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Florence Indian Film fest focuses on Ray and Aparna sen

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by ALEX DELEONfor www.filmfestivals.com Director/actress Aparna Sen, is the special guest at Florence The River to River (Arno to Ganges) festival of Indian films in Florence, Italy, is all set to fly from Dec. 3 to Dec. 10. This will be the tenth installment of this unique European showcase of Indian cinema, founded and fostered by Selvaggia Velo, herself a native of the Tuscan urb famous for its long art and architectural traditions, from Michelangelo to the fabulous cathedral known as the "D...

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards has unveiled the International Jury members presided by Puttnam

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  The Asia Pacific Screen Awards has unveiled the International Jury members who will join previously announced President, Lord David Puttnam, for the fourth annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards to be held on the Gold Coast, Australia, on December 2. Lord David Puttnam, Academy Award winner and producer of Chariots of Fire, The Mission and The Killing Fields, has assembled a Jury of highly experienced industry professionals from across the globe. They are: ...

Bollywood goes Cottbus

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For the first time the FilmFestival Cottbus shows with DASVIDANIYA a Bollywood movie in its official programm. The movie is part of the section Focus “globalEAST”, which traces the marks of Eastern Europe in the current international cinema. The latest film by Shashant Shah, who will also participate in this year’s feature film jury, is dealing with a book keeper, who is critically ill and learns the meaning of life in his last months. The title of the movie stands not only for the cheerfu...

The Bombay Skate Deck 7 1/4"

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INDIAN FILM REVIEWS, 2010

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        INDIAN FILM REVIEWS, 2010  -- COMPOSITE with RAAKH (1989)           ADDED NEW BOLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTER TO PREMIER AT BERLIN 2010 by Alex deleon -- (reviewed below)  for www.filmfestivals.com   The much awaited new Indian film "My Name Is Khan" will be premiered at the 60th annual Berlin International Film Festival on Febuary 12, out of competition but very much in the limelight otherwise.  MNIK is easily the most anticpated Hindi film of the year as it topline...

L.A. Indian festival wrap: Bollywood in Hollywood; Khan, Khan, and Khan, inc.

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Khan is an extremely popular Islamic family name in India where, for the past twenty years, three Khans --Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, and Amir Khan -- have ruled the leading-man roost in Bollywood, commanding sky-high rupee guarantees up-front and wielding enough power to dictate the terms of the films they sign up for. Having one of these Khans in your film is close to an ironclad guarantee of box-office returns in the dog-eat-dog competitive world of Bombay filmdom, and the competition for th...

Bollywood in Hollywood; Khan, Khan, and Khan, inc.

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Khan is an extremely popular Islamic family name in India where, for the past twenty years, three Khans --Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, and Amir Khan -- have ruled the leading-man roost in Bollywood, commanding sky-high rupee guarantees up-front and wielding enough power to dictate the terms of the films they sign up for. Having one of these Khans in your film is close to an ironclad guarantee of box-office returns in the dog-eat-dog competitive world of Bombay filmdom, and the competition for th...

LA Indian Film Festival opening film "Cooking With Stella"

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  LA Indian Film Festival By Alex Deleon   "Cooking With Stella", Canada/2009/103 min. Director Dilip Mehta:  The opening film of the festival was a re-run of the Toronto opener back in September, where 'Cooking Wiith Stella' was selected for that honor spot because of a a direct Canadian story  line connection and the fact that the director, Dilip Mehta, is a brother of eminent Canadian  based Indian filmmaker Deepa Mehta.  "Stella" of the...

My Name is Khan to premier at berlin

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The much awaited new Indian film "My Name Is Khan" will be premiered at the 60th annual Berlin International Film Festival on Febuary 12, out of competition but very much in the limelight otherwise. MNIK is easily the most anticpated Hindi film of the year as it toplines the most popular Bombay star of all, Shah Rukh Khan (SRK), 44, who has reigned as "The King of Bollywood" for some fifteen years, reunited on screen for the first time in eight years with extremely popular actress Kajol, 35, wi...

River to River, Florence, a bluesy Ramayana closes fest

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                                  To start with last things first, this highly varied Indian film week came to a rousing close on December 11 with a brilliant feature length animation entitled "Sita Sings The Blues"   SITA is the heroine of the Indian national epic known as the Ramayana, a tale close to the heart of every India...

River to River, Florence, a bluesy Ramayana closes fest

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To start with last things first, this highly varied Indian film week came to a rousing close on December 11 with a brilliant feature length animation entitled "Sita Sings The Blues" SITA is the heroine of the Indian national epic known as the Ramayana, a tale close to the heart of every Indian person. In the story she follows her husband Prince Rama into exile in a forest where she is kidnapped by the evil king Ravana of (Sri) Lanka. While remaining faithful to her husband, Sita is subjected t...

Mumbai International Film Festival Line up for Documentary, Short and Animation films

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The films in the competition and non competition sections of the Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation films (M.I.F.F 09) have been declared. The documentaries -Songs, Colours & Market by Joshy Joseph, Children of the Pyre by Rajesh S. Jala , Anwar- Dream of a Dark Night by Anwar Jamal and short film Vitthal by Vinoo Choliparambil  are some of the much talked about films of the year that have made it to the competitive section of the festival. Vit...

Spotlight on Guru Dutt an Indian Citizen Kane in Florence

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                 An Indian Citizen Kane in Florence by Alex Deleon   The basic objective of the River to River Indian film week in Florence is to present a wide selection of new Indian films by lesser-known or emerging directors with a balance between features, documentaries, a...

