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Curtains go down on IFFI 2008
Panaji | Tuesday, Dec 2 2008 IST
 
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The curtains went down today on the week-long International Film Festival of India (IFFI 2008), which showcased over 300 films from around the world.

The 39th IFFI 2008, which began on December 22, came to an end with the screening of Majid Majidi's "The Song of Sparrows" (Iran).

The festival saw one of the largest participation and also the finest movies. Five days into the festival, though the Mumabi blasts had cast a shadow of gloom on the celebrations, the festival continued with all its charm and beauty.

The festival had many uniqueness with some of the films having their world, Asian and Indian premiers at the IFFI. Bangladeshi filmmaker Abu Sayeed's latest work "Rupantor" had its world premier in this festival. Dada Saheb Phalke Award winner Adoor Gopalakrishnan's Oru Pennum Randannum and well known Malayalam director T V Chandran's Vilapangalkkappuram had their Indian premier at the festival. Raja Menon's Barah Aana,Anjan Dutt's Chaurastra Crossroads of Love, Vera Chawala's Death Without Consent were all world premiers. Tandoori Love by Oliver Paulus was the Asia premier at the IFFI.

Controversies also marred the festival with legendary artist M F Hussain's documentary ''Through The Eyes of a Painter'' being deferred. ''Through the Eyes of a Painter'' was deferred after some Hindu outfits threatened to launch protests at the venue if it was screened. Later the film was screened after much protest from the delegates.

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