French festival celebrates diversity of vintage Indian cinema

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The 44th edition of the Festival des 3 Continents has opened in the western French city of Nantes. This year’s event honours Indian cinema, with an eclectic programme dedicated to the golden years of filmmaking from 1970 through to 1990.

Over the next two weeks, audiences in Nantes and in cinemas throughout the Loire-Atlantique region can feast their eyes on 90 fiction and documentary feature films from Latin America, Asia and Africa.

Many of them have never been screened in Europe.

Besides the official selection, there is a tribute to Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda (winner of the 2018 Cannes Palme d'Or), who will be attending the festival.

There is also the presentation of the complete work of Mike De Leon, an essential figure in Filipino cinema, and a dive into the films of Argentinian Raúl Perrone.

India and its illustrious cinema industry is highlighted with a special focus on the intensely creative period of the 1970s and '80s – a time when political issues, history and cinema intersected.

The 14 heritage films present the rich diversity in Indian cinema, pushing beyond the stereotypes associated with Bollywood – the Hindi film industry based in Mumbai.

Linking past and present

"It’s about creating a balance because, in the public’s mind, Indian cinema is linked to Bollywood which is a very particular way of making film and not the only one," Jérôme Baron, the festival’s artistic director told RFI.

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