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The Peacock

A gateway to the world of art and cinema, The Peacock is the flagship publication of the Entertainment Society of Goa that hosts the annual International Film Festival of India. Every edition of The Peacock will take you into the jungle of stories, illustrations, films, narratives and a lot more.
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IFFI 53

ISSUE 09

MY FIRST IFFI

It’ll be a great journalism school,” an editor advised me on why I should join The Peacock.

Closing On A Perfect Number

The closing film at the 53rd International Film Festival of India is directed by Krzysztof Zanussi.

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Paintings Speak for Themselves

“Success ke peeche mat bhaago. Kaabil bano kaabil. Kamyabi jhak maar ke peeche ayegi.”

Food for Thought

Dotting the Panjim promenade opposite the Old GMC building is an array of food stalls that cater to every craving one might have. From local Goan treats to Rajasthani street food, the diversity of delicacies found here is just as vast...

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Film. Time. Space.

While talking to a young filmmaker at IFFI the other day, our discussion came down to the complexities of presenting the passing of time in cinema -

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Mita Vashisht @ IFFI

As an actor, I am a little more restless, but as a director I am very calm. You have to deal with not just the creative process of taking the shot, but micromanaging the location, team, and everything.

Deu Borem Korum

All through the last few days of the 53rd International Film Festival of India, Team Peacock has been wowed non-stop by streams of delegates coming to the Maquinez Palace to pick up back-issues of our unique festival daily.

ISSUE 08

Sprout

While reading a book, I came across a thought. Quite a profound one. That nudging thing would not let me sleep. No matter how hard I tried, it didn’t give up, so I simply decided to sleep with it.

Dreaming in Kaleidoscope

You know how it is…puppy love,” says 85-year-old Filomena Dias with a teenaged grin.

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“Cinema prepares change”

My immigration to Israel was that of a minority coming back to his homeland,” says filmmaker Leon Prudovsky.

On The Rise?

In the history of the Academy awards, which were first held in 1929, only seven women have been nominated for Best Director of which only three have won.

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Claiming Space

A community of 11 determined women filmmakers in Aotearoa (the indigenous name of New Zealand in the Maori languages), explore the “complexities of home in a predominantly white country,” through their film Kainga (2022).

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Festivals and the City

"I have been attending the International Film Festival of India every year for the past 19 years,” says Dr. Francis Pantaliao Noronha, 66, a retired surgeon formerly at Goa Medical College.

Slow Cinema

You may have heard of the phrase ‘Director’s Cut’ in filmmaking – where a film director releases a lengthier version of the film that was not released to the distributors – but, have you heard of the ‘Diaz Cut’?

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The Nine Emotions @IFFI

One of my favourite films is Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (1983), a classic Hindi comedy with Naseeruddin Shah and Ravi Basvani playing photographers in a tale of corruption, murder, and intrigue.

THE PERCH

Whither IFFI? Just one day to go until the completion of the 53rd edition of the International Film Festival of India, and we can see this most basic question has been answered in full: We’re back, baby!

ISSUE 07

THE NOBEL LAUREATE

Every year I look forward to the announcement from the Swedish Academy of the Nobel Prize for Literature. I was delighted to find that the French author, Annie Thérèse Blanche Ernaux, had won the Prize.

“I’M NOT A STAR, I’M A WORKER”

Chavance means “luck carrier.” As a member of the International Jury at IFFI, does she feel lucky? “Oui, life is okay.”

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FRENCH POETRY FROM GOA

Manoharrai Sardessai’s poetry, written in his mother tongue, Konkani and in the language he taught and loved, French, bears the imprint of a universal harmony.

LA VIE FRANCOPHILE

While most of my generation in urban India looked to England or America for cultural markers, I was fortunate to view life through a distinct Francophile lens.

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CINEMA MON AMOUR

This year at the International Film Festival of India, the ‘Country of Focus’ is France. Of course, given the number and quality of films that come from this country, French films draw attention by default every year.

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“I AM OK WITH NOT KNOWING”

For you to be light on your feet; to be spontaneous, and inventive— you need to do your prep,” says Chaitanya Tamhane

SECOND CUT: 75 CREATIVE MINDS

Danny Kurian, the writer of Dear Diary, the winning short film at the ‘75 Creative Minds’ contest at IFFI, originally had a different story in mind. In the script that he really wanted to submit to the contest, Ram Gopal Varma goes missing, and the whole country comes to a standstill.

