Husain's film to be screened at IFFI

PANAJI: Through the Eyes of a Painter, the film made for the Films Division by controversial artist M F Hussain, is back in the 39th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) despite protests from Hindu groups.

After firm protests from filmmakers about intrusions on their freedom of speech, the Films Division has got the necessary clearance and the film is being screened as part of the ‘Framing Time’ event of the Films Division at 3 pm tomorrow.

Earlier the Goa government had requested the film to be withdrawn from the festival following complaints from Hindu groups.

Through the Eyes... is an award-winning 18-minute film directed by Husain around four decades earlier. It won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film festival in 1967. The film is a depiction of Rajasthan through Husain‘s eyes.

Meanwhile, the National Film Development Corporation Film Bazaar at Marriott Resort in Goa opened today and will continue till 29 November.

The Film Bazaar aims at creating opportunities for networking and business for producers, filmmakers and distributors from across the world.

This year, the Bazaar provides an interactive platform to promote co-production market by facilitating collaboration among potential domestic and international partners in the realms of production and distribution.

Fifteen pre-selected film projects and ten documentary projects, a new feature to be introduced this year will be presented at Bazaar.

The attraction of the Bazaar will be presence of international sales agencies and producers whose work has won critics‘ acclaim and commercial success. There will be a business lounge open throughout the day for the meeting and video screening, in order to enhance collaboration in the field of co-production and distribution.

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