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Third Eye Asian Fest in Mumbai to celebrate Golden Jubilee of FTII

By NewsDesk • Published on December 13, 2011
  • Asian Culture Award to Afghani director Siddiq Barmak
  • Homage to Dev Anand and Ashok Kumar
  • 150th Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore

The screening of the Chinese film, ’11 Flowers’, the latest production of the well-known director Xioshuai Wang, will throw open the 10th Third Eye Film Festival at the Ravindra Natya Mandi, Prabhadevi, at 6.30 p.m. on December 22.
The film, which marks its Indian premiere at the Festival, is about the dilemma of an 11-year-old boy after his chance meeting with a runaway murderer.

The Festival this year is being dedicated to the fond memories of Bollywood’s inimitable star and filmmaker of 65-year standing, Dev Anand, who passed away in London on December 3. As a gesture of paying tribute him, his memorable film, ‘Guide’ will be shown.

Organised by Asian Film Foundation in collaboration with P.L. Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy and supported by the state government of Maharashtra, the Festival will showcase 84 select feature films and 45 short fiction films from filmmaking countries across the Asian continent. All the films will be screened at the two theatres in the Ravindra Natya Mandir complex from 10 a.m. to 8.30 p.m.

Iranian director Asghar Farahadi’s ‘A Sepration’, which fetched him the Best Director Award at the just-concluded International Film Festival of India (IFFI, Goa), will be the Centrepiece of the festival while director Ketan Mehta’s as yet unreleased film, ‘Rang Rasiya’, will be the Closing Film.

The Third Eye Asian Film Festival’s two prestigious honours, ‘Asian Film Culture Award’ and ‘Satyajit Ray Memorial Award’, will be conferred, respectively, on the noted Afghan filmmaker, Siddiq Barmak (of ‘Osama’ fame) and well-known film academician, Dr. Shyamala Vanarase of Pune this year.

The Third Eye Asian Film Festival is the only film festival this year which will commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. As a part of the commemoration, a film each of the FTII’s six alumni, who have made India proud by their respective work, will be screened. The six celebrated alumni are: Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Girish Kasaravalli, Vikas Desai, Jahnu Barua, Ketan Mehta and Shaji Karun.

The Festival will also commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore by screening seven Bengali films (with English sub-titles) made on his published stories by such outstanding directors as Satyajit Ray (‘Charulata’ and ‘Teen Kanya’), Tapan Sinha (‘Kabuliwala’, ‘Kshudito Pashan’ and ‘Atithi’) and Rituparno Ghosh (‘Choker Bali’ and ‘Nauka Dubi’).

The Festival will pay homage to Bollywood’s unparallel actor, Ashok Kumar, on the occasion of his 100th birth anniversary this year. One of his best starrers, B.R. Chopra’s ‘Gumrah’ will be screened to pay respect to the departed Thespian.

Over and above these, the 10th Third Eye Film Festival also has a section called ‘European Connection’ . Six films of the noted director from Poland, Jan Jakub Kolski, will be screened under this section.

A package of five films, including ‘Tokyo Story’, of the veteran Japanese director, Yosujiro Ozu, has been chosen to be shown under the Festival’s regular ‘Asian Master’ section this year.

Seven films from Turkey will be shown under the Festival’s ‘Focus on Country’ section, while under the ‘Focus on Filmmaker’ section, five films of veteran Chinese director Xie Fei and three films of Japanese director Takashi Kitano will be screened.
Two films each of Iranian director Asghar Farahadi and Afghan director Siddiq Barmak will be showcased under the ‘Reflections’ section.

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