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Feasting on films

entertainment Updated: Oct 23, 2009 17:49 IST
Damini Purkayastha
Damini Purkayastha
Hindustan Times
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Get out your popcorn, book your dates, and forget about multiplexes and blockbusters. This weekend film lovers in the city will be spoilt for choice — foreign cinema, environmental cinema, film workshops, mutltimedia platform interactions — if it’s related to films, you’ll see it in the Capital.

Osian’s CineFan The 11th Osian Cinefan Film Festival kicks off today with the Life Time Achievement Award being conferred upon lyricist-director-writer Gulzar. From October 25 to 30, 10 am to 10 pm head towards Siri Fort or Alliance Francaise for a treat of excellent Asian and Arabic Cinema. Check out the South Korean film Dream — the story of a boy named Jim who finds that accidents he dreams about occur in reality (4 pm, October 27). Don’t miss the Oscar-nominated closing film, Waltz with Bashir (6.30 pm, October 30). Set in Israel, Germany and France, the film is about director Ari Folman’s search for his lost memories from the 1982 Lebanon war. Also, in a section dedicated to modern Indian filmmakers, at 3 everyday, directors like Imtiaz Ali, Anurag Kashyap and Vishal Bhardwaj will talk about cinema.

Vatavaran - Environment and Wildlife Film Festival The 5th annual CMS Vatavaran Environment and Wildlife Festival is on at the India Habitat Centre from October 27 to 31. There are workshops, seminars, symposiums, a film bazaar, eco trips and of course, film screenings. From 10 am to 7 pm, a series of documentaries by Indian filmmakers on environmental issues such as vanishing lakes, tigers, water conservation, climate change and others.

Watch the much-talked-about Fanny Armstrong’s animated docu-drama The Age of Stupid (7 pm, October 28) about a man who lives alone in 2055 and watches footage from 2008 wondering climate change was never stopped.