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Love for Satyajit Ray, Love for India: Helena Ignez

Posted on Dec 09, 11:21AM | UNI

'India is like my motherland', well-known Brazilian actress-turned-director Helena Ignez said and expressed her warmth towards India during the programme 'In Conversation' held on the second day of 17th International Film Festival of Kerala here today.

Seven films of the Brazilian icon are being screened in one of the Retros included in IFFK.

Helena Ignez is still amazed when she recollects her illustrious career of 53 years. She never had the courage to start her film career at the threshold of her creativity due to the political compulsions in Brazil.

Somehow, she entered the field and soldiered on to become one of the ambassadors of Brazilian cinema.

Actress Ignez, who is very fond of the communist movement in Kerala, personally is of the opinion that such unity is lacking in Brazil.

On re-visiting her memories of her early career, Ignez pointed out that military rule in Brazil devastated the film industry.