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Amitabh Bachchan will be guest of honour at the 12th River to River Florence Indian Film Festival

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, the iconic face of Indian cinema, will be the guest of honour at the 12th River to River Florence Indian Film Festival.   The 12th River to River Florence Indian Film Festival, the only festival in Italy entirely devoted to Indian cinema and directed by Selvaggia Velo, will take place at Cinema Odeon, in Florence, from 7th to 13th December, under the Patronage of the Embassy of India and the Italy-India association.   This is an extreme...

Two Must-Attend Film Festivals,in India

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by Lekha Shankar      With almost every city in India boasting of a film festival today, it’s difficult to know which ones to choose. But two film festivals seems a cut above the rest. The International Film Festival of India (IIFI),  is the oldest and biggest film festival in the country ,which is  held in late-November, in the scenic beach-town of Goa. It  has the glitter, glamour, and high-quality cinema that one associates with a top-range fest...

Non-Bollywood Indian Film, "PRASAD" Preemed at Market in Berlin

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by Alex Deleon-Sinha Although little known ourtside of the Indian Sub-Continent itself there are several so-called "regional" film industries in India  each of which produces as many or more feature films a year in the regional languages as are produced in the Hindi mainstream industry of Bombay (Whence the brand name known to the world as "Bolly-wood"). Of course, Bombay has now been officially rechristened Mumbai, but this doesn't change anything cinematically ...

Homage to Mani Kaul and 5 other noted film makers through 14 films in Special Screening during Mumbai International -2012

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                          Homage to Mani Kaul and 5 other noted film makers through 14 films in Special Screening during - MIFF-2012   Mani Kaul’s musical masterpiece Dhrupad traces the thousand year old living tradition of Raag Dhrupad.   Nomad Puppetteer, a cinematographic report on the string puppets of Rajasthan, Chitrakathi based on the marionettes and leather puppets of Goa and Arrival dealing with product-commodity exchange wi...

Homage to Mani Kaul and 5 other noted film makers through 14 films in Special Screening during - MIFF-2012

                          Homage to Mani Kaul and 5 other noted film makers through 14 films in Special Screening during - MIFF-2012   Mani Kaul’s musical masterpiece Dhrupad traces the thousand year old living tradition of Raag Dhrupad.   Nomad Puppetteer, a cinematographic report on the string puppets of Raj

'Francisco Manso: Films must spotlight respect for life & human rights to foster understanding & empathy

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"Respect for life and human rights are  very important and I make movies addressing these issues because it is important for people as well as governments, not to repeat the errors of the past." Thus spake Francisco Manso, director of ‘The Consul of Bordeaux’ the 42nd IFFI's opening film which played to full houses at repeat screenings. Addressing  a crowded media meet at the Maquinez Palace on his birthday (the Lisbon born director turned 62 on November 28)  Man...

Film-makers of The Consul of Bordeaux

CAPTION:, Francisco Manso, Director of the Portuguese film "The Consul of Bordeaux",Producer Jose Mazeda, composer Henri Seroka and lead actor Vitor Norte, at the 42nd International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2011), in Panaji, Goa on November 28, 2011.

'A TRIP' at Cinedays in Skopje, Macedonia! (interview with Ales Pavlin)

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 A TRIP (2011) producer Ales Pavlin The Slovenian film IZLET (A TRIP, 2011) by writer/director Nejc Gazvoda and producer Ales Pavlin most recently traveled to the 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival (TIFF) and screened in competition at 'Cinedays' in Skopje, Macedonia. A TRIP's 'trip' will continue to Goa, India for the Goa Film Festival and then begin its tour in the USA. It is the first feature film (of what promises to be many) for both writer/director Nejc and producer Ales.  I in...

'A TRIP': Interview with Ales Pavlin!

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 A TRIP (2011) producer Ales Pavlin The Slovenian film IZLET (A TRIP, 2011) by writer/director Nejc Gazvoda and producer Ales Pavlin most recently traveled to the 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival (TIFF) and screened in competition at 'Cinedays' in Skopje, Macedonia. A TRIP's 'trip' will continue to Goa, India for the Goa Film Festival and then begin its tour in the USA. It is the first feature film (of what promises to be many) for both writer/director Nejc and producer Ales.  I in...

