Johnnie To's Berlin competition title Sparrow will be the opening film of the 10th Osian's-Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema (July 10-20) in New Delhi.

The film, which stars Simon Yam, Kelly Lin and Ka Tung Lam, will screen on the second day of the festival on July 11. To's Breaking News screened at the 2005 edition of Cinefan.

On July 19, Indian production Mumbai Cutting A City Unfolds will close the festival. Previously the closing film of the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA), Mumbai Cutting is a collection of ten short films about Mumbai city made by ten Indian directors, including Sudhir Mishra, Rituparno Ghosh, Manish Jha, Anurag Kashyap, Ruchi Narain and Revathy.

In total, Osian's-Cinefan will screen around 150 films from more than 40 countries. On July 14 it will present the centerpiece attraction, Indian filmmaker Ketan Mehta's Rang Rasiya.

Featuring Randeep Hooda as the celebrated classical artist Raja Ravi Varma, the film is set at the end of the 19th century when Varma is arrested and charged with obscenity, immorality and hurting religious sentiments for painting nudes of Indian mythological characters.