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British Council & BFI National Archive bringing restored silent classic Shiraz: A Romance of India film on tour to India

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The British Council and the British Film Institute (BFI) have announced that, following the 61st BFI London Film Festival world premiere of the restored Shiraz: A Romance of India, screening at the Barbican on 14 October the film will tour four Indian cities as part of the UK/India 2017 Year of Culture. Shiraz: A Romance of India will tour to four Indian cities, following the restoration world premiere as the BFI London Film Festival Archive Gala with specially-commissioned live film score performed by multi Grammy® -nominated composer & musician Anoushka Shankar.

A world leader in film restoration, the BFI holds the original negative material of Shiraz in the Archive. Franz Osten’s sumptuous Indian silent classic has been meticulously remastered by the conservation team at the BFI National Archive. Screening at the BFI Lff as the Archive Gala, the film will then visit Hyderabad, Kolkata, New Delhi and Mumbai in India from 1 November to 5 November,
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Indias lost silent film gets new life and sound

Indias lost silent film gets new life and sound
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

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

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

Bradford International Film Festival 2013 to celebrate Indian Cinema
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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14 Mumbai Film Fest announces program highlights

14 Mumbai Film Fest announces program highlights
Amour by Michael Haneke

The Mumbai Film Festival has announced its programming highlights for its 14the edition running from 18th to 25th October, 2012. The highlights include Palme d’Or winner of the year Amour by Michael Haneke, Cosmopolis by David Cronenberg, The Angels’ Share by Ken Loach, Beasts of the Southern Wild by Benh Zeitlin, A Throw of Dice by Franz Osten, The Leopard by Luchino Visconti, Once Upon a Time in America by Sergio Leone, On the Road by Walter Salles, Rust and Bone by Jacques Audiard and Blancanieves (Snow White) by Pablo Berger. The complete lineup will be announced on Monday, 24th September, 2012.

A Reliance Entertainment initiative, the festival is to be held from 18th – 25th October, 2012. India Gold 2012, a new competitive section, has been introduced this year to commemorate the 100 years of Indian cinema. With a total prize Rs 15 lakh plus Golden and Silver Gateway trophies, this
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Daily Briefing. "The Artist" Sweeps the BAFTAs

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Michel Hazanavicius's The Artist has won just about every BAFTA Award it was nominated for — and it was nominated for plenty, including Best Film, Best Director, Leading Actor (Jean Dujardin) and more. We've got the complete list of all the winners and nominees right here.

More awards. "Rodrigo García's Albert Nobbs and John Michael McDonagh's The Guard were the big winners at the 9th annual Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAs), winning four recognitions each," reports Naman Ramachandran for Cineuropa.

New York. Miriam Bale introduces an interview for GQ: "Raquel Welch was a singing and dancing bombshell and one of the last in a long line of actresses piped through the studio's star-making system before she was thrust into 1970s New Hollywood. Thanks to that revolution, the bombshell became a trailblazer, starring in some of the more fascinating and unlikely cult hits of the era." Cinematic Goddess:
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India at 64th Locarno International Film Festival (Aug 3-13)

India at 64th Locarno International Film Festival (Aug 3-13)
A still from Aag

India has much to look forward to, at the 64th edition of the Locarno International Film Festival that begins on Wednesday, July 3, 2011. The festival has lined up quite an eclectic and exciting mix of Indian films; from the masters Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak to the contemporary Umesh Kulkarni and Vikramaditya Motwane.

Locarno Open Doors, an initiative that focuses on a region where independent cinema is in developmental stage every year has its eyes set firmly on India in the 2012 edition.

A still from Udaan

Open Doors screening will present thirteen “Indian classics” which include Raj Kapoor’s Aag, Jahnu Barua’s Halodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai (The Yellow Birds), Girish Kasaravalli’s Kanasembo Kudureyaneri (Riding the Stallion of a Dream), Shyam Benegal’s Manthan, Ritwik Ghatak’s Meghe Dhaka Tara, Aparna Sen’s Mr. and Mrs. Iyer, Chetan Anand’s Neecha Nagar, Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s Nizalkkuthu
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Locarno Open Doors to screen Indian classics

Locarno Open Doors to screen Indian classics
Mr. and Mrs. Iyer

The Open Doors screening at Locarno International Film Festival 2011 will present thirteen “Indian classics” and a retrospective of Satyajit Ray, through the restored copies of his work.

Locarno Open Doors, an initiative that focuses on a different region every year—is focused on India. These screenings are open to the public.

Open Doors seeks to highlight films and filmmakers from countries in the South and East where independent cinema is still developing.

Indian classics

Aag by Raj Kapoor – India – 1948 – 138 min

Halodia Choraye Baodhan (The Yellow Birds) by Khai Jahnu Barua – India – 1987 – 120 min

Kanasembo Kudureyaneri (Riding the Stallion of a Dream) by Girish Kasaravalli – India – 2010 – 110 min

Manthan (The Churning) by Shyam Benegal – India – 1976 – 134 min

Meghe Dhaka Tara (The Cloud-Clapped Star) by Ritwik Ghatak – India – 1960 – 126 min

Mr. And Mrs. Iyer by Aparna Sen – India – 2002 – 123 min

Neecha Nagar (Lowly City) by Chetan Anand – India – 1946 – 122 min

Nizhalkkuthu (Shadow Kill) by
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Yogoto No Yume as you have never heard it before

Scoring a silent film is a daunting responsibility. But Nitin Sawhney jumped at a chance to breathe musical life into the dark cinematic world of Yogoto No Yume

Ihave been a film and television composer for many years, but have only scored one silent movie: German director Franz Osten's 1929 epic Prapancha Pash (A Throw of Dice), which was a great experience. So I was delighted when the British Film Institute asked me to work again with the London Symphony Orchestra on a new silent film project.

The film in question is a Japanese one. Yogoto No Yume (Every Night Dreams) is a 1933 silent movie directed by Mikio Naruse, a prolific but unappreciated director. The story focuses on the life and struggle of Japanese barmaid, Omitsu. Set against a backdrop of the Great Depression (which also affected Japan, though to a far lesser extent than America and Europe), the plot
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