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Directors of ‘World Cinema’ meet the Press

New Delhi, November 22: The foreign directors whose films feature in the ‘world cinema’ segment of the 44th IFFI interacted with mediapersons here today. The distinguished panel included Mexican director-producer, Eduardo Rossoff and Italian writer-directors, Antonio Piazza and Fabio Grassadonia.

Eduardo Rossoff is best known for films like ‘Ave Maria’ (2000), ‘The Edge of Lies’ (2011) and ‘Family Blood’ (2013). ‘Ave Maria’ won him the Best New Director Award at the Film Festival in Havana. His ‘Let Me Survive’, to be screened at this edition of Film Festival in Goa, throws mystical queries about physical existence. After 14 days of being adrift on a life raft on the high seas off the British coast, Kate Callaghan is rescued by the Belgian Coast Guard. Recuperating in a hospital, she fails to explain before an interrogating squad why she survived and others did not.

Speaking about his idea of film-making, Eduardo Rossoff said that ‘movies are all about story-telling’. In a book words are used and in a movie visuals but the goal is the same, he added. Sharing his experience in India with the audience, Rossoff said, ‘it has been fabulous to see how people in India have been hungry for cinema.’ He further said that, Indian films always remind him of Mexican films which are similarly packed with melodrama, comedy and action. When asked to profile the measures in order to survive the onslaught of Hollywood films, Rossoff made the observation that ‘you have to be good at what Americans are not good at.’

Italian writer-directors, Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza worked together for a long time as writers and script consultants. Their debut as directors ‘Rita’ (2010) was presented at international film festivals across the globe. ‘Salvo’, featuring in the 44th IFFI, has been acclaimed as ‘the renaissance of Italian cinema ’. It has the Palistinian actor, Saleh Bakri of the ‘The Band’s Visit’ fame, in the lead role. When Salvo, a Sicilian hitman sneaks into a house to eliminate a man, the target’s blind sister Rita stands helplessly. Salvo is torn between his duty to get rid of this witness and his growing fascination for her.

Introducing ‘Salvo’, Fabio Grassadonia said, ’the idea of staging a story is always there when we write a story and the contrast between the physical blindness of the girl and the moral blindness of the killer in ‘Salvo’ carries the probability of this staging.’ Antonio Piazza added his idea of film-making to Grassadonia’s introduction. About his experience in India he said, ‘at festivals in India you are in touch with the real audience while at festivals like Cannes you are in touch with business people only. ‘

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