10K turn up on Day 1

10K turn up on Day 1

 An estimated 10,000 movie buffs turned up for the screenings of the 9th Bengaluru International Film Festival (Biffes), which formally kicked off at PVR Cinemas, Orion Mall, here on Friday. As many as 43 films were screened on the first day.

A discussion with Children Film Society India (CFSI) CEO Shravan Kumar and Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) professor Raghunath turned the spotlight on the production and marketing of films.

The panelists spoke about exploiting the wide diaspora of Indian culture for richer storytelling. The audience sought ideas to introduce filmmaking to children. This led to a debate about why filmmaking as a course is discouraged by parents. It was argued that an education in cinema and filmmaking helps not only to build a sense of aesthetics but also gives adults an opportunity to understand the working of the child’s mind.

Another discussion on the role of the public service broadcaster had the Prasar Bharathi in focus. It also reminded the audience about how Doordarshan telecasts award-winning regional movies, an opportunity which is otherwise not available locally.

Saturday schedule

    9.30 am: The Bait /
Director: Buddhadeb
Dasgupta / 88 min
    10.00 am: Between Sea and Land / Carlos Del Castillo / Columbia /
98 min
   11.50 am: Bekku / Baragur Ramachandrappa /
Kannada / 102 min
  12.15 pm: U Turn / Pawan Kumar / 121 min
   2.30 pm: The
Distinguished Citizen / Gastom Duprat /
Argentina / 117 min
 2.45 pm: Daughter / Reza Mirkarimi / Iran / 103 min
 3.00 pm: Red Butterfly Dreams / Priyantha
Kaluarachchi / Sri Lanka / 86 min
  5.30 pm: Uppina Kagada / B Suresha / Kannada /
120 min
  6.15 pm: Clash/ Mohamed Diab / Egypt / 97 min
 6.15 pm: In Between / Maysoloun Hamoud /
Israel / 96 min
   8.15 pm: Fritz Lang /
Gordian Maugg / Germany / 104 min
   8.30 pm: Van Gogh /
Maurice Pialat / France / 158 min
   8.10 pm: Train Driver’s
Diary / Milos Radovic / 85 min

    8.15 pm: Yourself and Yours / Sang-Soo Hong / South Korea / 86 min
    8.10 pm: Hedi / Mohamed Ben Attia / Tunisia / 88 min

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