From being selected at NFDC’s Film Bazaar in 2015, which was held on sidelines of IFFI 2015 in Goa for mentoring, to being selected for the German script lab ‘Three Rivers Residency’ in Dubai, Miransha Naik has been globetrotting with his feature film ‘Juze’. The film will have its world premiere at the prestigious 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) on April 12. NT BUZZ reports
‘Juze’ a Konkani film directed by young Miransha Naik from Benaulim has been selected in the Global Vision section at the 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) for its world premiere on April 12.
Miransha Naik says: “HKIFF is considered to be amongst the top ten film festivals across the world and is known to be the best in Asia with a strong market. It’s a proud moment for not just me and my team but the whole of Goa that a Konkani (regional) film is being premiered at this prestigious festival.” He says that he is humbled that the film is being appreciated on an international platform especially because it is an independent film and without any star cast.
The Hong Kong International Film Festival founded in 1976, is Asia’s oldest international film festival and had introduced Hong Kong Chinese language and Asian cinema and filmmakers to the world.
An excited Miransha is hoping that a large number of people—film lovers, filmmakers and the media watch and accept the film as it travels to many more film festivals before they plan a release.
The film is entirely shot in Goa with an all-Goan cast. It is a mesmerising coming of age tale of a young boy. A story that was rooted not only geographically and culturally but also revolves around the way people deal with oppression – social, sexual or violence.
In one of his previous interviews with NT BUZZ during IFFI 2015 Miransha had said that the film takes you back to somewhere in 1999, a past that was simpler in terms of technology but a lot more complex in the way people lived in Goa. “It deals with all the above mentioned undertones and adds a strong political angle that makes one feel like he/she lived for a year in that small village,” said Miransha.