New Delhi: From 15 world premieres to 104 Indian screenings, the 12th edition of Osian's Cinefan film festival that is returning after a gap of two years will see the premiere of Anurag Kashyap's 'Gangs of Wasseypur 2', four
days ahead of its world release.
The 10-day film extravaganza, kick-starting from July 27, will screen some bold content films like Devika Rani-Himanshu Rai's liplock in 1933 film 'Karma' to Jafar Panahi's 'This is Not a Film' - which were censored in their respective countries for their steamy content.
With a theme of 'Freedom of Creative Thought and Expression', 38 countries will showcase 175 films including 60 short films at Siri Fort complex and the Blue Frog.
"The main aim of the film festival is to take forward the cinematic culture of our city. The way we have chosen the films across the globe will enable people to understand the importance of cinema in the uplift of a society. Our one of the main focuses is to target the youth towards cinema.
"We will showcase Pier Paolo Pasolini's 'Salo', Virginie Despentes and Coralie Trinh-Thi's 'Baise-Moi', Shuji Terayama's 'Emperor Tomato Ketchup', the Devika Rani's kissing scene in 'Karma' and Jafar Panahi's 'This is Not a Film' to show the history of censorship in cinema," said Neville Tuli, Chairman of the festival.
The filming event will commence with Japanese filmmaker Keiichi Satos' 'Adura' that talks about the aftermath of the natural disaster that hit the country in January 2011 while the festival will come to an end with Rituparno Ghosh's
'Chitrangada', a radical exploration to choose one's gender and sexual orientation.
The festival will also pay tribute to late filmmaker Mani Kaul, who was the creative director at Osian's since 2006 and the director general of the 11th festival.
"Some of the cameraman and sound recordist who worked with Kaul including Virendra Sahini and Piyush Jha will be present on the festival and share some of their working experiences with the revolutionary Indian filmmaker. The inaugural lecture will be delivered by Marco Mueller, who was closely connected with Kaul," Tuli added.
An exhibition from Osian's Film Archive will honour the 'Divas of World Cinema' with special focus on Indian cinema, marking the inauguration of Osians' year-long celebrations for the 100 years of Indian cinema.
The other highlights include a two day summit on 'Delhi As India's Next Cinema City', specially curated events for children, short films from all over the world and a competition for the best short fiction films.
The first Cinefan auction of Indian cinema and Hollywood memorabilia will also take place during the festival.