'Sparrow' alights atop Osian's Cinefan fest

India's 'Mumbai Cutting' will be closing-night film

NEW DELHI -- The 10th annual Osian's Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema will open with Hong Kong helmer Johnnie To's "Sparrow" and close with "Mumbai Cutting," a Mumbai-based anthology directed by 10 Indian filmmakers including Ruchi Narain, Anurag Kashyap and Sudhir Mishra.

"Sparrow" -- a Hong Kong street term for a pickpocket -- revolves around a beautiful woman and three professional pickpockets coming together in search of an elusive key.

Also featured in the 10-day event are two master class sessions addressed by writer-director Paul Schrader.

Osian's Cinefan runs July 10-20 and is organized by Mumbai-based art organization Osian's Connoisseurs of Art in association with the Government of Delhi. This year's festival will give away about $250,000 in prize money across its competition sections, organizers said in a statement.

Screening about 200 films, including 40 shorts, the festival's 22 jurors comprise six juries across various categories. Awards are given in four categories: Asian & Arab, Indian, First Features and In-Tolerance.