movie, Raghu Romeo. He was several lakhs short so he sent out e-mails to all his friends pleading for donations. Amazingly, they didn’t hit the delete button but sent cash instead ' and they even forwarded the e-mails to others, who also responded with cash. Says Kapoor, “Desperate times call for desperate measures. I started getting all kinds of support from strangers, from people I had never met and the film was made.”

It would be nice to end that little tale by saying that Raghu Romeo turned into a smash hit, making Kapoor and all his generous friends rich. Sadly, Raghu Romeo, died a quiet death at the box-office. But it did attract attention and was screened at the Piazza Grande section at the 56th Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland (the only other Indian film to have made Piazza Grande was Ashutosh Gowatrikar’s Lagaan). The shoestring budget film went on to win awards at half-a-dozen international film festivals. However, Kapoor is still paying back the debts he ran up for Raghu Romeo.

The awards laid the ground for Kapoor’s second full-length film, the controversial Mixed Doubles, which is now showing in theatres around the country. Mixed Doubles is a movie that probably couldn’t have been made a few years ago before the multiplex boom gave birth to a new genre of films aimed at urban India. It’s the story of a couple who has been married for 10 years and are beginning to feel the urge for a bit of adventure in their sex lives. The protagonists, Sunil and Malti (played by actors Ranvir Shorey and Konkona Sen Sharma), decide to experiment with ‘swinging’ or wife swapping as it’s otherwise known. “It’s about an urban and modern marriage and the subject of sexuality. I don’t think sexuality should be treated as a heavy thing. It is beautiful. It is not a bold movie, but a sweet love story,” Kapoor insists.

And this time Kapoor didn’t have to pass the hat around for finances. The movie is produced by Sunil Doshi. Says Kapoor, “This time there were no risks for me.”

But Kapoor is not a run-of-the-mill filmmaker who’s eager to make a mainstream, multi-crore Bollywood blockbuster. For a start, he still thinks small. His latest entertainer has been shot on a meagre budget of Rs 60 lakh. “I can’t imagine how a film can cost crores. I always tell those who are trying to make their first film, to make it on 35 mm and to find innovative ways of dealing with the money because there is so much wastage in mainstream cinema,” he explains.

Mainstream cinema, Kapoor insists, is not his cup of tea. “A mainstream film lies about everything, it romanticises everything. I don’t want to lie,” he says.

The film bug caught Kapoor early. He had company at home as his father and brother too liked to watch films four times a day if they got the chance. He says, “I feel everything happened to me by accident, except one. I knew by the time I was 14 that I was going to make films. I did not how, but I was sure that one day I would direct films. Acting just happened and I took it gladly.”

Kapoor has seen a lot of ups and downs during his career as an actor, director and theatreperson. Born in Delhi, he started his career in theatre in 1983 with a group called Chingari that was based in the city. In 1985 he went to study at the Films & Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune.

Over the next decade he went through plenty of lean times. He focused mainly on theatre and it became the driving force of his life. “Being on stage gives you confidence. Acting in movies is very different from acting on stage, but it takes away your inhibitions. On stage I’ve even dropped my pants,” he says.

His luck changed after he appeared as Preity Zinta’s ‘Rohit uncle’ in Dil Chahta Hai. Then, came his role as the child-abusing uncle in Monsoon Wedding. He even makes an appearance in Mixed Doubles ' an experience, which he says, left him exhausted.

“Acting and directing at the same time is very difficult. There have been masters at the art ' Raj Kapoor, Guru Dutt and Charlie Chaplin. As a director you don’t get enough sleep, while as an actor you are supposed to look good in front of the camera. I was worried all the time about the dark circles under my eyes,” he laughs.

Ironically, his next movie is Mithya (meaning lie) for which he will start shooting in July. “I have waited six years to make this film. It’s about a very bad actor who is looking for work. When he gets it, it’s about how involved he gets,” he adds. The cast' It could be Saif Ali Khan, Ranvir Shorey or Arshad Warsi ' is all he will reveal.

If in the 90s there were times when he was short of work, it’s now the opposite. Besides directing his own movies, he's also acting in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Corporate where he plays an industrialist. Kapoor will soon also appear in a Bengali film as Raima Sen’s husband.

In addition, he’s doing advertisements and endorsing brands like Raymonds and Aviva Life Insurance. “Basically there’s hardly anything like free time,” he says.

Kapoor reckons that almost everything in his life has happened by chance. The best piece of luck was the way he met his wife Meenal at Churchgate station. “That train ride together to Santacruz led to my present life and I can never rid myself of the feeling that if she hadn’t gone to town that evening to see a film, and had I not been doing whatever I was doing there, we would never have met.” And, then, he adds thoughtfully, “We would never have known each other, and two beautiful creatures ' Rabia and Vivan ' would not have existed,” says Kapoor referring to his eight-year-old daughter and two-year-old son, with whom he likes to spend his leisure time.

As Kapoor says, life’s a game of chance. And in the last few years, the dice have suddenly started rolling his way.

JAPANESE DELEGATION at Imagineindia. JIN JIN in Official Section

     On the occasion of the participation of the film Jin Jin in the Official Section of Imagineindia 2014, a large Japanese delegation will be coming for its presentation at Filmoteca Española.

