'We Are One' presents a free global film festival online
Rhea Srivastava -
Cinemas everywhere are shut, and some of the most awaited film festivals have had to skip their 2020 editions. In a goodwill gesture though, the We Are One: A Global Film Festival, a virtual collaboration between some of these renowned film festivals across the globe kicks off today on Youtube.
The 10-day festival which marks its inauguration on May 29 will screen more than 100 films - for free - including world and country-specific premieres as well. The films are being streamed at youtube.com/WeAreOne. These include narrative features, documentaries, short films, panel discussions and virtual reality presentations.
We Are One: A Global Film Festival was conceived in April 2020 when the Tribeca Film Festival and other major film festivals started cancelling their annual editions. The festival founders, directors and programmers then all came together for a common vision, where they felt that the global lockdown could be used as an opportunity to help organisations which are working towards fighting the virus and also provide the entertainment of the festival to audiences at home. All the films in the line-up are co-curated by Berlin, Cannes, London, Mumbai, New York, Sundance, Tokyo, Toronto, Tribeca and Venice festivals. Even though the festival is free, patrons are requested to donate via their country-specific channels towards COVID-19 relief efforts conducted by organisations like UNICEF, WHO, Save the Children, etc.
The Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival has also unveiled its line-up for the festival. Some of the Indian selections that can be enjoyed over the course of the new few days are: Prateek Vats’ Eeb Allay Ooo!, Arun Karthick’s Nasir, Shaan Vyas’ Natkhat (short) and Atul Mongia’s Awake (short).
Deepika Padukone, Chairperson, Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival has said, “The We Are One initiative by Tribeca Enterprises is a humble and sincere attempt to bring about some relief to audiences across continents. We, at MAMI, are deeply pained to see the devastation around us and feel honoured to stand with our global community in this time of monumental crisis.”
Here are some picks from the lineup that we can’t wait to watch:
Late Marriage (France/Israel: 2001) — Dover Kosashvili's Ophir Award-winning film from 2001 is a clever dramedy about a bachelor who becomes involved with a single mother against the wishes of his traditional Georgian family (May 30).
“Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy" (Thailand: 2013) — Based on an anonymous Twitter feed, a candid coming-of-age story blooms from the fantasy world of a Thai teenager. (June 3).
“Tremble All You Want” (Japan: 2017) - For the past decade, Yoshika has had a secret crush on her middle school classmate. Her life is thrown into chaos when a colleague asks her out (June 5).
“Ticket of No Return” (Germany: 1979) - A solitary woman purchases a one-way ticket to Berlin to indulge her greatest passion—binge drinking—in Ulrike Ottinger’s flamboyantly provocative classic of New German Cinema (June 1).
"Sisterhood" (Macau: 2016) – Sei moved to Taiwan 15 years ago with her husband, but a searing melodrama of cultural alienation unfolds when an unexpected death conjures her tangled past in pre-handover Macau (June 2).
"Ice Cream and the Sound of Raindrops" (Japan: 2017) — After their opening night show gets cancelled, a theater troupe decides to rehearse anyways. Over the course of a 74-minute single take, their real lives merge with their roles (June 4).
"A City Called Macau" (China: 2019) — In the gambling underworld of early 2000s Macau, a casino VIP client servicing manager is swept up into a high-stakes melodrama amid epic-scale historical change (June 6).
"Dantza" (2018) - An energetic and hypnotic Basque musical offers a poetic song to northern Spain, with both an affection for tradition and a forward-thinking universality (June 4).
Archived talks with filmmakers are featured, including Steven Soderbergh's entertaining interview of Francis Ford Coppola about his career, and the making and restoration of "Apocalypse Now," from the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival (June 2). Also: Sundance panels with Jackie Chan (May 29) and Jane Campion (May 31); Guillermo del Toro, from the Marrakech International Film Festival (May 31); Diego Luna, from the Guadalajara International Film Festival (June 1); Ang Lee and Kore-eda Hirokazu, from the Berlin International Film Festival (June 5); Viggo Mortensen & David Cronenberg, from the Toronto International Film Festival (June 6); and John Waters from the Locarno Film Festival (June 7).
The entire lineup can be found on http://www.weareoneglobalfestival.com/.