Cinema lovers in the Capital live for these 10 days and exist for the other 50-odd weeks in a year, say many about this decade-old annual film festival that has become a landmark event for world cinema fans across the country.

‘Deep in the Valley’ by Atsushi Funahashi (In competition).

The magic number

The 100-odd films include 56 feature films, with 17 being from India; the rest are short films. There is an increased focus on Osian’s Learning Experience, or OLE, so there will be daily Q&A sessions and panel discussions where cine experts will talk about the finer nuances of film-making and film appreciation. “For every film there will be a related event to make the public understand what that movie is all about," says Neville Tuli, founder-chairman of Osian’s. Part of OLE is the NewStream cinema section, which comprises recent releases—Raj Kumar Gupta’s Aamir, Vishal Bhardwaj’s Kaminey, Anurag Kashyap’s Dev D, Zoya Akhtar’s Luck by Chance, Imtiaz Ali’s Love Aaj Kal and Dibakar Banerjee’s Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!

Highlights

‘Man’s Woman and Other Stories’ by Amit Dutta (In competition).

Also, this year the small panel of judges has given way to a large body of around 30 film connoisseurs from multiple disciplines, such as photographer Raghu Rai, thespian Mana Chawla, Odissi dancer and TV host Shivani Wazir Pasrich, playwright Asghar Wajahat and Oscar Pujol, director of Instituto Cervantes.

‘Luck by Chance’ director Zoya Akhtar will interact with film buffs at Cinefan.

The opening and closing

The festival will open with Romanian film-maker Adrian Sitaru’s Pescuit sportiv (Hooked), which tells the story of a man and his married lover who go for a clandestine picnic in the countryside. Things get complicated when their car hits a prostitute. The festival will close with the internationally acclaimed animated film Waltz with Bashir by Ari Folman. It’s about the Lebanon War in 1982, when Folman was a 19-year-old infantry soldier in the Israel defence forces. In 2006, he meets with a friend from that phase of his life, who tells him of the nightmares about his war experiences. Folman is surprised that he remembers nothing. Later that night, however, he has visions of the Sabra and Shatila massacre, but is unsure of how real it all was.

Getting in

Possibly one of the best pieces of news for cinegoers is that all you need to do is pay a one-time registration fee of Rs300, which also buys you the prized Cinefan catalogue—and you can watch all the films. You can register online or at the venues from 23 October. Tickets for movies will be available on first come, first serve basis.

The 11th Osian’s-Cinefan Film Festival will be held from 24-30 October at Siri Fort auditorium and Alliance Française. For details and online registration, log on to http://www.osians.com/cinefan11/cine11.php

Click here to view the schedule of 11th Osian’s-Cinefan Film Festival

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