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“Cinema for All, All for Cinema” : City of Joy Celebrates 22nd ‘Kolkata International Film Festival’
Kolkata, November 14, 2016: As the month of November brings the first chill in the air of the “city of joy”- Kolkata, the city kicks off its winter-long festivities with the grand celebration of cinema. 2016 November sees the 22nd installment of the Kolkata International Film Festival- one of the grandest celebrations of Kolkata, with its very own glamour.
The unmistakable fervor in the crowds thronging in ‘Nandan’- the West Bengal Film Centre, the zeal of the cinephiles, the cheerfulness in the cultural haven of Kolkata (Nandan), the chaos of the movie-buffs jostling through the queue, the paparazzi rushing to catch a glimpse of the celebrities; are the flavors of the festival!
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Schedules of the Screenings and the Events:-
As the celebration gets bigger every year, the 22nd edition promises a lot more fun and amazement than the last time. This year the Film Festival has scheduled to screen 156 masterpieces by 156 maestros. The festival is covering 65 countries and has 20 categories. There are 6 awards and the films are scheduled to be screened throughout Kolkata in 13 venues.
Apart from the country in focus- China and the regional focus for Indian cinema- Marathi cinema, the festival includes other categories like-
- International Competition: Women directors’ films
- International Competition: Innovations in moving images,
- Centenary Tribute,
- Asian select for NETPAC Award,
- Special Tribute,
- Literature and Cinema,
- National Competition for Short Films and Documentaries,
- Special Screening of Catherine Corsini,
- Great Master in focus- Kenji Mizoguchi,
- Cinema International,
- Children’s Screening etcetera.
The Chairperson of the juries in the International Competition for Women Directors’ Films and the competition for ‘Innovation in Moving Images’ are- Marion Hansel, and Dan Wolman respectively.
Among all the venues, viewing the fascinating selections of the Film Festival, Nandan holds the foremost prominence and importance.
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12th November was the official beginning of the screenings and some of the best ones that were viewed include- To Kill a Mockingbird by Robert Muligan in Centenary Tribute, Upstream by Marion Hansel in Special Tribute, Zoology by Ivan Tverdovsky in International Competition for Innovations in Moving Images and Yesterday Once More by Yao Tingting in the International Competition for Women Directors’ Films.
China, being the country in focus was scheduled to hold a press-conference with the panel including the director and actor of the movie Yesterday Once More. The press meet held a heated panel discussion on topics regarding Indo-china projects, China’s views on the Indian Cinema, and the experiences of the artists in the cultural meet of the Film Festival.
Apart from the panel discussion with China, the festival organized a “Cinema Adda” (chat session on cinema) and an exhibition on the film Nayak that starred the legendary Uttam Kumar.
On 13th, the audience viewed documentaries by the regional artists, amazing films like- It’s only the end of the world by Xavier Dolan and An Israeli Love Story by Dan Wolman. Both the films were from the category of International Cinema. A Special Tribute screening on 13th was- The Unknown Girl by Luc Dardenne.
A major attraction of 13th screenings included the director’s message. Israeli director Dan Wolman, Chairperson of the International Competition for Innovations in Moving Images, was present in the Film Festival and talked about the Israeli Films and enthralled the audience with the history of his film An Israeli Love Story which is based on a true story.
The evening saw another chat session regarding the discussion- Multiplex and the Present Condition of the Regional Films. Celebrities that were present included famous Bengali director Goutam Ghosh, actor Parambrata Chatterjee, and Rahul Banerjee and so on.
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With all its pomp and glory the 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival is all set to make the cinephiles laugh, cry, scream, gasp, wonder and sing together through the screenings of the exquisite creations by the excellent artists. It truly depicts the mood and purpose of the festival that is of the people, by the people and for the people!
The slogan rhythms perfectly-
“Cinema for all, all for cinema”
– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC
NEW DELHI - India Navy sending four ships for exercises and port visits with the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia to strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, its navy said Wednesday, as China's maritime power grows in the area.
The Indian ships will spend more than two months in the region, the navy said in a statement.
Commander Vivek Madhwal, the Indian navy spokesman, said four ships will take part.
The ships will also participate in a multilateral exercise, MALABAR-21, along with the Japanese, Australian and U.S. navies, the statement said.
It said the exercises will enhance coordination with friendly countries, based on common maritime interests and a commitment to freedom of navigation.
"Besides regular port calls, the task group will operate in conjunction with friendly navies to build military relations and develop interoperability in the conduct of maritime operations," the statement said.
