Odia film Hello Arsi selected for Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

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Bhubaneswar: Odia feature film Hello Arsi has been selected as one of 12 films for 2018 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in First Feature Competition category.

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, or PÖFF, is an annual film festival to be held in Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia, from November 16 to December 2.

Representing countries from five continents, the festival adds eleven competition films to the previously announced seven, with six of them originating from European countries, two from Asia, two from the Americas and one from Africa.

Hello Arsi is presented posthumously after the director Sambit Mohanty’s (1962-2017) sudden demise last year, right after completing shooting. He was involved in the Film Society Movement and the co-founder of the In screen Film Society in Bhubaneswar.

‘Hello Arsi’ won the 65th National Award as the best Odia feature along with actress Prakruti Mishra winning Special Mention within the movie and Best Dialogue.

The film will celebrate its world premiere in the First Feature Competition at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2018. Ajay Routray will represent as the producer of Hello Arsi in the film festival.

Hello Arsi chronicles a day in the life of a young man and woman, strangers who have just met on a highway, sharing a car ride and a conversation that stretches on, as both of them hope to find something emotionally meaningful in the situation.

It is a portrait of a society in flux, as the recent and rapid socioeconomic changes in India (and elsewhere) have changed the social networks, ways of human interaction and the meaning of home, threatening individuals with urban loneliness of epidemic proportions.

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