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Improvisations on a Scale: The Cinema of Mani Kaul

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Courtisane Festival in Gent, Belgium (March 28 - April 4) in collaboration with the Essay Film Festival in London, UK (March 21 - 29) has brought together a selection of Mani Kaul films for a program titled Soft Notes on a Sharp Scale:The Rambling Figures of Mani Kaul. Two events, seemingly unassuming and unrelated, that happened in the mid 60s were instrumental in shaping the cinematic landscape of India. J.S. Bhownagary was appointed Deputy Chief Producer for a second stint at Films Division in 1965, and Ritwik Ghatak moved to Pune to teach at the Film and Television institute of India (Ftii) in 1966. The first resulted in experimental documentaries being made by the likes of S.N.S. Sastry, S. Sukhdev, Pramod Pati, M.F.Hussain and the second was the harbinger of what is commonly referred to as the New Indian Cinema, with Ghatak during his tenure at Ftii acting as an influential figure for the likes of Mani Kaul,
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Italy’s L’Immagine Ritrovata Film Restoration Lab Doing Brisk Asia Biz

Italy’s L’Immagine Ritrovata Film Restoration Lab Doing Brisk Asia Biz
Rome — Italy’s L’Immagine Ritrovata film restoration lab, known globally as a prime film preservation entity, is expanding its activity in Asia having recently forged a pact with India’s Prasad Film Laboratories to revive a large chunk of India’s cinematic heritage just as its Hong Kong outpost is making inroads in the region with restorations of works by such masters as Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, John Woo, Hou Hsiao-hsien and influential Filipino auteur Lino Broka.

L’Immagine Ritrovata, which is run by the Cineteca di Bologna film archives, has long collaborated with the top classic movie players in Europe, including Pathe, Studiocanal, and Lyon’s Institute Lumiere, which is headed by Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux.

They are also in charge of restoring preserving Charlie Chaplin’s entire oeuvre.

The film archives also hold the annual Il Cinema Ritrovato festival dedicated to resurrected and rediscovered cinematic treasures which recently wrapped its 31st edition
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Preview of the films at this years London Indian Film Festival

The festival returns this month for its sixth edition. Every year Liff aims to bring audiences some of the very best new Indian independent cinema, which includes features, documentaries and short films by both acclaimed and emerging filmmakers. This year’s line up promises to leave you entertained, informed, thought provoking and even in some cases leaving a screen shocked.

We now present the films that will be screened at this prestigious festival

Umrika | Opening Night | UK Premiere | cert 12A

Hindi with English subtitles | 98 min | India 2015 | Dir. Prashant Nair | with: Suraj Sharma, Tony Revolori, Adil Hussain, Smita Tambe, Prateik Babbar.

This year’s Sundance Audience Award winner is an uplifting, rights of passage tale about two brothers from a small village who have dreams of making it big in Umrika (America). Udai (Pratiek Babbar) is the eldest and adored by his hard-working mum. He leaves their hamlet on a bullock
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An Appreciation for Classic Turkish Melodrama: Metin Erksan’s ‘Dry Summer’

Dry Summer

Written by Metin Erksan, Kemal Inci, and Ismet Soydan

Directed by Metin Erksan

Turkey, 1964

In 2013, the Criterion Collection released a Blu-Ray/DVD box-set entitled ‘Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project’. The box set consists of six films from various parts of the world that have received high-quality restorations, thanks to the assistance of Martin Scorsese and The Film Foundation. And yet, it has to be said that some of the films Scorsese had commissioned for restoration and home video release leave a lot to be desired: Djibril Diop Mambety’s The Journey of the Hyena (1973; Wolof title: Touki Bouki) is a Senegalese-made bore of a chore to sit thru as it imitates the horrid French New Wave works of Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard; The Wave (1936; Spanish title: Redes), an American-Mexican co-production between directors Fred Zinnemann and Emilio Gomez Muriel and photographer Paul Strand, which is a short
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Zurich unveils 2014 line-up

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Zurich unveils 2014 line-up
International and documentary competitions include The Skeleton Twins, ‘71 and The Look of Silence. A total of 17 world premieres secured for the festival, which has received a budget boost.

The 10th Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25 – Oct 5) has revealed its full line-up, which comprises 145 features – up from 122 last year – from 29 countries.

Co-director Nadja Schildknecht revealed a rise in budget for the festival as well as growth in anticipated guest numbers.

“This year, we expect some 500 guests (previous year 450) from around the world to accompany their films,” she said.

