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The Forum for Film Studies and Allied Arts, with Goutam Ghose as president, will host the fourth edition of the Calcutta Italian Film Festival, in association with the Italian Consulate in Calcutta and Italian Cultural Centre in Delhi, from February 12 to 14 to build a “better understanding of cinema and the allied arts” through greater exposure to contemporary Italian films.

Film-maker Ashoke Viswanathan will inaugurate the festival at Nandan II on Wednesday, followed by the screening of two films, Il Primo Incarico directed by Giorgia Cecere and La Bestia nel Cuore by Cristina Comencini. Screenings will be at 4pm and 6pm on all days.

MIFF in the city

The biennial Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) for documentary, shorts and animation has come to town in its 13th year. From February 5 to 9, film lovers of Calcutta can for the first time see parallel screening of shorts at Nandan II, along with cities like Nagpur, Chandigarh, Delhi and Chennai, where MIFF is travelling to this year. Around 56 documentaries from India, the US, Norway, Denmark, France, China and Malaysia are being screened at the festival.

At the Calcutta inauguration, film-maker Buddhadeb Dasgupta highlighted the unhappy state of documentary making in India, especially in Bengal. “Few are even aware that such an event is taking place in the city. The status of shorts is miserable and I am a victim too. I don’t make them anymore as there are no takers. Seats go empty.”

Contributed by Mohua Das and Chandreyee Ghose