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Luxury of Rich Property Owners - The Real Independents

Upcoming sectors such as software services, telecommunications, finance, and real estate are minting new millionaires every day. And the Bombay Stock Exchange has more than doubled in the past two years, handing many investors tremendous capital gains. The first place the new moneyed class typically shows off its cash is with a big house or luxury apartment. While demand for homes over 3,000 square feet - palatial by Indian standards - was once confined to Mumbai and Delhi, more and more Indians...

Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire wil close London Fest

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE is the story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who finds himself just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’. Arrested on suspicion of cheating, Jamal tells the police the incredible story of his life on the streets, and of the girl he loved and lost. But what is a kid with no interest in money doing on the show? And how does he know all the answers? When the new day dawns ...

Film spotting from Montreal: Chaturanga

A new Indian film is making its World Premiere bow at the Montreal World Film Festival. Chaturanga is based on the novel by the Nobel Prize winning author Rabindranath Tagore, and is directed by Suman Mukhopadhyay, one of the most exciting and promising young filmmakers working in India. The film is the story of a love that is caught between conflicting worlds of ideas. The lead protagonist Sachish flees from radical positivism to religious mysticism in his quest for life's meaning. However, his...


 Monday, September 1-------A new Indian film is making its World Premiere bow at the Montreal World Film Festival. Chaturanga is based on the novel by the Nobel Prize winning author Rabindranath Tagore, and is directed by Suman Mukhopadhyay, one of the most exciting and promising young filmmakers working in India. The film is the story of a love that is caught between conflicting worlds of ideas. The lead protagonist Sachish flees from radical positivism to religious mysticism in his quest f...

Mexico – Expresion en Corto, 2008 edition wrapped

A scarcity of Mexican production and the absence of exhibition platforms prompted Sarah Hoch Delong to establish the festival Expresion en Corto eleven years ago which she has helmed ever since. As a publicly funded film festival, Expresion en Corto had a primary focus on short films. By 2008 it has morphed into one of the most important Latin American fests offering a comprehensive program with productions drawn from seventy countries. Several features distinguish Expresion en Corto. For once ...

German Film Week in Bangalore in 2008

Together with German Films, the Goethe Institut is organising a German Film Week for the first time from 8 - 14 August, 2008 in the famous Lavanya Cinema of the Indian metropolis of Bangalore. The program will open on 8 August with REQUIEM by Hans-Christian Schmid. DISTANT LIGHTS (LICHTER) by the same director will also be shown in the program. Other films screening are: THE EDGE OF HEAVEN (AUF DER ANDEREN SEITE) and HEAD-ON (GEGEN DIE WAND) by Fatih Akin, THE EDUKATORS (DIE FETTEN JAHRE SIND V...


SOUTH DELHI ADDRESS STILL MOST COVETED  The growth of premier satellite towns around Delhi has not taken the sheen off the original best-sellers, south Delhi. That the glamour for a West End, Defence Colony or Golf Links address has only increased can be gauged from the fact that capital values here have increased 15-20% over the last six months, despite a slump in real estate all around.  A prominent South Delhi developer said the number of people putting their bungalows up for redevelopment...


RIIFF 2008 Presents an Extraordinary Night of International  Short Films and Festivities PROVIDENCE, R.I. (July 22, 2008)— A brilliant and unforgettable selection of short films from around the world await an anticipating audience at the August 5th Opening Ceremony of the 12th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival. The night’s exhilarating line-up will showcase some of the finest examples of independent and international short films. Chosen from over 3,000 submissions, the s...

Satra Properties to develop Rs 120 –cr project in Dubai

   MUMBAI: Real estate developer Satra Properties on Monday said it will develop about Rs. 120-crore commercial complex in Dubai for which it has purchased property worth Rs. 29.7 crore.      Courtesy economics times 1.7.2008   ...

India looks to Pakistani views, via the screens of Goa

GOA, June 29, 2008: For a country sometimes viewed as 'the enemy' in geopolitical rivalries or the cricket-field, the films of neighbouring Pakistan, currently being screened at the South Asian Film Festival here in Goa, are drawing significant interest and appreciation.Screened in Panaji (also called Panjim or Ponnje) -- though with a small audience, reflecting the overall lack of publicity for the first SAFF being held here -- was reporter Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy's documentary 'Pakistan's Doubl...

The Goa South Asian Film Festival,

Films bring in the diverse hues of South Asia to Goa From Frederick Noronha in IndiaSpread over four days, the South Asian Film Festival, being held in the coastal holiday resort of Goa, brings in diverse moving images to three screening halls in Panaji, the Goan capital that is also host to India's international film fest IFFI towards Nov-Dec each year.After its launch on Friday (June 27), the first film to be screened here has been 'Osama' from Afghanistan.This 2003-award winning film is about...

The Tribeca Film Festival announces audience figures of 400 000

The Tribeca Film Festival, co-founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, and presented by American Express, today announced a total attendance of just under 400,000 at the 2008 Festival. Festival organizers estimated a ticketed attendance of over 155,000 to 700 screenings and 14 panel discussions throughout the 11-day festival. Approximately 85% of the Festival’s available tickets were sold or distributed to pass holders. The Festival, which featured two “hubs” in Lower...

NEWSLETTER N° 359: April 9, 2008

AWARDS THE AWARDS WATCH ON FEST21.COM Oscar and more Fairhope Film Festival Awards Ann Arbor Film Festival awards Berlin Today Award 2009: ------------------------------ FESTIVAL DAILIES Coming soon IFFS Europe, Palm Beach... Archive Blogging from ...

