Directors of World Panorama films in IFFI meet the press

49th International Film Festival of India
Report by: Amit Agarwal

The directors of the films in the World Panorama section of 49th IFFI-2018 - The Bra, A Sacred Gaucho, Phoenix, Autsajder and Nervous Translation addressed the media during the 49th International Film Festival of India, Goa today, November 24, 2018.

Glimpses from IFFI 2018
Veit Helmer, Director of the German film ‘The Bra’ said that communication with the audience is very important and it would be great to do a Q&A session with the audience after every movie screening. Quoting Alfred Hitchcock, Mr. Veit Helmer said that cinema should be about visual storytelling and that dialogue spoils the visual elements in that narration. “There is no need to think how one can talk to a universal audience. If you talk about something very personal, then everybody in the world will understand”, he further added. He also enquired about the possibilities of films from diverse places like Latin America and Europe getting commercially released in India. 

 Mr. Joaquin Pedretti, Director of ‘A Sacred Gaucho’ said that his film is based on a popular hero who represents the poor people. He elaborated that the film has been given its particular structure based on its narrative. “It is so important for us to have the world premiere in IFFI because it is based on the symbolic tradition of India and Argentina, as we have the same type of archetypes”, he said. 

Narrating the characteristics of her film, Camilla Strom Henriksen, Director of Phoenix, said that it is a dark quiet film for grownups, children being the film’s main characters. It is about children who are forced to assume the responsibility as adults because the parents fail to do so. She pointed out that the theme of the film would resonate with many people even though the circumstances can be very different. Replying to a question on how to make a film that can connect to each and every person, she said that if the filmmaker is specific about what she does, she will reach the audience she is meant to reach.