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RIVER TO RIVER, FLORENCE CHITTAGONG vs CHITTAGONG, AND THE WINDS OF CHANGE

  RIVER TO RIVER, FLORENCE CHITTAGONG vs CHITTAGONG, AND THE WINDS OF CHANGE  by Alex Deleon    Bedabrata Pain (Bengali: বেদব্রত পাইন; born 27 March 1963, West Bengal, India) is a new Indian film director, producer and screenwriter. Bedabrata Pain is also inventor of the CMOS image sensor.   One of the most interesting things about Chittagong, the film, is that it is the debut feature of a 49 year old dir...

River to River, the changing face of Bollywood, WASSEYPUR, in your face with a vengeance

by Alex Deleon for <filmfestivals.com>   Take that you bloody muthe$&£$%*er!   The main Indian features seen this year at Florence, "The Gangs of Wasseypur" and "Chittagong", are Bollywood productions in the sense that both are made in Hindi (rather than one of India's other 21 official languages) with professional Bombay performers and staff, but the content, style, and conception of these films seems t...

Bachchan fever at Indian fest in Florence


by Alex Deleon  for<filmfestivals.com>   Amitabh Bachchan accepting the key to the city of Florence as Selvaggia Velo looks on. PHOTO: BY FRANCESCA MANOLINO  

The appearance of 70 year old Indian Megastar Amitabh Bachchan at the River to River Festival of Indian Film in Florence gave rise to a feverish outpouring of adulation from local Indians while serving as an unoffical certification for this festival as the foremost showcase of Indian film in the West. In Ind...

Once Again

Director: SANJAY ARORA.
Story inspired from teachings of Buddha. Raj Malhotra, a self centered company executive, takes life for granted and uses situations and people around him to his advantage. But life takes an unexpected turn, forcing him to accept the reality and this paves the way to a journey of transformation

FTII strongly represented in IFFI-2012

The Film and Television Institute of India, Pune is set to get unique mileage during the International Film Festival of India being held from 20th to 30th November at Panaji, Goa. Consecutively for the second year, the IFFI has offered a special section for FTII films. This section will feature five films made during the current year. These films will be screened in 35mm format on 25th November at 5.30 pm. Prabhat Nagari Film 1 (Aman Wadhan), Juju (Sujata Chowdhury), Green Balcony Aunty (Fais...

Top Bollywood director Yash Chopra "the king of romance" passes away at eighty

by Alex Farba-Deleon     The dean of Indian film directors, Yash Chopra, passed away on October 21 at the age of eighty. Yash Chopra was not just another Bollywood director --he was one of the world's top craftsman of the seventh art although he always crafted his films to suit the taste of the Indian audience, which is the main reason he remains practically unknown in the West.   In Asia where Bollywood films are far better known than here Chopra was honored ...

The Return of the Osian's Cinefan Festival of Indian, Asian & Arab Cinema

Resurrection of an Important Festival, after 3 years   Lekha Shankar, in N.Delhi The Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival of Indian, Asian and Arab Cinema, one of the pioneering festivals for Asian cinema, founded by the dynamic Aruna Vasudev, made  a come-back after three years, to New Delhi, India, pleasing the many film buffs  in the country. After all, this is the Indian capital city’s only film festival, at a time when nearly every city in the country, ...

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...

Divercine Awards for the Festival of Cinema for Children and Youth of Uruguay

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  In Montevideo, on the 20th of July of 2012, gathered the International Jury of the 21st International Festival of Cinema for Children and Youth of Uruguay, Divercine 2012. Conformed by Jesús Pérez from Bolivia, Liliana Sulzbauch from Brasil and Juan Pablo Zaremella from Argentina, and after watching and analyzing the pieces in contest, the Jury has decided to award the following prices: Fiction Short Film For its nostalgic portrait of a small town held up in time, the award g...

World Premiere of 'Prague' at the 12th Osian’s-Cinefan Film Festival

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Rohit Khaitan's- 'PRAGUE' directed by debutant Ashish Shukla opens for the world premiere at 12th Osian's Cinefan Film Festival (27th July- 5th Aug, 2012) Competiton section. Having worked on sets for many years as an assistant director and creative producer at a leading film studio in India, full-time producer Rohit Khaitan identifies with all aspects of filmmaking from the creative to the business- from the story’s inception to the scripting, technical, finance, economics of its...

OSIAN S 12TH CINEFAN Indian Asian and Arab film festival TO FOCUS ON FREEDOM OF CREATIVE & CULTURAL EXPRESSION

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Osian's Cinefan 2012,Indian Asian and Arab film festival held in association with the government of Delhi will spotlight 200 films from around 50 countries. Starting from  27th July to the 5th of August, this year's edition highlights the following: Freedom of creative & Cultural Expression: This theme will run through the overall programming of events at the festival (according to a communique received from Osian's. ) Environmental Cinema: Showcasing film maki...

REMEMBERING MANI KAUL

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'To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.' (Thomas Campbell,1777-1844,Scottish poet) There they were, Jahnu Barua, Udayan Vajpeyi, MitaVashist, and Siddharth Sinha among others,going down memory lane and paying rich tribute to and sharing their experiences of the acclaimed film-maker and  Renaissance man, Mani Kaul inside the jam-packed Films Division  theatre here today,          Painter, musician, teacher and film maker whose movies have been h...

