New Delhi, September 18: Multiple National and international award winning filmmaker Sabyasachi Mohapatra’s film Sala Budha has been officially selected for the prestigious Indo-German Film week 2020 in Germany, scheduled from September 24 to 30 at the historic Babylon theatre, Berlin.
The film will be screened multiple times including one on the opening day of the week-long festival. Sala Budha that portrays the rich art, culture & tradition of western Odisha had won seven different awards at Odisha Sate Film Awards including best film and best director earlier. The film was also selected For International Film Festival Of Indias Indian Panorama Section in 2013.
Recently, Mahapatra had join hands with internationally acclaimed film producer and promoter Jitendra Mishra for the international exploitations of his films. On a special day they both had officially announced their collaboration on the 1st of August 2020.
Mahapatra said, “I am extremely happy and proud for this selection of my film, Indo-German film week has been a great platform for Indian films over last many years and this is the first & very important milestone of our beautiful journey with Jitendra, I am sure we have a long way to go.”
Stephan Ottenbruch, CEO & Festival Director of the festival said, “We have been trying to promote the art, culture & tradition of India through best of Indian films in our festival, this time we are proud to present a film from Odisha for the first time in our festival: Sala Budha by Sabyasachi Mahapatra that portrays the rich culture of Odisha. Thanks to Jitendra Mishra for curating this beautiful film for our programme.”
“We have so many plans for these films in coming days. Because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic many of our target festivals are being cancelled or postponed, never the less this is a sign of success for all of us. I am super excited that foreign audience will experience the beautiful culture of our region on big screen through this film. Special thanks to the organizer Stephan Ottenbruch for the support Jitendra Mishra said on this occasion.
Awarded with more than 40 different National & international awards, Sabyasachi Mohapatra is internationally known as the finest and most influential filmmaker of Odia cinema. He has won the prestigious National Film Awards for two consecutive years for his films AADIM VICHAR (The Ancient Justice) and PAHADA RA LUHA (Tears of the Mountain). Most of his films have captured the beautiful and rich culture of tribal society in Western part of Odisha and its cultural heritage. In recognition to his lifetime contribution to Odia cinema, the prestigious Sambalpur University concurred on him with an honorary Doctorate degree. His movies have successfully ensured a high recognition and new identity to the rich cultures of Odisha, especially the beautiful tribal culture of western Odisha.