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“Mercy of God” has won six major awards at the 12th NoHu International Short Film Festival 2019

Bhubaneswar:13/10/19:Mercy of God’, a film by Amartya Bhattacharyya, has won six major awards at the 12th NoHu International Short Film Festival 2019 in New Jersey, USA in following  segments:

Best Film – “Mercy of God”

Best Director – Amartya Bhattacharyya “Mercy of God”

Best Original Score – Kisaloy Roy “Mercy of God”

Best Editing – Amartya Bhattacharyya “Mercy of God”

Best Cinematography – Amartya Bhattacharyya “Mercy of God”

Best Producer – Priyanka Ghosh Roy “Mercy of God”

The festival, which was held in the Union City screened 8 selected films from different parts of the world on October 11th. ‘Mercy of God’, a silent portrait of Odisha after the cyclone, was the only Indian film in the list.

The extremely severe cyclone, Fani, which hit Odisha on May 3rd has affected several lives and lifestyles in the remote rural villages of Odisha. The damage caused is huge, and many areas are still restoring normalcy. National award winning independent filmmaker Amartya Bhattacharyya, who is also a very passionate social worker, traveled to the remote interiors and witnessed the lives of several affected villagers. He captured the aftermath in his latest creation – “Mercy of God”, a film on and dedicated to the cyclone affected people of Odisha. The film has been released on Youtube and is garnering a lot of appreciations from different quarters.

The film, with no spoken words, start with the dedication – ‘To the undaunted spirit of Odisha’. Unlike most of Amartya’s works which have strong elements of fantasy, surrealism and philosophy, this film is a realistic mirror showcasing the terrible condition of cyclone-affected Odisha. Kisaloy Roy, who composes music for all of Amartya’s film, once again touches the heart with his intense notes.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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