Delhi's Japanese film fest to screen 'Summer Days With Coo'

NEW DELHI: The Japanese Film Festival, which commenced as a part of the Second Delhi International Arts Festival (DIAF), is set to screen children’s film Summer Days with Coo, directed by Hara Keiichi.

The film is about a mythological character in Japanese folk tales.

The other films that are to be screened during the festival include The Village Album by Mihara Mitsuhiro, The Professor and His Beloved Equation by Koizumi Takashi, Memories of Tomorrow by Tsutsumi Yukihiko, What The Snow Brings by Negishi Kichitaro, and Heaven Can Wait, Maybe… by Toki Yoshitaka.

The Japanese film festival, which opened with the screening of I just didn’t do it by Suo Masayuki, will be followed by two festivals from 11 December – the much awaited screening of the 26 features in the Indian Panorama screened recently at Goa, and the ‘Twilight’ Competitive Film Festival of student and professional films, and a three-day Children’s Film Festival from 22 December.

The Indian Panorama has been organised by the DIAF in association with the Directorate of Film Festivals. Opening with the screening of ‘Little Zizou’, the inauguration will have director Sooni Taraporevala, actor Imad Shah and Shernaz Patel.

Simultaneously, the Twilight Film Festival, organised by the Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication exclusively meant for short films in India, will open at the India Islamic Culture Centre in Delhi. The festival will close on 15 December with the eminent Shyam Benegal giving away the prizes for the competitions of students’ films and professionals’ films. The screenings of around 60 films are being held in Alliance Francaise.

The film segment of the DIAF concludes with the screening of six children’s films at Sirifort II from 22 to 24 December. This is DIAF’s outreach programme for schools and children including street-children. Children will have an opportunity to interact with the directors and filmmakers.

Apart from the Film Festivals being held as part of the DIAF, the 4th India International Women Film Festival started from 7 December and will continue till 14 December with films and seminars on the subject of women empowerment, women behind the camera, and portrayal of women on screen.

The Delhi International Arts Festival (DIAF) was started last year to highlight the "rich and diverse cultural heritage" of the national capital.

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