NEWSLETTER N° 358: April 2, 2008

AWARDS THE AWARDS WATCH ON FEST21.COM Oscar and more New York Film & Video Festival Awards German Film Award Nominations 2008 Backseat Film Festival Awards ------------------------------ FESTIVAL DAILIES Coming soon IFFS Europe... Archive Blogging from ...

IFFLA 2008 Announces Closing Night Gala: MUMBAI CUTTING...A CITY UNFOLDS

IFFLA 2008 Announces Closing Night Gala: MUMBAI CUTTING...A CITY UNFOLDS Sunday, April 27, 6:30pm MUMBAI CUTTING...A CITY UNFOLDSIndia/2008/130min/35mmWorld PremiereDirectors: Sudhir Mishra, Anurag Kashyap, Rahul Dholakia, Ruchi Narain, Kundan Shah, Revathy, Shashank Ghosh, Jahnu Barua, Manish Jha, Rituparno Ghosh Producer: Whitecloud, Sahara One PicturesMusic Composers: Indian Ocean, Sanjeev Srivastav, Illyaraja, Amertya Sen Papon and othersCast: Soha Ali Khan, Jimmy Shergil, Neetu Chandra, Ran...

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles schedule of films

The 6th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announces the full schedule of films for the 2008 edition of the popular festival which runs April 22-27, including four feature films making their world premiere, five features making their U.S. premiere, and nine features making their L.A. debut.Celebrating its 6th anniversary, IFFLA has firmly established itself as the first and largest film festival in North America dedicated entirely to presenting the cinema of India by showcasing films by...

Tribeca Film Festival Short films selection

The 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express, today announced its line-up of short films. Out of 2,497 short film submissions received this year, 79 have been selected for participation, and will be presented in 11 thematic programs as well as preceding features. These include short narratives featuring Mamie Gummer, Matthew Modine, Azura Skye, Rider Strong, a short written by Guillermo Arriaga and a special short film series created by returning filmmaker Isabella Rossellini. ...

I am satisfied - Says Kuldeep Sinha at meet the press at Mumbai MIFF-2008.

Expressing satisfaction over the smooth conduct of 10th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF-2008) Mr Kuldeep Sinha assured more attractive package in next edition of MIFF in 2010. He said, ther was a record number of entries this year and it was difficult to run repeat show of most demanded films. However, a package of award winning films will be made available for various local festivals wherever possible. He welcomed concept of promoting documentaries with help of NGO's on certain issue...

Interview with Alain Corneau: India every year

Alain Corneau: India every year French film-maker Alain Corneau plays jazz music, has a kind smile, speaks English reasonably well and is an India-lover. He's a member of the jury for the competition section at IFFI 2005, and will also be presenting his latest film, The Words of Blue. Siraj Syed spoke to the maker of films like Le Nouveau Monde and Le Cousin, and his love affair with India. Siraj: Is this your first trip to India? Alain: Oh no! Ever since 1982, when I ...

Plight of Documentary Exhibition in India

After a storming session to discuss on exhibition and distribution scenario of Documentary and short films, it is resolved to join hands of all concerns and take initiatives to thrash all the disputed issues and re-instinct the exhibition of documentary films in theater as of yesteryears. It was a outcome of the day long seminar on “State of Exhibition and Distribution of Documentaries in India” organized by Films Division as a part of ongoing 10th Mumbai International Film Festival of Docum...

MIFF 2008 Films Division, IDPA, & Cine exhibitors shook hands..

Mr. Kuldeep Sinha, Chief Producer of Films Division, Mr. Jahnu Barua, President of Indian Documentary Producers Association, and Mr. R.V.Vidhani, President of the Cinema Owners & Exhibitors Association, Mumbai, Agreed to come on common platform to thrash out all issues collectively within time-frame. It was an outcome of a day long seminar during Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF-2008) to change scenario of documentary movement in India. Mr. Arjit Dutta from Bengal film Industry, Gnani S...

Mahua Memoirs: A documentary about exploitation of tribes

In Mahua Memoirs, a 82 min documentary by Vinod Raja a Graduated from the FTII, Pune in cinematography, documented a social issue. The documentary attracted good response in 10th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF-2008) at Mumbai. The film is about; Saloo, the bard and Thirku Baiga take us on a journey through the lives of many tribal communities who live in the mountain tracts and forests of the Eastern Ghats across the states of Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Chattisgarh and Jharkhand in Ind...

Bollywood’s infrastructure problems.

For several years now India has been the second largest television market in the world and with more than 300 million viewers one of the world’s largest market for satellite television. Its box office receipts are growing at an annual rate of 20-25%. Her information technology sector is expanding thus enhancing existing new distribution platforms and developing new ones which in turn provide more space feature films. India’s film and television audience is young with about half of all view...

Items to Watch for at the Festivals in 2008

Items to Watch for at the Festivals in 2008 by Alex Deleon Harvey Milk by Gus Van Sant Tom Cruise as German Officer with Eye-patch Bollywood version of Casablanca A Polish version of Don Giovanni The Earth Stands Still Once Again ... Macho actor Sean Penn (47) is set to play gay San Francisco mayor, Harvey Milk, who was murdered by a rabid gay-baiter in 1978 -- the assassin, by Matt Damon! The Milk affair has been milked nearly dry before in various documentaries, but this wi...

MIFF highlights

Delegate Registration is open for World’s Largest film festival, M.I.F.F. 2008: Mumbai International Film Festival (M.I.F.F.) for Documentary, Short and Animation films is a prestigious competitive biennial Festival which has now gained recognition on par with renowned International Film Festivals like Leipzig, Berlin, Oberhausen, Cracow, Tampere, etc. Beginning in 1990 in Mumbai, M.I.F.F. is currently rated as the world’s third largest documentary film festival. M.I.F.F. offers the biggest ...


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