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22nd Kolkata International Film Festival to Start Today; Country of Focus This Year is China


Video: Press Conference of 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival 2016

The press conference to announce the Kolkata International Film Festival was held in Nandan in the presence of Gautam Ghosh, Yadav Mondal, Atri Mukherjee and Arup Biswas.

The country of focus this time is China. Seven films of China will be showcased at the film festival. The regional focus is on Marathi cinema. Five Marathi films will be shown. The reason why Marathi films have been made the focus is simply because they are doing well regionally as well as internationally. The Satyajit Ray Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Mohan Agashe on 12th November. The inaugural film at the festival will be a Bengali film.

Director-Gautam-Ghosh

The master class is on 15th November while seminars will be held daily. Workshops will be held from 16th to 18th November at Nandan. Evening adda sessions will be held daily at the film lounge in Nandan.

The total number of films is 155 from 65 countries. Some of the different segments include International competition, Innovation in moving images, Asian select, Cinema international, Special tribute, Country focus, Regional focus, Indian select, Bengali panorama, Children’s screening, Centenary tribute, Short competition and others.

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Some of the theatres and multiplexes where the films will be shown include Nandan 1-2-3, Mitra, Rabindra Sadan, Star Theatre, EZCC, Nazrul Tirtha, Roxy, Navina and others. Nandan 2 has 2K projection this time.

The inauguration will take place on 11th November at 5pm at Netaji Indoor Stadium. Celebrities who will grace the occasion include Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Kajol and Jaya Bachchan. The festival will continue till the 18th of November.

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Restaurant Square 4O5 Celebrates Szechwan Festival; Consulate General of China Declares the Festival Open

Restaurant Square 4O5 in Mani Square Mall Kolkata is the city’s newest entrant into the food marquee and has already started creating a buzz amongst the Kolkata Food lovers owed to its very different and delicious cuisine and strikingly vibrant ambience.

In keeping with its vision of presenting something rare and different to the foodies of the city, Square 4O5 has organized a ‘Szechwan Festival’ that will be on till February 2 and will not only celebrate the great taste of Chinese food but also set the mood right for the celebrations of the Chinese New Year. This one-of-a-kind food festival was declared open on January 24, 2014 in the presence of Honorable Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China Mr. Wang Xuefeng, Chef Sanjay Llama, the team of Square 4O5 and the media.

Speaking at the occasion, His Excellency said, “It has just been three weeks that I have arrived in India and I am really overwhelmed with the kind of hospitality that I have received from the people of this city. Relations between India and China have always been great and such cultural exchanges further help in boosting the good relations between the two countries. I would also like to welcome all of you to China and can assure you that whenever you contact the consulate for any kind of help we shall be more than willing to help in more ways than one”. Along with speaking to the media about the food festival and the Indo-China relations, His Excellency also helped Chef Llama in preparing the Chinese dish Stir Fried Pokchoy with Shitake Mushrooms that the chef demonstrated for the assembled guests. The ease with which His Excellency handled the wok and the chopsticks in order to lay the food on the serving tray made it very evident that he is a regular at the kitchen when home and when asked he said, “I cook almost 4-5 times a week at home, not only because I enjoy cooking but also because I am a better cook than my wife”.

Delicious Chinese dishes like Tofu Satay, Drums of Heaven Shangdong, Pan Fried Chilli Fish, Kung Pao Chicken and such others that were presented for the opening ceremony made a pleasant sight, tickling the taste buds of one and all present, thus sealing the fact that the assembled guests would invariably become regulars at this great eatery as one can definitely not try out all of the great stuff available here in just one visit.

Square 4O5, with this one-of-a-kind food festival has brought the people of Kolkata closer to the Chinese culture which is already so vibrant and pulsating within the veins of the city.

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