28th Palm Springs “30 Best of Fest” features India and Nepal

The recently concluded Palm Springs International Film Festival has listed its ‘Best of Fest’ , the 30 films that stood out from among the 250 plus the festival  screened. These pinpointed films denote Palm Springs’ most vaunted films in terms of  audience response and award winning favourites. In this august list are two films from India,  ‘A Billion Colour Story’ and Rahul Bose’s ‘Poorna’, with another from Nepal, Deepak Nauriyar’s ‘White Sun’.

N. Padmakumar’s debut film ‘A Billion Colour Story’ continues its successful run in the festival circuit, with packed screenings at Palm Springs. Reports indicate that it is one of the most voted films by the audiences and had over 90 percent staying back for the Q&As with the director, many in tears as the film ended.

The film, produced by Indian thespian and film actor Satish Kaushik, has already been to the BFI London, Busan and Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festivals in 2016.

Director N Padmakumar with jury member Susan Morgan Cooper 2017 Palm SPrings Fest

Director N Padmakumar with jury member Susan Morgan Cooper

‘A Billion Colour Story’ follows 11-year-old Hari, an extremely perceptive 21st century kid born in a liberal, mixed Muslim-Hindu family committed to the ideal of a pure and inclusive India. Their belief gets a rude awakening when they move into a poorer part of Mumbai and encounter religious fundamentalism for the first time. Shot in gorgeous black and white, it is an intimate father-son story about love, but just as much about India, in all its myriad colours, charming contradictions and superficial differences, which questions what kind of world we want to leave behind for our children.

poorna_01A still from ‘Poorna’

Rahul Bose’s ‘Poorna’ had its World Premiere at the festival. The film tells the true-story of 13-year-old Malavath Poorna, who became the youngest woman to scale Everest. An adivasi (indigenous) teen, Poorna was selected as a champion of welfare schools, and Rahul Bose puts her accomplishment in the context of female empowerment while delivering the spectacle one would expect. Bose’s directorial debut ‘Everybody Says I’m Fine!’ (2001) was runner-up for the John Schlesinger Award at 2003 edition of Palm Springs for Best Debut.

A still from 'White Sun'

A still from ‘White Sun’

Director Deepak Rauniyar and actors Dayahang Rai and Rabindra Singh Baniya were in attendance at the festival to present their film ‘Seto Surya’ (White Sun), which won the Interfilm Award at Venice, where it World Premiered.  The film is a dark comedy about two brothers from each side of the Nepalese civil war brought together after 10 years for their father’s funeral. A trenchant, eye-catching parable, this is the best film to come out of Nepal in years.


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