Bhubaneswar, India's 'Temple city', is welcoming international film lovers to its eighth Festival of World Cinema.
The event showcases the best in contemporary film, with entries selected from around the globe as well as from India. The first film to be shown was from Japan, with influential filmmaker Akira Kurosawa's Throne Of Blood, which was followed by a critical discussion on his work. Kurosawa's other films Ikiru and The Hidden Fortress are also on the programme.
The festival was officially inaugurated with Academy award-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's film A Separation. Other prominent films to be shown included Las Acacias, by Argentinian director Pablo Giogeli.
Subas Das, president of Film Society of Bhubaneswar, said the organisers hope the event will entertain fresh audiences as well as regular film goers.
He added: "As a film society we believe that a film festival offers a unique and distinct perspective on cinema in contrast to individual screening. We are also providing engaging encounters with cinema for those not so new to film festivals."
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