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MATI MAY - Marathi film with good content

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Marthi films are known for good scripts and contents. And MATI MAY of Chitra Palekar, MATI MAY is no exception. It is a story about a grave keeper. The film is adopted from Mahashweta devi’s original story. Chitra preferred to give Varadi flavor of Marathi language as the film is shot in remote village of Amarawati districts of Maharashtra. The film has been well accepted in major towns and even at International platform. Chitra is of the opinion that, fair representation should be given ...

Q & A with Mr Ansu Sur, Festival Director, Kolkata Film Festival

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In what way is this year’s KolKota festival, the 11th, different from previous years? We have continued with the same components within the previous structure but regarding film selection we have become more serious, we are looking at more cerebral films, giving better cerebral exercise to our audiences. Our Pedro Almodovar retrospective is an example of this. And in the international section there are several lesser known directors but we have given preference to them because of their crea...

Kerala 10 opens with record-breaking attendance expected

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THE 10th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) gets under way this evening (Friday December 09, 2005) with the promise of record-breaking attendance following a new surge of interest in pure cinema here. Officials told filmfestivals.com they expect last year’s figure of 6,300 delegates to be surpassed, despite the fact that the budget for organizing, running and promoting the festival has remained more or less the same for the past three years. Some 180 titles, including 1...

Countdown starts for 10th Kerala Film Festival (IFFK 2005)

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HOTELS are filling up and local people are beginning to get excited at the prospect of this year’s event, the 10th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), which will open here 24 hours from now (08 December, 2005). US$32,000 to be awarded in the 10-day event The Kerala festival takes place in Trivandrum just a couple of hours drive from the southernmost tip of this vast continent. Kerala is one of the country’s 28 states and boasts one of the most cine-literate and discer...

India to ink co-production deal with UK

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November 24, 2005 GOA, India ~ In an effort to gain additional worldwide recognition as a production base, India will sign a film co-production agreement with the United Kingdom on December 05 and will ink similar agreements with Germany and China in the near future. News of the agreements was revealed today (Thursday 24 November) prior to the inauguration of the 36th annual International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa. The agreement with the UK, which runs to 15 pages ...

36th annual International Film Festival of India takes off (2005)

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THE 36th annual International Film Festival of India (IFFI) got of to a colourful start this afternoon (Thursday 24 November 2005) with a huge carnival that included a seemingly endless parade of floats, cultural pageantry and other festivities. The parade was the prelude to the inaugural film ‘Olga’, a Brazilian film directed by Jaime Monjardim, which chronicles the true story of the German revolutionary Olga Benario Prestes. Olga is one of some 200 films from India and abroa...

Calcutta Festival Gets Into Full Swing

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November 15, 2005 THE 11th annual Kolkata(Calcutta) Film Festival (KFF) is in full swing this week with more than 125,000 people expected to see a total of 138 films at 240 screenings in eight venues. The festival got off on a high note with the showing of Christophe Barratier’s Les Choristes for the inaugural evening, marking the first time the French box-office hit has been shown in the sub-continent. The film was shown in the largest of the three halls that make up Nanda...
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