“And the budget has increased accordingly to CHF6.9m ($7.4m) (previous year CHF6.1m/$6.5m).”

As previously announced, Tate Taylor’s James Brown biopic Get On Up will open the festival on Sept 25. The closing film has yet to be revealed.

International competition

The International Feature Film Competition includes 14 titles, some of which have received critical acclaim at previous festivals such as Yann Demange’s action thriller ‘71, which debuted at the
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“Endangered Indian Classics” to screen at Il Cinema Ritrovato in Italy

“Endangered Indian Classics” to screen at Il Cinema Ritrovato in Italy
Waheeda Rehman & Guru Dutt in Pyaasa

The 28th edition of the Il Cinema Ritrovato Film Festival, one of the major film festivals in the world dedicated to film restoration, will showcase a special section titled “The Golden ’50s: Endangered Indian Classics”.

This package has been curated by the Film Heritage Foundation founded by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur in Mumbai with the aim of showcasing landmark Indian films and creating awareness about the urgent need for preservation and restoration of these films.

The festival will be held in Bologna (Italy) from June 28 to July 5. The festival website says about Indian cinema, “One of the most important film heritages in the world. Quantitatively it has no rival, but it urgently needs to be preserved: this exhibition aims to be a reconnaissance, a first exploratory step towards recovering the classics of Indian cinema.”

The package includes Raj Kapoor’s Awaara, Mehboob Khan’s Mother India,
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Zurich 2014 to spotlight India

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India named guest country for 10th Zurich Film Festival

The 10th Zurich Film Festial (Sep 25-Oct 5) is to focus on India in this year’s New World View section.

Zff will screen ten new feature and documentary films by emerging Indian filmmakers and a short film block.

India produces between 800 and 1,000 films annually. But rather than focus on Bollywood, Zff will focus on latest developments in the type of auteur film that first came to the world’s attention in the mid 50s thanks to such luminaries of the so-called Indian New Wave as Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen.

In explaining the decision to choose India, Zff co-directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri said: “New Indian cinema has experienced an upsurge in recent years, and not just on the subcontinent.”

“New projects have been realised over the past few years that undermine common stereotypes. The movement from mainstream to independent cinema is unmistakable. This development
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Zurich 2014 to focus on India

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India named guest country for 10th Zurich Film Festival

The 10th Zurich Film Festial (Sep 25-Oct 5) is to focus on India in this year’s New World View section.

Zff will screen ten new feature and documentary films by emerging Indian filmmakers and a short film block.

India produces between 800 and 1,000 films annually. But rather than focus on Bollywood, Zff will focus on latest developments in the type of auteur film that first came to the world’s attention in the mid 50s thanks to such luminaries of the so-called Indian New Wave as Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen.

In explaining the decision to choose India, Zff co-directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri said: “New Indian cinema has experienced an upsurge in recent years, and not just on the subcontinent.”

“New projects have been realised over the past few years that undermine common stereotypes. The movement from mainstream to independent cinema is unmistakable. This development
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Book offers peep into Suchitra Sen's life

Book offers peep into Suchitra Sen's life
Kolkata, Feb 20: A new book on the late Bengali cinema icon Suchitra Sen offers a peep into the life of the elusive actress through rare photographs, replica of posters and insights offered by renowned filmmakers.

Titled 'Mahanayika' (great actress), the 500-page book was released Wednesday and has write-ups on Sen by director Ritwik Ghatak, Ajay Kar and Asit Sen, among others.

It also carries an article by Sen's biographer and friend Gopal Krishna Roy.

"Besides photographs and posters, there is a collection of news clippings reporting her death," Roy, who was present at the launch, told Ians.

The 82-year-old actress died at a nursing home here Jan 17 following a massive cardiac arrest.

Ians
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Chander Pahar, an Unfocused Adventure-Cum-Travelogue

Chander Pahar, an Unfocused Adventure-Cum-Travelogue
Based on the popular Bengali novel of the same name, Chander Pahar is an unfocused adventure-cum-travelogue.

At first, writer-director Kamaleswar Mukherjee's adaptation is an homage to the domestic melodramas of Ritwik Ghatak, the subject of Mukherjee's directorial debut. Pressured by his concerned mother, 20-year-old daydreamer Shankar Chowdhury (Dev Adhikari) leaves home and becomes a stationmaster for the Uganda Railway, resulting in a preposterous man-vs.-nature narrative.

