14th Festival on Wheels | Kars

Aditya Sunday November 30, 2008
If people do not go to the cinema, the cinema goes to the people. This is the best way to describe the Festival on Wheels that has been bringing quality cinema to the remotest corners of Turkey while carrying the best of Turkish cinema to European and North American capitals. Kars, an eastern town laden with history lies at the Turkish-Armenian border. For a population of around 325 000 inhabitants, there are only two halls with screening possibilities. Hence the importance of the festival that showcases an impressive selection of films around the world in addition to the latest gems of Turkish cinema. For the locals, to meet Tarik Akan, the idol of generations with unforgettable roles such as in Yol or Mujde Ar who, starting in the 1980s revolutionized the way cinema looked at women with her daring performances particularly in Atif Yilmaz films, this is a dream come true and a good educational tool for the young generation weaned on the sit-coms of Turkish television. But Kars is also where cultures meet.
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15th International film Festival of Kerala, 2010

Aditya Monday December 2, 2002
Kerala, a tropical paradise, is recommended by the National Geographic Magazine as one of the 50 ‘must-see’ destinations of the world. Marketed as God’s own country Kerala (kera+layam) which literally translates as abode of the coconuts and as legend goes it is the land that was reclaimed from the Sea. From mountains to the sea, from rock to sand, lush greens to bright reds, spicy curries to sweet payasams, calm rural spaces to bustly urban centres kerala has as much variety in colour, texture and experiences, that takes more than lifetime to live and absorb completely. Kerala boasts of one of the most cine-literate and discerning audiences in the world. Cinema and politics are two abiding passions of the people of Kerala. Bizarre experiments in the medium, with few takers elsewhere, find vociferous votaries here.
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Jocelyne Saab (30th Apr, 1948 - 7th Jan. 2019) Jocelyne Jocelyne Saab, widely considered one of the most important contemporary Arab filmmakers, passed away after a brave and difficult battle with cancer on 7 January. Although death had long been hovering, many of us in contact only through texting or phoning, were taken by surprise, as the usual season's greetings had been exchanged with no hint that this beloved member of our film community would leave us within a week. Read More...