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SATURDAY NIGHT FILM April 9th * RIVER OF FABLES – AND FILM GUIDE FOR INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES April 6th -13th 2016

Written By: Marcelle - Apr• 01•16

PHOTOS AND REVIEW OF RIVER OF FABLES 

 

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Review of “River of Fables” by Anthea Orlando
KOTHANODI (River of Fables) is shot in Assam, a state in Northeast India renowned for its river valley, wildlife, silk and tea. Bhaskar Hazarika the director and writer of KOTHANODI, created a cinematic montage comprised of four folktales taken from “Grandma’s Tales”, an anthology originally compiled and written by Lakshminath Bezbaroa over a century ago. Tejimola, Champawati, Ou Kuwori and Tawoir Xadhu are the four stories featured in KOTHANODI. These folktales interwoven in the film focus on dark and sinister mother figures. “River of Fables” is compelling and wonderfully sensual, with a twist of horror thrown in. The cinematography featuring Assam’s beautiful landscape and river scenes leaves the viewer wanting to see more.

INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES
The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) is a nonprofit organization devoted to a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing films, supporting emerging filmmakers, recognizing the leadership of entertainment industry performers and business executives, and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora.

Each year the festival is held at ArcLight Hollywood and features a rich mix of film programs designed to build and support the growing interest in the Indian entertainment industry. This includes programming that cultivates an audience for Indian films while supporting filmmakers of Indian descent in career development as they navigate the larger studio system in Hollywood. IFFLA’s creative and business programs include the the One-on-One program where industry professionals from major and independent production and distribution companies are invited to participate in meetings with the IFFLA filmmakers; and panel discussions with speakers from the film indus

FILM GUIDE 2016
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ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES
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ISLAND CITY
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U.S. PremiereApril 7, 20167:00pm

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OTTAAL (The Trap)
Loosely based on Anton Chekhov’s short story Vanka, OTTAAL centers on eight-year-old Kuttappayi, an orphan who goes to live with his kind grandfather in the Kerala countryside. For a while, things are idyllic. Days are spent fishing, reading, playing with […]
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UMRIKA
Growing up in a small Indian village in the 1980s, Ramakant’s childhood is illuminated by vivid and detailed letters from his older brother Udai, off in the magical land of “Umrika.” Later, as a young man and following a family […]
Los Angeles PremiereApril 7, 20169:30pm

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BEEBA BOYS
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Los Angeles PremiereApril 8, 20167:00pm
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SHORTS PROGRAM 1
THE MANLIEST MAN, BUNNY, ASHRUT (Silent Voices), DAARAVTHA (The Threshold)
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Los Angeles PremiereApril 8, 20169:15pm
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VISAARANAI (Interrogation)
Pandi is a Tamil-speaking immigrant working long hours to make ends meet in the Telugu-speaking region of Andhra Pradesh. When he and his friends are arrested without explanation by local police, they find themselves thrown into a hell of corrupt […]
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FILMMAKER ROUNDTABLE
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SHORTS PROGRAM 2
LEECHES, CHHAYA (The Shadow), MOCHI (The Cobbler), MAST QALANDAR, BABU’S DILEMMA
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The Purushottam Karandak — a real-life inter-college festival in which theater students compete head-to-head — becomes an ideological battleground in this bold,brilliant exploration of the creative impulse. IFFLA alum Kranti Kanade leaves no radical idea or experimental flourish behind as […]
World PremiereApril 9, 20163:05pm
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Leena Yadav’s drama, at once warm and incisive, premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, and went on to play the Stockholm International Film Festival , where it deservedly won the festival’s Impact Award. It centers on four women […]
Los Angeles PremiereApril 9, 20165:45pm
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KOTHANODI (River of Fables)
Along the banks of a majestic river in Assam, four women with abnormal connections to their children reveal a darker side to the oft-idealized notion of motherhood in director Bhaskar Hazarika’s singular vision of folktale horror. For his debut feature, […]
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ALIGARH
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Los Angeles PremiereApril 9, 20168:30pm
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KIRUMI (Virus)
Kathir, an irresponsible young man full of get-rich-quick ideas and little follow-through, stumbles through life with the support of his loving wife and enabling friends. After a night in jail, he uses his knowledge of the city’s illegal activities to […]
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Community ScreeningU. S. PremiereApril 10, 201611:00am
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A Tribute to Bimal RoyApril 10, 201612:30pm
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In the past year, IFFLA alum Neeraj Ghaywan’s debut feature has become one of the most celebrated independent Indian films in recent memory. Its premiere in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section saw the film win the prestigious FIPRESCI prize, and […]
Los Angeles PremiereApril 10, 20161:30pm
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THE TIGER HUNTER
Writer-director Lena Khan’s debut feature boasts a stellar cast, a colorful recreation of the 1970s and a boisterous comic spirit that aims equally for the heart and the funny bone. In this wholly original take on the immigrant experience, the […]
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VENUE

The 14th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) will take place April 6-10, 2016 at ArcLight Hollywood, the elegant, state-of-the-art facility at Sunset and Vine in Hollywood, and the festival’s home since its inception.

PROGRAMMING
IFFLA showcases a combination of features, shorts and documentaries. The festival provides programming and activities that no other film festival in Los Angeles offers and serves a community of Indian and international filmmakers that has the potential of reaching a crossover audience. IFFLA offers the Los Angeles community a unique opportunity to learn about India’s multi-faceted culture and long history of filmmaking.

QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSIONS
Filmmakers and cast are invited to present their films and share their experiences with the audiences.

AWARDS
IFFLA offers jury awards for Best Feature, Best Short, Best Actor and Best Actress. Audience Choice Awards in the same categories give the audience the opportunity to vote for their favorite film while offering the filmmakers valuable feedback from the public.

ONE-ON-ONE
Industry professionals from major and independent production and distribution companies are invited to participate in one-on-one 10-minute meetings with the participating filmmakers. The objective of this program is to offer a new generation of talented filmmakers the opportunity to meet with players of the North American film industry and provide them with a unique opportunity to advance their careers.

SPECIAL EVENTS
The Opening and Closing Night Galas begin with a screening of a feature film followed by receptions that include Indian culinary delights, music and dance performances. In addition, the festival presents tributes and retrospectives to acclaimed Indian filmmakers.

FESTIVAL LOUNGE
Decorated with a distinctly Indian influence, the festival lounge offers pertinent information, festival related activities and comfort. Festival attendees are able to obtain information about Indian and Los Angeles-based organizations while networking in between screenings and during daily and nightly receptions.

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