The 43rd International Film Festival of India 2012 has announced its International Jury to select films which will be screened as a part of the International Screenings at the festival. Headed by eminent Indian Film-Maker, Actor, Writer, Producer Goutam Ghose; the international jury comprises of Romanian actress Anamaria Marinca, eminent Sri-Lankan actress Dr. Malani Senehelatha Fonseka, renowned film critic Derek Malcom along with Polish Writer and Director Lech Majewski.
The jury is formed to select the best of world cinema released in the past year, to be showcased as a part of International Screenings at the 43rd IFFI. The screenings which will be adjudged in various competition categories at the festival will showcase stories from varied cultures of the world, and will be adjudicated based on their messaging, content, production, usage of cinematic properties and its outreach to the world.
International Jury-43rd International Film Festival of India, 2012
Goutam Ghose (Chairman) (India)
Film-Maker, Actor, Writer, Producer and Music-Director
Born in Calcutta in 1950, Goutam Ghose graduated from Calcutta University and started making documentaries in 1973. Over his haloed career, Goutam Ghose has made 13 feature films and over 30 documentaries and short films. A much recognized cinema personality, Goutam Ghose is best known for his documentaries like ‘Hungry Autumn’ which won him the central award at the Oberhausen Film Festival along with acclaimed documentaries like ‘Meeting a Milestone’ (based on Ustad Bismillah Khan), ‘Ray’ (based on Satyajit Ray) and ‘Impermanence’ (based on His Holiness Dalai Lama).
A multi National Award, Filmfare Award and other international award winner, Goutam Ghose has won 15 National Awards-latest being the ‘Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration’ at the 58th National Film Awards for ‘Moner Manush’, 3 Filmfare Awards along with much respected awards like Silver Balloon Award at Nantes Film Festival, UNESCO Award at the Cannes Film Festival, Golden Semurg at Tashkent, Fipresci Award and the Red Cross Award at Verna Film Festival along with the coveted Vittori Di Sica Award.
Anamaria Marinca (Romania)
Anamaria Marinca trained at the University of Fine Arts, Music and Drama George Enescu, in the Romanian city of Lasi where she also taught for four years. Her work in theatre has included productions in Romania, France and the UK at acclaimed addresses like Youth Theatre (Piatra Neamt), Bulandra Theatre (Bucharest), Theatre Studio (Alfortville), Complicite and The Young Vic (London).
Awarded the ‘Best Actress of the Year’ award at the Young Actor Gala in Mangalia in 2000, Anamaria first came to public attention in 2005 when she received a ‘Best Actress’ BAFTA for her performance in the British Channel 4 TV mini-series ‘Sex Traffic’ directed by David Yates. She was subsequently cast by Cristian Mungiu as one of the female leads –in his Golden Palm-winning drama ‘4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days’, which marked her cinema-acting debut. Her performance won her a nomination as ‘European Actress’ at the 20th European Film Awards in Berlin and the ‘Best Actress’ award from the Stockholm International Film Festival jury.
Anamaria has worked with Francis Ford Coppola on ‘Youth Without Youth’ (2007), and has also appeared in the BBC1 TV mini-series ‘The Last Enemy’ directed by Iain B MacDonald, Radu Muntean's ‘Boogie’ and Julie Delpy’s feature ‘The Countess’.
Dr. Malani Senehelatha Fonseka (Sri Lanka)
Actor, Director and Producer
Dr. Malani Senehelatha Fonseka is a renowned film practitioner, who has been actively involved in almost all aspects of filmmaking with over 50 years of experience in Film, Tele and Stage Drama.
Her cinema career which has spanned many decades began with Tissa Liyansooriya's ‘Punchi Baba’ in 1968. In Sri Lanka, she was awarded the ‘Kala Shuri’, Honorary Award, under Former President Hon. J. R. Jayawardane in 1987. In 1996, she received the ‘Rangana Shiroomani’, Honorary Award by the Sri Lanka Sarana Foundation. In 2005, under Former President Hon. Chandrika Kumarathunga Bandaranayake, she was awarded the ‘Kala Keerthi’ Honorary Award.
Amongst her many international awards, she received the Best Actress award for her film ‘Coming of Age’ at the 9th International Moscow film festival in 1975. Two years later, at the 6th International Delhi Film Festival, she received the Best Actress Award for ‘Siripala’ and ‘Ran Manika’. At the same festival in Delhi, she won the Special Jury Award, the Silver Peacock, for ‘AkasaKusum’ in 2008. In 2011, she was awarded for Outstanding Achievement in Film, at the Kandy International Film Festival. Recently, in 2012, she received the Best Actress award for ‘Akasakusumi’ at the SAARC film festival.
Derek Malcolm (UK)
Derek Malcolm was chief fIlm critic of the Guardian, London, for 35 years and is now critic for the London Evening Standard. He is the Hon.President of the International Film Critics Association and President of the British Federation of Film Societies. A former director of the London International Film Festival and Governor of the British Film Institute, he has been a frequent visitor to India since the seventies , coming first as captain of a touring cricket team, and afterwards became a leading advocate of Indian independent cinema.He has served on festival juries all over the world,including at Cannes, Venice and Berlin.
Lech Majewski (Poland)
Lech Majewski studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and graduated from the National Film School in Łódź, Poland. His credits include films such as- ‘The Knight,’ ‘Prisoner of Rio’, ‘Gospel According to Harry’, ‘The Roe’s Room’, ‘Basquiat’, ‘Wojaczek’, ‘Angelus’, ‘The Garden of the Earthly Delights,’ ‘Glass Lips’ and ‘The Mill & The Cross’.
In 2000, Majewski became a voting member of the European Film Academy and began filming ‘Angelus’, an epic about Silesian coalminers living in an occult commune. In 2011, he completed three years of work on ‘The Mill & The Cross’, a film based on Peter Bruegel's painting ‘The Way to Calvary’. This unique digital tapestry composed of layer upon layer of perspective, atmospheric phenomena and people, required patience and imagination as well as the use of new CG technology and 3D effects. Starring Charlotte Rampling, Michael York and Rutger Hauer as Bruegel, the film opened at the Sundance Film Festival.