Anand Sharma to inaugurate festival of Indian Panorama-2008 Films in Delhi

Mumbai: Anand Sharma, the Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting will inaugurate the Festival of Indian Panorama 2008 Films at New Delhi . In a special exposition of the entire Indian Panorama package, screened recently at the International Film Festival of India in Goa , will be presented from December 11 at Siri Fort Auditorium Complex, New Delhi . This Festival of Indian Panorama 2008 will screen 26 Feature and 21 Non-Feature films between 11-21December.

The opening film of the Feature film section, Little Zizou (Gujarati- Hindi-English), directed by Sooni Taraporevala, will be screened at 6:30 pm on December 11, 2008 at Siri Fort Auditorium 1, in the presence of the cast and crew of the film, comprising Sooni Taraporevala , Imaad Shah, Sohrab Ardeshir and Shernaz Patel.

16 mm : Memories, Movement and a Machine (Malayalam) ,directed by KR Manoj is the opening Non-Feature film, to be screened at 4 pm on 17 December. This package of the Indian Panorama presents a wide spectrum of contemporary themes and treatments. Debut directors like Krishnan Seshadri Gomatam (Mudhal Mudhal Mudhal Varai), Abhaya Simha (Gubbachigalu) and Umesh Kulkarni (Valu) bring with them a refreshing and incisive style of cinema, while the stalwarts like Adoor Gopalakrishnan (Oru Pennum Randaanum), Girish Kassarvalli (Gulabi Talkies) and S.Priyadarshan (Kanchivaram) respectively challenge ideas and established norms again with their films.

The Non-Feature film section also offers a bouquet of spectacular films. Rajesh Jala’s Children of the Pyre documents the life of children in the famed burning ghats of Varanasi . Antardhwani by Jabbar Patel, a Films Division’s production, captures the magic of the living legend of Santoor, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma while Remembering Bimal Roy is a tribute to the cinema icon, from his son Joy Bimal Roy. FTII,Pune–produced Three of Us chronicles the tremendous will-power of a differently-abled person.

All Feature films will be screened in Auditorium two while non-Feature films in Auditorium four. The synopses, schedule and all other details of the films are available on the Directorate of Film Festival’s websites: www.iffi.nic.in and www.dff.nic.in

Entry to all film shows is free, through Entry Passes which will be available at the counter at Gate No 2, Siri Fort Auditorium Complex between 11 am to 1 pm and 3 pm-5 pm and also during the shows from December 11-21, 2008.

The Indian Panorama is one of the most important sections of International Film Festival of India, since it represents the rich diversity of Indian cinema. The section was first organized in the year 1978 with a view to present the wide range of cinema produced in the country. Ever since, the Indian Panorama section has been a regular feature of the International Film Festival of India.

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