The Deputy Mayor of Kenbuchi (shooting place of the film) Koki Shimizu, the director of Jin Jin, Daiki Yamada, producer Jiro Nodake, those responsible for national and international sales, Tomoko Ooi and Keiko Ito, and Naoto Igarashi, journalist, will form the delegation. The team will be presented by well-known Spanish producer Pedro Costa and the director of the Imagineindia festival.

The film will be screened on 29 may, 21.10 h, at Filmoteca Española.

Jiro Nodake

Daiki Yamada
Keiko Ito

Tomoko Ooi

Daiki Yamada

Daiki Yamada was born in Kagoshima Prefecture in 1956. He was an assistant director for Minami e Hashire, Umi no Michi wo! (1986). His directorial debut was : Bomber bikers of Shonan Bakusouzoku (1987). He,s been engaged with direction of films and television drama such as Yonimo Kimyouna Monogatari (Midsummer Special Version, 1993), and Round 1 (2002) co-produced by Japan and Korea. He tried to promote Jin Jin through Slow Cinema, which is a new way to release films without depending on theatres.

Jinjin    (Official Section)

(Daiki Yamada, 2013). Cast : Yasuo Daichi, Emily Aihara, Miu Arai. Japan. B-R. VOSE*. 129'

Street performer Ginzaburo Tateishi has a daughter. When his daughter was 6-years-old, he divorced his wife and has not seen his daughter since then.
One day, Ginzaburo Tateishi visits a farm run by his childhood friend. There, Ginzaburo meets four female high school students who came to the farm for agricultural training. Ginzaburo becomes close to the female students, except for one student named Ayaka. Soon, Ginzaburo discovers her secret.

SYNOPSIS of the films


17 may, Saturday / 19.30  Sala1

20 may, Tuesday / 22.00  Sala 1

Apur Panchali   (Official Section)

(Kaushik Ganguly, 2013).  Cast : Ardhendu Banerjee, Parambrata Chatterjee, Parno Mitra. India. DCP. 97'

Subir Banerjee at a tender age went on to deliver an impressionable performance as Apu in Pather Panchali which is listed amongst the 100 greatest films of all time. The boy who grew up never to act again in films has striking similarities with the journey of the ‘reel’ Apu. Many of the incidents shown from Subir’s life reflect Apu’s loss and tragedy in the film. Ardhendu Banerjee plays Subir in his dotage. The actor’s performance is earthy and honest which is much necessary to show the character’s internal conflict.

18 may, Sunday / 22.00  Sala1

21 may, Wednesday / 19.30  Sala 1

Parviz   (Official Section)

(Majid Barzegar, 2013).  Cast : Levon Haftvan, Homeira Nonahali, Mahmoud Behrouzian. Irán. 107'

Despite his 50 years Parviz still lives off his father and the two men don’t get on very well. Things come to a head when the father tells his son he has decided to remarry. Parviz has no other choice but surrender his place to his step-mother and leave home. Parviz finds it difficult to get used to this new solitary life far from his neighborhood and the people he knows. He thus concocts a novel way of fighting back against the injustice done to him.

22 may, Thursday / 19.00  Sala 2

25 may, Sunday / 20.00  Sala 2

Salma    (Official Section / Women in struggle)

(Kim Longinotto, 2013) Documentary. Great Britain.  91'

When Salma, a young Muslim girl in a south Indian village, was 13 years old, her family locked her up for 25 years, forbidding her to study and forcing her into marriage. During that time, words were Salma's salvation. She began covertly composing poems on scraps of paper and, through an intricate system, was able to sneak them out of the house, eventually getting them into the hands of a publisher. Against the odds, Salma became the most famous Tamil poet: the first step to discovering her own freedom and challenging the traditions and code of conduct in her village.

As with her other work (Pink Saris, Rough Aunties), master documentarian Kim Longinotto trains her camera on an iconoclastic woman. Salma's extraordinary story is one of courage and resilience, and Longinotto follows her on an eye-opening trip back to her village. Salma has hopes for a different life for the next generation of girls, but as she witnesses, familial ties run deep, and change happens very slowly.

Presentation by ELENA BALLESTEROS (25 may)

22 may, Thursday / 19.00  Sala 1

The King Is Dead!   (Official Section / Australian cinema)

(Rolf de Heer, 2012).  Cast : Bojana Novakovic, Dan Wyllie, Gary Waddell. Australia. B-R. 106'

Open inspection at the house-for-sale in the quiet, leafy neighbourhood...Max, science teacher, and Therese, tax accountant, decide that here is the house for them. Unsuspecting, they buy and move in, finding a nice family on one side and, well, "interesting" on the other. But interesting soon becomes loud, and loud soon becomes intolerable and when the intolerable becomes the violent, and the police are powerless to do anything, and the community lawyer suggests ear plugs, Max and Therese are forced to try and solve the problem of the neighbour from hell themselves...and end up with a corpse on their hands. But even that's not the worst of it, because the corpse from hell has friends...and even worse, enemies...

