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Adieu Godard wins the Best Feature Film award at CIFF

Bhubaneswar: Odia film Adieu Godard won the Best Feature Film award at the recently concluded Cardiff International Film Festival (CIFF) 2022, in UK which is supported by the Welsh Assembly and Cardiff Council (UK).

This is the seventh international award of the film. Around 100 films from across the globe were part of the festival.

Overwhelmed with the award, appreciation the film has been receiving  across the globe, director Amartya Bhattacharyya said, “This is the seventh award for the film, and I’m so happy that it’s getting so much love and attention. When a film as grounded as this competes with the best of the world and wins the Best Film at an international film festival like CIFF, it only boosts the enthusiasm and reassures that cinema is not just glitter and gloss. Even after stripping cinema off the ornamental glamour, the language of cinema can still survive. In today’s world, since there is a heavy imposition of technological grandeur, it is even more important that films like these get the due attention, and I’m extremely honored by this win.”

Actor and producer Swastik Choudhury, who plays the much-talked-about character of Jatin in the film, said, “Over the years Cardiff has become an important international film festival. There were over 100 films selected at the festival this year and Adieu Godard winning the top award is a huge thing. This puts Odia cinema right on the global stage and is something everyone back home will be proud of.”

Last month, the film had its theatrical run across several cities in India followed by special shows held in Jaipur and Mumbai. Additionally, the film has been invited by the Alliance Française de Bangalore for a special screening later this month.

Shot exquisitely in Odisha, ‘Adieu Godard’ is a socio-cultural comic tribute to the legendary French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard.

Written and directed by Amartya Bhattacharya, the film is produced by Swastik Arthouse in collaboration with FilmStop Entertainment and Les Films de la Haute-Vallée.

Choudhury Bikash Das portrays the main protagonist named Ananda who is addicted to watching pornography secretly with his friends in a small village. They accidentally come across Godard’s film. While his friends were dissatisfied, Ananda developed an obsession with Godard’s film.

Dipanwit Dashmohapatra, Sudharsri Madhusmita, Swastik Choudhury, Choudhury Jayaprakash Das, Shankar Basu Mallick, Abhishek Giri, Swetapadma Satpathy, Sumit Panda, Sandip Bal, Sridhar Martha, and Dr. Banikanta Mishra plays other important characters of the film.

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