The Zorrilla Theater has been the venue chosen to host Indian gala, an event celebrating the presence of the Asian country as a guest nation at 68 Seminci. This event was attended by the director Tarshem Singhcreator of Dear Jassi, as well as Indian political representatives of the caliber of Neerja Shekharm, Deputy Director of the Ministry of Information and Communications of India, and Dinesh K PatnikAmbassador of India to Spain.
Like all editions since 2010, the Valladolid International Film Week invites a country’s cinematography to be one of the main elements of the edition. In this way, the programming has a fantastic representation of recent films made in each area and with the presence of some of the directors of the selected films.
On this occasion, the chosen country has been India, a nation that makes up one of the largest film industries on the planet. Total thirteen feature films and three short films have been the projects selected to represent India at the 68th Seminci.
The first Indian representative to speak has been Neerja Shekar, who began his speech by thanking the festival for attracting India’s cultural diversity. He has also emphasized that The Indian film industry is not limited to Bollywood alone.– There are over 40 industries represented by another language. Furthermore, he stated that “the ties that unite Spain and India will continue to grow in the coming years.”
The Indian Ambassador to Spain, Dinesh K Patnik, was the next to take the stage. His first words were to the city: “My heart lives in Valladolid, it is my second home in Spain.” He has also mainly emphasized that India’s house is located in Valladolidnot in big cities like Madrid or Barcelona, because the heart of Spain is in Castilla y León, more specifically in the city of Valladolid.
He has also pointed out that there are several projects between the Indian embassy and Valladolid. A work that, thanks to local institutions, strengthens ties between both nations. Finally, The Indian ambassador has announced that they are looking for Indian directors to carry out film projects in Spainas well as Spanish directors who want to develop an audiovisual project in India.
The last intervention went hand in hand with the director Tarsem Singhwho has presented his feature film, Dear Jassi, a film that is in the official section of 68 Seminci out of competition. In the director’s own words, this film is “a new version of Romeo and Juliet, although perhaps more dramatic, if possible.” After this small presentation, the participants could enjoy the screening of this film.