China participation highlights Kolkata fest


NEW DELHI -- The week-long Kolkata Film Festival, India's only non-competitive festival, ended Friday with a screening of "Kaalpurush" by renowned Indian director Buddhadeb Dasgupta.

Now in its 12th year, a highlight of this year's festival was the first-ever participation from China, which saw four contemporary films screened including a Sunday premiere Sunday for "7 Colours," a collection of seven short films. One the film's seven directors, Lu Yitong, and actress Yang Qing were in attendance.

The Chinese flavor at the festival comes just a week before the official visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao to India.

Other Chinese films unspooling included Yang Li's noirish 2003 title "Blind Shaft"; 2005 Cannes Jury Prize winner "Shanghai Dreams," directed by Xiaoshuai Wang; and 2005's "Perpetual Motion," by director Ning Ying.

The festival, which opened with Danish filmmaker Andres Thomas Jensen's "Adam's Apples," showcased 225 films, compared with 149 last year, from 53 countries, including a special showcase of eight films by Ingmar Bergman.

Also included were retrospectives of Italian filmmakers Luchino Visconti and Roberto Rossellini, whose birth centenaries are being observed this year.

Held in the eastern city of Kolkata, the festival does not include a competition section and only acts as a platform to showcase the best of world and Indian cinema.