23 may, Friday / 20.00  Sala 2

Gulabi Gang   (Official Section / Women in struggle)

(Nishtha Jain, 2012). Documentary. India. B-R. 96'

The district is Banda, and the region, Bundelkhand, in UP. And an organization that has steadily been a media magnet for what it has managed to do: in the rural backwaters of North India, where years of heavy-handed, violent patriarchy has stunted the growth of women and killed the girl child, a woman has taken on all comers. ‘Gulabi Gang’, Nishtha Jain’s award-winning documentary gives us an up-close view of Sampat Pal and her gang, which dons pink ‘saris’, and hefts ‘lathis’, and fights against injustice where it is most needed.

Presentation by  ALBA FLORES

24 may, Saturday / 21.40  Sala 1

Algorithms    (Official Section)

(Ian McDonald, 2012). Documentary. India. 96'

In India, a group of boys dream of becoming Chess Masters, driven by a man with a vision. But this is no ordinary chess and these are no ordinary players. Algorithms is a documentary on the thriving but little known world of Blind Chess in India.

Filmed over three years, Algorithms travels with three talented boys and a totally blind player turned pioneer to competitive national and world championships and visits them in their home milieu where they reveal their struggles, anxieties and hopes.
Going beyond sight and story, this observational sport doc with a difference moves through the algorithms of the blind chess world challenging the sighted of what it means to see. It allows for the tactile and thoughtful journey that explores foresight, sight and vision to continue long after the moving image ends. 

27 may, Tuesday / 20.30  Sala 2

Ankhon Dekhi    (Official Section)

(Rajat Kapoor, 2014).  Cast : Sanjay Mishra, Seema Pahwa, Rajat Kapoor. India. 146'

Bauji (Sanjay Mishra) lives with his younger brother (Rajat Kapoor) in one of those cramped first floor quarters, more hovel than ‘haveli’, in Old Delhi’s Fatehpuri area. It has a ‘chhatt’ with ‘janglas’, tiny rooms adjacent to each other, a makeshift kitchen, and a common toilet. The family is joint at the hip in more ways than one, which is evident right from the first scene when Bauji’s daughter Rita (Maya Sarao ) is found to be in a relationship with an allegedly disreputable boy (Namit Das), and all hell breaks loose.

Presentation by Rajat Kapoor and Alba Flores.

28 may, Wednesday / 19.30  Sala 1

31 may, Saturday / 20.00  Sala 2

Spring at Zarechnoy street  (Retrospective of M. Khutsiyev)

(Marlen Khutsiev, Feliks Mironer, 1956).  Cast : Nina Ivanova, Nikolai Rybnikov, Vladimir Gulyaev. URSS. 94'

An idealistic, sophisticated young woman meets a rough-around-the-edges, blue collar man and rejects him, only to find out later that they are destined for true love together, despite the fact that he cannot now pass his certification test after she threw him out of her adult education class.

With the presentation of  Marlen Khutsiev and Miguel Marías. (28 may)

29 may, Thursday / 21.10  Sala 1

Jinjin    (Official Section)

(Daiki Yamada, 2013). Cast : Yasuo Daichi, Emily Aihara, Miu Arai. Japan. 129'

Street performer Ginzaburo Tateishi has a daughter. When his daughter was 6-years-old, he divorced his wife and has not seen his daughter since then.

One day, Ginzaburo Tateishi visits a farm run by his childhood friend. There, Ginzaburo meets four female high school students who came to the farm for agricultural training. Ginzaburo becomes close to the female students, except for one student named Ayaka. Soon, Ginzaburo discovers her secret.

Presentation by the team of the film :

KOKI SHIMIZU  (Vicemajor of Kenbuchi)
DAIKI  YAMADA (Director)
JIRO NODAKE (Distribution Producer)
TOMOKO OOI  (Domestic Sales)
KEIKO ITO  (Overseas Sales)


17 may, Saturday / 17.30

El aire hace que las cosas se muevan  (Shortfilms / Remember!)

(Emilia Ruiz) Spain,  2013, 10 min

Sophie-Marie has just arrived to the Couiza-Montazels shelter in France as voluntary. The suffocated summer weather makes Sophie-marie to walk around to get some brize. She met María, a spanish refugee who has not yet spoken to her. 

TRI (Three)      (Serbian Cinema)

(Alexandar Petrovic, Serbia) 1965. 80 min.

Three stories are set at the beginning, middle and the end of WW2. In all three of them the hero of the movie must witness the death of people he likes. The film was nominated for the oscars by Yugoslavia.

17 may, Saturday / 21.00

KLOPKA (The trap)    (Serbian Cinema)

(Srdan Golubovic) Serbia, 2007, 106 min.

"THE TRAP" is a modern film noir reflecting the true face of Serbian (Eastern European) 'society in transition.' It's a story that could happen to you. It is a film about an ordinary man, who is forced to choose between life and death of his own child. THE TRAP is a film about post-Milosevic's Serbia, in which there is no more war, but there is moral and existential desert, about Serbia in transition, in which human life still doesn't worth a lot, about normal life which still seems unreachable.