Spotlight on Guru Dutt an Indian Citizen Kane in Florence

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  An Indian Citizen Kane in Florence by Alex Deleon The basic objective of the River to River Indian film week in Florence is to present a wide selection of new Indian films by lesser-known or emerging directors with a balance between features, documentaries, and a varie...

Personalities at Florence, an interview with "Aryan" Saga Direcor, Sanjeev Sivan

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Q Alex Deleon. "Aryan Saga" ideals with a most unusual subject - Master Race sex tourism in the high Himalayas.  One young lady here said she thought it was just too weird to be true and must be a some kind of put-on like Orson Welles' "F for Fake". What attracted you to this subject.   ASanjeev Sivan. Well, first of all, there's nothing fake about it. What you see is what you get.  This is actually going on. I read a newspaper article about it and decided...

Personalities at Florence, an interview with "Aryan" Saga Direcor, Sanjeev Sivan

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Personalities at Florence, an interview with "Aryan" Saga Direcor, Sanjeev SivanQ Alex Deleon. "Aryan Saga" ideals with a most unusual subject - Master Race sex tourism in the high Himalayas. One young lady here said she thought it was just too weird to be true and must be a some kind of put-on like Orson Welles' "F for Fake". What attracted you to this subject. A Sanjeev Sivan. Well, first of all, there's nothing fake about it. What you see is what you get. This is actually going on. I read...

Spotlight on genius of Indian film, Guru Dutt at Florence River to River

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The ninth edition of the "RIVER TO RIVER" Florence Indian Film Festival opened in this elegant north Italian city on December 4 at its new location, the landmark ODEON cinema, just around the corner  from the world famous Uffizi Art Galleries.  The spotlight this year is on the recently "rediscovered" genius of Indian film, Guru Dutt, with three of his key features being screened and a documentary on his life and career entitled "In Search of Guru Dutt". The f...

River to River in full gear in Florence

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The ninth edition of the "RIVER TO RIVER" Florence Indian Film Festival opened in this elegant north Italian city on December 4 at its new location, the landmark ODEON cinema, just around the corner from the world famous Uffizi Art Galleries. The spotlight this year is on the recently "rediscovered" genius of Indian film, Guru Dutt, with three of his key features being screened and a documentary on his life and career entitled "In Search of Guru Dutt". The festival kicked off in style with a p...

Kashish – Mumbai Queer Film Festival 2010 - Call for Entries

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CALL FOR ENTRIESIt is time for Mumbai to celebrate with its own queer film festival : Kashish – Mumbai Queer Film Festival to be held April 22nd – 25th, 2010.The festival, organized by Solaris Pictures and Bombay Dost, intends to showcase and support films with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer themes, relevant to Indian and Indian Diaspora. It aims to provide filmmakers, artists, activists, media persons and audiences with a space to communicate, share diverse experiences an...

MIAAC Indian Film Festival Winners

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  The MIAAC Indian Film Festival, sponsored by the Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council, wrapped up five days of premiere screenings, special events, chic parties and industry networking events with a gala awards ceremony on Sunday night, November 15th at the Walter Reade Theatre at New York's Lincoln Center. The ceremony included the US premiere of Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s ANTAHEEN.  Stars Rahul Bose and Kalyan Roy attended the premiere along with actors and filmmakers including Sh...

Indian "Orson Welles" honored at New York Fest

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Time was when Indian film was synonymous with a single name --Satyajit Ray. The famous Bengali director, generally recognized as a major world class cinema auteur, made 28 films between 1955 (Pather Panchali) and 1991, most of which were religiously shown in the west, primarily for the benefit of a tiny coterie of esoterically inclined foreign language film buffs, while the works of numerous other Indian directors, some far more interesting than Ray, were studiously ignored. This lamentable dis...

Doha Talks with Danny Boyle, Mira Neir and Ellia Suleiman

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The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF will run October 29 through November 1, 2009) has announced a new series of thought-provoking dialogues that will be held year round. As part of the organization’s overall efforts to foster an active cinema culture, these talks, panels, conversations and master classes will be free of charge. Doha Talks will feature events with filmmakers including Mira Nair (Amelia), Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), Elia Suleiman (The Time That Remains), R.J. C...

Bollywood director Yash Chopra to be honored at Pusan festvial

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As an indication of the ever increasing outreach of Bollywood, one of the most famous practitioners and directors of this special Indian brand of film, Yash Chopra, 76, will be honored at the upcoming 14th annual Pusan IFF in South Korea, where he will  be named "Asian filmaker of the year".  An Asian (Indian) cinema night will be held in Chopra's honor. Since his directorial debut in 1959 with a film called "Dhool ka Phool" (Blossoms in the dust) Chopra has dir...

Bollywood director Yash Chopra to be honored at Pusan festvial

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As an indication of the ever increasing outreach of Bollywood, one of the most famous practitioners and directors of this special Indian brand of film, Yash Chopra, 76, will be honored at the upcoming 14th annual Pusan IFF in South Korea, where he will be named "Asian filmaker of the year". An Asian (Indian) cinema night will be held in Chopra's honor. Since his directorial debut in 1959 with a film called "Dhool ka Phool" (Blossoms in the dust) Chopra has directed a total of 21 features, whic...

Abu Dhabi's Film Festival Announces its Narrative & Documentary Feature Selections

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Egypt's The Traveler (Al Mosafer) with Omar Sharif to screen as Opening Night Gala The Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) today unveiled the lineup of the feature-length narratives and documentaries that will compete for Black Pearl Awards worth over $1 million during the upcoming Festival. Presented by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, this year's MEIFF will run from October 8 to 17. Peter Scarlet, the festival's new Executive Director commented, "...

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