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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 ...

Berlin 62 Off and Running with Jolie's Genocide Crusade and an extravagant Indian Godfather

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  by Alex Deleon The 62nd Berlinale opened this afternoon for early arriving journalists even before the Opening Gala which will be held tonight  with two special press screenings. First up was the rousing Bollywood actioner ''DON 2, The King Is Back'' starring The King of  Bollywood himself, Shah Rukh Khan, and this was followed by the much anticipated Angela Jolie directed Bosnian War drama,  ''Land of Blood and Hone'' (Zemlja Krvi a Mjod),  in which the actress does not herself...

Bollywood godfather to screen at Berlin

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By Alex Deleon For the second time in three years a major Bollywood "blockbuster" starring top Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan (SRK) will have a high profile opening at Berlin.  The title of the new film is "DON 2, The King is Back", and is directed by star director Farhan Akhtar. In 2012 Mr. Khan was here for the world's premier of "My Name Khan" --a combination political film and love strory set in the USA. The subject of that one was actually anti-Isla...

Veteran environmental filmmaker Mike Pandey awarded V Shantaram Life Time Achievement at MIFF 2012

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Veteran environmental filmmaker Mike Pandey from Delhi was honoured with the prestigious V Shantaram Life Time Achievement Award of the Mumbai International Film Festival for shorts, documentaries and animation films – MIFF 2012 The award carries a citation, a trophy and a cash prize of Rs 500,000. Instituted in 1996 in memory of India’s foremost film maker V Shantaram, the Life Time Achievement Award aims to recognise the multi-faceted contributions of an Indian for the documentary ...

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...

Feel Good Film Festival

The fifth edition of the popular Feel Good Film Festival will take place at Laemmle NoHo7 August 3-5, 2012. The three-day event features films aimed at both adult and family audiences that highlight positive themes, happy endings, laughter, and capture the beauty of the world.   The Feel Good Film Festival is a non-profit film showcase encouraging the development, production, and distribution of short or

Communication

Director: Methil Komalankutty.
The old man in the family feels that the other members of the family are totally insensitive to his attempts at communicating with them and even to his presence among them. Tasting the bitterness of being marginalized and feeling the pangs of dreary loneliness, he looks around for solace and finds a reflection of himself in the lonely ornamental fish in the aquarium. He tries to fondle the fish. It is only natural that his attempts at fondling the fish are mistaken as the manifestation of an old man’s deranged mind.

MY NAME IS KHAN, interview with screenwriter Shibani Bathija

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With the opening of Indian film 'DON 2' (2011) starring Bollywood giant Shah Rukh Khan, Khan has been popping up everywhere recently to promote his new film. Last week it was the Festival du Film de Marrakech and this week Dubai at DIFF. While Khan tells the world that his character ‘Don’ of the DON feature film series is his favorite character he has ever played, I would venture to say that the favorite character the world has seen him play is that of 'Rizvan Khan' in the blockbuste...

ÉCU’s Partner From India- Fool’s Paradise

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FOOLS’ PARADISE PRODUCTIONS partnered with ÉCU – THE EUROPEAN INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL presents Best Student Film: Stanley Pickle, directed by Victoria Mather, Best Animation: Paths of Hate, directed by Damian Nenow, Best Experimental Film: Invertebrate, directed by James McAleer and Special Jury Mention: Städgata directed by Erick Love Lundqvist.   The principal guest of the event will be Mr. Pawan Kumar Bansal: Minister of parliamentary affairs. The ju...

The River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival opens 11th edition

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  The River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival hosts a focus on Nobel Prize-winning poet Rabindranath Tagore, with screenings and talks, plus films in competition and special sections.   The River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival, directed by Selvaggia Velo, had its first edition in Florence in 2001 as the world's first festival entirely devoted to films from and about India: a mirror on the culture of an ever-growing, ever-changing subcontinent. ...

Music director Bhupen Hazarika is dead R.I.P

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  music director Bhupen Hazarika is dead. ...

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles welcomes Bollywood Icon SHAH RUKH KHAN

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  INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES WELCOMES BOLLYWOOD ICON SHAH RUKH KHAN                                   The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA), Eros International, and Red Chillies Entertainment, hosted Bollywood icon Shahrukh Khan at a special screening of his latest movie RA.One on the eve of it...

Stockholm's spotlights Love Stories this year

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The 22nd edition of Stockholm International Film Festival, 9-20 november will be screening 173 films from 44 countries. Visiting directors include Whit Stillman, Alejandro González Iñárrit, Sean Durkin and Joachim Trier.  Stockholm Lifetime Award will be awarded to Isabelle Huppert. Love is an eternal theme where every new film generation creates their own interpretations. The way love is depicted is an essential reflection of our time and society. With inspiration from our Visison...