Oscar Maron Filho,Brazilian journalist & director of "Mario Filho:The Creator of Crowds" expires at IFFI.RIP

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Oscar Maron Filho, a Brazilian journalist and director of "Mario Filho:The Creator of Crowds" died of a heart attack at the  IFFI in Goa Sunday afternoon. Mr Filho (56) was taking part in the Open Forum in the Panaji venue collapsed in the middle of a discussion with delegates and filmmakers and was rushed to hospital where he passed away.  A minute's silence was observed in the Media Centre and homage paid  as a mark of respect to the late Mr Filho. Only yest...

DILMA ROUSSEFF ACCORDS TAX FREE STATUS TO INDO BRAZILIAN CO-PRODUCTIONS

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 INDO-BRAZILIAN CO-PRODUCTIONS TO BE TAX FREE; SOCCER & CINEMA SPEARHEADS SPORTING & CULTURAL TIES Argentinian soccer legend Diego Maradona's "hand of god" goal in  1986's infamous quarter-final between Argentina and England may well be the most controversial goal in World Cup history, but the Real Hand of God is propelling Brazil to go all out to promote film and football ties between India and Brazil. Indo-Brazilian film productions will be tax free followin...

Germans spread Wilkommen mat for Indian filmmakers

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Cash strapped film-makers often look to foreign institutions like the Herbert Bals Fund and UK Film Council to subsidise the production costs.O so wunderbar! They will be happy to know that Germany is offering  generous support ranging from loans, tax credits and price reductions,  provided  the film is a co-production. The Wilkommen mat was spread in the Yuletide season at  a press conference and seminar in the Maquinez Palace during the on-going 42nd edition of the International Film Fes...

Social responsibility initiative launched at IFFI G0A

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SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY INITIATIVE LAUNCHED AT  IFFI, GOA PARENTS OF SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN TO SHARE EXPERIENCES WITH FILMMAKERS For the first time ever, the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa  has included social responsibility and inclusivity as part of the festival program. Accordingly,the 42nd edition of IFFI will feature on Nov 27, a session in which parents of children with special needs will give film makers, media and delegates, a glimpse into the lives of...

IFFI Goa launches with 100 films from 65 countries

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Films from 65 countries for 42nd international film festival goa, shahrukj khan, luc besson, betrand tavernier to attendMore than 100 films from 65 countries will be screened during the 42nd International Film Festival of India - 2011 in Goa between Nov 23 and Dec 3,3011 Bollywood badshah Shahrukh Khan will be chief guest at IFFI's inauguration at the Ravindra Bhavan in Margao Goa on 23 November. The main centre of the festival is Panaji,although films will be screened over the 10 day Fest in...

DFF omits MOU clause on Goa as permanent IFFI venue

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The Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF) has removed the clause from its draft as regards the Memorandum of Understanding for IFFI 2011, which stated Goa as a permanent IFFI venue. The IFFI MoU is annually signed between the state and the central government. It may be recalled that the MoU for IFFI 2010 had clearly mentioned Goa as a permanent venue for the mega film festival. The successive union ministers representing the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had, from time to time, also ann...

Films from 65 countries for 42nd international film festival goa, shahrukj khan, luc besson, betrand tavernier to attend

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More than 100 films from 65 countries will be screened during the 42nd International Film Festival of India - 2011 in Goa between Nov 23 and Dec 3,3011  Bollywood badshah Shahrukh Khan will be chief guest at IFFI's inauguration  at the Ravindra Bhavan in Margao Goa  on 23 November. The main centre of the festival is Panaji,although films will be screened over the 10 day Fest in Margao,Goa's commercial hub which is located 4 km from the political capital.     Revived in this...

'A TRIP' at 52nd TIFF

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A TRIP (2011) producer Ales Pavlin   The Slovenian film IZLET (A TRIP, 2011) by writer/director Nejc Gazvoda and producer Ales Pavlin most recently traveled to the 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival (TIFF) and screened in competition at 'Cinedays' in Skopje, Macedonia. A TRIP's 'trip' will continue to Goa, India for the Goa Film Festival and then begin its tour in the USA. It is the first feature film (of what promises to be many) for both writer/director Nejc and producer Ales. ...