18 may, Sunday / 18.00

AJANTRIK (Unmechanical)   (Retrospective of  Ritwik Ghatak)

(Ritwik Ghatak, India) 1958, 102 min

"They call me a machine, they don't understand that Jaggadal is also a human". The complex interaction between nature, mankind and the machine in the backdrop of an harsh and rocky wasteland of Bihar comes the unique story of Jaggadal. Though the name is masculine but the car is definitely feminine as illuminated in the movie. This is the masterstroke of Ritwik and could well be his defining work. No other movie captured this relationship between a man and his machine as have been done here. All later movies based on such theme will be pale including the most recent AI. Only a vagabond and an insane be so ungrateful and unemotional to something which have been making a living for him for so many years. A point proved in Ajantrik.

JE RAATE   (Filmes de SRFTI / Remember!)

(Prajna Dutta, India) 2013,  9 min

Je Raate traces the dynamics among a group of characters on the night of 14 August 1947 sharing the same predicament of separation.

18 may, Sunday / 20.30

La sombra de la madre  (Spanish productions in India)

(Ramón López, Spain) 2012, 72 min

The true story of a young woman born in India who after being adopted in Spain, returns 20 years later to the orphanage where she was adopted in search of her biological mother. A hard experience that will take her to wonder why we are so? Why things happen in this way?

Mokama fast passenger   (Films from SRFTI)

(Subhadro Choudhury, India) 2013, 24 min

Mohan is a labour contractor, who works for a construction company. He shares a relation with Sabita in the city. On the contrary, Rakhi and her father-in-law waits in the village for Mohan to return. Occasional money order comes but Mohan doesn’t return. Rakhi finds escapade from her daily mundane life, when she goes to feed Jogi, a truck driver. They share a silent relation. One day, Mohan plans to leave the city. He catches a train to his village

Presentation  of the film  "La sombra de la madre"  by the director Ramón López.

19 may, Sunday / 20.30

Mirch masala     (Women in struggle)

(Ketan Mehta, India) 1987, 128 min

In colonial India, subedars (tax collectors) went from village to village, with soldiers, often demanding more than taxes. A subedar commands Sonbai, a beautiful and confidant women whose husband is away in the city, to sleep with him. She slaps him and flees for safety to a spice factory where women grind chillies into fine powder. The aged factory guard, Abu Mian, locks the door behind her, refusing to open it to the soldiers, to the cowardly village men led by the mayor, and to the subedar himself. The town's teacher, who follows Gandhi, and a few women, led by the mayor's wife, protest ineffectually against this village-approved rape. The stage is set for a final confrontation.

23 may, Friday / 18.30 

Dani (Days)     (Serbian Cinema)

(Alexandar Petrovic, Serbia) 1963. 79 min

A married woman is living an unexcited life, until she meets a man who is able to put a smile on her face again, at least for a couple of days.

Intimate Strangers    (Shortfilms)
(Lara Persano, Argentina) 2013, 18 min

The love story of a man and a woman in the last day of their relationship. 

23 may, Friday / 20.30

Africa the beat   (Gypsy Films)

(Javier Arias, Polo Vallejo, Pablo Vega, Manuel Velasco)) Spain, 2012, 59 min

It develops in Nzali, an enclave in the heart of Tanzania where live the Wagogo, possessors of a unique musical universe. Each image takes us into the daily reality of its inhabitants at the same time that the music will gradually immersing us in an unexpected world of sensations.

To the other side   (Shortfilms)

(Alicia Albares, Spain) 2013, 19 min

Sara Sanabria, writer, and his lover, Adolfo Santolaya, lived their lives absorbed by just one obsession: the belief that, hidden in an abandoned mansion, there was a gate that ended in an unkown dimension. Seeking the path of his retired teacher, Enrique will reach the place.

Presentation of the film "Africa the beat" by the directors Javier Arias , Pablo Vega.

Prestentation of the film "To the other side" by the director Alicia Albares.

24 may, Saturday / 18.00 

Shephard of the paradise   (Documentaries)

(Raja Shabir, India) 2013,  49 min

Seventy five year old Gafoor comes from a long line of shepherds, known as Bakerwals in Kashmir. The nomadic lifestyle is all that he has ever known. His life is very challenging. He has to rebuild his house on the mountains in Kashmir every year because of the damage from hostile weather. 

Gafoor and his family has to travel from the plains of Jammu to the mountains of Kashmir in summer, covering a distance of almost 300 Kms on foot, and reverse the trip in winter, to graze the herd of 200 animals which include sheep, goats, a cow and a few ponies . 

Open eyes    (Shortfilms)

(Martín Aletta, Argentina), 2013, 15 min

In Tokyo, one of the cities with the highest rates of suicides and where people do not look in the eyes, a look between two strangers may change the direction of the day completely.

Trash   (Documentaries)

(Sougata Bhattacharya, India) 2013,  20 min

The film maker starts a journey to the world of so called C-grade cinema. He takes one of his friend Shanku, whom he believed as a master of this genre during school days. They venture out to rediscover the lost world of ‘ Jawani series’…. Ultimately their journey ends up in a different story altogether that is more of a marginal entity engulfed by the common civilization crisis.

24 may, Saturday / 20.30

It was in may   (Retrospective of  M. Khutsiyev)

(Marlen Khutsiyev, Russia) 1979, 115 min

Russian soldiers are deployed on a German farm in the days in which will be signed the German surrender in World War II. The first moments of soldiers relationship with the woman of the farm are more than promising between jokes, misunderstandings with the language and dancing. Everything changes dramatically when the Regiment is ordered to inspect a concentration camp.

