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Danis Tanović’s Indian film “Tigers” heads to Toronto

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Academy award-winning Bosnian director Danis Tanović’s Tigers will have a world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Featuring Emraan Hashmi and Geetanjali Thapa, the film is a co-production between India, France and UK.

“Devastated when he discovers the effects of the cheap, locally-made drugs he peddles for a Pakistani pharmaceuticals firm, a young salesman challenges the system and the powers that be, in this based-on-fact drama,” states an official press release.

The film is an addition to the Contemporary World Cinema section of the festival which will also screen Shonali Bose’s Margarita, With a Straw.

Tamil film The Crow’s Egg (Kaakkaa Muttai) by M. Manikandan will also have its world premiere in the Discovery section of the festival. The film revolves around two carefree slum boys who are consumed by the desire to taste the new-fangled dish when a pizza parlour opens on their old playground. »

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Nfdc Screenwriters’ Lab 2014: Flow by Vandana Kohli

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Vandana Kohli

The first leg of the Nfdc Screenwriters’ Lab runs in Sarajevo from August 19-23. DearCinema introduces the selected projects to its readers:

Flow by Vandana Kohli

What is your project about? What language will the film be in?

Flow is a film about three women who meet at a common space. Rashmi is in her twenties- fun loving and directionless, at the moment. Avani, in her early thirties, is an assistant editor with a weekly magazine. She’s fiery and sharp and quick to judge people. Sarita, in her forties, is a homemaker.  Gifted and sensitive, she is steeped in domesticity, and feels a loss of self.

These women, with their own distinctive perspectives, find themselves together as strangers at a workshop. Their interaction – breezy, fun and intense at times – reveals what has shaped their lives so far, and what holds them back from moving on.  At the end, »

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Anup Singh, Vasan Bala head to Asian Project Market

18 August 2014 11:11 PM, PDT

The Asian Project Market, the co-production market of the Busan International Film Festival, has unveiled its selection of 30 projects from 20 countries.

Qissa director Anup Singh’s next project, Mantra – The Song of Scorpions, has been selected for the Apm. A co-production between India, Switzerland and France; the film, set in Rajasthan, is a contemporary tale of twisted love, revenge and the redemptive power of a song, which unfurls like a folktale.

Vasan Bala’s Side Hero, which was recently invited for Sundance Screenwriters Lab, is also part of the market. To be produced by Guneet Monga, the film revolves around a teenager who lives by the codes of his beloved kung fu movies but must find his own way when he discovers that he may never get to be the hero.

Other prominent Asian projects in the market include Bangladeshi director Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s No Land’s Man, a co-production between Bangladesh, »

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“M Cream” named Best Film at Rhode Island International Film Festival

18 August 2014 4:22 AM, PDT

M Cream, a debut feature by Agneya Singh, was named the Best feature film at the 18th Rhode Island International Film Festival. The film had its world premiere as the closing film of the festival.

Actors Ira Dubey, Auritra Ghosh, Raaghav Chanana along with director Agneya Singh  received the prize at the festival.

Shot in New Delhi and Himachal Pradesh, M Cream features Imaad Shah, Ira Dubey, Tom Alter, Barry John and Auritra Ghosh.

M Cream revolves around “a motley crew of university students who set out on a journey in the pursuit of a mythical form of hashish, confronting a series of encounters that begin to unravel the myriad realities of rebellion.”

Director Agneya Singh is a graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.


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Dark Frames acquires Kamal K.M’s “I.D.”

18 August 2014 3:46 AM, PDT

Geetanjali Thapa in I.D.

Dark Frames, a collaborative of artists based in Mumbai and Florida, has acquired Kamal K.M.’s I.D.

The collaborative will represent the film for worldwide sales and distribution rights starting at Toronto International Film Festival this year.

Director Kamal K.M. said, “I.D. has traveled in many countries in Europe and North America through 19 major film festivals bagging nine international awards so far. There are many queries on the distribution of the film from viewers of many countries. I am sure Dark Frames will make I.D. reach the people.”

I.D. follows Charu, a young woman who sets out on a quest to discover the identity of a labourer who collapsed while painting her apartment, uncovering manifold stories of displacement in the streets of Mumbai.

The film had its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival and screened at several film festivals including Abu Dhabi, Rotterdam and Los Angeles. »

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Why Cinelicious Pics acquired Gangs of Wasseypur for North America

17 August 2014 11:29 PM, PDT

Dennis Bartok

For many years I was the head of film programming for the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles, a non-profit film group that currently runs the Egyptian and Aero Theatres.  As part of my job I tried to keep my finger to the pulse of national cinemas from around the globe, both new and old, by combing through festival catalogues, talking to other programmers and watching as many movies as I could get my hands on (much of these in the old VHS days!)

In the 1990s and early 2000s I saw the rediscovery of some amazing bodies of world cinema such as Italian Horror and Giallo Cinema from the 1960s & 1970s by directors like Mario Bava and Dario Argento, and Japanese Outlaw Cinema from the same period by hard-hitting genre filmmakers like Kinji Fukasaku, Seijun Suzuki and Kihachi Okamoto.  But one thing I didn’t see, in repertory film calendars, »

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