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Asian Film Fest spotlights Taiwan

40 pics to be screened from Aug. 3-10 in Bombay

NEW DELHI — Films from 14 Asian countries, with special emphasis on Taiwan, will unspool next month in the first Asian Film Festival, the organisers said Tuesday.

Asian Film Foundation chairman Kiran Shantaram said 40 films will be screened from August 3 to 10 in Bombay, the home of India’s prolific film industry, Bollywood. The aim is to give a platform for Asian films in world cinema.

“We want to show that it is not only Hollywood or European movies that are of high international quality. Asian cinema is also winning awards and yet its separate identity is not very well known even by Asians themselves,” he said.

Six Taiwanese films — “Blue Gate Crossing,” “Beijing Bicycle,” “The Hole,” “Heartbreak Island,” “Mirror Image” and “Blue Moon” — are to be screened in the special focus section of the festival.

Festival has four other categories — Spectrum Asia, Award-winners, Parallel Cinema in the 90s and Special Screenings.

Spectrum Asia will showcase Asian films made in the last two or three years, while the Award-winners comprise winning films from Japan, China and India.

Parallel Cinema in the 90s will show some of India’s realistic and artistic movies, while Special Screenings comprises outstanding films of the past and the present.

Movies to be screened include “Spring Festival” from China directed by Huang Jianhong and Li Xiaowen, “Land of Fear” from Egypt (Daoud Abd El Sayed), “Do ankhen bara hath” (Two Eyes, Twelve Hands) from India (V. Shantaram) and two movies from Oscar-winning Indian director Satyajit Ray — “Aparajito” (Undefeated) and “Agantuk” (Stranger).

The festival will also offer a special Asian film culture award to Sri Lankan director Lester James Peries, whose movie “Mansion By The Lake” will close the festival.

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