A Bonanza on Screen

 The Gauhati Cine Club organised its 10th International Film Festival at the District Library Auditorium recently. It was quite a bonanza for cine lovers of the city. The festival featured an assortment of movies of various genres - ranging from classics to the avantgarde.


Organising a film festival calls for a lot of preparation and co-ordinated hard work on the part of the organizers. The selection of films and making them available for screening are the chief parameters. Thankfully and much to the delight of the cine buffs, the selection of films was judicious enough to meet the viewers' expectations.
During the 52 years of its existence, Gauhati Cine Club - the brainchild of a few creative and dedicated film personalities and guided by late Dr Bhupen Hazarika - has been making its best possible efforts to bring to its viewers films that matter.It has brought before the interested viewers classics that have often been discussed in the movie world in the past.Since its inception, the Cine Club has been providing an opportunity to the people of Assam to watch classics, which otherwise would have been an impossible proposition for those who longed to view them.
The festival this year opened with the screening of "Goodbye Kathmandu"- a Nepali film dealing with the issue of the destabilizing political situation prevailing in Nepal and the corruption prevalent in the administrative system.An ambitious young man, well trained in Information Technology from USA, finds his dream shattered with unrest from Maoists, corruption in the government machinery and lack of avenues for entrepreneurship. The director of the film NabinSubba was present on the occasion.
The organisers also paid tributes to legendary film maker and actor Abdul Mazid,a dedicated member of the club late AnujGoswami and BijuPhukan, the charismatic star of the Assamese film world.Incidentally, all three had passed away in 2017. AK Absar Ali Hazarika, the President of the club, delivered the welcome speech while Madhurima Baruah, Secretary of the club, appraised the gathering about the activities of the club.PritamSaikia as the Chief Guest lauded the activities of the club and assured financial assistance to the organization.TinatAtifa Masood and MonmoromeeMahanta compered the programme in a lively manner.
A selection of classics filmed by some of the world's most creative filmmakers were screened during the festival week. 'French Cancan' by Jean Renoir, 'Yojimbo' by Akira Kurosawa and 'Last Year At Marienbad' by Alain Resnais were the ones that gave the viewers an opportunity to traverse through the area of great creativity. 'French Cancan' took the viewers to a 19th century Paris Cafeteria where belly dance is performed and appraised them of the restaurant culture of contemporary Paris.It also evoked the paintings of Edger Degas and the contemporary impressionist. Akira Kurosawa's 'Yojimbo' is a film where a village in feudal Japan is set as the backdrop.The film is about gang war and the personal rivalry of two unscrupulous men.
Another classic screened under the aegis of the festival was 'Last Year At Marienbad', which has been directed by Alain Resnais.It's a French Italian film; a little exceptional in approach with a story that would baffle the viewers for its little absurd storyline and which can be attributed to be one as surrealistic.
The Cinema North East segment had two notable entries: 'Maj Rati Keteki' by SantwanaBordoloi,winner of the Rajat Kamal Award as best Assamese film for 2017 and 'Ishu' by UtpalBorpujari. The film, Ishu, was nominated for Best film and Best Director during the Kolkata Film Festival 2017.  
Among others, the festival had in its screening schedule films like 'Thermae Romae' (Japanese),directed by Takeuchi Hideki, 'Professor KostaVujic's Hat' (Serbian), 'A tale of Samurai Cooking - A true love story' (Japanese), 'Where The Roads Are End' (Mexican), 'Ayanbaji' (Bengali), 'A comedy of tears' (Slovenian) and a couple of European entries. 
'Sankhachil' (Bengali), 'Kaadu Pookkunna Neram'  (Malayalam), 'U Turn' (Kannada) were the films to be selected in Indian Panorama.
'DauHuduniMethai' (Song of the horned Owl) in Bodo language by Manju Borah, 'Alifa' (Bengali) by Deep Choudhury, 'Loktaklairembee' (Manipuri) by Paban Kumar Haobam were the entries in the Cinema North East segment.In the Cinema Act East segment,'Jagat' from Malayasia, 'Ziarah' from Indonesia were the entries. Francois Truffaut, director from France, was honoured with the screening of three of his creations - 'The 400 Blows', 'Jules And Jim' and 'The Last Metro'.
A special screening of Abdul Mazid's'ChameliMemsab' was organized and a young George Baker, young BinitaGohain and young  AbdulMazid on the screen, took the viewers back to the  seventies of the last century.
The 10th International Guwahati Film Festival 2017 was undoubtedly a well-coordinated effort on the part of organizers and it met with the expected amount of response from film lovers of the city and the region.