Shamoon Abbasi is going places! One of the most loved and admired actors of the country is basking in the glory of his success as he adds yet another feather to his cap. Yes, you heard that right! Shamoon is awarded the membership of French Film Directors Guild. The talented actor will be attending the opening ceremony of Directors Fortnight at the upcoming Cannes film festival on May 14, 2019.
This year marks the 51st anniversary of the Directors Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in French). The Directors Fortnight is one of the biggest film selections happening during Cannes Film Festival outside the official program. Abbasi will also showcase his upcoming flick 'Durj' to a section of critics and press at the festival. Durj represents the true events on Cannibalism that took place in Pakistan.
We at HIP obviously gave him a call for details:
"I am extremely delighted for the honor and really looking forward to it. I believe it about high time Pakistan should start focusing to match up with the global standards, not just Cannes we need to tell the entire world about our talent and capabilities of being real and intense about the aspects of filmmaking. We should be focusing more on catering the international audiences with content that has substance. In order to be more relatable, the focus shall be more towards promoting our own language as well.”
Talking about the new breed of filmmakers in the country, he said: “Unfortunately in Pakistan we have the tendency of pleasing others and end up making mediocre stuff. We need to groom and support them in a certain way that they shouldn't limit their creative abilities just by targeting the masses by making hardcore commercial films just to make money. It's not about survival. We need to come up with a method to express ourselves in a certain way and shouldn’t be seeking corporate support to have an understanding of the medium. Young filmmakers should go with their guts and instincts; it isn’t a pre-requisite to have state of the art technology to narrate a story; the essence of the emotions needs to be captured by the narrative. If they get the basics are correct to be it acting, music cinematography or editing then there’s no looking back.”
Speaking of Durj to be showcased at the festival, he said: “I am thrilled ‘Durj’ will start its journey at the most celebrated film festival in the world. However, it wasn't a cakewalk at all. I hope it goes a million more miles ahead. I was waiting for the right time to share the news with my audience in Pakistan. We wanted the world to believe in the film and we haven't done much about it as Durj speaks volume for itself. Money minting has never been my foray to make films; I feel economic and art shouldn't be combined together. My formula is very simple to work hard and the world will accept and welcome you with open arms."