The Canadian Film Institute (CFI), in collaboration with the High Commission of India to Canada, is proud to present the 9th annual Indian Film Festival running on select dates from September 6th to 29th. This year’s Festival features 10 rarely seen gems from the world’s largest film industry. All 10 films will be presented for free in their original language, with English subtitles.
The Festival opens with Iqbal directed by Nagesh Kukunoor, which introduces us to a man named Anwar Khan. Khan despises cricket, a veritable religion in India. His wife and daughter, however, are avid fans. His son, Iqbal, although deaf, is also an ardent cricket fan who seeks tutelage under a once successful cricketer who is now down on his luck.
A lively Bollywood romp will close out the Festival. Chalte Chalte, directed by Aziz Mirza tells the story Priya Chopra, a fashion designer, and Raj Mathur, the owner of a small trucking company. They meet on the road, argue, and then fall for each other. Priya, eventually leaves her fiancé for Raj, but many unanticipated problems arise, complicating matters.
This year’s Festival takes on added significance as 2012 marks 100 years of Indian cinema. Thanks to the generous support of the High Commission of India to Canada, each screening at the Indian Film Festival is free of charge. All screenings will take place at the Auditorium at 395 Wellington Street in Ottawa. Visit www.cfi-icf.ca for complete listings.
The Canadian Film Institute (CFI) was incorporated in 1935 as a federally-chartered, non-governmental, non-profit cultural organization. It is the oldest film institution in Canada and the second oldest film institute in the world. More information can be found online at www.cfi-icf.ca.
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