Season’s Greetings: A Tribute to Rituparno Ghosh, a film that has been in the headlines ever since its launched, is now headed for greater glory. Author-turned-director Ram Kamal Mukherjee’s film will have a UK premiere at CIFF – the Cardiff International Film Festival which will be attended by Hollywood bigwigs including Dame Judi Dench. Judi Dench is also slated to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Earlier, the film had been selected for collaboration with the United Nations for its subject and a few days ago, the great Amitabh Bachchan had unveiled its first look. Seasons Greetings, we have learnt, will be the closing film of the festival.
Incidentally Ram Kamal's short film Cakewalk will also be screened at the Festival in short film category. He is the only Indian filmmaker to have two films nominated at the prestigious film festival. "I couldn't believe when I received an official invite from Cardiff International Film Festival stating that two of my films were selected and they wanted to host the UK premiere of my film Season's Greetings," says director Ram Kamal Mukherjee. Season's Greetings stars Celina Jaitly Haag and Lillette Dubey in the lead and deals with a mother and daughter relationship. It also features India's first transgender actor Shree Ghatak in a pivotal role, while Azhar Khan plays the male lead.
This year jury members were Bethan Sayed the Member of Parliament (Wales), Florence Ayisi the Oscar nominated documentary filmmaker, Norma J Warren the legendary British director, Keith Williams known as video conceptual artist for Michael Jackson, Elton John and Madonna and Hollywood actor Joe Fererra. Apart from Season's Greetings and Cakewalk from India, the festival will also screen internationally acclaimed films like A Prayer Before Dawn, Down the Caravan and Terry Prachet's film Troll Bridge.
The gala awards night will be held at the prestigious Exchange Hotel, which will be attended by eminent members from British and American film fraternity on October 27th.
That wouldn’t be the only Indian film getting honoured at the festival. Nawazuddin Siddiqui will be conferred the prestigious Golden Dragon Award at the ceremony. He was quoted as saying, “I am very excited to be part of Cardiff International Film Festival and look forward to attending the festival in October. I would like to congratulate all films being showcased at the festival this year”