PUNE: A documentary shot by a final year direction student at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Payal Kapadia, has been invited to the 68th Berlin International Film Festival.
Kapadia’s documentary ‘What is the Summer saying?’ has been selected for the International Competition section of Berlinale Shorts of the Festival. It has been shot in Kondwal, a small Adivasi village in Bhimashankar. The documentary is about Namdeo, who has learnt to live off the forest from his father.
Shot by Mayank Khurana, the creative documentary is edited by Ghanshyam Shimpi with sound by Shreyank Nanjappa.
Speaking about the film, Kapadia said, “We shot there for six days, but the process of research was spread over a year. I visited the place over different seasons, as the landscape of Bhimashankar changes drastically. My team and I spent almost 15 days spread over a month prior to the shoot in the village. Although, I had already become familiar with the place, I was keen that they, too, should get the same sense of intimacy with the village.”
Kapadiya said the film is based on many conversations she had with women in the village. “Since I was the only female member of my crew, I would be asked to help out in the kitchen, to make bhakris in the evenings. The process led to many intimate conversations that have now become a part of the film. I am honoured to be part of a major film festival like Berlinale. I think it’s important that the student films go to festivals as it helps these films reach an audience,” she added.
“Here at the FTII, excellence is second nature. This is the second straight achievement coming from Payal. Last summer, her film ‘Afternoon Clouds’ was invited to Cinefondation at Cannes,” Bhupendra Kainthola, Director, FTII Pune said.