The Violin Player Premieres at Durban Film Festival
The Violin Player directed by Bauddhayan Mukherji was awarded the Best Feature Film at the 37th Durban International Film Festival.
The film is about a struggling violinist who meets a stranger at a train station in Bombay (now known as Mumbai).
The jury’s citation said: ‘A seductive and mysterious tale of a violin player’s mundane life and an interesting take on how chance encounters are almost predestined. By successfully weaving offbeat editing, brave cinematography, simple screenplay, honest direction and a lot of surprising elements, the film shows us that art, no matter how unimportant it may seem, can change people’s lives.’
The international premiere of The Violin Player featured before a packed house at Musgrave Shopping Centre in Durban. Mukherji, who was in attendance, said: ‘If humanity has to survive, art has to live.’
This central theme of the film is eloquently captured in a quote from Pablo Picasso: ‘Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.’
The film was described by one theatre goer as ‘beautifully bizarre’. Mukherji was hailed as foresighted for telling a pan-Indian story rather than falling into the North-South trap in commercial Indian cinema dominated by Bollywood.
The film uses a symphony of diverse sounds to highlight emotions, create suspense and gain insight into the complexity of the characters.
Director Mukherji (@bauddhayan) tweeted: ‘Thank u Durban! Packed audience at #TheViolinPlayer int premiere, lively Q&A, worth the travel.’
The Violin Player was produced by Monalisa Mukherji, presented by Little Lamb Films, Mumbai, and stars Ritwick Chakraborty, Adil Hussain, Nayani Dixit and Sonam Stobgais.
The 37th Durban International Film Festival is hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts in UKZN’s College of Humanities. For more information visit www.durbanfilmfestival.co.za Twitter: #DIFF2016 @DIFFest