BUSAN — Indian film maker Suman Ghosh is no stranger to the Busan Film Festival. His “Nobel Thief,” “Uncle Shyamal Turns off the Lights” and “Peace Haven” received world premieres in 2011, 2012 and 2015 respectively. He is back for the 2016 edition with the debut screening of “Mi Amor,” which screens as part of the ‘A Window on Asian Cinema’ strand.
“I love the way it is organized and the selection of films. Of course there is the best of world cinema, but given my fondness for Asian cinema – Korea, Iran, Philippines, China and of course Japan- where else can we see such a range of Asian films? Having been to Busan a few times before I have a personal connection with the festival too,” says Ghosh.
The film maker describes the U.S.-set “Mi Amor” as “an examination of identity in relationships in the modern techno world.” It stars Parambrata Chatterjee and Raima Sen, who are hugely popular in India’s Bengali-language film industry. The film is a co-production between Bongflix, Ghoshal Media and Kolkata 24*7 from the U.S., and Macneill Media from India, with the University of Miami also a partner in the project.
Ghosh is also at the festival’s Asian Project Market with “The India Project,” a working title for a social satire about an indigent farmer’s predicaments after he receives an Aadhaar Card, India’s equivalent of a social security number. The project will begin its life at the market with Ghosh aiming to attach a principal producer and secure financing.
Besides making films, Ghosh who holds a Ph.D in Economics from Cornell University, is an associate professor at Florida Atlantic University with his main fields of research being personnel economics and development economics. “I don’t consciously balance the two worlds. They have become a part of my existence and I enjoy this apparent duality. It gives a wider perspective,” says Ghosh.