NEW DELHI -- The week-long Kolkata Film Festival, India's only non-competitive festival, ended Friday with a screening of Kaalpurush
by renowned Indian director Buddhadeb Dasgupta.
Now in its 12th year, a highlight of this year's festival was the first-ever participation from China, which saw four contemporary films screened including a Sunday premiere Sunday for 7 Colours
, a collection of seven short films. One the film's seven directors, Lu Yitong, and actress Yang Qing were in attendance.
The Chinese flavor at the festival comes just a week before the official visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao
Other Chinese films unspooling included Yang Li
's noirish 2003 title Blind Shaft
; 2005 Cannes Jury Prize winner Shanghai Dreams
, directed by Xiaoshuai Wang; and 2005's Perpetual Motion
, by director Ning Ying.
The festival, which opened with Danish filmmaker Andres Thomas Jensen
's Adam's Apples
, showcased 225 films, compared with 149 last year, from 53 countries, including a special showcase of eight films by Ingmar Bergman
Also included were retrospectives of Italian filmmakers Luchino Visconti
and Roberto Rossellini
, whose birth centenaries are being observed this year.