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“I LIKE STORIES ABOUT REAL PEOPLE. SOMETIMES BAD PEOPLE.”

"Actually, I’m a lawyer.” South Korean director Hong Yongho began writing his first script in graduate school while maintaining a legal practice.

“THE FLOWER EXISTS BECAUSE THE ROOT EXISTS”

When Sainath Uskaikar, writer and director of Wagro (2021) – the title means “place of sacrifice” -

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LIVING LEGEND

Dhritiman Chaterji gives us a sample of mastery of his craft within moments of our meeting. A veteran actor with a select filmography that spans half a century

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THE PERCH

When the clarion came in 1776, the Goans responded first. “We hold these truths to be self-evident,” declared the founders of the United States of America, “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights.”

ISSUE 06

ON-SCREEN GOANS

Out of the eleven entries, a total of seven Konkani “non-feature” films have been chosen in the Goa section at the 53rd International Film Festival of India.

“I DON’T BELIEVE IN A PERFECT CUT”

The jury is still out on which film will take home the Golden Peacock in 2022 – but, one thing is certain, Nadav Lapid has already won The Peacock’s award for rockstar attitude.

MIDPOINT MUSINGS

We know this first of all: the 53rd International Film Festival of India has come as a big relief for all cinema lovers who enjoy the process of collective viewing.

WHY LOITER?

The Bombay night breeze is a force of nature. In 2011, I ride the last local from Govandi to CST and stand in the doorway of the train. The wind pushes against me. A city of lights surges ahead, unaware of my presence.

“LEGACY OF LIBERTY”

How’s the Josh?” this line from Uri-The Surgical Strike (2019) was on many lips amidst the patriotic wave in the country that year. Indian filmmakers have fired up the nation to action for decades, and particularly so during the freedom struggle.

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REFRACTIONS OF RAY

At the cusp of the end of Empire and the birth of a new nation, Bengal of the 1930s and 40s was already at the centre of book design and advertising.

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ARTIFICIAL REALITIES

A pink boat floating upside down in a green desert, under a canopy of multicoloured raindrops, with frogs in them…” How’s that for a prompt to generate an image through Artificial Intelligence?

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THE PERCH

Veritable mountains of verbiage pile up about every edition of the International Film Festival of India, but it’s imperative to look beyond the hype, because numbers don’t lie.

ISSUE 05

OUR FILMS, THEIR FILMS

We all know Satyajit Ray. But very few know him by his other name, Manikda. As a young man he was fondly called Manik (Jewel) by his family. His inner circles continued to call him Manikda.

IN DEPTH WITH MAYOR MONSERRATE

Panjim is chock-a-block with IFFI delegates. To learn about the festival’s impact on the city, Sunit Arora and Roland Mascarenhas met Mayor Rohit Monserrate at his office. Edited excerpts: Panjim is in the midst of the festival season.

NAVIGATING IFFI

ASSISTANCE The festival has three helpdesks with volunteers to assist delegates: at the ESG entrance gate, Panjim multiplex box office, and Porvorim multiplex box office.

“I’M GETTING PAID TO DO WHAT I LOVE”

Meenakshi Shedde wears many hats: journalist, film critic, curator, and author, for starters. Today, her headgear consists of a pair of red-framed spectacles, perched on a salt-and-pepper fringe across her forehead.

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REAL LIFE HERO

When Jafar Panahi, the Iranian filmmaker made entry in his new film No Bears, I wanted to clap and whistle in the way a single screen crowd cheers the grand entry of Salman Khan – or the duo from RRR.

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“I AM WHO I AM BECAUSE OF THE PEOPLE”

Wow! The Peacock is a Goan publication?! This is so artistic and beautiful,” Anupam Kher exclaims, browsing through our official festival daily newspaper.

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NO COUNTRY FOR ANIMATORS

My first memory of watching animated films is as a child at my cousin’s birthdays. My uncle owned a 16 mm projector, and several spools of Walt Disney films which he’d make us watch...

