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Edvard Munch travels to India. Indian director Dheeraj Akolkar was so fascinated by Edvard Munch that he decided to make a documentary about him. His English-language work "Let The Scream Be Heard" will be shown by NRK on Munch’s birthday, today, 12 December. It adds to this year’s Munch 150th anniversary celebrations, which have been marked by events, exhibits, books, and films of the famed artist's works. Mr Akolkar’s film is aimed at an international audience. He claims to make a trip back into Munch's own mind. Munch left a lot of written material behind after his death, in addition to 18,000 paintings that may reveal a great deal about how he saw himself and the outside world.

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Edvard Munch travels to India

Published on Thursday, 12th December, 2013 at 13:57 under the news category, by Tove Andersson.
Last Updated on 12th December 2013 at 14:34.

Indian director Dheeraj Akolkar was so fascinated by Edvard Munch that he decided to make a documentary about him.

Edvard Munch 'The Scream' (1893)
The film can be seen on NRK1 this evening at 21:30 local time.Edvard Munch 'The Scream' (1893)
Photo: Børre Høstland/Nat. Mus. Art, Arch. Des.


His English-language work "Let The Scream Be Heard" will be shown by NRK on Munch’s birthday, today, 12 December. It adds to this year’s Munch 150th anniversary celebrations, which have been marked by events, exhibits, books, and films of the famed artist's works.

Mr Akolkar’s film is aimed at an international audience. He claims to make a trip back into Munch's own mind. Munch left a lot of written material behind after his death, in addition to 18,000 paintings that may reveal a great deal about how he saw himself and the outside world.

The Indian director, who started his career in Broadway-movies but then moved to London and started his production company,  has mentioned how universal Munch's works are.

“Munch's paintings are understood and accepted in Japan, Latin America , Africa and India. Everywhere, people stand in front of them and are affected,” he said.

Moreover, Mr Akolkar is not the only foreigner who is amazed by Munch’s works. 

New York-based performance artist Marina Abramovic attracted attention by inviting a select audience to scream out in Oslo’s Ekeberg Sculpture Park.  This is the area in the capital that inspired Munch to paint the extremely valuable world-famous painting.

It may appear that both the painting and the painter are insatiable.

Some films by and facts about Dheeraj Akolkar:

  • Produced “Liv & Ingmar” (2012): Film about the love story between Scandinavian couple filmmaker Ingmar Bergman (Sweden) and actress Liv Ullmann (Norway). A précis of it is available in English here (external link).
  • “Black” (Time magazine's 5th best film 2006).
  • “Charas - A Joint Effort, Sala Bandar” (official selection Rotterdam 2004, nominated Best Short Film Edinburgh 2004).
  • “Devdas” (BAFTA nomination 2003, Cannes Showcase 2002).
  • "Lagaan” (Academy Award Nominee 2001).
  • Dheeraj Akolkarer is a trained architect.  He is involved in the indie festival Bombay Mix and founded Grassroots Stories, an organization concerned with social change .

"Let The Scream Be Heard" is produced by Nordic Stories, and funded by the Munch 150 anniversary with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation.

It is scheduled to be transmitted on NRK1 at 21:30. For those with a faster broadband connection, NRK will more than likely be broadcasting it on internet here.


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Published on Thursday, 12th December, 2013 at 13:57 under the news category, by Tove Andersson.
Last updated on 12th December 2013 at 14:34.

This post has the following tags: edvardmunch, scream.





  
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