The 12th Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival begins on Friday with Keiichi Sato’s animation work, Asura. The Japanese movie describes the tragedy in the aftermath of the March 11 2011 natural catastrophe.
Sato, who has helmed films like Big O, Karas and Tiger & Bunny, explores the plight of survivors, some of whom have lost the will to live. The director, who witnessed the horrific events, hopes to send a message through Asura. “There is a reason you survived. Your purpose is to live!”
And Sato delivers this through a little boy, Asura, abandoned in the barren wasteland of Kyoto and his unimaginable will to live till help arrives. The movie is narrated through water colours, the next evolution in animation.
The Festival – whose main venue will be the Siri Fort complex -- will screen 175 films (including 61 shorts) from 38 countries, and these will form part of the best of Asian, Arab and Indian cinema. There will be 15 world premieres, eight international premieres and 104 Indian premieres, and the movies will arrive from nations as wide apart as China, Estonia, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Morocco and Algeria.
(Gautaman Bhaskaran will be covering Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival)