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Mumbai and Pusan Film Fest to collaborate

entertainment Updated: Feb 18, 2011 14:17 IST
Gautaman Bhaskaran

The Mumbai Film Festival and its counterpart at Pusan, arguably the most important cinematic event on the Asian continent, signed a memorandum of understanding during the ongoing Berlin Film Festival.

The memorandum, signed by the Directors of the Mumbai and Pusan film festivals, Srinivasan Narayanan and Lee Yong-kwan respectively, will help the two events collaborate on artistic, educational and financial exchanges. The two Directors promised to unite Asian movie communities.


Gautaman Bhaskaran

While the Mumbai Film Festival, under the leadership of Narayanan and the support of Reliance Big Entertainment, is fast taking on the premier slot in India, overtaking the almost ancient, Government-run International Film Festival of India, Pusan has in a very short time become the Asian leader.

The 2010 Pusan Festival screened a variety of Indian movies, including independent and commercial films: Mani Ratnam's Raavan and Raavanan, Sanjoy Nag's Memories in March, Anurag Basu's Kites, Vikramaditya Motwane's Udaan, Subhadro Choudhury's Clerk, Murali Nair's Virgin Goat and Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK's Noise.

On the other hand, the 2010 edition of the Mumbai Festival screened four South Korean films: Lee Chang-dong's Poetry, Hong Sang-soo's Hahaha, Zhang Lu’s Dooman River and Lee Sang-woo's Mother is a Whore.

This year, Pusan will take place from October 6 to 14, while Mumbai begins on October 13, a slight overlap.