Pune: The National Film Archive of India (NFAI) will host a retrospective of experimental filmmaker Amit Dutta as a part of the documentary film club on April 14 and 15.
On the occasion, the audience will get a rare opportunity to watch the films made by the noted filmmaker. The acclaimed director will also be present to introduce his films and interact with the audience. It will also prove to be a treat to film enthusiasts and students to catch his award winning rare films and study the psyche of the filmmaker through his thoughts. The retrospective is being organised by the NFAI, in collaboration with Arbhaat Film Club and Raju Sutar.
Dutta is a graduate of FTII and has taught at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. Known for their stylistic experimentation and elusive symbolism, Dutta’s films relate cinema philosophically and formally to other arts. His visual and narrative style draws on a rich source of inspiration, including literature, personal and shared mythology, philosophy, technology and wide ranging visual traditions of the country.
Dutta has received immense critical acclaim across the world in several international film festivals. His research and fieldwork on the miniature traditions of the Kangra Valley has resulted in collaborations with art historians Dr Eberhard Fischer and Dr BN Goswami, notably the 2010 film on the miniature artist Nainsukh (2010).
Among his important works are films made on the artists Jangarh Singh Shyam, Ram Kumar and Paramjit Singh. His works of fiction include the highly praised films Kramasha (2007) and Aadmi Ki Aurat Aur Anya Kahaniyan (2009).
Previously, his films have been screened at various top museums and film festivals like the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA New York), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Venice Film Festival, Cinema Du Reel and Toronto International Film Festival.