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Europalia Arts Festival to focus on Satyajit Ray, Guru Dutt & Anurag Kashyap

26 September 2013 11:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The 24th edition of the biennial Europalia International Arts Festival in Europe will be dedicated to India to celebrate the centenary year of Indian cinema.

The festival will be held in several cities of Belgium and The Netherlands including Brussels, Antwerpen and Den Haag  from October 4, 2013 – January 26, 2014.

Five of Kashyap’s films will be screened under the Anurag Kashyap Focus – Cinematek section: Ugly (2013), Black Friday (2004), Dev D (2009), Gulal (2009) and Gangs of Wasseypur I and II (2012).  Besides, three films recommended by Kashyap will also be screened at the festival: Gurvinder Singh’s Anhey Ghorey Da Daan, Hansal Mehta’s Shahid and Satish Manwar’s Gabhricha Paus.

Pather Panchali, Aparajito, Apur Sansar and Jalsaghar will be presented as part of the Satyajit Ray Retrospective. Guru Dutt Retrospective will screen his films Baazi, Jaal, Baaz, Aar Paar, Mr. And Mrs. 55, Pyaasa, Sahib Biwi aur Ghulam and Kagaz Ke Phool.

Filmmakers Anurag Kashyap, Vikas Bahl »

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10 classics of Indian cinema, decade by decade

25 July 2013 8:53 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

To celebrate the Indian film industry's centenary year, here are 10 essential movies – from a silent film about the life of the Buddha to a violent gangster epic

Prem Sanyas/The Light of Asia (Franz Osten, 1925)

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Among the few silent films that remain are three Indo-German co-productions that predate the arrival of the German technicians and directors who worked in the Bombay Talkies studio in the 1930s. The Light of Asia was shot in India but edited and processed in Germany and intertitled in English. The script was adapted from Sir Edwin Arnold's epic poem The Light of Asia (1861) while the opening credits proclaim it was "Shown by Royal Command at Windsor Castle, April 27 1926" and that it benefited greatly from help offered by the Maharaja of Jaipur. The film shows westerners touring India (Mumbai, Delhi, Varanasi) who come to Bodh Gaya, the site of Gautam Buddha's Enlightenment. »

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Complete list of films: 10th Indian Film Festival Stuttgart

19 June 2013 12:35 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

10th Indian film festival Stuttgart has announced its selection. The festival will take place from July 17 to 21 in the German city of Stuttgart.


Here is the complete list of films to be screened at the festival:-



Ashok Rane’s doucmentay Being with Apu


Blood Brothers by Steve Hoover


Dancing Colours by Stuttgart Media University students


Liv & Ingmar by Dheeraj Akolkar


Much Ado about Knotting by Geetika Narang Abbasi and Anandana Kapur


No Problem! 6 Months with the Barefoot Grandmamas by Yasmin Kidwai


Powerless by Fahad Mustafa and Deepti Kakkar


Resonance of Mother’s Melody by Dip Bhuyan


Salma by Kim Longinotto


The Human Factor by Rudradeep Bhattacharjee


The World Before her by Nisha Pahuja


Bombay Talkies by Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar and Zoya Akhtar


Shahid by Hansal Mehta


Chokher Bali by Rituparno Ghosh


Bawdi – The Well by Viver Soni


Paroksh by Kuldip Patel


Thaambadhyam by Yugandhara Muthukrishnan


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Watch Dadasaheb Phalke films in Tent Cinema in Delhi

27 April 2013 12:01 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

A still from Dadasaheb Phalke’s “Kalia Mardan”

You can watch films by early pioneers of Indian cinema like Dadasaheb Phalke and Franz Osten in a specially set up tent cinema in New Delhi’s Siri Fort Auditorium Complex.

Gulshan Mahal, a tent cinema set up by Films Division, has a seating capacity of 25 and is equipped with carpets and benches instead of plush cushioned seats.

Gulshan Mahal runs four shows daily till April 30th. Entry is free on first come first served basis.

The tent cinema is part of the Centenary Indian Film Festival (click here for detailed program) which is being held in New Delhi.

