Odia film ‘Capital I’, produced by Susant Misra and Swastik Choudhury, and directed by Amartya Bhattacharyya, has been officially selected in competition at the South Asian Alternative Film Festival, Paris. The film stars Susant Misra, one of the most acclaimed filmmakers of Odisha, as a lead actor in a feature film for the first time. The six selected films in competition are Capital I, Goli Soda, Lucia, Teenkahon, Titli and Zinda Bhaag.
Festival’s official selection page: http://ffast.fr/?page_id=1283&
‘Capital I’ is the only Odia film at the festival, and as the first independent feature film of Odisha, ‘Capital I’ makes its presence in the international circuit.
The South Asian Alternative Film festival has also announced it’s opening ceremony in Anurag Kashyup’s presence, where his film ‘That girl in yellow boots’ will be screened.
The films that ‘Capital I’ would be competing with are all widely acclaimed film. Titli, for example, under the banner of Yash Raj Films, made it to Cannes last year. Zinda Bhaag, starring Naseeruddin Shah was Pakistan’s official entry to the Oscars. Lucia by Pawan Kumar has been one of the most acclaimed films from South India in recent times.
In 2014, ‘Capital I’ was screened at 13th Chalachitra Utsav, at Dhaka,Bangladesh and at West Florida Film Festival, USA apart from few other screenings in and around Bhubaneswar.
Having made a few short films and documentaries before, ‘Capital I’ is Amartya’s debut feature film.Shot with a DSLR and tripod, and with a shoe-string budget, the film has made it’s mark, even at the international circuit. Fiercely experimental, the film deals with subtle emotions and detailed portrayal of human mind in a surreal way. The film is also note-worthy and path-breaking in its bold and outspoken portrayal of lesbian relationship. Although very different from Indian mainstream cinema, the makers of the film are optimistic about it’s acceptance in India.
As the Digital Media Partner of the film, ‘Odisha Live’ (www.odishalive.tv), the first web channel network of Odisha, has been promoting the ‘Capital I’ in online and social media platforms.
- Amartya Bhattacharyya’s films have recently been screened at various festivals round the world. His fantasy documentary ‘Shiuli – in search of my Goddess!’ has been screened at festivals in various parts of Europe including Germany, Portugal, Italy, Scotland, Belarus, Romania, etc.
- His film ‘Niloye Jokhon’ dealing with the life of a prostitute searching for her dignity and respect, was greeted at the Human Rights Film Festival of Barcelona/New York and Paris towards the end of 2014.
- His recent experimental fantasy documentary ‘Benaras – the unexplored attachments’ has been officially selected and will have its International Premiere on 21st Feb at Sahar International Short Film Festival 2015, at Greater Manchester, UK. Some of his films are publicly on youtube.
- Amartya had earlier been awarded Best Director at White Screen Film Festival 2013 and Best Editor at Rolling Frames 2013 for his short poetic psychodrama – ‘Boba Mukhosh’.
One can reach Mr. Amartya Bhattacharyya at +91-9556353118. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org