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MEDIATING THE MEDIUM

In present times, anyone with a phone or good device can make a film if they wish to. But filmmaking is a serious craft that involves a vast amount of expertise in several layers

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THE PERCH

When the International Film Festival of India relocated to Goa in 2004, with the idea that the country’s smallest state could become the permanent home of Asia’s oldest cinema extravaganza, there were many naysayers but only one undaunted champion.

ISSUE 04

Music Maestro

In 2002, the Konkani Bhasha Mandal (KBM) organised the first-ever All India Konkani Music Festival. I was then the President of KBM. In the build-up to the event, I was actually not at ease with the notion of ‘Konkani Music’.

“I DON’T SCARE EASILY”

It’s Trisha De Niyogi’s first time at the International Film Festival of India, but she “doesn’t scare easily” from hard challenges. The Chief Operating Officer and Director at Niyogi Books, the acclaimed Delhi-based independent publisher...

“ANIMATION IS INFINITE”

I don’t know this guy,” quips Mark Osborne pointing to a picture of his younger self on the screen behind him. The packed audience for his masterclass on ‘Animation as a Tool of Expression’ at the Maquinez Palace erupts in giggles.

MEET THE SCHMIDTS

From filming their story in the wild sea caves off the coast of Mexico to premiering their movie in the seaside paradise of Goa, the Schmidt family admits they are “living a dream”. The filmmaking family, representing their movie Island of Lost Girls (2022) at the 53rd International Film Festival of India, describe their experience as “rewarding” and “exciting”.

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DREAMING AT IFFI

When you watch the hundreds of hardworking team members coming together to bring this beautiful film festival to life, you just somehow know that behind their working minds there are other feelings and dreams too, as they view the goings-on from broader perspectives.

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“I UNLEARN AFTER EVERY FILM”

“If the actor cries, the audience cries. If the actor smiles, the audience smiles! Acting is a beautiful fraud!” Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s In Conversation session yesterday with Vina Tripathi, on his ‘Journey as an actor’ started immediately on a high note...

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THE POETIC PROBLEM

According to the great Parisian designer of the Art Deco period, Cassandre, a poster has to contain the solution to three problems: an optical problem, a graphic problem, and a poetic problem

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BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL

In 2020, in the middle of the pandemic, I began a ‘Live’ on Instagram; for the first time I pushed myself out of my technophobic existence, and learned how to use a new-age tool. It began with the idea of connecting with people, when we were all isolated within our bubbles.

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THE FIRST SMART CITY

Indians have become used to thinking about Panjim as the tiny capital of the country’s smallest state, on the periphery of the giant subcontinental polity that is most likely already the most populous country in the world.

ISSUE 03

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Father of Konkani Cinema

24th April is celebrated as Konknni Cholchitr Dis, or Konkani Cinema Day. It was on this day, 72 years ago, that the first Konkani feature film, Mogacho Aunddo, was screened.

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Walking His Journey In Her Shoes

Favourite child? I am not sure, but surely the daughter he always wanted,” says Anna Saura Ramón, the youngest child of legendary Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura, who was awarded the Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award at the 53rd International Film Festival of India.

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The Best Is Yet To Come

I steal from the epics,” says V Vijayendra Prasad, drawing murmurs of appreciation from a roomful of young writers and film students who are attending his masterclass ‘The Master’s Writing Process’ at the 53rd International Film Festival of India.

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Bazaar Buzz

There’s an audible animation in the capacious lobby of the Film Bazaar’s main location, with pockets of animated chatter among delegates, meetings, presentations in huddles, and discussions about what movie to catch in market screenings (along with who will turn up for lunch or dinner).

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“Main khud ek student hoon”

The essence of Pankaj Tripathi is evident from the moment he gets up from his front row seat to walk to the stage, but is stopped midway. “We have an audiovisual clip we’d like to show,” the introducer says.

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“Our Kind of Film-making is Tough”

The insurgency in the North-East is a long-lasting impact on my life,” says the noted Assamese producer, director, and actor Rajni Basumatary of the scars that have affected her life and family.

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The Magical Muse

When I find myself at a creative dead-end, I go watch movies…” said a friend the other day, when we were discussing artists’ processes and inspirations.