Program details:-

Sunday, 27 April


Indian News Reel about India Becoming a Republic, 1948

Shree Krishna Janme by D.G. Phalke


3:30 – 4pm

Banga Darshan, Silent, 11 mins

Raja Harishchandra by D.G. Phalke


5 – 5:30pm

Home Minister Sardar Patel at Jamnagar (a News Reel »

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Indias lost silent film gets new life and sound

26 April 2013 3:55 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

In what could be considered the rarest of rare cinematic retrievals, the 1929 Indian classic A Throw Of Dice has been refurbished restored cleaned out and it will be screened for the first time at the Sirifort Complex auditorium in Delhi to commemorate a 100 years of cinema.

This would be the first public screening of this rare Silent film which has not been seen by a public audience in India in the last 50 years.

According to a senior member of the Minister Of Information & Broadcasting, "It wasn't easy getting this rare print. Bollywood has no interest in the Silent Era. The stars today are completely cut off from the vintage classics. The restoration of A Throw Of Dice was of no interest to Bollywood."

What makes this historical restoration of the Franz Osten classic even more monumental is the live orchestral background music and songs that have been added to the »

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Dff to host film festival in Delhi to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema

11 April 2013 11:57 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

A still from “Prapancha Pash” (A throw of dice)

The Directorate of Film Festivals (Dff) is organizing a film festival in New Delhi from April 25th to 30th to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema; Rajeev Kumar Jain, director of Dff told

German-born director Franz Osten’s silent classic “Prapancha Pash” (A Throw of Dice) will open the festival.  The film stars Himanshu Rai in lead role. Rai, one of the pioneers of Indian cinema, founded Bombay Talkies-the first organized and public listed film production company in India-in 1934.

Prapancha Pash” will be brought to life with live music accompaniment by Sitar maestro Ustad Nishat Khan.

The film is based on a story from the epic Mahabharata. Made in 1929, “Prapancha Pash” was digitally restored in 2006 and has been screening at various international film festivals.

A retrospective of Satyajit Ray’s films will also be presented as part of the festival. »

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Bradford International Film Festival 2013 to celebrate Indian Cinema

11 March 2013 9:46 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Still from Raja Harishchandra

The 19th Bradford International Film Festival will celebrate the centenary year of Indian Cinema with the screening of 12 Indian films. The festival will be held from April 11 – 21, 2013, across cities in the UK.

“100 years on, the 19th Bradford International Film Festival wishes Indian cinema a happy centenary by devoting a large chunk of our programming to this inexhaustibly fertile source of astonishing films,” said Tom Vincent and Neil Young, Co-Directors of the festival.

The festival has lined up a wide range of Indian films from Raja Harishchandra to Mumbai Cha Raja.

The line-up includes:

Dadasaheb Phalke’s Raja Harishchandra (1913),

Franz Osten’s India – UK – Germany production Prapancha Pash (1929),

Uday Shankar’s Kalpana (1948),

Mehboob Khan’s Mother India (1957) and Mughal-e-Azam (1957),

Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977),

Yash Chopra’s Silsila (1981),

Deepa Dhanraj’s Kya Hua Iss Shehar Ko? (1986),

Aditya Chopra’s Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995),

Sandeep Ray’s »

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2013 Bradford International Film Festival: Official Film List

11 March 2013 6:50 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

The Bradford International Film Festival is typically an underground-friendly fest. This year appears to be no exception with two very special experimental film retrospectives, as well as a few modern underground-type flicks.

The 19th annual Biff will roll on April 11-21 at several locations around Bradford and Leeds in England, including the National Media Museum, Hebden Bridge Picture House, Hyde Park Picture House and other venues.

Biff is hosting a tribute to Stan Brakhage this year by screening the prolific filmmaker’s magnum opus, Dog Star Man, as well as a selection of his short films, from 1963′s legendary Mothlight to 1994′s Black Ice. There’s also going to be an epic-sized tribute/retrospective of experimental films from Austria, a country with a proud avant-garde filmmaking tradition that’s typically overlooked.

From Austria, Biff is, of course, screening two works from one of the experimental film world’s biggest masters, »

- Mike Everleth

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