The first ever Indian film festival in Latin America will open with a Malayalam movie. Director Renjith's Prithviraj-starrer Indian Rupee would be the inaugural movie at the Bhava International Indian Film Festival which will begin on December 5 in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The 25 day festival, 'Bhava, universo de cinema Indian' (universe of Indian cinema), would feature 35 films from various Indian languages.
"We hope that this film festival probably opens up a new path to a deeper cultural interaction between India and Brazil," said the main curator of Bhava, Jyothi Das.
The film festival organized by Tantri Arte, an agency based in Brasilia, with the support of the Brazilian government and the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) took three years in the making as Das wanted to show Indian cinema beyond Bollywood. "For many in Latin America, India is all about Bollywood and raunchy item dances, which is not true and thus this effort to bring in carefully selected movies from many Indian languages," he said.
Adoor Gopalakrishnan's Naalu Pennungal, Priyadarshan's Kancheevaram, Girish Kasaravalli's Gulabi Talkies, Gautam Ghosh's Manur Manush and Seema Vishwas' Hath are some of the selected films. Tantri Arte, which focuses on promotion of Indian forms of art in Brazil, will organize two more festivals with the same package in Sao Paulo and Brazil.