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Habitat Film Festival: National award winning films, regional cinema make a stellar line-up for 2018

Gulzar, Aparna Sen, Devashish Makhija, Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, Miransha Naik, Jiju Antony are among the filmmakers expected to attend the festival.

Sukhpreet Kahlon

The 13th edition of the Habitat Film Festival will be held from 17 – 27 May at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. The festival will host a handpicked selection of the best of Indian cinema 2017-2018, a pan-Indian sweep of National award winning and critically acclaimed cinema.

The festival will be inaugurated by film scholar par excellence, Aruna Vasudev, founder/president of the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) and the opening film will be the much awaited Bengali drama Drishtikone (2018) by ace director Kaushik Ganguly.  

The stellar line-up of films includes the National Award winning Assamese film Village Rockstars (2017), directed by Rima Das, the hard-hitting Marathi film Ajji, Malayalam thrillers S Durga and Take Off, Hindi features The Hungry and October, and investigative Tamil thriller Vikram Vedha, amongst several others.

With its concentration on regional cinema, the Habitat Film Festival this year highlights the changing face of contemporary Indian Cinema, as the film selection includes Nepali film Ralang Road (2017), Konkani film Juze (2017), Bengali film Mayurakshi (2017), Odia film Hello Arsi, Marathi feature Idak: The Goat (2017), Kannada film Reservation (2017), and Malayalam film Carbon (2017).

Aparna Sen, Devashish Makhija, Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, Miransha Naik, Jiju Antony are among the filmmakers expected to attend the festival.

The Habitat Film Festival also includes a Retrospective on the visionary Malayalam director KG George, and two tribute segments, one on the pioneering contributions of late actor-producer Shashi Kapoor (1938-2017) and the other, on the pan-Indian legacy of late actress Sridevi (1963-2018).

Master classes by Vishal Bharadwaj, Tisca Chopra, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra; panel discussions involving film scholars, film journalists and critics; daily podcasts and newsletters, will infuse the festival with an exciting dose of contemporaneity.

Another highlight of the festival is the presence of legendary writer-director Gulzar, who will be in conversation with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.

As many regional language film industries are at the cusp of radical shifts and transformations, creating a new pan-Indian audience eager to engage with different themes and ideas through cinema, the Habitat Film Festival 2018 reflects on these changes and offers film lovers the opportunity to watch a wide-range of acclaimed films in the capital.

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