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Sydney fest to focus on Indian cinema

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MUMBAI: The Sydney Film Festival 2012, due to go underway from 6 to 17 June, will have a special focus on Indian cinema.

The section will screen Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur Part 1 and 2, Anand Patwardhan’s documentary Jai Bhim Comrade, Musa Syeed’s Valley of Saints, Umesh Kulkarni’s Deool and Sandip Ray’s documentary. The Sound of Old Rooms.

The Kashyap film will also participate in the official competition of the festival. “Anurag Kashyap’s epic is a thrilling, beautifully shot and extremely violent journey tracing the feud between mining magnate and politician Ramadhir Singh and the Khan family from colonial to contemporary times,” announces the festival’s official website.

An Indian short film Unravel by Meghna Gupta will be screened in the festival’s section for shorts. The film is about an Indian woman in the sleepy northern town of Panipat who ponders the ways of the world as she unravels unwanted clothes from the West recycling them back into yarn.

Nashen Moodley, who had earlier programmed Durban International Film Festival and held a special focus on the Independent Cinema of India in its 32nd edition, is this year‘s Festival director.

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