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- International Film Month at United Club

A celluloid festival is back to thrill the movie buffs of Jamshedpur after a gap of two years.

The Celluloid Chapter Art Foundation, in association with the Federation of Film Societies in India and the French embassy, is celebrating international cinema by screening over 32 feature and 38 short foreign films and documentaries at the city’s United Club.

The event, titled International Film Month is making a comeback after 2009 — when it was stopped due to technical glitches — and will run till December 25.

The organisers, who have refused to dub the event as a film festival, said they worked hard to get their hands on the best collection available to match the taste of the steel-city crowd, who have been flocking in by the dozen.

According to the schedule, Amos Gitai’s Desengagement was screened on Sunday, with other classics like Kippour, Alila, Esther, Roses a Credit, scheduled to be screened later during the month.

“The idea of an International Film Month was mooted because we felt that the city’s movie lovers were missing out on their quota of international films. This was due to a number of reasons including the absence of right infrastructure and the non-availability of international film reels in the 35mm format,” said Amitava Ghosh, secretary of celluloid Chapter Art Foundation, Jamshedpur.

He added that this year they made an extra effort to get hold of larger film prints.

“We will also screen films from Israel and Poland apart from the usual Hindi, English and Bengali ones. A list of all the cinemas will be declared soon,” a celluloid chapter member said.

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