NFDC FILM BAZAAR SHORTLISTS 6 PROJECTS FROM VENICE SCREENWRITERS LAB, SETS UP NEW MKT SECTION AT INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST,GOA

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NFDC FILM BAZAAR SHORTLISTS SIX, SETS UP NEW MARKET SECTION AT IFFI GOA 2011   NFDC's four day Film Bazaar at the International Film Festival in Goa (IFFI ) serves as a platform for producers, filmmakers and distributors from across the world to do business and expand their network. The Film Bazaar Screenwriters’ Lab 2011 held in partnership with Binger Filmlab, Netherlands and the Venice International Film Festival, Italy has announced six shortlisted projects selected durin...

Life in the shore of Death

Director: Razibul Hossain & the Students of Media Studies and Journalism.
Bangladesh has been branded as a disaster prone country around the world. Natural disaster like tornado, cyclone, and flood were the main topic to discuss for Bangladesh. Reminding this scenario, a group of university students along with their teacher starts exploring the coastal belt area of Bangladesh with the concept "Disaster" by their film. They went to experience the most disaster prone communities of Bangladesh - "Mirzagonj" where 90% community people were affected by the Cyclone Aila and "Pathorghata" 100% people affected by the Cyclone Sidr. While on their journey, they meet resilience people who are not only survived nature's fury but also surmounted it. This interaction between students and the community people creates a dialog that motivates them to tales of awe, vulnerability, loss, agony, strength, faith, inspiration and unity.

Less than Sun God

Director: Razibul Hossain.
Young photographer Khaleed Saikat once decided to go for a journey into the unknown. He took his laptop, camera, and some money with him. But no destination remains unknown at its end. Khaleed landed a small village market where he met the ‘Orao’ Youngman Arun Khalko and his constant companion Shukra. Shukra is an owner of a tea-stall up on the landing. Khaleed doesn’t get the acquaintance of Arun on the short meeting even. While talking with them they reached to the entrance of the village where the road was divided into two directions. Arun and Shukra left him there with there confusing identity. To find a place for the night to stay he walked to a village with bewildered expression. Suddenly there appears Arun and Shukra with laughter; unexpectedly they propose him to be a guest of The Missionary Church Guest House. Khaleed heals a breath of relieve. By the evening Arun gets intimate with Khaleed. Arun is a Christian Orao, by religion, at present he is in the charge of the Church on absence of Father. Time passes and after a while Khaleed comes to know by a drunken Youngman’s shouts that a girl named Arati is involved with Arun’s activities which the young fellow dislikes because he loves Arati. Khaleed, suspecting the Youngman senseless approaches to him but Arun stops him. In the middle of the night the drumming beats of ‘Madol’ (a traditional drum of Orao tribe) was heard by Khaleed along with the sounds of singing and dancing. Khaleed takes his camera and come out to join the festival of ‘Fagua’. The headman Budu Master warmly welcomed him but didn’t allow him to take photographs. There Khaleed met Arati and talked with Budu Master. Khaleed couldn’t find the dumb boy of the tribe to whom he kept his cell phone. Khaleed enjoyed the ‘Fagua’ festival. Arun also came there but didn’t join. Khaleed came to know that Arun has no right to join the festival, from the conversation between Arati and Budhla, while returning back. Next morning Khaleed found the real identity of Arun. He is a disowned son of Budu Master. The reason after disowning is Arun’s adoption of Christianity. He also came to know that Arun was a student of Christian missionary school, for the last three years he is staying in this village after receiving a higher education from abroad. Arun had lot of planning concerning to his community. Arati is mainly a teacher of Arun’s school. Last two years they have been working together on Arun’s plan to develop their community. But Arati is little confused from the last few days that whether she’s got any existence or existing personality in Arun’s mind or not. And she discovered –no there is nothing like that. Their relation is based on the dreams of Arun which is concerned to this Orao village. Arun starts to run a cold debate with Budhla in Arati’s home. Budhla want to marry Arati, her mother gives an approval to this proposal to maintain the society. Mean while at the school Arati and Arun’s debate comes to an extreme level. Arati abruptly says that working with Arun has become nearly impossible for her by denying the constitution of ‘Orao’ community. She says that she has found an obsession about Arun behind her working. It’s only because she respects the dreams of Arun and that’s why she will try this to the end. But Arun is not an apprehensive personality. In the afternoon, while Khaleed roaming on the walkways of the village with Arati, she portrays the dreams of Arun. In his plan the agricultural farm, hospital, educational institutions are nearly ready; it was just a matter of time then. But Arati speaks the other sense. When Khaleed was taking her photo she said that she has lost her face. Her face is just like Arun’s as it is same for every ‘Orao’. But these two faces never act the same. On that night Arati came to Arun’s room. She asks Arun “Do you mean yourself as an ‘Orao’ ? ” Arun couldn’t reply any satisfactory answer. At the dawn Arati came to Khaleed. She said that she has discovered her ‘Orao’ face. She asked him to take true image on his camera. Khaleed responded positively. But returning back to his room Khaleed found Arun was sitting there. Arun told him to turn an end of this journey into the unknown. Almost unwontedly Khaleed had to return. On the way back that dumb boy returned the cell phone to Khaleed. Returning back to Dhaka Khaleed miraculously discovered that there were some photographs of ‘Fagua’ festival and ‘Orao’ community in his cell phone which probably the dumb boy shoots. Khaleed made his first exhibition along with the dump boy’s photo. Now what will do Khaleed with those photos ? Will he go to that Village again ? What happen to Arun and Aroti ? Khaleed couldn’t find answer, so he decided to return the village and see the end line.

