National Award Winner Bidyut Kotoky’s film in Assamese language, Xhoihobote Dhemalite.. (Rainbow Fields) is one of the five films competing for the best foreign-feature film award in Hollywood International Cinefest’s line up for its 2017 festival edition.
In 2017, the festival received over 400 submissions. The lineup includes Before The Fall (Cambodia’s entry to 2017 Oscars) and films from America, UK, China, South Korea and Hong Kong.
Xhoihobote Dhemalite.. (Rainbow Fields) is a sensitive portrayal about children growing up amidst violence, which leaves an indelible mark on their psyche and how that later influences their destinies. The film is semi autobiographical in nature, being inspired by true incidents from the director’s life. The film stars Victor Banerjee, Nakul Vaid, Naved Aslam, Nipon Goswami and Ms Nikumoni Barua amongst others. Supermodel Dipannita Sharma has made her debut in Assamese films through this film.
“Though Rainbow Field is a movie set in the back drop of Assam unrest and After Ever After is a heartfelt drama, both have an emotional depth that cut across geographical barriers” said Zack Zublena, the Festival Director.
The unique feature about Hollywood International Cinefest is its focus to reach the film to the people across the world through securing distribution for the film . This is a significant positioning, given that film makers winning awards in all films festivals in the world are often left to fend for themselves to reach their labour of love to people.
On being asked about the selection of Xhoihobote Dhemalite.. (Rainbow Fields) Bidyut said “I always believed that colour of emotions is same across the world. If we can watch a French or an Iranian film with subtitle, there is no reason why a good Assamese film with subtitle won’t be watched by audience across the world. The nomination of my film in Hollywood Cinefest has re-affirmed my belief.”
Accolades have followed each time director BidyutKotoky has come out with a film. His film ‘Bhraimoman Theatre – where Othello sails with Titanic’ won the Special Jury award in the 53rd National Awards (India). His first feature film ‘Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare’ (as the River Flows) won the Audience Choice Award at the North Carolina International South Asian Film Festival (NCISAFF), the Best Screenplay & Best Actor Award at Washington DC South Asian Film Festival and the Best Screenplay Award at the Assam State Film Awards. His latest documentary, ‘Guns & Guitars – a musical travelogue’ was a part of Indian Panorama in IFFI, Goa (2016). Additionally, the film was selected as one of the top 100 documentaries of 2016 by Color Tape International Film Festival – considered the largest festival of the Southern Hemisphere.The latest recognition for the film came in the form of an award in the ‘best music category’ at the prestigious Finisterra Arrabida Film Art & Tourism Festival in Portugal.
The film is Produced by ‘India Stories’, a Mumbai based production house founded by KR Harish and Trilok Malhotra, specializing in both strong Bollywood and Regional content, and co-produced by Bidyut’s ‘dhruv creative productions’ and ‘Kurmasana Kreates’, a US based production house founded by Nitesh Batra and Kishor Gokhru. Mukul Gogoi is associate producer of the film.
The Hollywood International Cinefest will be held at AMC Sunset 5, 8000 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles on June 24th and June 25th 2017.
More details for HICF can be found at http://www.hicinefest.com