Shankar stubbornly ignores multiple lion assaults and one black mamba molestation — all captured in slow-motion, compounding Dev's already awkward performance — so he can make like David Livingstone and master, in Shankar's words, "the Dark Continent." Then, after saving fellow...
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Screening of Anup Singh’s “The Name of a River” in Mumbai on Jan 28

What:

The Root Reel presents Anup Singh’s love essay, exploring the life and work of Ritwik Ghatak ~ Ekti Nadir Naam / The Name of a River, followed by an interaction with Amrit Gangar.

Ekti Nadir Naam

Directed by Anup Singh

Written by Anup Singh & Madan Gopal Singh

Cinematography: K.K. Mahajan

Language: Bengali (with English Subtitles)

Duration: 90 mins

When:

Tuesday 28th January,2014, 6:30pm

Entry:

Free, On a First-Come-First-Seated Basis

Venue:

Alliance Française de Bombay

Alliance Française Auditorium,

Theosophy Hall,

Near Nirmala Niketan,

New Marine Lines,

Churchgate. Mumbai.

About the Film:

Anup Singh’s debut feature, The Name of a River, is an ambitious, evocative docu-fictional essay exploring the life and work of the great Indian film-maker, Ritwik Ghatak (1925-1976).

Ghatak’s reputation as India’s most important film-maker has been steadily growing since the first major retrospective of his films was organised internationally in the 1980s. Satyajit Ray has described
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New on Video – Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project, Part 1

Redes

Written by Agustin Velásquez Chávez and Paul Strand

Directed by Emilio Gómez Muriel and Fred Zinnemann

Mexico, 1936

A River Called Titas

Written and directed by Ritwik Ghatak

Bangladesh, 1973

Touki bouki

Written and directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty

Senegal, 1973

The Criterion Collection set assembling films rediscovered through the efforts of Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project is one of the company’s premier achievements. Bringing together six diverse titles from six different regions of the globe, the collection is a treasure trove for those seeking obscure, rare, and fascinating works that extend well beyond film history’s conventional canon. As stated by Criterion itself, “Each is a cinematic revelation, depicting a culture not often seen by outsiders on-screen.” The set also emphasizes, through its calling attention to the efforts of the Wcp initiative, just how necessary and beneficial film preservation and restoration can be. The films included here are only
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Nfdc Film Bazaar Wip Lab 2013: Under Construction by Rubaiyat Hossain

Nfdc Film Bazaar Wip Lab 2013: Under Construction by Rubaiyat Hossain
U nder Construction is one of the five projects selected for the Work In Progress Lab of Film Bazaar 2013. We spoke to the director Rubaiyat Hossain:

Rubaiyat Hossain

Tell us about your project. What language will it be in?

Under Construction depicts the journey of Roya Hasan, a modern day Bangladeshi-Muslim woman on her journey to unsettle the socio-cultural iconic image of womanhood. However, Roya’s individual journey into finding her ‘self,’ is complicated by the socio-economic backdrop of Dhaka city where death of thousands of workers in a factory collapse is just an everyday occurrence; just another clip in the television news in middle class homes. In unsettling the icon, Roya may shatter the mirror, but the process of finding the ‘new woman,’ womanhood authored by the woman herself, remains a process largely ‘under construction.’ Under Construction is a Bangla language film.

Which stage of development is it in currently?
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 10, 2013

Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $124.95

Studio: Criterion

Established by filmmaker Martin Scorsese in 2007, Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project expands the horizons of moviegoers everywhere. The mission of the Wcp is to preserve and present marginalized and infrequently screened films from regions of the world ill equipped to provide funding for major restorations. This collector’s set brings together six superb films from various countries, including Bangladesh/India (A River Called Titas), Mexico (Redes), Morocco (Trances), Senegal (Touki bouki), South Korea (The Housemaid), and Turkey (Dry Summer); each is a cinematic revelation, depicting a culture not often seen by outsiders.

Here’s a breakdown of all six:

Touki Bouki (1973)

Touki Bouki (1973, In Wolof with English subtitles)

With a stunning mix of the surreal and the naturalistic, Djibril Diop Mambéty paints a vivid, fractured portrait of Senegal in the early 1970s. In this French New Wave–influenced fantasy-drama,
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Abu Dhabi Film Fest - glitz of films, glamour of stars (Curtainraiser)

Abu Dhabi Film Fest - glitz of films, glamour of stars (Curtainraiser)
Abu Dhabi, Oct 23: In its seventh edition, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (Adff), a young but popular annual extravaganza of the Gulf region, will present a heady dose of 'edutainment' through its enticing line-up of 166 films when it starts here Thursday. Watch out for nine Indian gems too!

