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Pune International Film Festival

January 9 – 16, 2014

Pune, India

What’s It All About?

The Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) has become an important date on the calendar for film buffs and the city of Pune ever since the festival was launched here in 2002. PIFF has since evolved into a major annual event and it expects 9,000 delegates this year.

The festival aims to bring the best in world cinema to the culturally rich city of Pune, thereby giving filmmakers a platform to showcase their craft to film buffs. The festival, dubbed as the Official Film Festival of the State of Maharashtra, is supported by the Pune Film Foundation and the Maharashtra State Government.

This year, the festival will hold Country Focus sections on Taiwan, Hungary, Israel, France, South Korea and Spain.

Watch Out For!

Opening Night

Ana Arabia

Directed by Amos Gitai, Ana Arabia features actors Yuval Scharf and Yussuf Abu-Warda and is partly inspired by the true story of a Holocaust survivor who married a Palestinian man and raised several children with him.

The films in the Competition Section includes:

• The Weekend

• The Girl From The Wardrobe

• Foreign Bodies

• Mr. Morgan’s Last Love

• A Touch Of Sin

• Night Train To Lisbon August

• The Passion Of Michelangelo

• House With Turret

• Papusza

• Chameleon

• Rosie

• Queen Of Montreuil

• Rhino Season

• Kanyaka Talkies

There will be a special focus on Marathi cinema and the films to be showcased here are:

• 72 Miles Ek Pravas

• So Beit

• Fandry

• Narbachi Wadi

• Rege

• The Letter

• Monologue

There will be Retrospectives of Hungarian director Istvan Szabo, Italian director Federico Fellini, Serbian director Goran Paskaljevic, American director Billy Wilder, French director Benoit Jacquot and Indian director Adoor Gopalakrishnan.

Special Screenings

Four classic films will be screened under this section. Director Bidyut Kotoky’s As The River Flows (Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare); Pradip Krishen’s Massey Saheb, starring Raghubir Yadav in the title role; Pamela Rooks’ Train To Pakistan with Mohan Agashe, Nirmal Pandey, Rajit Kapoor and Smriti Mishra in the lead; and Dilip Chitre’s film Godam featuring Satyadev Dubey.

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