Ecce Homo o Exilio      (Shortfilms)

(Belem de Oliveira, Brasil) 2013, 6 min

Poetic film about the condition of the man exiled in himself in search of answers to his existential issues, typical of the modern era. 

Presentación of the film "It was in may" by the director Marlen Khutsiyev and producer Olga Bistrova.

25 may, Sunday / 18.00 

Celluloid   (Official Section)

(Kamal, India) 2013, 129 min

J.C. Daniel, long been reduced to a mere footnote in movie history is finally given the treatment he truly deserves and full credit goes to Kamal for bringing this lesser known icon of Malayalam cinema to life to this generation of audience. It is a tragic tale of a man who dared to chase his dreams and as a result found his whole world falling apart, for the sole reason that he was a man way ahead of his time. We are taken through the journey of a young J.C. Daniel, known as the maker of the first Malayalam movie, "Vigathakumaran" ("The Lost Child"), cheerful and enthusiastic, with stars in his eyes, who was determined to bring the art of movie-making to the Malayali shores, but soon turns into a person disillusioned with the world and his passion, and gradually becomes a shadow of the man he once was. 

25 may, Sunday / 20.45

Nevechernyaya   (Retrospective of  M. Khutsiyev)

(Marlen Khutsiyev, Russia) 2010, 40 min

All important problems of Russia are discussed by Chekhov and Tolstoy.

Magnetism    (Australian Cinema)

(Nakul Wagela, Australia) 2013, 17 min

A young clerk, Mark, is trapped in the claustrophobic vicious circle of a metropolitan contemporaneity. Not any basic pleasures of his life, including some romantic efforts attract him. A series of events forced him to address the burning issues of his life, will he find his truth?

From beyond     (Shortfilms / Women in struggle)

(Rajbir Kaur, India) 2013, 10 min

An Indian girl dreams of a voice. Whenever she is about to catch her sleep just disappears. The voice always asks about the meaning of life.

Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan    (Films from SRFTI)

(Mithila Hedge, India) 2013, 22 min

“My routine is Namaz and  Art, Namaz and  Art, Namaz and  Art...”says Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan. At 105, he is the oldest living (and practising) Hindustani vocalist in the country. The film portrays his profound perspective on music, spirituality and life.

26 may, Monday / 20.30

María and the Spiderman     (Official Section)

(María Victoria Menis) Argentina, 88 min, 2013

MARIA AND SPIDER is the story of María, a thirteen year old girl who lives in a Buenos Aires shantytown whit her grandmother and her obscure partner. Candidate for a scholarship to continue her education, María is finishing primary school, while working on the subway. There she´ll meet a 17-years boy.

Take back the fight

(Films from TISS/ Women in struggle)
(Likokba, Mrinal, Shruti, Sujatha) India, 2013, 27 min.

‘Look alert, don’t look like an easy target!’- Deesha’s martial art classes equip young girls to handle threatening situations that arise in the outside world and within their families. Tanvi’s identity straddles the worlds of an everyday college student and a learner of martial arts. In doing so, she stands out amongst her peers as someone who brings knowledge of the latter to the former. Finally, in the absence of a do’s and don’ts handbook of self-defence, Tanya negotiates her way around the city with conviction in her belief system, sometimes tainted with self-doubt but always maintaining a sense of humour through it all. 

Take Back the Fight looks at three women, a martial arts instructor, a college student and a PR professional as they make their way through various public spaces in Mumbai. In the process, they question the safety discourses surrounding them and attempt to subvert the power structures within which they are located.

28 may, Wednesday / 20.30

Despite the Gods         (Documentaries)

(Penny Vozniak, Poland) 2013, 52m

Prodigal daughter of cinema, Jennifer Lynch delves into the dangerous ground of making films in Bollywood, where chaos is the norm and film becomes a crash course in a self-affirmation and self-realization.

Where river meets the sea

(Films from SRFTI)
(Suman Majumder, India) 2013, 26 min

There was a father and his two daughters.after retirement and social responsibilities the father decides to leave home and goes to 'vanprastha'. The daughters comes close to eaother and starts finding the father. When they failed they collects the memories of fath and creates a dreamland.

30 may, Friday / 20.30

Varanasi, where the past is present 

Spanish productions in India
(Andrés Roccatagliata, Spain) 2014, 59 min

Varanasi is a documentary of a travel done with camera in hand. An experience that is reflected through a camera that takes us to one of the oldest and most sacred city in the world. The city in the past and the present is an exceptional testimony to the living traditions of faith, ritual and innumerable festivals and ancient forms of worship and belief that still are in practice in the different expressions of music, dance and forms of art, from one to other generation.

Flashpoint   (Films from TISS / Remember!)

(A. Lohrii Francis, Gurshimran Khamba, Mridula Chari, Shivani Gupta, INDIA) 2013, 18 min

Mohammed Ali Road and Mahim were among the more affected areas during the riots of 1992-1993. Twenty years later, this film takes the lens back to those areas to map the middle classes of those areas. Their lives, though not tangibly afflicted, were nonetheless transformed by that time enough to reflect in  their attitudes towards communalism today. Prominent writer and journalist Dilip D’Souza, draws these narratives together as we try to make sense of stereotypes that persist even today. 

