Indian Film Festival Stuttgart to Open With 'Bombay Talkies'

"A Throw of Dice," the 1929 silent Indian film by German director Franz Osten will screen with live music by sitar player Nishat Khan.

The tenth edition of the festival will also pay tribute to late Bengali director Rituparno Ghosh and screen German-born director Franz Osten's historic India-shot silent film, "A Throw of Dice."

NEW DELHI – The 10th Indian Film Festival Stuttgart will run from July 17-21 and  open with Bombay Talkies, the ensemble of four short films by leading Indian directors Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee and Anurag Kashyap, festival organizers have announced. 

Co-produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures India, the film was screened at Cannes this year to celebrate Indian cinema's centennial. IFFS will also mark the occasion with a screening of A Throw of Dice, the 1929 silent film by German-born director Franz Osten who made 19 films in India between 1926 and 1939. Based on an episode from the Indian epic the Mahabharata, the film will be screened to live music by noted Indian sitar player Nishat Khan.

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The festival's guest of honor will be south Indian actress and director Revathi, who is also part of the jury, while her latest Malayalam language feature Molly Aunty Rocks! is included in the non-competition program.
The festival will pay tribute to the recently deceased Bengali director Rituparno Ghosh with a screening of one of his award-winning films Chokher Bali, starring actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The film was earlier screened at the festival in 2005.

The festival's awards include top honor German Star of India for best feature film with a cash prize o $5,200 (4,000 euros), the Director's Vision Award (for outstanding socio-political themed film), best short film, best documentary and audience awards ($1,300/1,000 euros each).

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Some of the competing feature films include Ustad Hotel by Anwar Rasheed, Filmistaan by Nitin Kakkar, Shyamal Uncle Turns Off The Lights by Suman Ghosh and Shahid by Hansal Mehta. The program includes over 60 films with titles including Chor Chor Super Chor by K. Rajesh, Life is Good by Ananth Narayan Mahadevan, Endless Summer by Sanjeev Sivan and The Rajini Effect by Nelson and Kuvera Sivalingam.

“For many years now, the Indian Film Festival Stuttgart has obtained acceptance as a highly recognized setting in Europe for numerous productions from India,” said festival director Oliver Mahn.