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Premieres galore at Osian’s Cinefan

Premieres galore at Osian’s Cinefan
After a gap of more than a season, Osian’s is back in the city with its 12th edition. And this time, the festival will screen 15 world premieres, eight international premieres, 104 Indian premieres and 13 Asian premieres.

The film festival will also play host to an auction of memorabilia and publicity material from Indian cinema on 31 July.

The participating countries include China, Estonia, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Morocco and Algeria among others.

Some of the highlights this year include a special focus on animation from Estonia, focus on the world’s best film-making dedicated to the causes of environmental & heritage preservation.

A two-day summit will bring together the Government of India, the Government of Delhi, the Indian film industry and various state and non-state cultural agencies to discuss the way forward to develop Delhi as India’s next Film City.

The Freedom of Expression section includes a set of five landmark films from the history of cinema made against prevailing censorship norms — Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Salo, Virginie Despentes and Coralie Trinh-Thi’s Baise-moi, Shuji Terayama’s Emperor Tomato Ketchup, the Devika Rani-Himanshu Rai starrer Karma and Jafar Panahi’s This is not a film.

The festival will also host a tribute to filmmaker Mani Kaul and his contribution to the world of cinema, music, art and literature. It will launch the annual Mani Kaul Memorial Lecture. The inaugural lecture will be delivered by Marco Mueller, Director of the Rome International Film Festival.

A set of seven films will be shown as a tribute to the illustrious careers of Japanese revolutionary filmmakers Koji Wakamatsu and Masao Adachi.

Also planned are curated events exclusively for children. These will include master classes on animation and daily film screenings. The festival will also screen 61 short films.

New Stream, Short Features, Master Classes, First Features and Events are specially programmed to engage the youth in specific activities and debates and discussions.

There will be an exhibition from the Osianama Archives honouring the Divas of Indian Cinema, marking the year-long celebrations for the 100 years of Indian Cinema.

Daily events throughout the festival include panel discussions, film screenings, and high profile Q & As with festival guests.


At: Siri Fort Complex and Blue Frog, Kila Complex, Mehrauli
When: 27 July to 5 August
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