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India film fest to open with ‘Volver’

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The 37th Film Festival of India will open with Pedro Almodovar’s “Volver” in a glitzy ceremony in Goa on Nov. 23 and close Dec. 3 with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Babel.”

The fest, which will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the launch of Gandhi’s Satyagraha (Fight for Truth) movement, will screen Richard Attenborough’s “Gandhi.”

A special retrospective of thesp Prithiraj Kapoor’s films also will be held.

The World Cinema section, with a focus on Argentina, will include Alberto Lecchi’s “Una estrella y dos cafes” (A Star and Two Cups of Coffee), Bangladeshi filmmaker Abu Sayeed’s “Nirontor” (Forever Flows), Brazilian filmmaker Luiz Alberto Pereira’s “Tapete vermelho” (Red Carpet) and Chinese director Hasi Chaolu’s “The Old Barber.”

The India Panorama section will open with director Mridul Toolsidass and Vinay Subramanian’s “Missed Call” and will showcase Sharda Ramanathan’s “Sringaram,” Rituparno Ghosh’s “Dosar” and Madhur Bhandarkar’s “Corporate.”

The fest will pay homage to thesps Rajkumar Nadira, Paluvayi Bhanumathi, Oduvil Unnikrishnan and Bollywood composer Naushad Ali.

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