The Sand Clock

Director: Razibul Hossain.
An old man, Zoology Professor Kuhel Ahmed, faces death. The things happening in his life is quite normal for anyone. But, how is it to himself? What happens to his inner self, in his consciousness, in his thoughts at that moment in life when the living people are wistful about their long life and the dead are only memory to him? He is a loner in the middle of a bridge; helpless in his tension. All barriers of control break loose; things fall apart for him. Professor Ahmed is not a psychologically challenged person. He is absent-minded, reticent as a character. However, thoughts are not always limited to expression only. Thoughts are restless, always on the move. Professor Ahmed looks back into the satisfactions of his life’s achievements as well as the real pictures for all his shortcomings. He is nostalgic as the certainty of end of life awaits him. Professor Ahmed is single as he defies leaving behind a generation. He knows all the patterns of human diversity like his palms. Life, to him, is nothing but carrier of a mathematical progression. This belief popped into him through the practices of science. He knows beyond this belief human race is going through this progression as they try to mask the superstition of heredity and surroundings. Therefore, he argues at the close of his life. Life’s meaning as well as absurdity equally fights within him. Such inner conflict is apparently unseen, unreal. But in man’s own world it is evident and real. This feature film tries to explore that real image of the human race crossing the limits of individuals. Memory and present; everything becomes contemporary. Insights into life is framed in every millisecond.

Butterfly Wings

Director: Sanjay Arora.
Based on a true story of a handicapped woman ( Story of Hope,Inspiration and Courage) Neha Bhatia, free-spirited and fun-loving who takes life for granted ends up a victim of a fatal accident, leaving her with a severe brain stem injury resulting in quadri-paralysis and comatose. Thus begins the journey of Neha?s recovery, unexpected but not impossible. A journey that explores unconditional love and support from Ayesha, Neha's older sister. Ayesha?s immense belief in her sister and undying faith in their sisterly bond becomes the spine of the film. Neha eventually sheds her inhibitions of insecurities and becomes an inspiration to other people through her independence. Sometimes even the eyes that see may not have the vision to inspire or be inspired ? it unfortunately takes a tragic happening to realise that life is not to be taken for granted. That life is a blessing to be counted and appreciated everyday and to be celebrated with unconditional love.

film review GREEN LANTERN

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Green Lantern Starring:Ryan Reynolds, Peter Sarsgaard, Blake Lively, Mark Strong,Tim Robbins, Jay O. Sanders, Angela Basset, Temuera Morrison, Taika Waititi and Geoffrey Rush (voice) Director: Martin Campbell Green Lantern, as those of you who've grown  up reading comics well know, is a hero with several histories.   Director Martin  (Casino Royale) Campbell's green dude is an amalgamation of all these strands, even as Sinestro (Mark Strong) is a far cry from his villainous  moni...

CANADIAN CITY TO NAME STREET AFTER RAJ KAPOOR, Toronto filmfest to host tribute to kapoor clan

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 In a welcome gesture to Indian Cinema, the City of Brampton in Ontario, Canada,  will name a street after the ultimate Showman – the late Raj Kapoor. Introducing a new street into the infrastructure of the city, when constructed it will be named, the ‘Raj Kapoor Crescent’.  The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will host a tribute to the patriarch of the Kapoor clan,  Raj Kapoor. Titled, ‘Raj Kapoor and the Golden Age of Indian Cinema’ the festival will run for six ...

NEWSLETTER N° 491: January 7, 2011

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