Poetry in movie
A film is never really good
unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet. Distributors,
naturally, are all of the opinion that poets donít sell seats.
They do not discern whence comes the very language of the
cinema. Without poets, the vocabulary of the film would be far
too limited ever to make a true appeal to the public. The
equivalent of a babble of infants would not sell many seats. If
the cinema had never been fashioned by poetry, it would have
remained no more than a mechanical curiosity, occasionally on
view like a stuffed whale."
-Orson Welles, from "Ribbon of Dreams"
Kritya2008 witnessed a very successful film section on Poetry
presented by Odveig Klyve ( Norway) writer and film director.
Kritya2010 hopes to out run the success by formally slotting an
entire session to short film on poetry. Poetry is porous and
facile in its seamless extension over many genres. Short films
use the language and images of metaphor and metonymy much the
same as poetry does. the festival will be giving a stage to
poetry films an order to widen the
space of poetry. There will be space for talented young
poets-filmmakers to showcase their talent to an international
audience Films based on poems, poems turned into films are
Kritya2010 Invites short film not existing to 10-15 minutes in
duration in any regional language with subtitles in English.
However the theme will be restricted to the focus of the
Exile, trauma and survival.
Short films -
"The Poet and The World"
On poets from Romania, Belgium, Austria, England, India
and Norway and also from other countries.
Directed by -
Labyrinth : self, nature and dreams
A film by Akash Gaur
As the title suggests: Involvement of self, nature and dreams to
contribute a man's life. The protagonist in the film is a person
dominated by nature which is his actual surroundings in a city.
His dreams are nostalgia of his past involvements. and self is
sometimes a conscious effort or sometimes a ambiguous sub
conscious auto run wizard. That all contributes to the film as
the central idea but visual of film is another story altogether.
It is a documentation of a poetic day of the protagonist. he
moves in one location to another and it all depicts torments,
pain, bliss and contradiction with his self.
3 - At The Midnight Hour by Samit Das
A short film set in post 9/11 New York, At The Midnight Hour
explores the the breakdown of a relationship between an Indian
American couple in the span of an evening when politics and
religion infringes on the personal.
4-Breathing Without Air by Kapilas Bhuyan-
Breathing Without Air
The Mundapotas, as a nomadic group in South Orissa, survive by
collecting honey, capturing animals like snakes, porcupines,
comondo-dragons and rats etc., which menace the granaries.
Another source of their livelihood is the rustic road show
called Mundapota, which thrills as well as entertains the
audience. The most thrilling item of the performance consists in
a performer burying his head under the ground to provide macabre
entertainment to villagers.
Breathing Without Air is the tale of a father, son duo of this
community. The son buries his head underneath the ground while
the father accompanies the show beating his drum.
What happens in the darkness that engulfs him in the pit? How
does he survive the ordeal? Does he dream/fantasize? If so, of
While Breathing Without Air attempts to answer these questions,
it also turns into a metaphor for soul killing deprivation of
the working children in India.
5-Sadho - Sadho is a voluntary organization that aims taking
great poetry to people from all walks of life through the
innovative use of arts, media and social action. Sadho is coming
with a number of good poetry films for full one session. Kritya
and Sadho are working in same direction with different
objectives. So this collaboration will really good for poetry
"Ramta Drig" by Daniel Connell & Amit Kalla