Day 4- Meet the Directors
Meet the directors of day 4 was held at Tagore. Director of movie ‘Returnee’- Sabit Kurmanbekov, Anucha Boonyawatana-director of film ‘Malila- The Farewell Flower, Prasanth Vijay- director of the film ‘The Summer of Miracles’ , Sanjib Dey- 3 Smoking Barrels and Mahesh Narayanan- director of Take Off participated in ‘Meet the Directors’. Meera Sahib moderated the discussion and Balu Kiriyath delivered the introduction & conclusion.
The fourth day of the International Film Festival of Kerala heard some strong issues being raised in the
Meet the Directors session from its participant directors on the style of film making adapted worldwide.
The first to comment was the Thai lady director Anucha Boonyawatanawho stated that the film directors
in her country are scared to question Buddhism in their films. She was of the opinion that film makers
make such attempts are threatened and their films are being officially banned. “My films are collection
of things of what I love. I stand for the absolute freedom of artists,” she added.
Prashanth Vijay, the young director in the panel, pointed out that he had tried to take his film out from
the conventional film making style. An engineer turned director, he was of the opinion that his
inexperience in this field had helped him make his “Athishayangalude Venal “unconventional.
Mahesh Narayanan, director of Takeoff, spoke about how an anecdote can be effectively portrayed on
screen. He was more concerned about the content of a film than its form. Forms change in time,
whereas content has it relevance forever in time, he added. I was part of both artistic and commercial films, Said Sanjib Dey, director of 3 Smoking Barrels. I was very adamant that my first film should tell the story of North East India. I was keen in including the languages of native, six of which are included in my movie. I failed to include the remaining 194 even then, he said.
Sabit Kurmanbekov, director of Returnee, said he represented the Kazakhstan movie fraternity.
“Returnee is a government funded movie. I tried to portray the life of my people. The film depicts the
life of people who fled from my native place due to the socio-economic crisis,” he said.