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BARFI!, ENGLISH VINGLISH, SHANGHAI & INKAAR to screen in IndoGerman Film Week in Berlin

January 24, 2013 12:50:55 PM IST
By Rajesh Kumar Singh, Glamsham Editorial
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Life Entertainment and Babylon Berlin will be hosting a week of film premieres, workshops and events about Indian cinema from February 5th to 11th, 2013, in Berlin on the sidelines of the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale).

At the IndoGerman Screenwriting Workshop from Feb. 5th to 7th, lecturers such as Anjum Rajabali, screenwriter and head of screenwriting department at FTII, Keith Cunningham, Jochen Brunow, author and head of screenwriting academy dffb, will talk about principles of storytelling, and Indian and Greek mythology. Gauri Shinde, award-winning filmmaker, will talk about women's rights in India and her movie ENGLISH VINGLISH. Filmmaker Anurag Basu will share his knowledge and experience about the process of turning a screenplay into a movie, as he did with BARFI! - the official Indian entry for the Academy Awards 2013, and the opening movie of the IndoGerman Filmweek on February 5th, 2013.


The movies BARFI!, ENGLISH VINGLISH, SHANGHAI and INKAAR will be screened in the presence of their respective directors as German premieres; apart from that eleven more films during the IndoGerman Filmweek from February 5th to 11th, 2013 will be shown. The whole picture from star driven films to modern Indian cinema will be shown that, contrary to classic Bollywood, mainly focuses on issues of concern to the young, aspiring middle class of India.


On February 11th media expert Smita Jha, PWC India, will present the 'India Entertainment and Media Outlook 2012-2016' for the first time in Europe, and give an insight into the Indian media business. According to PWC analyses, the country with the biggest movie production industry of the world (1.200 movies p.a.) will, with 17%, have the highest rate of increase of economic activity media-wise in the upcoming four years, compared to the rest of the world. In detail, growth rates of 57% for the extension of web, 15, 7% for TV and 9,4% for cinema services are expected.

Highly regarded experts of the Indian and German media business will discuss business strategies and perspectives the Indian media market offers; they will talk about basics of cooperation in digital media, in film, and new story ideas.

The highlight will be a fusion concert of sitarist Asad Khan, who played the score of SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, together with a German band on the evening of Friday, February 8th, 2013, in the Babylon, Berlin.

(Rajesh Kumar Singh is Editorial Consultant for Festivals and Markets for He is a filmmaker, critic and market analyst)


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