Frame to frame... films
The seventh Osian's Cinefan Asian Film Festival beginning mid-July in New Delhi promises an interesting feast of films.
For the first time under Arabseque, the cinema of the Middle East, will be supported at the Cinefan fest
TIME FOR SOME GOOD FILMS A still from one of the films in the Indian Section of Osian's Cinefan Asian Film Festival to be held in New Delhi.
Films are a window to a country's culture and customs. And, culinary habits too. So come mid-July and film lovers from Delhi will have a taste of it all. The buffet of films will have 120 varieties from across 35 countries that include France, Thailand, Germany, Taiwan, besides a couple of films from India too.
The feast will be served through the Osian's annual Cinefan Asian Film Festival at Siri Fort Complex and Alliance Francaise from July 15 to 24.
The seventh edition since its inception, the festival pays tribute to Asian filmmakers and institutions that have helped Asian cinema form its identity.
Since the year marks the 50th year of the release of Satyajit Ray's timeless wonder "Pather Panchali", the festival would pay homage to the master filmmaker by screening his four classics in the Indian Section. These are "Seemabaddha", "Mahanagar", "Sonar Kella" and "Charulata".
The prints of these films have been freshly restored with the help of American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, California.
This time, the festival acknowledges the significant contribution of the Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien whose films have won awards at the Venice and Berlin Film Festivals. He was adjudged as "one of the three directors most crucial to the future of cinema" in an international Critics' Poll.
His "City of Sadness", "A Time to Live and a Time to Die", "Café Lumiere" and the "Boys from Fenkuel" will be featured in the festival.
Hou is likely to attend the festival.
An interesting feature this time will be the Asian Competition section, which will have over 15 films from 12 countries. And under its newly-constituted Indian Competition Section, 10 films in different languages will be shown.
These films will be judged by a panel of international jury. In the Indian jury, the judge will be acclaimed actress and documentary maker Meeta Vashisht while Mrinal Sen will be the chief guest for the inaugural occasion.
Says Vashisht, "It is an honour for me. There is a nervous excitement and an intuitive feeling whether I will be able to do justice to the responsibility I am entrusted with. But nonetheless, being a producer, director and an actress, I have a hang of things in front of and behind the camera. The experience will come handy."
For distinguished contribution to Asian cinema, Osian's Cinefan will also confer its second Lifetime Achievement Award to an author/critic/scriptwriter.
The festival will have a number of seminars, lectures, debates and exhibitions too.
For the first time under Arabseque, the cinema of the Middle East, will be supported. "Most of the Arab cinema is being funded by the European countries. So one doubts its integrity and whether it has made any compromise on the product. We have tried to free it from the external support," informs Neville Tully of Osian.
Besides, a section called East West Encounters and one Panorama of Martial Arts are likely to draw more people. In the Martial Arts panorama, films on the art from Japan, China, Hong Kong and Indonesia etc., will be featured.
"People have forgotten that martial arts was actually meant for self-defence and spiritual enlightenment. We have tried to include films that remind us of it," adds Tully.
The seventh Osian Film Festival will have the following screenings among others: Satyajit Ray's "Seemabaddha" "Mahanagar", "Shonar Kella" and "Charulata"Three Indian films "Nisshabd" by Jahar Kanungo, "Hawa Aane De" by Partho Sengupta and "Darpan Ke Peeche" by Raj Kumar Bhan.
"Day and Night" by
French-Italian-German co production.
"Floating Landscape" by Carol Mieu Suet Lai.
Asian Frescos will have a selection of recent Asian films outside the competition
The Indian Osean section will have new Indian films outside competition
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