The River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival preview

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  The River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival hosts a focus on Nobel Prize-winning poet Rabindranath Tagore, with screenings and talks, plus films in competition and special sections.   The River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival, directed by Selvaggia Velo, had its first edition in Florence in 2001 as the world's first festival entirely devoted to films from and about India: a mirror on the culture of an ever-growing, ever-changing subcontinent. Now in...

White Dirt

Director: G.Venkatesh Kumar.

‘ Red in the Water’ - director Mikel Gurrea ECU 2012 New submission Interview

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By Alexander Acosta Osorio culturamas.es “Legend tells the hero cut off the head of Medusa and threw it to the water. However, the blood of that head became a red stone under the sea. That is the origin of coral. In the early 20th century, a deaf fisherman will bring the myth to life.” Mikel Gurrea was born in Donostia-San Sebastian, in the Basque country. When he was 18, he moved to Barcelona to study Audiovisual Communications at the Pompeu Fabra University. Whil...

Screw Loose

Director: Salil pandey and Rahul Rautela.

Bollywood Musical Comedy Movie

"Miya Anari Ba Biwi Khilari Ba" is a upcoming Bhojpuri Bollywood-style Canadian-Indian musical comedy film written, directed and produced by Babukishan Das (interview) starring Birbal, Yogini, Varsha, Chhatu Master, Yunus Parvez and many more. The film featurs songs performed by renowned Bollywood singers Sapna Awasti, Vinod Rathod, Chandana Dixit, Anuradha Paudwal and Anwar. Filmed in India with great

Indian Cinema takes the spotlight at DIFF

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The remarkably diverse cinema of India is celebrated at the 32nd Durban International Film Festival this year, with a focus on both the classic and the daringly contemporary, with music and art also finding a prominent place. Six films from the great Indian master Satyajit Ray will be presented, alongside fine works by talented new Indian filmmakers, an exhibition dedicated to Bollywood by artist Ranjit Dahiya, and a performance by Indian slide-guitar maestro Debasish Bhattacharya. Taking plac...

CFSI's ‘Monsoon Dhamaal’

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Children’s Film Society India's weeklong Mumbai ‘Monsoon Dhamaal’ concluded at  Films Division  15th July 2011 in the course of which ten award winning CFSI films were screened to cheering school children. Entry to the screenings was  free! This specially curated package has already travelled to Kochi, Pune, Jaipur where it received an overwhelming response. Monsoon Dhamaal will travel to Srinagar, Kolkata, Indore, Ahmedabad, Chennai, New Delhi and Bangalore in the coming month...

IRON DOORS, an interview with Stephen Manuel

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 IRON DOORS (2010), a new psychological thriller to make you think. About an investment banker with no name (we never get his name in this film so he’s a kind of Everyman investment banker) wakes up to find himself stuck inside a vault with no way out. ‘No food. No water. No way out.’ We experience his loneliness, hunger, thirst, frustration and even his hallucinations with him as he struggles to stay alive… or we are also left to wonder if he is even alive at all and maybe he has been ...

IRON DOORS, an interview with Stephen Manuel

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 IRON DOORS (2010), a new psychological thriller to make you think. About an investment banker with no name (we never get his name in this film so he’s a kind of Everyman investment banker) wakes up to find himself stuck inside a vault with no way out. ‘No food. No water. No way out.’ We experience his loneliness, hunger, thirst, frustration and even his hallucinations with him as he struggles to stay alive… or we are also left to wonder if he is even alive at all and maybe he has been ...

DILLI

Director: Sushmit Ghosh & Rintu Thomas.
DILLI is a moving collection of heartfelt interviews with Delhi slum dwellers. Its lens focuses on a group of dwellers, bringing to life the untold story of mass exodus of thousands who were bulldozed from their homes and transferred to a makeshift facade - Bawana without water, shelter or drainage, while the city was being beautified for Commonwealth Games 2010. DILLI - city of dreams - is a universal story of millions of underprivileged around the world. DILLI holds up a mirror not only to India, but to every nation around the world, whose poor live forgotten under bridges, children go hungry, and fathers work thousands of miles from their families to provide. DILLI brings awareness. And awareness is the first step towards action.

The Clearwater Film & Music Festival Announces Early Selections

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The results are in! Some of them anyway. With over 150 films to watch our screeners are still hard at work finding those absolutely dazzling gems that we know you will love.  The complete list of all films selected will be available on August 1, but we just can’t contain our excitement any more and had to let you in on what’s in store for this year. Florida State University film student Torch Eberhart comes through again, making this his second year in a row to h...

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