In the competition each of the chapters of the novel, THE WITCH OF PORTOBELLO, were filmed by a different crew.Out of 6,000 submissions, there were 14 winners, one for each chapter of the novel.
In the novel, the character of Athena, the protagonist, evolves through the narratives of different people, once associated with her or knew her.
Now, these fourteen films have been edited into a two hour feature film and is premiering for the first time at the International Rome Film Festival. An experimental film first of its kind in history.
One of the members of THE INDIAN COMMENTATOR community, and my friend; writer, actor, producer; Miss. Carolena Sabah is also a part of this project. Her film had won the award for the best film, in 'THE EXPERIMENTAL WITCH Film Competition'. The film was directed by Tadesh Daschi.The film was on the Nabil Alaihi chapter.
Carolena Sabah was born, with Armenian heritage, on Aug. 15th 1974 as the second child to her mother Juliet Gevorkoff, and her father Robert Golian, in Iran, where her father was an aerospace engineer and her mother who was a scholar of international communications, was a prominent travel guide. Soon after Carolena and her sister Pauline's birth, her family moved out of Iran, her home country, due to the rise of fundamentalist forces in the country. The family immigrated to Greece and then to the United States. They settled in Los Angeles, California. Carolena excelled in her school activities and won many honours and awards. In college she was Speaker of the House, an esteemed award, graced the Dean's Honor List, was invited to be a member of the Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society, and graduated at the top of her class. She is a licensed Dental Hygienist, by profession. In 2001, she enrolled at the Stella Adler Conservatory in Hollywood as a student of the craft of Acting.Special congrats for the gorgeous woman, Miss. Carolena Sabh, for her achievements and all the very best for the success of her new film.
The premiere of the film in the International Rome Film festival, will be on October 20th, 2009, Tuesday at 9 pm.
THE INDIAN COMMENTATOR wishes Mr. Paulo Coelho, and all the crew of this film, the very peak of success.
For further details on the film, visit: http://www.carolenasabah.com/
[For further reading on THE WITCH OF PORTOBELLO go to :http://anu-lal.blogspot.com/2009/04/child-of-mother.html