November 18, 2017

Director Majid Majidi excited for 'Beyond the Clouds' premiere at IFFI

12 November 2017, 06:43 | Silvia Roy

A still from Beyond the Clouds

A still from Beyond the Clouds

Mumbai: Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi will present his film Beyond the Clouds on the opening day of this year's International Film Festival of India, to be held from November 20-28 in Goa.

India's official entry for the Oscars, "Newton", and the highest grosser till date in the country, "Baahubali 2: The Conclusion", are among the 26 films selected for the Indian Panorama Section of the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI). I have written to the federation expressing my disappointment as both "Nude" & "Sexy Durga" are important films that present women with utmost dignity and respect. Naturally, the IB Ministry had chose to override the jury decision, without consulting the jury members.

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Jadhav says he can't have another title for the film as Nude is apt for the subject.

The jury apparently got to know of the changes from an email sent to them by the Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF), under the information and broadcasting ministry, informing them about the films that would be shown in the Indian Panorama section.

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" S Durga and Nude are among the best of contemporary Indian cinema".

"But the two films were listed as 21 and 22 to indicate that our choice was the first 20 on the list", the member said. An aggrieved member of the jury, who did not want to be named, told Mirror that both the movies should not have been on the list of 153 films submitted to them by the National Film Development Corporation (NDFC) if they found them objectable for any reason. "My guess is that the people who took this decision did not bother watching either of the two films, because had they done so, they would have realised that Nude has no intention to titillate, while S Durga is a thriller, and there's nothing sexy about it".

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The two-hour movie was also nominated for the best film award at the London Film Festival this year.

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