Of the 104 Indian premieres at Osians this year,Rituparno Ghoshs Chitrangada has already generated a buzz. With gender and sexuality as the subject,it has Ghosh playing Chitrangada. Ashish R Shuklas psychological thriller Prague,Ashwini Maliks Monophobia,about the protagonists crippling fear of being alone,and Ajita Suchitra Veeras Rustom ki Dastan are a few. Anurag Kashyaps Gangs of Wasseypur 2 will have its India premiere too.
Remembering the Greats
It will celebrate the cinema of Japanese duo Wakamatsu and Adachi and late Indian filmmaker Mani Kaul,who was the creative director at Osians. Cinefan has instituted in his memory the annual Mani Kaul Memorial Lecture series,the first of which will be delivered by Marco Mueller,director of the Rome film festival.
As part of Japanese films that will be screened at the festival are pink films a genre of soft-core pornographic theatrical films Naokazu Chinzeis Ring My Bell and Satoshi Yamaguchis The Smell of Curry and Rice. Known as Pinku Eiga in Japan,they first appeared in the 60s and dominated the industry for over two decades. In their revived avatar,the films stress on plots,character development and dialogues.
Eat Your Cake & Watch it
Arrested in 2010 on unspecified charges and sentenced to house arrest for six years,Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi made a short film chronicling a day in his life under confinement. The recording was smuggled to the 2011 Cannes film festival,hidden in a cake. The film,titled This Is Not a Film,met with great critical acclaim and intensified the efforts in securing his release. Panahis son will attend the screening and address the audience.
The films in the Osians Cinefan Competition have been divided into four sections: Arab and Asian,Indian,First Features and Shorts. International imports on the jury include Marco Mueller; Hollywood screenwriter James V Hart; Afghan author Atiq Rahimi; and Jordan-based filmmaker Annemarie Jacir. From the Indian contingent,there will be indie filmmaker Ashvin Kumar; painter and director Muzzafar Ali; theatre actor Lillette Dubey and Gurvinder Singh,who made the award-winning film Anhe Ghorhey Da Dana.