SOURCE: Thomson

March 18, 2008 15:09 ET

Thomson Foundation launches in India 'Pune Film Treasures Festival' within the Film Heritage Educational Program

The festival promises an interesting feast of international classics

PARIS and NEW DELHI, INDIA--(Marketwire - March 18, 2008) - The Thomson Foundation for Film & Television Heritage launched the first ever "Pune Film Treasures Festival" a four day cinema event in Pune taking place at the National Film Archive of India (NFAI) and with prestigious partners such as Cinémathèque Française (France), Film & Television Institute of India (FTII) and George Eastman House (USA). The film festival continuing till March 20, 2008 will host screenings of timeless wonders based on the theme 'Cinema of modernity and Modernity of cinema'.

The initiative to launch the "Pune Film Treasures Festival" is in continuation with Thomson Foundation's commitment to promote film heritage in India and globally and will focus on movie programming and archiving training.

The festival has been designed as a complement to the Film Heritage Educational Program within FTII, specifically created for the future generation of filmmakers trained at the national film school in Pune. This intensive 4-days course had been launched in April 2007 as a premiere within a film school. The second session will open on March 17 with lectures and masterclasses, again mixing both filmmakers and various film experts forms prestigious archive institutions.

In the continuity to the courses during the day at FTII, the Pune Film Treasures Festival, open to the public, will have evening screenings on each of the festival days at the Main Theatre, NFAI, Law College Road, Pune.

The movies will be introduced by world-class film archivist and filmmakers, Sudhir Mishra, Olivier Assayas, Nishikant Kamat, Jean-François Rauger...

"Heritage should always be shared especially with the young generation and this is a novel attempt to make youngster aware of the heritage," said, Mr Pankaj Rag, Director, FTII, Pune.

Speaking on the occasion, Séverine Wemaere, Managing Director of Thomson Foundation, "The Pune Film Treasures' objective is to educate audience on the importance of film heritage safeguard. Our efforts to sensitize the public to the richness of archives have received a boost with the support from eminent filmmakers like Shyam Benegal, Sudhir Mishra, Olivier Assayas, Nishikant Kamat, Anurag Kashyap, Adoor Gopanakrishnan, ketan Mehta."

"The foundation is also extremely proud of the endless support it receives from its partners, National Film Archive of India, Film & Television Institute of India, Cinémathèque Française and George Eastman House. In 2007, we have created and launched the Goa Film Treasures section in IFFI Goa festival which received very encouraging response from all quarters", she added. .

Classics such as Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (F W Murnau, Germany), La Règle du Jeu (Jean Renoir, France), Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks, USA) or Shiraz ( Franz Osten, India) will be screened at this ongoing festival.

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About Thomson Foundation for Film & Television Heritage:

Created in 2006, the Thomson Foundation is a non-profit entity, acting worldwide in the field of preservation and promotion of film and TV heritage, which reflects the history and culture of a country. Working in cooperation with local and international partners, the Thomson Foundation identifies and supports urgent programs for the safeguard of moving images. By identifying the appropriate resources required for each project, the Thomson Foundation helps set up multi-disciplinary teams. They include experts from its founder Thomson and experts from leading film and TV archives, film preservation schools, cinema schools. Transmission and education plays a key role in each program. In all Foundation programs, films and audiovisual materials are preserved in aim to be shared and shown to the largest audience.

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Screening Schedule

National Film Archive of India, main theatre, law college road, Pune

+--------------------+--------------------+--------------------+
|         Date       |Time                |Movie               |
+--------------------+--------------------+--------------------+
|    March 18, 2008  |              6:00pm|Rio Bravo, Howard   |
|                    |                    |Hawks, 1959, USA    |
+--------------------+--------------------+--------------------+
|  8:30pm            |Assault on Precinct |                    |
|                    |13, John Carpenter, |                    |
|                    |1976, USA           |                    |
+--------------------+--------------------+--------------------+
|  March 19, 2008    |              7:00pm|Shiraz, Franz Osten,|
|                    |                    |1928, India         |
+--------------------+--------------------+--------------------+
|    March 20, 2008  |              6:00pm|Le Mépris, Jean-Luc |
|                    |                    |Godard, 1963, France|
+--------------------+--------------------+--------------------+
|  8:00pm            |The Big Heat, Fritz |                    |
|                    |Lang, 1953, USA     |                    |
+--------------------+--------------------+--------------------+
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