Flashpoint is part of a series of films from the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, which seek to revisit the city of Mumbai, twenty years after the communal violence of 1992-93. In a situation where justice has been elusive and the collective amnesia profound, the series attempts to remember and reflect on the events of that tragic period and its aftermath. 

Dushwapno  (Films from  SRFTI / Women in struggle)

(Lubna Sharmin, India) 2013, 11 min

An invalid woman in wheelchair lives with her husband and daughter. And is aware of the frustration of her husband for this adversity, even when his behavior is wonderful. The woman tries her husband to marry another woman to make things easier. After the arrival of the new woman, things are not as they seemed.

Presentation of the film "Varanasi, where the past is present" by the director  Andrés Roccatagliata.

31 may, Saturday / 18.00

Badalte nakshe       (Films from  TISS / Remember!)
(A.Sadar, L. Sangtam, N. Kanagasabai, N. Menon) India, 2013, 23 min

The communal violence of December 1992 and January 1993 in Mumbai, India, following the demolition of Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992 changed the city in many ways, reconfiguring its spaces, creating new divides, giving impetus to an on-going politics of hate and fundamentally altering the cosmopolitan fabric of the city. Badalte Nakshe is one of the six films in the Remembering 1992 series created collectively by the students and faculty of the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences. 

Traversing the tenuous realm of children, memory and Bombay’s 1992 communal riots, the film follows Farhana Ashraf, a teacher and a writer in an attempt to explore the constructed histories of two generations. 20 years after the riots, how do the people who were children then remember the lived experience of the riots? Moreover, how do adolescents of the present generation make meaning of these inherited narratives of violence from what they hear and see – through popular culture, text books etc. In an effort to articulate this on-going dialogue with the past and present, the film weave these two threads, bringing to the surface erasures, omissions and the ruptures they entail.

31 may, Saturday / 20.30



29 may, Thursday / 19.30

Dhol ganwar pashu aru nari       (Films from FTII)

(Abhinav Gupta) 2013. India. 20 min

The film "DHOL GANWAR PASHU ARU NARI" talks about the plight of women in the social structure. It is a fight they are 

constantly fighting against the odd - the male. It is not 
about the story of Tara and Phool, the characters in the 
film. They are mere representatives of ‘their’ people.
The film tries to deal with the intense emotional turmoil of 
a mother, who, having realised the odds, finds herself 
helpless, but still tries to fight It out leading to an 
unusual resolve.

July Rain      (Retrospective of M. Khutsiyev)

(Marlen Khutsiyev) 1966. Russia. 107 min

It shows the time of the choice of a future way for the country. In fact the choice was already made in October 1964, when conformist climbers and unprincipled egotists (Volodya) took a lead of the Soviet society and eventually destroyed it. The most charming and human figure of the movie is Alik, played by the famous Russian bard Yuri Vizbor. Alik represents the honest and skeptical part of Soviet society, that didn't have much hope for the bright future and tried to enjoy the life, avoiding ranting and bargaining with the conscience.

29 may, Thursday / 22.00

23 Winters      (Documentaries / Remember!)

(Rajesh S. Jala)  2013. India. 30 min

A film set in reality, played by a real protagonist, Bota, who lives a surreal life. A forced refugee from Kashmir, Bota is schizophrenic. This film glimpses through his traumatic past which haunts his exiled present. Nonetheless, his hopes are unvanquished.

Love and other crimes   (Serbian Cinema)

(Stefan Arsenijevic) 2008. Serbia.106 min

An unsatisfied woman in her late 30s dreams about stealing the big cash and leaving the country. She meets a petty criminal ten years her junior who has the thing for her, and she asks herself is he the only true love of her life.

30 may, Friday / 18.45

I am Twenty     (Retrospective of M. Khutsiyev)

(Marlen Khutsiyev) 1965. Russia. 164 min

The film deals with three school chums, Sergei, Slava and Nikolai. Sergei is returning to Moscow from his hitch in the Army to find that "you can't go home again" Slava is married and has a toddler. Nikolai is doing research at a scientific institute. Nikolai offers to find Sergei a job at the Institute, but Sergei decides to follow in his deceased father's (killed in battle at age 21 in 1943 during the Great patriotic War, aka WWII) footsteps and work at the local power plant.

Sergei finds that his relationships to people have changed. Slava is distanced from them by his marriage and family commitments, but still tries to be "one of the boys" Nikolai works hard, and flirts shamelessly in exchange. Sergei feels alone and uncomfortable, never really sure what he should be doing. He still lives in the same flat with his mother and younger sister, he goes to work each day and studies to be an engineer at night.

Presentation by the director Marlen Khutsiyev and the producer Olga Bistrova.

After the screening there will be Q&A with the director and producer.

30 may, Friday / 22.15

Mukhabir   (Films from FTII)

(Manoj Kumar) 2013. India. 11 min

A night in the life of an informer who is double crossing the police and the ganglord for money and to get the woman he craves. He slides along various facets of his personality, exposing his cold and ruthless atributes along with his vulnerabilites while having an ongoing internal dialogue.