From India, black-and-white classics like master craftsman Guru Dutt's "Pyaasa", about the struggle of a poet in post-independence India, and Ritwik Ghatak's "Subarnarekha", that delves into the trauma of a refugee's life, will be showcased as part of the "Celebrating Indian Cinema" special programme here.

As a tribute to Indian cinema's.
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Life Of Crime opens Abu Dhabi

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The full line up has been unveiled for the 7th edition of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

Daniel Schechter’s Life Of Crime will open the 7th edition of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, which runs Oct 24- Nov 2.

13 Arab feature films (seven of which are world premieres) will compete across different sections of the festival, including Rani Massalha’s Giraffada and Nejib Belkhadi’s Bastardo in the New Horizons Competition, Ahmed Abdallah’s Rags And Tatters and Hicham Ayouch’s Fevers in the Narrative Feature Competition, and Sherief Elkatsha’s Cairo Drive and Mohammad Soueid’s The Boy From Aleppo in the Documentary Feature Competition.

Tobe Hooper’s UAE horror Djin will screen in the festival’s Showcase section.

Films competing in the Narrative Feature Competition include Jun Robles Lana’s Barber’s Tales, Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners, Danis Tanovic’s An Episode In The Life Of An Iron Picker, Jasmila Zbanic’s [link
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Life Of Crime to open Abu Dhabi Film Festival

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The full line up has been unveiled for the 7th edition of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

Daniel Schechter’s Life Of Crime will open the 7th edition of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, which runs Oct 24- Nov 2.

13 Arab feature films (seven of which are world premieres) will compete across different sections of the festival, including Rani Massalha’s Giraffada and Nejib Belkhadi’s Bastardo in the New Horizons Competition, Ahmed Abdallah’s Rags And Tatters and Hicham Ayouch’s Fevers in the Narrative Feature Competition, and Sherief Elkatsha’s Cairo Drive and Mohammad Soueid’s The Boy From Aleppo in the Documentary Feature Competition.

Tobe Hooper’s UAE horror Djin will screen in the festival’s Showcase section.

Films competing in the Narrative Feature Competition include Jun Robles Lana’s Barber’s Tales, Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners, Danis Tanovic’s An Episode In The Life Of An Iron Picker, Jasmila Zbanic’s [link
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Europalia Arts Festival to focus on Satyajit Ray, Guru Dutt & Anurag Kashyap

Europalia Arts Festival to focus on Satyajit Ray, Guru Dutt & Anurag Kashyap
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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Jagran Film Festival in Mumbai from Sept 24

Jagran Film Festival in Mumbai from Sept 24
A still from Pather Panchali

The 4th edition of the Jagran Film Festival will be held from September 24 – 29, 2013 in Mumbai.

The festival will feature films under seven sections: World Panorama, Indian Showcase, Indian Premieres, Jagran Shorts, T20 of Indian Cinema, Cinema of the Sellers and Films by Debut Directors.

The festival will open with Israeli film Water directed by Yael Perlov, NirSa’ar & Maya Sarfaty, YonaRozenkier, Mohammad Bakri, Ahmad Barghouti, Pini Tavger & Tal Haring under the World Panorama section.

Other films in the section are Kim Yong-Hwa’s 200 Pounds Beauty, Esteban Larrain’s The Passion of Michelangelo and Sophie Blondy’s Morning Star.

Indian Showcase is a competitive section for feature films. Films like Sanjay Jadhav’s Duniyadari, Kamal Hassan’s Vishwaroopam, Gajendra Ahire’s Touring Talkies, Nitin Kakkar’s Filmistan, Gauri Shinde’s English Vinglish and Anand Gandhi’s Ship of Theseus will compete in this section.

Jagran Classic
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Deepa Mehta Curates Toronto Tribute to Indian Cinema

Choosing a handful of movies from a hundred years of filmmaking is not easy, but Deepa Mehta (“Midnight’s Children”) took a stab at it for Toronto’s celebration of a centenary of Indian cinema, which includes a gala on Saturday.

The Toronto-based helmer of Indian origin said the task of curating the section fell to her after she suggested the theme at a Tiff board meeting.

“Somehow, between suggesting the theme and leaving the meeting I was talked into designing the gala,” Mehta said. “Thankfully I have an excellent team and there has been an immense amount of work done by a great number of people to bring this whole production together.”

The fundraising gala on Saturday at the Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts is only the second one following on last year’s marking the anni of the James Bond franchise, which netted $700,000. The fest is
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