Madhusree Dutta’s Cinema City heading to 60th Berlin Film Festival 2010

The renowned “60th Berlin International Film Festival” of Germany has selected Indian filmmaker Madhusree Dutta’s "Cinema City” project for display.

This “installation project” will be on display in several cinema foyers, exploring questions about the relationship between urban space and cinema during the Festival in Berlin from February 11 to 21. It has been described as a project to archive the city whose identity is integrally linked with its production process of cinemas, through an inter-disciplinary network of research, productions and documentations.

Filmfare and National awards winner Dutta (7 Islands and a Metro), a National School of Drama (New Delhi) alumni, besides filmmaking, is also said to be a producer-curator-pedagogue-researcher-activist.

Congratulating Dutta and her project team, acclaimed Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, urged India Government and large private conglomerates of India to promote independent cinema. India was full of creative and excellent filmmakers and they only needed an integrated effort in funding, encouragement, marketing/promotion, exposure in global avenues, and organization of world-level film festivals in India, Rajan Zed, who is chairperson of Indo-American Leadership Confederation, added.

Another Indian entry into this Festival is “My Name Is Khan” in “out of competition” category. Directed by Filmfare winner Karan Johar (Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…), its cast includes Filmfare winners Shah Rukh Khan (Chak De India!) and Kajol (Fanaa) besides Christopher B. Duncan (Contradictions of the Heart), who plays US President Barack Obama. It is the story of Rizwan Khan of Mumbai who suffers from Asperger syndrome.

Berlin International Film Festival (Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin) is claimed to be "the biggest audience event in the film world". At last Festival, it had 486,955 visitors from 136 countries and there were 389 films in the public program. Dieter Kosslick is Festival Director.
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