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BHASKAR PHUKAN
Gauhati Cine Club organised its 10th International Fim Festival from 11 December to 17 December last at District Library Auditirium .It was quite aptly a bonanza for cine lovers belonging to a region that are not too fortunate to come by such an opportunity to view an assortment of movies of genres that vary from classics to the creation of the avant garde .

Organising a film festival calls for a lot of preparation and co ordinated hard work on the part of the organizers .Selection of films and its availability are the prime matters. Happily for cine buffs selection of films were judicious enough to meet the viewers ‘ expectations .

During the fifty two years of its existance Gauhati Cine Club ,a brainchild of few creative and dedicated film personalities guided by Dr Bhupen Hazarika has been in its best possible effort to bring to its viewers films that matter in the world of motion picture .It has brought before the interested viewers classics that have often been duscussed in the movie world in the past .Since its inception opportunity is being offered by the Cine Club to the people of Assam to see classics among the films which otherwise would be an impossible proposition for those who long to view them.

The festival this year opened with the screeing of “Goodbye Kathmandu” a Nepali film dealing with the issue of destabilizing political situation prevailing in Nepal and the corruption in the system .An ambitious young man well trained in Information Technology from USA finds his dream shattered with unrest from Maoists ,corruption in government machinery and lack of avenues for entrepreneurship . Director of the film Nabin Subba was present on the occasion .The organisers paid tributes to the legendary film maker and actor Abdul Mazid ,a dedicated member of the club Anuj Goswami and Biju Phukan the charismatic star of the Assamese film world.Incidentally all three passed away within the year 2017.A K Absar Ali Hazarika the President of the club delivered the welcome speech ,Madhurima Baruah ,Secretary of the club appraised the gathering about the activities club and Pritam Saikia as the Chief Guest lauded the activities of the club and assured financial assistance to the organization.Tinat Atifa Masood and Monmoromee Mahanta compered the programme in a lively manner.

A selection of classics filmed by world’s most creative film makers were screened during the festival week.French Can Can by Jean Renoir ,Yojimbo by Akira Kurosawa and Last Year At Marienbad by Alain Resnais were the ones that gave the viewers an opportunity to traverse through the area of great creativity .French Cancan took the viewers to the nineteenth century Paris Cafeteria where belly dance is performed and appraised them of the restaurant culture of contemporary Paris .It also evoked the paintings of Edger Degas and the contemporary impressionist. Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo is one film where a village in feudal Japan is set as a backdrop.The film is about gang war and personal rivalry of two unscrupulous men.Another classic screened under the aegis of the festival was Last Year At Marienbad ,directed by Alain Resnais .Its a French Italian film a little exceptional in approach with a story that would baffle the viewers for its little absurd storyline which can be attributed to be one as surrealistic .
Cinema North East segment had two notable entries .Maj Rati Keteki by Santwana Bordoloi ,winner of Rajat Kamal as best Assamese film for 2017 and Ishu by Utpal Borpujari ;the film nominated for Best film and best director in Kolkata Film Festival 2017.

Among others the festival had in its screening schedule Thermae Romae ,(Japanese) ,directed by Takeuchi Hideki .Professor Kosta Vujic’s Hat ,(Serbian).A tale of Samurai Cooking – A true love story (Japanese) .Where The Roads Are End (,Mexican) ,Ayanbaji (Bengali) ,A comedy of tears (,Slovenian) and couple of European entries.
Sankhachil (Bengali),Kaadu Pookkunna Neram (,Malayalam) U Turn( ,Kannada ) were in Indian Panorama
Dau Huduni Methai ( Song of the horned Owl) Bodo by Manju Borah ,Alifa (Bengali) by Deep Choudhury ,Loktak lairembee ( Manipuri) by Paban Kumar Haobam were the entries in the Cinema North East segment of entry.In the Cinema Act East segment Jagat from Malayasia,Ziarah from Indonesia were the entries.Francois Truffaut director from France was honoured by screening three of his creations –The 400 Blows ,Jules And Jim and The Last Metro.

A special screening of Abdul Mazid’s Chameli Memsab was made and young George Baker , young Binita Gohain and young Abdul Mazid on the screen took the viewers back to the seventies of the last century.Maj Rati Keteki and I

The 10th International Guwahati Film Festival 2017 no doubt was a well co ordinated effort on the part of organizers with expected response received from the film lovers of the city and the region .