Panaji, Nov 23: Paul Cox, renowned Australian Director of the movie Force of Destiny, a film of the master stroke section in the 45th edition of IFFI said he draws inspiration from the Indian philosophy of mutual respect and love which says that we should respect the differences of each other.
Addressing a press conference on Saturday, Paul Cox said that he always follows his heart in process of film making and the holy book for him is his heart.
“Whenever I visits India, it gives me the sense of homecoming,” he said. Answering the question on the current state of Indian cinema he said that Indian cinema is going through the exciting time when the new people and new wave of cinema is coming up.
Speaking about the film he said that his movie is based on ordeal of his own life in which he emerged victorious against battle of liver cancer. The film is based on the book he wrote, ‘Tales from the cancer ward’. The Indian connection of the film is the strong Indian cast including Shahana Goswami, Seema Biswas and Mohan Agashe. The major portion for the film is shot in Trivandrum, Kerala.
Indian co-producer of the film Baby Mathew informed that, he first met Paul Cox at the 2012 IFFI Goa where Paul was the recipient of the lifetime achievement award.
“I was so moved to hear his personal journey of courage and his intentions behind making this film that I offered to co-produce this in India segment,” he added.
The film ‘A force of destiny’ is a life celebrating story about a sculptor who survives a liver transplant and falls in love. The film also makes an appeal for organ donation.
`Salam Cinema` screening Opens Mohsen Makhmalbaf Retro
Retrospective of Iranian Film maker Mohsen Makhmalbaf opened at 45th IFFI with the screening of his film ‘Salam Cinema’.
Speaking to audience on the occasion, Mohsen Makhmalbaf revealed that this film dedicated to the Centenary of Cinema was made in eleven days. The penetrating exploration of social realities can be seen in the disturbingly self-reflexive ‘Salam Cinema’ (1994)-the cinema verite-style account of an audition that turns into a meditation on the corruption of power.
Eight of his films ‘Daddy’s school’, ‘The Day I became a Woman’, ‘Kandahar’, ‘A Moment of Innocence’, ‘Salaam Cinema’, ‘Sex and Philosophy’, ‘The Silence’ and ‘Time of Love’ are being screened under Retro at 45th IFFI.
Born in 1957in Southern Tehran, Mohsen Makhmalbaf dropped out of school to join the fight against the Shah’s regime. He was arrested when only 17 and was serving five-year sentence when 1979 revolution brought an Islamic regime to power.
The revolution that freed him from prison also unleashed his creative energies. He turned to writing novels and stage plays, and in 1982 made his first film ‘Nasouh Repentance’.
The 45th International Film Festival of India opened with his film ‘The President’.