Kennedy goes back home   (Serbian Cinema / Gypsy Films)

(Zelimir Zilnic) 2004. Serbia. 74 min

The documentary follows the lives of several Roma, two in particular, who have been deported from Germany to Belgrade, and inserted into economic and social situations totally alien to their previous experience. They complain of having all money and valuables confiscated upon arrival.

The two main characters both have very sympathetic stories. The first to be introduced has lost much in being deported, but has managed to buy a car and uses it to earn his livelihood. Hard-working and seemingly a good person, this guy is an example of how many advanced democracies' immigration policies need serious revision (not only Germany's).

31 may, Saturday / 19.30

Qafas    (Shortfilms)

(Prateek Srivastava) 2013. India. 9 min

In a pet market where profit is the only concern, a shopkeeper having a rough day encounters a customer who has had a rough life.

Unfaded  (Retrospective of M. Khutsiyev)

(Marlen Khutsiyev) 1983. Russia. 92 min

 The story is simple. A husband's elderly father-in-law comes to visit his daughter and her husband. Unfortunately the wife leaves the city on business for a couple of weeks, and her husband is working on a dissertation at home. The husband is stuck with spending time and hosting the old man. The old man is filled with life, he sings, shouts, and seems to know everything about everything: tobacco, wine. He, basically, never shuts up; but he is kind and friendly. The husband tolerates him, and is happy to make him as comfortable as possible. But the old man starts to really irritate the husband. He always thinks he's right and always goes on and on. He knows 5 languages and has traveled the world, so he has much to say. The story is narrated scarcely by the husband who says the events took place a year ago.

PROGRAMME at La Cineteca el Matadero. Imagineindia 2014

Cineteca el Matadero
Pza de Legazpi 8. Madrid


17 may, Saturday


Tri  / Three   (Serbian Cinema)
(Alexandar Petrovic) Serbia, 1965, 80 min.

El aire hace que las cosas se muevan  (Shortfilms / Remember!)
(Emilia Ruiz) Spain,  2013, 10 min.


Presentation of Serbian Cinema by the Ambassador of Serbia, Danko Prokic and the serbian painter and president of House of Serbia, Dusica Nikolic.


Klopka / The trap (Serbian Cinema)
(Srdan Golubovic)  Serbia,  2007,  106 min.

18 may, Sunday 

Ajantrik   (Retrospective of  Ritwik Ghatak)
(Ritwik Ghatak) India, 1958, 102 min.

Je raate  (Filmes de SRFTI / Remember!)

(Prajna Dutta)  India, 2013,  9 min.


La sombra de la madre
Spanish productions in India
(Ramón López)  Spain, 2013, 72 min.

Mokama fast passenger  (
Films from SRFTI)
(Subhadro Choudhury)  India,  2013,  24 min.

Presentation of the film "La sombra de la madre" by the director  Ramón López.

19 may,  Monday    


Mirch Masala   (Women in struggle)
(Ketan Mehta)  India, 1987, 128 min

23 may,  Friday 


Dani / Days    (Serbian Cinema)
(Alexandar Petrovic)  Serbia, 1963. 79 min.

Intimos extraños   (Shortfilms)

(Lara Persano) Argentina,  2013, 18 min.


Africa the beat   (Gypsy Films)
(Javier Arias, Polo Vallejo, Pablo Vega, Manuel Velasco)
Spain, 59 min.

Al otro lado  (Shortfilms)
(Alicia Albares) Spain,  2013, 19 min

Presentation of the film "Africa the beat" by the directors Javier Arias , Pablo Vega.

24  may, Saturday


Shephard of the paradise   (Documentaries)
(Raja Shabir Khan) India, 2013,  49 min.

Trash   (Documentaries)
(Sougata Bhattacharya) India, 2013,  20 min.

Ojos Abiertos  (Shortfilms)
(Martín Aletta) Argentina,  2013,  15 min.


Nevechernyaya    (Retrospective of  M. Khutsiyev)
(Marlen Khutsiyev) Russia, 2010, 40 min.

Magnetism    (Australian Cinema)
(Nakul Wagela) Australia,  2013, 17 min.

From Beyond   (Shortfilms / Women in struggle)
(Rajbir Kaur) India,  2013, 10 min.

Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan (Films from SRFTI)
(Mithila Hedge) India,  2013,  22 min

25 may,  Sunday


Celluloid   (Official Section)
(Kamal) India,  2013, 129 min


It was in may   (Retrospective of  M. Khutsiyev)

(Marlen Khutsiyev) Russia, 1979,  115 min.

Ecce Homo o Exilio  (Shortfilms)
(Belem de Oliveira) Brasil,  2013, 6 min.

Presentation of the film "It was in may" by the director Marlen Khutsiyev ,  Olga Bistrova

26 may,  Monday   


María y el araña  (Official Section)
(María Victoria Menis) Argentina, 2013, 88 min.

Take back the fight  (Films from TISS/ Women in struggle)

(Likokba, Mrinal, Shruti, Sujatha) India,  2013, 27 min.