Looking forw to Saif Ali Khan & Deepika Padukone's new movie Cocktail

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Looking forw to Saif Ali Khan & Deepika Padukone's new movie Cocktail helmed by Homi Adajania who'd directed The Chotta Nawab in Being Cyrus. Cocktail is a romantic comedy film directed by Adajania under Saif Ali Khan's banner Illuminati Films ...

Film Division to pay homage to Mani Kaul on 6th & 7th July

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  REMEMBERING MANI KAUL               Mani Kaul, the master film maker who is credited with radically overhauling the relationship of image and form, of speech and narrative, and space and time and whose films have been hailed as the formal experiments in Indian cinema and well ahead of their times is being fondly remembered by his friends and admirers on 6th July, 2012 on his first death anniversary.               Films Division, for who...

Prathyayam

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Director: Rajesh Touchriver.
Provocative, shocking and surprisingly tender amidst an explosion of unbridled emotions, “Prathyayam”(Trust) in telugu and “Ente…”(Mine…) in malyalam explores the consequences of sex trafficking, testing the vulnerability of trust in human relations. Srinivas(Siddiq) is a wonderful and devoted father to Durga(Anjali Patil), and he provides her the best. Working in the city and maintaining his family in a small town works well for him for years. One day everything is shattered when Durga comes unannounced to the city to appear for an interview concerning her college admission. Durga’s life is brutally torn apart as Srinivas wrestles with grief, remorse, self pity and guilt.

MISS LOVELY (2012) in Un Certain Regard at 65th Cannes. An Interview.

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  India’s alternative film MISS LOVELY (2012) screened at the 65th Cannes Film Festival in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ official selection. The film’s director Ashim Ahluwalia with actors Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Anil George and Niharika Singh attended screenings and held interviews. Read interview below with MISS LOVELY cast members Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Anil George:     ME: Was it difficult to land this role or had the director written it for you? N...

MISS LOVELY (2012) in Un Certain Regard at 65th Cannes. An Interview.

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  India’s alternative film MISS LOVELY (2012) screened at the 65th Cannes Film Festival in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ official selection. The film’s director Ashim Ahluwalia with actors Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Anil George and Niharika Singh attended screenings and held interviews. Read interview below with MISS LOVELY cast members Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Anil George: ME: Was it difficult to land this role or had the director written it for you? Nawazuddin: I did a movie...

KASHISH 2012 Award Winners and Closing Night

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Mi Ultimo Round wins Best Feature Film Award at KASHISH 2012 Anupam Kher gives away prizes, promises to sponsor Rs 50k for prize money next year   Chilean film My Last Round (Mi Ultimo Round) directed by Julio Jorquera Arriagada won the Best Feature Film Award at the 3rd Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival which concluded with star studded ceremony on Sunday May 27, 2012.     ``Cinema has no boundaries,’’ sai...

Bollywood in Cannes at Director's Fortnight, 2012!

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  Bollywood in Cannes at Director's Fortnight, 2012! For the first time ever, commercial Bollywood comes to Cannes Director's Fortnight with the Bollywood film GANGS OF WASSEYPUR (2012). The film will be released on June 22nd and being compared to this year's SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE.     GOW PRESS The Indian cinematic masterpiece Gangs Of Wasseypur, is set to make film history as the first commerical Bollywood film to be part of the 65th Cannes Film Fes...

Official Trailer of TOOM TOOM TARA RARA "LIFE IS COOL" by K D Babukishan

B NETWORK & Babukishan Productions Presents: TOOM TOOM TARA RARA " Life is Cool" by Babukishan A Mystical Reality Family Drama show with a twist....Babukishan brings a unique and modern story that circles between the spiritual realm and earth. A series that will enthral the viewer as each episode seeks to capture the audience with suspense, drama and humour while Babukishan's profound story sends ...

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Winners

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  Celebration! That was the mantra throughout the six days of the 2012 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA). The festival concluded Sunday evening (April 15) with a red carpet and gala 10th anniversary fete that included the Los Angeles premiere of Prashant Bhargava's PATANG and the presentation of the festival's Grand Jury and Audience Choice Awards, followed by an after party. This year the festival hosted 45 filmmakers and screened 33 features, documentaries, and...

The Palm Beach International Film Festival kicks off its 17th year with its opening night film,ROBOT & FRANK

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The Palm Beach International Film Festival kicks off its 17th year with its opening night film,ROBOT & FRANK, complete with a Hollywood-style red carpet screening. Following the film join us as we welcome filmmakers, movie lovers, industry professionals and guests from around the world as we celebrate seven days of film, entertainment and education. Short Synopsis: Set in the near future, Frank, a retired cat burglar, has two grown kids who are concerned he can no longer live alo...

Two Days to KASHISH 2012 International Poster Competition deadline

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We know how we all are about deadlines! We never get to do what we want to do till the deadline is almost upon us or the deadline has passed! So this is to remind you all that the deadline to send in your design for the KASHISH 2012 International Poster Competition is May 18th midnight (Pacific time) And we have none other than Wendell Rodricks, one of India’s top fashion designers, to pick the winner of the contest. “I am delighted to be a judge on a contest that involves ever...

Indian fest of La program announced

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With what promises to be its most ambitious slate yet, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (http://indianfilmfestival.org) has announced its impressive 2012 lineup. 33 features, documentaries, and short films will be screened from filmmakers throughout the world including Canada, Italy, India, Germany, South Africa, UK, and the U.S. Among the offerings are three world premieres, nine U.S. premieres and twelve Los Angeles premieres. This is a banner year for the festival as it celebrates its ...
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