The 8th Osian'sCinefan (July 14-23) held its opening gala in Delhi on Saturday night, followedby the world premiere of France and India-based director Pan Nalin's Valley Of Flowers.
A co-production between
Also during the openingceremony, held at the festival's main venue, the Siri Fort Auditoria Complex, Taiwanesecritic and producer Peggy Chiao was presented with a Lifetime Achievementaward.
The festival, which focuseson Asian and Arab cinema, will screen around 120 films from 40 countries,including ten world premieres. International guests include Mark Damon,Jean-Claude Carriere and veteran Chinese filmmaker Xie Fei.
The Asian Competitionsection features 12 films from around
Other highlights include theIndian Competition, Cross-Cultural Encounters, Arabesque and The Middle Path, aselection of films about Buddhism. The festival also features tributes to
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Iranian director JafarPanahi's Offside will close the10-day event, after the awards ceremony, on July 23.