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Bangalore will be hosting a prestigious international film festival from Friday December 22. The seven day long festival will be inaugurated on Thursday at the Chowdaiah Memorial Hall. totally 28 Kannada films will be screened as part of the International film festival which will be organised by the Suchitra Film Society in Collaboration with the state government and the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce.
The Bangalore international film festival will have retrospective of the Mysore born cinematographer V.K.Murthy who worked for Gurudatt's films and Kannada film Hoovu Hannu and also famous Japanese director Nagisa Oshima who won the Best director award in the Cannes film festival for his film L'empire De La Passion made in the year 1978.
While four films of Oshima which were done in four years between 1968 to 1972(Death By Hanging(1968),. The Boy (1969), The Ceremony (1971) and Dear Summer Sister (1972) will be screened, three great films made by Gurudutt in the combination of V.K.Murthy will be exhibited in the festival. The films are Pyaasa and Kagaz Ke Phool (which was made in colour) directed by Gurudatt and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam directed by Abrar Alvi.
Kannada film Samskaara based on a novel of Dr. U.R.Ananatha Murthy and directed by Late Pattabhirama Reddy will be featured as one of the Indian classic films in that section. The list also include Hindi film 27 Down, Bengali film Athithi and Malayalam film Nirmalyam.
The cinema of India will feature some of the better known films which were selected for the Indian Panorama section last year. They include Assamese film Joymati by Borah, Tamil film Aadum Koothu directed by T.V.Chandran and Marati film Bayo by Gajendra Ahire. Critically acclaimed Kannada film Nenapirali one of the block busters of the year 2005 will also be featured in this section.)
The cinema of the world section includes films made Argentina , Afghanisthan, Bulgaria, Bangaladesh, Austria, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Norway, Poland and even Sri Lanka.
In the world classics, eleven films will be featured including films of Well known Hollywood director Ernst Lubitsch and French director Max Ophuls.
Kannada films which will be screening in this film festivals are - Bettadha Hoovu, Shanthi, Hamsageethe, Kanooru Hegadathi, Panchama Veda, Bankar Margaiah, Beladingala Bale, Paniyamma, Boothayana Maga Ayyu. Antha, Bara, Mithileya Seetheyaru, Premaloka, Chomana dudi, Deveri, Bhaktha Kumbara, Aparichitha, Om, Maninna Maga, Kasturi Nivasa, Chandra Chakori, America America, Belli Moda, Munnudi.
Samskara will be screened under the Indian Classic film, while Nenapirali will be screened under contemporary section.