Tata Sky to air films from Palador’s library


MUMBAI: Palador Pictures has partnered with DTH service provider Tata Sky as per which selected American, European and Asian films will be aired on Tata Sky’s pay-per-view service – Showcase.

Starting 12 October, Tata Sky will telecast eight movies from the Palador library for the coming five weeks. The movies span different genres and showcase works of filmmakers like Akira Kurosawa, Jim Jarmusch, Oxide Pang Chun and Danny Pang, Wong-Kar Wai and the likes. One of the movies to be aired on 12 October is Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, winner of numerous global awards.

Tata Sky’s subscribers can order any of the movies once and enjoy it multiple times up to midnight. Every week, Tata Sky will replace the foreign films with a new set from the Palador library.

Palador Pictures founder and managing director Gautam Sikhnis said, “We have worked hard to create a collection of the best-of-the-best movies from across the world and are currently nurturing around 1000 titles in our ever-growing library. And now, the task of taking them to the discerning Indian viewers is made easy with Tata Sky satellite television service. We promise a future of the best of world cinema to every Tata Sky subscriber.”

Tata Sky Ltd managing director and CEO Vikram Kaushik added, “Our tie-up with Palador enables us to introduce our subscribers to classics in the world cinema category made by legendary film makers. These films will be available in DVD quality picture and will have only one ad-break thereby enhancing the viewing experience for our subscribers.”

Palador Pictures invested over $ 4 million (Rs 16 crores) to acquire legal rights to nearly 1,000 English and foreign language film titles in the world cinema category. The company has raised private investments of $ 6 million with a revenue target of $ 20 million by March 2009.

The films on Tata Sky will be shown are as follows:

12 – 18 October: Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa
19 – 25 October: Throne Of Blood by Akira Kurosawa
26 October – 1 November: The Eye by Oxide Pang Chun & Danny Pang
26 October – 1 November: Dead Man by Jim Jarmusch
2 – 8 November: Two English Girls by Francois Truffaut
2 – 8 November: Coffee And Cigarettes by Jim Jarmusch 
9 – 15 November: In The Mood For Love by Wong-Kar Wai
9 – 15 November: End Of Violence by Wim Wenders