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Subhash Ghai to inaugurate 10th Third Eye Asian Film Festival on Thursday

22 December 2011 12:32 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Siddiq Barmak

Filmmaker Subhash Ghai will inaugurate the 10th Third Eye Asian Film Festival, Mumbai, at Ravindra Natya Mandir complex, Prabhadevi on Thurday, December 22, 2011.

At the opening ceremony, the ‘Asian Film Culture Award’ will be bestowed on noted Afghani filmmaker Siddiq Barmak. His film Osama will be screened on December 23, 2011.

The award presentation will be followed by screening of festival’s Opening Film, 11 Flowers, the latest film of Chinese director Xioanshuai Wang.

The week-long festival is dedicated to Dev Anand who passed away in London on December 3. He had inaugurated the first edition of the festival in 2002.

Some of the other important films to be screened at the festival are Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Distant, Italo Spinelli’s Gangor, Rajesh Pinjani’s Babu Band Bajaa and Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation.


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Film based on Mahasweta Devi’s story wins award at 13th Cinemanila Film Festival

20 November 2011 10:56 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Italian director Italo Spinelli’s Gangor, based on a short story by Mahasweta Devi won the Lino Brocka Award at the 13th Cinemanila Film Festival.

The short story on which the films is based–Choli Ke Peeche/Behind the Bodice is  about the exploitation of tribal women in West Bengal. The film was shot in West Bengal’s Purulia district. For interview of Italo Spinelli, click here.

Nuri Bilge Ceylan won the Best Director for Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Turkey) while Century of Birthing (Siglo Ng Pagluluwal) by Lav Diaz (Philippines) won the Grand Jury Prize.

The festival was held from November 14-17,2011 in City of Taguig.


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New Jersey Independent South-Asian Cinefest to showcase women-centric films from India

10 October 2011 12:30 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

New Jersey Independent South-Asian Cinefest 2011 which will be held from October 21-23 will screen films by women or about women from India and other south-asian countries. The lineup includes Amit Dutta’s Aadmi Ki Aurat Aur Anya Kahaniyan, Sonali Gulati’s I Am, Natasha Mendonca’s Jan Villa and Lalit Marathe’s Shabri.

The three day festival aims to introduce new and established independent women film artists, from South Asia and the South Asian Diaspora. New Jersey Independent South Asian Cine Fest (Njisacf) was created as a part of the Asian American Film and Theater Project, a non-profit organization based in USA.

The complete list of films to be screened at the festival:

Aadmi Ki Aurat Aur Anya Kahaniyan

Director: Amit Dutta

At the Stairs

Director: Rajesh S. Jala


Director: Anjan Das

Beyond Grace

Director: Sara & Urs Baur

The Desire – A Journey of a Woman

Director: R. Sarath

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Mahasweta Devi’s name opened all doors for us: Italian director Italo Spinelli

6 June 2011 11:54 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Italian director Italo Spinelli speaks with Utpal Borpujari on how he chose  Mahasweta Devi’s story  “Choli Ke Peeche”  for his debut feature Gangor.

Italo Spinelli with Mahasweta Devi

Writer-activist Mahasweta Devi’s story “Choli Ke Peeche/Behind the Bodice” is a stinging indictment of exploitation of tribals as well as the media’s insensitive, if not sensational, handling of delicate issues. It is this story that Italian director Italo Spinelli has chosen to make his debut feature film with. Spinelli, who has earlier directed several documentaries and has been a long-time India lover, shot the film on location in West Bengal’s Purulia area, of late in news for Maoist activities, with a cast that includes Love,Sex Aur Dhoka fame Priyanka Bose, Adil Hussain and Nri actor Samrat Chakraborty. After having its world premiere at the Rome Film Festival and a screening at the 41st International Film Festival of India, »

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10th Imagineindia International Film Festival of Spain unveils lineup

7 April 2011 11:33 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The 10th Imagineindia International Film Festival announced its India programme. The 2011 edition of the festival will take place in Madrid from May 17-31.

The films that will compete in this year’s festival are : Girish Kasaravalli’s Riding the Stallion of Dreams, Rakesh Mehta’s Khuda Kushi, Dr. Biju Kumar’s The Way Home, Bela Negi’s Dayeen ya Baeen, Italo Spinelli’s Gangor, Kim Longinotto’s Pink Saris, Ananth Mahadevan’s I am Sindhutai Sapkal, and Daniela Creutz’s Arranged Happiness.

Raj Kapoor’s Barsaat, Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa, Abrar Albi’s Sahib Bibi aur Gulam, Satyajit Ray’s Mahanagar and Ritwick Ghatak’s Nagarik will be presented in the Classics section of the festival.

The documentaries that will be screened in the festival are: Alfredo de Braganza’s Smoking Babas, which portrays the world of the Sadhus, David Varela’s Banaras Me, a year-long effort to capture the enigmatic atmosphere of Varanasi, »

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Feelin’ Iffi and the Films That Now Matter

12 January 2011 1:46 PM, PST | The Moving Arts Journal | See recent The Moving Arts Journal news »

The Goa Film Festival that was from the 22nd of November to the 2nd of December and I managed to attend the first five days. Unfortunately, I got sick just after the festival and couldn’t compile the report in time. Anyway, some of the films screened here will go on to be important during award season and since that’s around the corner, I figured I’d club my impression of the festival with reviews of the films, since I had  foreshadowed some of the buzz. Please keep in mind that this is not blow-by-blow and a laundry list of films reviewed but an impression of one of the biggest Asian film celebrations and the many conversations and predictions I managed to collect.


So, here I am at the International Film Festival of India in Goa, an anarchic carnival of cinema that is as much an index of »

- Kamayani Sharma

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