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An Indian Film Festival in Nicosia October 11, 2007

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Friends of the Cinema > Indian Film Festival in Nicosia

Not just talking about the Indian Film Festival, which runs from tonight till next Sunday at the Cine Studio in Nicosia, but the autumn schedule of the Friends of the Cinema Society, which presents it in collaboration with the Indian High Commission, and continues to impress with its commitment to quality cinema. Not that Hollywood doesn’t also produce good films but, with a new five-screen multiplex now appearing at the Mall of Cyprus, it’s useful to remember that we have alternatives to the usual fodder.

The Indian Film Festival is a wonderful alternative, the six films comprised of two recent releases and four classics. The only slight quibble is that the classics are all on the serious side, it would’ve been nice to show some big Bollywood hits from the 70s like ‘Sholay’ and ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’, though ‘Pather Panchali’ (1955) is indispensable. This was the film that introduced Indian cinema to the West, a child’s-eye drama of a poor family in West Bengal; it won a special award at Cannes, and remains beautifully lyrical and sensitive. Those who like it should check out the other two parts of the Apu Trilogy, ‘Aparajito’ and ‘The World of Apu’.

Also on the bill is ‘The Cloud-Capped Star’ (1960), another much-acclaimed drama, this one set in Calcutta, made by critical favourite Ritwik Ghatak, while ‘Pakeezah’  (1972) is rip-roaring melodrama, and also won plaudits in its day. That leaves Raj Kapoor’s Awara (1951), another glorious melodrama usually counted among Bollywood’s greatest achievements, and the two new films, ‘Dil Se’ (1998) and ‘Koi … Mil Gaya’ (2003), neither of which I’ve seen, though I’ve heard good things about ‘Dil Se’ at least.

They’re showing various films already screened at the Pantheon in Nicosia, notably ‘The Lives of Others’ and ‘La Vie en Rose’, plus a German Film Festival later on this month, a couple of screenings of ‘The Seventh Seal’ (1957) to mark the recent death of Ingmar Bergman, and the new Lars Von Trier comedy ‘The Boss of It All’.

Good luck to the Friends. Details at www.ofk.org.cy, or call 96 420491.

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