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The Complexity of Seemingly Simple Things

Leaving a day job in the software industry and making films that take you around the world may be the stuff that dreams are made of, but there is a lot of sweat, hard work, and frustration that also comes along with it, especially if you are an independent film maker.

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THE PERCH

It is perfectly understandable that everyone is preoccupied with the magnificent banquet of cinema at the International Film Festival of India, but in your off-screen moments, do take the time to consider the extraordinary cultural history of this location...

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CELEBRATING CINEMA

Come November, Goa and Goans gear up for a new edition of the International Film Festival of India. Cinephiles in Goa in particular, and from India and other parts of the world in general, eagerly wait for IFFI.

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THE VISIONARY

Being at the helm of affairs of the International Film Festival of India is no easy task. With so many moving parts and agencies involved it is a tightrope walk – after all, Murphy’s Law can kick in anytime.

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STARRY STARRY NIGHT

The masks are off, heels are on, the chic sarees are all draped around and the red carpet has been rolled out for film professionals and enthusiasts from across the globe to savour a sumptuous spread of cinematic entertainment at the riverside city of Panjim.

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WHERE MORTALS FEAR TO TREAD

The red carpet is a ubiquitous visual representation of any international film festival. As surely as an aircraft takes flight from a long straight runway, public film festivals are inevitably propelled by the arrival of each day’s constellation of film personalities on a long red carpet...

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ART AT STAKE

Craktivist /’kractivist’/ - noun – a person who campaigns to bring about political or social change in an uncontrolled, disorganised, and illogical manner. They often end up shifting the focus towards their actions rather than the cause for they are frequently unnecessary and even obscene.

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REVISITING A CLASSIC

Revisiting an old classic after a long gap is fraught with risk. Many movies that are successful in their time, commercially and aesthetically, don’t normally age well — younger audiences do not relate to issues from a generation ago...

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Amchem Bangarachem Lata

There is only one contemporary public artwork on the entire International Film Festival of India campus, sprawling across the Old Goa Medical College Heritage precinct from the Maquinez Palace to the Mandovi riverfront at Campal, and even after reading this column you will have some difficulty finding it.

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DAMODAR MAUZO: SAHITYA

केन्ना काय नोव्हेंबर म्हयन्याची दुसरी पंद्रस येता आनी फिल्मांचो आंतरराष्ट्रीय महोत्सव सुरू जाता अशें सिनेरसिकांक जाता. मदलीं तीन वर्सां कोविड१९ महामारीक लागून इफ्फीचेरूय सांवट आयिल्लें. फाटलीं दोन वर्सां हो महोत्सव हायब्रीड म्हळ्यार संकर रुपकारांत घडून आयलो.

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SERENDIPITOUS JOURNEY

When director Amar Kaushik of Bhediya (2022), a film premiering at the International Film Festival 2022, was scouting locations in Arunachal Pradesh, he connected with the Collector of the area. But before the film was complete, she was transferred to Goa.

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BACK WITH A BANG

After two relatively low-key editions because of the pandemic, the International Film Festival of India is back. The 53rd edition which will be held from 20th to 28th November 2022 will host over 250 movies, and the delegate registration from various parts of the country has crossed over 5000.

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WHEN THE MOVIES MOVED US…

You don’t have to be a movie buff or a cinephile to be emotionally or intellectually stimulated by a movie. Quentin Tarantino once said, “If a million people see my movie, I hope they see a million different movies,”

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PEACOCKS, TREBLE CLEFS AND HARPS

At some point in my life I realised that studying and practicing design has changed the lens through which I view the world. Like any daily riyaz, my practice forms, and periodically transforms, my world view.

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BREAKING STEREOTYPES

For the first time, the quintessential muscular, blonde, whiteskinned persona was shoved out of the scene, to be replaced by a handsome black protagonist, T’challa, played by the (late) Chadwick Boseman.

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MAIE-MOGACHO YEVKAR

Very much like our mythical cousin the phoenix, the highly motivated young members of Team Peacock reassemble anew for each edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) to spread wings wide over the extraordinary banquet of cinema (and more) that is the flagship event of the Entertainment Society of Goa.

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Ticket Bookings for the Screening of Films during the 53rd International Film Festival of India are closed.

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