IFFI: Documentary The 14th February And Beyond to be screened in Indian Panorama section on 21 January

The nearly hour-long film explores the darker themes associated with the universal holiday of Valentine’s Day.

Kalal with director of photography Kaustubh Manchekar

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The documentary The 14th February And Beyond is returning back to India after being screened around the world, from Australia to Belgium.

The film, directed by Utpal Kalal, will be shown in the Indian Panorama section of IFFI in Panaji, Goa, at 8 pm on 21 January.

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The documentary was screened in the National Competition section at the 16th Mumbai International Film Festival last year.

Kalal was grateful for the film’s selection and is attending the festival with his team, director of photography Kaustubh Manchekar, sound designer Anup Rupanwar and cast members Shilpa Agrawal and Neerja Singh. The team will be present for the screening and media conference afterwards.

“The way 51st IFFI has been arranged amidst the current pandemic, I must say that this gives a new hope to the world of cinema. The utmost measures taken for the safety, health and hygiene are truly commendable. All that I feel after being a part of this festival and getting a chance for the theatrical screening of my film is that it’s because of the IFFI that our film could get a place on the big screen despite COVID emergencies,” Kalal said.

The filmmaker said the selection of the film was a matter of pride for the state of Rajasthan. “I feel short of words to express my feelings to see our film getting selected in the most prestigious and significant film festival in India and Asia where every Indian filmmaker dreams to present their film!” he said.

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