28 may,  Wednesday   


Despite the gods   (Documentaries)
(Penny Vozniak) Poland,  2013,  52m.

Where river meets the sea  (Films from SRFTI)

(Suman Majumder) India,  2013,  26 min.

30 may,  Friday 


Varanasi, where the past is present
Spanish productions in India
(Andrés Roccatagliata)  Spain,  2014,  59 min.

Flashpoint   (Films from TISS / Remember!)
(A. Lohrii Francis, Gurshimran Khamba, Mridula Chari, Shivani Gupta) India, 2013, 18 min.

Dushwapno   (Films from  SRFTI / Women in struggle)
(Lubna Sharmin) India,  2013,  11 min.

Presentation of the film "Varanasi, where the past is present" by the director  Andrés Roccatagliata.

31 may, Saturday


Ramkinkar Baij      (Retrospective of Ritwik Ghatak)

(Ramkinkar Baij) India, 1975, 30 min

Badalte Nakshe  (Films from  TISS / Remember!)
(A.Sadar, L. Sangtam, N. Kanagasabai, N. Menon) India, 2013, 23 min



PROGRAMME at Filmoteca Española. Imagineindia 2014


Calle Santa Isabel 3. Madrid 28012


17 may, Saturday

19.30  Venue 1

APUR PANCHALI   (Official Section)
(Kaushik Ganguly)  India, 2013, 96 min. 

18 may, Sunday

22.00  Venue 1

PARVIZ  (Official Section)
(Majid Barzegar) Iran, 2013, 107 min.

20 may, Tuesday

22.00  Venue 1

APUR PANCHALI  (Official Section)
(Kaushik Ganguly)  India, 2013, 96 min. 

21 may, Wednesday

19.30  Venue 1

PARVIZ   (Official Section)
(Majid Barzegar) Iran, 2013, 107 min.

22 may, Thursday

19.00  Venue 2

SALMA  (Official Section / Women in struggle)
(Kim Longinotto)  Great Britain / India, 2013,  91 min.

19.00  Venue 1

THE KING IS DEAD  (Official Section / Australian cinema)
(Rolf de Heer)  Australia, 2012, 106 min.

23 may, Friday

20.00  Venue 2

GULABI  GANG  (Official Section / Women in struggle)
(Nishta Jain) India, 2012, 96 min.

Presentation of the film by Alba Flores

24 may, Saturday

21.40  Sala 1

ALGORITHMS  (Official Section)
(Ian McDonald)  India, 2012, 95 min.

25 may, Sunday

20.00  Venue 2

SALMA  (Official Section / Women in struggle)
(Kim Longinotto)  Great Britain / India, 2013,  91 min.


27 may, Tuesday

20.30  Venue 2

ANKHON DEKHI  (Official Section)
(Rajat Kapoor) India, 2014,146 min.

Presentation of the film by the director Rajat Kapoor and Alba Flores.

28 may, Wednesday

19.30  Venue 1

Spring at  Zarechnaya Street  (Retrospective of M. Khutsiyev)
(Marlen Khutsiyev) USSR, 1956, 94 min.

PRESENTATION and Q&A with  Marlen KhutsiyevMiguel Marías and Qazi Abdur Rahim.

29 may, Thursday

21.10  Venue 1

JIN JIN  (Official Section)
(Daiki Yamada) Japan, 2013, 129 min.

Presentation of the team of Jin Jin :

KOKI SHIMIZU  (Vicemajor of Kenbuchi)
DAIKI  YAMADA (Director)
JIRO NODAKE (Distribution Producer)
TOMOKO OOI  (Domestic Sales)
KEIKO ITO  (Overseas Sales)

31 may, Saturday

20.00  Venue 2

Spring at Zarechnaya Street  (Retrospective of M. Khutsiyev)
(Marlen Khutsiyev) URSS, 1956, 94 min,

PROGRAMME at Círculo de Bellas Artes. Imagineindia 2014

Calle Marqués de Casa Riera, 2. Madrid - 28014.


29 may, Thursday


Dhol ganwar pashu aru nari    (Films from FTII)
(Abhinav Gupta) 2013. India. 20 min

July Rain  (Retrospective of M. Khutsiyev)
(Marlen Khutsiyev) 1966. Russia. 107 min


23 Winters  (Documentaries / Remember!)
(Rajesh S. Jala)  2013. India. 30 min

Love and other crimes   (Serbian Cinema)
(Stefan Arsenijevic) 2008. Serbia.106 min

30 may, Friday  


I am Twenty     (Retrospective of M. Khutsiyev)
(Marlen Khutsiyev) 1965. Russia. 164 min

Presentationn by the director Marlen Khutsiyev and the producer Olga Bistrova.

After the screening there will be Q&A with the director and producer.


Mukhabir  (Films from FTII)
(Manoj Kumar) 2013. India. 11 min

Kennedy goes back home   (Serbian Cinema / Gypsy Films)
(Zelimir Zilnic) 2007. Serbia. 74 min

31 may, Saturday


Qafas  (Shortfilms)
(Prateek Srivastava) 2013. India. 9 min

Unfaded  (Retrospective of M. Khutsiyev)
(Marlen Khutsiyev) 1983. Russia. 92 min