The Assamese film Jolsobi, directed by Assam‘s young filmmaker Jaicheng Zxai Dohutia, has been selected for the ‘New Directors Competition’ part of the 45th São Paulo International Film Festival, known in Brazil as Mostra.
Jolsobi (End of Spring) is an Indo-German co-production. The film’s international premiere will take place at Espaco Itau de Cinema on October 26, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. (GMT).
The film festival
The 14-day event will take place in So Paulo from October 21 to November 3, 2021.
International Perspective, New Directors Competition, Show Brazil, and Special Presentation are the four main sections of the festival.
Last year, India’s Prateek Vats’ Eeeb Allay Ooo! was the only film chosen for the New Directors Competition section.
The Assamese film ‘Jolsobi’
Mayamara Art & Culture collaborated on the film ‘Jolsobi’ alongside Mogador Film (Berlin), Fundamental Studios (Frankfurt), and Arman Productions (India).
The film is produced by Jaicheng Zxai Dohutia and Bhupali Moran, with Arman Ahmed, Christoph Thoke, Andreas Lucas, Srikumar Dohutia, and Manash Protim Dutta serving as co-producers.
Darathie Bharadwaj, an aspiring Assamese actress, plays the lead in the film.
Numal Chandra Gogoi, Durlabha Moran, Dulukanta Moran, Akhil Bihiya Gogoi, Biponjit Gogoi, Karabi Dowarah, Bishal Anurag, Geetashree Dohutia, and Rashmi Rekha Dohutia are among the other cast members.
The film’s cinematography is handled by Chida Bora and Jaicheng Zxai Dohutia, and the sound design is handled by Oliver Achatz and Debajit Gayan, according to the film’s producers.
Punyajit Moran, Prakashdeep Dohutia, and Biponjit Gogoi are the art directors.
The lyrics for Gitaleena Dutta’s songs were written by Jadab Mahanta, Mrinal Borgohain, Kukil Protim, and Rantu Mahata.
Andreas Lucas and Sourav Mahanta are musicians (song).
Dhirujyoti Buragohain is in charge of graphics, while Biswa Kalita is in charge of make-up.
The film’s world premiere will take place at Espaco Itau de Cinema, but there will be two more screenings in different theatres, as well as an online screening, according to the producers.
São Paulo Film Festival (SPFF)
The São Paulo Film Festival (SPFF) is a non-profit film festival held in Brazil’s most frantic and populated city.
SPFF aims to support and inspire independent short films from across the world by providing a true expression that can stimulate new ideas about cinema. The SPFF Festival is a non-profit dedicated to the discovery and development of emerging artists with concepts that stretch beyond the realm of the imagination and can enthrall audiences from all over the world.
The SPFF laurel and certificate are awarded to all officially selected projects.
1.000 USD in total prize money
The awards are given in the following categories:
Best Narrative Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Student Short Film
Best Brazilian Short Film
Others Categories receive only SPFF laurel, certificates.
Best Narrative Short Film (200 USD); Best Documentary Short Film (200 USD); Best Animated Short Film (200 USD); Best Student Short Film (200 USD); and Best Brazilian Short Film (200 USD) will receive cash prizes.
Other Assamese film with awards
JahnuBaruah’s ‘XagoroloiBohudoor’, ‘HalodhiaChorayeBaodhanKhai’, ‘Firingoti’, and ‘KonikarRamdhenu’ could win several National and International awards in the contemporary period. At the same time, Dr. BhabendraNathSaikia’s films ‘Agnisnaan,’ ‘Kolahal,’ ‘Sarothi,’ ‘Abartan,’ and others could win awards.
Along with this, filmmakers such as Shiv Prasad Thakur, Gautam Bora, SanjeevHazarika, MuninBaruah, ShantanaBordoloi, Manju Bora, and others could contribute to making their greenery lush. With recent releases, the golden voyage of Assamese cinema from 1935 to 2018 has taken a fresh turn. ‘Village Rockstars,’ directed by ReemaDas, breathes new life into Assamese cinema.
In addition to receiving the ‘Swarna Kamal’ at the National Film Awards, the film ‘Village Rockstars’ has been well received at national and international film festivals, giving Assamese cinema a new dimension.