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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...

Emerging Indian Film Talents Highlighted

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  Bollywood casts such a strong shadow over Indian cinema, that it may be surprising to many film buffs that many other regional cinemas in the country of India are thriving. With 50 different languages and vast differences between various states, films from Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Punjab are only four of the various film cultures that are producing interesting and varied work. In this regard, documentaries, short films and animated works from India are also virtually unknown ou...

Tibetan freedom doc "The sun behind the clouds" stood out at LA Indian Fest

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By Alex Deleon-Sinha"The Sun Behind the Clouds": Tibet's Struggle for Freedom" was made by Indian filmmakers Tenzing Sonam and Ritu Sarin to commemorate the half century since the Dalai Lama's enforced flight from Tibet in 1960 to Dharamsala, India, where he set up a Tibetan government in exile. Ever since, His holiness DL XIV has traveled all over the world to promote the cause of Tibetan independence and peace in general, being treated everywhere with the kind of reverence usually reserved for...

8th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles announces 2010 Award winners

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 by Marla LewinThe festival hosted over 7,000 attendees at ArcLight Hollywood, and had numerous sold out screenings. IFFLA Executive Director Christina Marouda said, “This year’s festival has been a great opportunity to celebrate the work of known Indian filmmakers and introduce a new generation of talents as they enter a global filmmaking community".  GRAND JURY AWARDS:BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE: THE MAN BEYOND THE BRIDGEDIR/SCR: Laxmikant ShetgaonkarCast: Chitranjan Giri, Veena Jomka...

8th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles announces 2010 Award winners

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The festival hosted over 7,000 attendees at ArcLight Hollywood, and had numerous sold out screenings. IFFLA Executive Director Christina Marouda said, “This year’s festival has been a great opportunity to celebrate the work of known Indian filmmakers and introduce a new generation of talents as they enter a global filmmaking community". GRAND JURY AWARDS:BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE: THE MAN BEYOND THE BRIDGEDIR/SCR: Laxmikant ShetgaonkarCast: Chitranjan Giri, Veena Jomkar, Prasanthi Talpanker, V...

“Le soleil derrière les nuages: La lutte pour la liberté du Tibet " Interview with Film Directors: Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam

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“Le soleil derrière les nuages: La lutte pour la liberté du Tibet " Ouvertures le 31 Mars 2010 au Forum du film Récemment a Palm Springs, Festival du Film International, s'est tenue des projections a caractéristiques chinoises du 5 au 18 Janvier 2010, "Cité de vie et de mort” et “Vite,Vite, Lentement”, qui ont été retirés du festival du film pour etre gérée par le groupe du Film de l’Etat Chinois afin de protester contre le choix du festival et pour montrer" ...

The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) has announced the 2010 line-up of films

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The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) has announced the 2010 line-up of films for its 8th annual festival, which runs April 20-April 25 at ArcLight Hollywood.  The six-day festival is proud to showcase 33 films from 5 countries, including 4 world premieres and 7 US premieres.     This is a true celebration of the art and business of Indian film and culture as well as an opportunity to connect with the game changers and emerging filmmakers of Indian themed content,...

“The Sun Behind The Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom

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“The Sun Behind The Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom”Opens March 31st, 2010 at “Film Forum”Recently, at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, held this past January 5-18, 2010, screenings of Chinese features, “City of Life and Death” and “Quick, Quick, Slow”, were taken out of the film festival by the state-run China Film Group in order to protest the festival’s choice to show the “The Sun Behind The Clouds”, which takes on a unique Tibetan perspective on the...

"The Sun Behind The Clouds: Tibet's Struggle For Freedom" Interview with Directors: Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam

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“The Sun Behind The Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom”Opens March 31st, 2010 at “Film Forum”  Recently, at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, held this past January 5-18, 2010, screenings of Chinese features, “City ofLife and Death” and “Quick, Quick, Slow”, were taken out of the film festival by the state-run China Film Group in order to protest the festival’s choice to show the “The Sun Behind The Clouds”, which takes on  a unique Tibetan perspective on...

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...

The Global Film Village: The Last Station opens and The Lightkeepers Closes PSIFF


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by Marla LewinThis January marks the 21st anniversary year of the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF). Today Festival Director Darryl Macdonald announced the program and said, "Our film line-up this year is a strong reflection of the current zeitgeist in world cinema. Sixty-seven first-time feature film directors will screen this year, representing a surge of new filmmaking talent on the world stage. In addition, we'll showcase a vintage crop of new works by established master...

History of the RIFF Cultural Association

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The RIFF Cultural Association was created in January of 2001, but has been a project of the association's founder and president, Fabrizio Ferrari, since early 1999. It was conceived with the intention to promote both Italian and international independent cinema.     2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 C...

Conflict Tiger, winner of the 54th TrentoFilmfestival

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54th TRENTO FILMFESTIVAL, THE GOLD GENTIAN TO THE ENGLISH FILM “CONFLICT TIGER”The English director Sasha Snow, with his film Conflict Tiger, is the winner of the 54th TrentoFilmfestival – mountain exploration adventure.The International Jury awarded the most prestigious prize, the Gold Gentian - Gran Premio Città di Trento – from among the fifty films in competition, to a film that “creates suspense and intense emotions”, set in the forests of Eastern Russia. This film, between fic...

Mineapolis Fim Festival: cinema esoterica in upper Mid-West

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Al Milgrom, founding father (along with Mpls. Businessman Tim Grady) of this most eclectic of hinterland festivals, has been waging a relentless battle for nearly two and a half decades to introduce off-beat celluloid Americana and quality foreign film Esotrica into this Land of Sky Blue Waters, Pillsbury flour silos and (ulp) Norveegin farmers. Says Dr. Milgom: "Sometimes it's a hard sell, but we feel it's our cultural duty to cinema-educate these plain(s) folk and show them that there's mor...

Roma Independent Film Festival reveals its program

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The RIFF (Roma Independent Film Festival), supported by Rome’s Municipal Department of Cultural Policies, will officially open its 5th edition on 7 April. The event will close on 14 April. RIFF is becoming more and more internationally oriented: the 2006 edition is especially focussed on independent film-making, characterised once again by its strong interest in ‘beyond borders’ cinema. Indeed, the programme features 5 film reviews dedicated to as many countries (Norway, Canada, Spain, F...

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