Marathi cinema has evolved over the years and acknowledging its calibre, Sweden India Film Association (SIFA) will host the Sweden Marathi International Film Festival starting today till April 24 at Stockholm, Sweden.
This is being done with an aim to create awareness about Marathi cinema and to strengthen ties between the film industries between two nations, Sweden India Film Association (SIFA) and Vinsan World. The five-day festival will see films being screened in three theatres, Sture, Zita, Maruritz in Sweden.
The opening film for the festival will be ‘Harishchandrachi Factory’ directed by Paresh Mokashi. Other movies such as ‘Astu’, ‘Doctor Rakhmabai’, ‘Ek Hazarachi Note’, ‘Ekk Albela’, ‘Fandry’, ‘Vazandar’, ‘Mi Sindhutai Sapkal’, ‘Nati Khel’, ‘Natsamrat’, ‘Half Ticket’, ‘Katyar Kalzat Ghusali’, ‘Koti Kassav’, ‘Dr Prakash Baba Amte’, ‘Mala Aai Vhaychay’, ‘Samhitra’, ‘Rama Madhav’, ‘The Silence’ and ‘Elizabeth Ekadashi’ will be screened during the film festival.
Speaking about the festival, filmmaker, Dnyanesh Moghe said: “The festival director, Kunnie Topden has been part of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) for nearly two years. She has watched several Marathi films and has appreciated Marathi cinema for its quality. She was the one who took forward the idea of having Marathi Film Screening Festival in Sweden.”
According to festival director Kunnie Topden, SIFA in association with Vinsan World is proud to be the first bring quality Marathi films to a Swedish audience. The target of the festival is to create a market for these films and to encourage co-production between the Swedish and the Marathi film industries.
Festival director, Sanjay Shetye said: “It is great to see that the festival we conceptualised nine years ago in Goa will be taken to an international audience. We are delighted to take the very best of Marathi cinema to Sweden in collaboration with SIFA and hope that the Swedish audience are captivated by this festival.”
Filmmakers and actors including Samit Kakkad, Ananth Mahadevan, Nagesh Bhosle, Vishwas Joshi, Mohan Agashe, Mrinal Kulkanri, Samrudhhi Porey and others will be attending the festival.