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    Chennai Film Festival 2012

    Chennai has been hosting an International Film Festival for last 9 years and I have been wanting to attend it. Only this year I manage to go for some films. This year is 10th Chennai Film Festival, for which you can get a pass for Rs.500 to attend any of the films that are screened across many screens in the four days (13-16 December 2012). Though I am not an ardent film buff, I do enjoy a good cinema. International films open you to see different cultures, people & practises, it also makes you realise people across the world may look different, follow different faiths but all of them experience…

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    A herceg haladéka (2006)

    Read in weekend “The Hindu” about a Hungarian Film Festival that’s happening in Chennai from 11th to 13th March 2013, I contacted the office of the organisers – ICAF (Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation, Phone: +91-44-6516 3866) for tickets. ICAF conducts the famous Chennai Film Festival every year. Today before the screening at the venue (Devi Sri Prasad Preview theatre, T.Nagar) I gave an enrolment form along with Rs.800 as one-year membership to ICAF. The Prince’s Respite The first Hungarian movie that got screened today was “The Prince’s Respite”.  It is about a famous model in Hungary who gets shot by a mugger, but before the decision to hell/heaven decision manages…

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    The Delay (2012)

    On the last day, last show of Chennai Film Festival I went to see this Uruguay film at The Inox. Long queue to get in for the 6:30 PM show stretching all the way to elevators at City Centre I thought I won’t get a seat, but luckily I did and I got to enjoy this fine film. The movie “The Delay” directed by Rodrigo Plá is about every day struggles of life in Uruguay cities. It is about a single mother with 3 kids working from home as a tailor for a big textile firm. She is left with taking care of her ageing father and gets no support…

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    Mushrooming (2012)

    For the Chennai Film Festival today I went to Inox to see I, Anna – a German thriller Movie. Instead due to technical issues with DCP (Digital Cinema Package) they showed this movie – Mushrooming, an Estonian film, directed by Toomas Hussar and starring Raivo E. Tamm & Elina Reinold. Lucky for me, the film turned out to be quite enjoyable & a comedy. The story is about a dull Estonian Member of Parliament going out to the woods for a relaxing activity of collecting mushrooms with his wife. Instead, he gets in the news first due to an expense cooking scam, then for getting lost in the woods. The…

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    Chittagong (2012)

    Chittagong (2012): Before the start of the movie, there was a brief introduction of the Director “Bedabrata Pain” by The Hindu Editor “Siddharth Varadarajan”. Siddharth mentioned that the Director was a former scientist at NASA for 15 years (Wikipedia says Pain co-invented the CMOS Image sensor common in all mobile & digital cameras today) and left the job to follow his passion for making films. The film “Chittagong” is Pain’s debut movie & it has been taken brilliantly – read the review of the movie in Huffington Post here. Chittagong is an Indian Independence struggle movie based on the true history of the 1930 Chittagong Uprising in what is today…