Talented Independent filmmaker Amartya Bhattacharya's Adieu GODARD’ has been selected for the 25th Split Film Festival 2021, the oldest international film of Croatia.
Prolific independent filmmaker Amarya Bhattacharyya has added yet another feather to his cap. His latest film ‘Adieu GODARD’ has been selected for the 25th Split Film Festival 2021, which is the oldest international film of Croatia. The selection marks the Croatian premiere of the film at the festival that will begin on September 15 and go on till September 21. This recognition arrives on the heels of the world premiere of Adieu GODARD at the 43rd Moscow International Film Festival in April this year.
Adieu GODARD falls in the experimental genre. It is an Indo-French production featuring Chowdhury Bikash Das as the protagonist. As the name suggests, the Odia film is a tribute to the visionary Swiss-French filmmaker, screenwriter and film critic Jean-Luc Godard, who heralded the French New Wave movement that revolutionised world cinema and firmly established him as among the very best of the French filmmakers in the Post-war era.
Bhattacharya’s film draws and builds upon Godard’s quintessential cinematic techniques. The film was shot in Odisha. Sudharsri Madhusmita, Swastik Choudhury, Dipanwit Dashmohapatra, Chowdhury Jayaprakash Das, Shankar Basu Mallick, and Abhishek Giri play other significant characters in the film.
Ananda, an old man, watches porn secretly with a few friends in a puritan Indian village. His friends accidentally lay their hands on Godard’s film, rented as porn by mistake. While his friends don’t give two hoots about the film, Ananda gets drawn to the film that gives way to an obsession with Godard’s films. The obsession deepens so much so that he takes the initiative of having a film festival in their village, showcasing the masterly auteur’s films. The festival falls into place after many roadblocks, which forms the story.
Kisaloy Roy has composed the musical score for the film. Bengali rock star Rupam Islam has crooned an Odia song, which marks his first song in the language.
Amartya Bhattacharyya clinched the Silver Lotus for the Best Cinematography in non-feature film at the 63rd National Film Awards for the documentary ‘Banaras-the unexplored attachments’ and went on to bag more laurels with his subsequent films.
Besides filmmaking, he also dabbles in poetry, acting, editing and lyrics writing, and cinematography. He has described his works as ‘psychodrama’, that verge on surrealism intertwined with dark concepts and psychoanalytical elements.