The U.S., India, Japan and Australia are part of the Quad regional alliance created in response to China's growing economic and military strength. Washington has long viewed New Delhi as a key partner in efforts to blunt increasing Chinese assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region.
India is also in a continuing standoff with China over their disputed border in the eastern Ladakh region. The countries have stationed tens of thousands of soldiers backed by artillery, tanks and fighter jets along their de facto border, called the Line of Actual Control.
Last year, 20 Indian troops died in a clash with Chinese soldiers involving clubs, stones and fists in a portion of the disputed border. China said it lost four soldiers.(VOA/HP)
The UK government on Thursday announced that it will move India from the red to the amber list on Sunday, in the country's latest update to the 'Red-Amber-Green' traffic light ratings for arrivals into England amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
This means the visit visas for the UK from India are open, in addition to other long-term visas that have remained open. But travellers from India arriving in England can complete a 10-day quarantine at home or in the place they are staying (not mandatorily quarantine in a managed hotel).
The UK government also announced that arrivals from France to England will no longer need to quarantine if they are fully vaccinated. The step aligns France with the rest of the amber list now that the proportion of beta variant cases has fallen, where those who are fully vaccinated with a vaccine authorised and administered in the UK, the US or Europe do not need to quarantine when arriving in England.
This move also simplifies the system to three categories, as well as the green watch list to give travellers notice where green status is at risk.
To continue cautiously reopening international travel, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Romania and Norway will be added to the government's green list, having demonstrated they posed a low risk to UK public health.
Besides India, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE will also be moved from the red to the amber list, as the situation in these countries has improved.
The data for all countries will be kept under review and the government will not hesitate to take action where a country's epidemiological picture changes, a statement by the UK government said.
Following an assessment of the latest data, Georgia, La Reunion, Mayotte and Mexico will be added to the red list as they present a high public health risk to the UK from known variants of concern, known high-risk variants under investigation or as a result of very high in-country or territory prevalence of Covid-19.
Arrivals from Spain and all its islands are advised to use a PCR test as their pre-departure test wherever possible, as a precaution against the increased prevalence of the virus and variants in the country.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "We are committed to opening up international travel safely, taking advantage of the gains we've made through our successful vaccination programme, helping connect families, friends and businesses around the world.
"While we must continue to be cautious, today's changes reopen a range of different holiday destinations across the globe, which is good news for both the sector and travelling public."
Since February, anyone who arrives in the UK from a red list country has been required by law to book a stay in a managed quarantine facility for 10 days.
In order to ensure taxpayers are not subsidising the costs of staying in these facilities, which have gone up, the cost will increase from August 12. Alternative payment arrangements remain available to those who genuinely cannot afford to pay and rates remain the same for children up to 12.(IANS/HP)
A Hindu temple in Pakistan's Punjab province was reportedly vandalized by hundreds of people after a nine-year-old Hindu boy, who allegedly urinated at a local seminary, received bail, a media report said on Thursday.
According to the Dawn news report, the incident took place on Wednesday in Bhong town, about 60 km from Rahim Yar Khan city.
Besides the vandalization, the mob also blocked the Sukkur-Multan Motorway (M-5), the report added.
Citing sources, Dawn news said that a case was registered against the minor on July 24 based on a complaint filed by a cleric, Hafiz Muhammad Ibrahim, of the Darul Uloom Arabia Taleemul Quran.
The sources said that "some Hindu elders did tender an apology to the seminary administration saying the accused was a minor and mentally challenged".
But, when a lower court granted him bail a few days ago, some people incited the public in the town on Wednesday and got all shops there closed in protest, the report quoted the sources as further saying.
A video clip showing people wielding clubs and rods storming the temple and smashing its glass doors, windows, lights, and damaging the ceiling fans went viral on social media.
In response, one Twitter user said: "Ganesh Temple, village Bhong in Rahim Yar Khan, Punjab has been ravaged. Another day, another attack on Hindus in Pakistan."
Another said: "Yesterday, the mob ran amok at Temple over minor boy issue who allegedly urinated, the boy said to be mentally handicapped. Hindu community made an apology for the boy — a case registered against the nine-year-old boy. Those vandalized temples, no FIR registered against them."
District police spokesman Ahmed Nawaz Cheema said Rangers had been deployed in the troubled area and the situation was under control.
A small town close to the River Indus and Sindh-Punjab border, Bhong houses a number of gold traders who originally hail from Ghotki and Dehrki (Sindh), according to the Dawn news report.
A ruling PTI member representing the minority said he had been in touch with the local Hindu community and influential Rais family of Bhong since the issue surfaced.