Harishchandrachi Factory to Open Phuket Film Festival

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Thu, 04/01/2010 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The opening film for the second Phuket Film Festival will be the Asian premiere of Indian director Paresh Mokashi's debut film Harishchandrachi Factory. Mokashi will attend. Harishchandrachi Factory was India's entry to the 2010 Oscars in the Foreign Language Film category. The festival will be held June 4-13 on the island of Phuket Thailand. The quirky light-hearted film depicts the struggle of Dadasaheb Phalke the father of Indian cinema while making Raja Harishchandra in 1913 India's first feature film. The movie is one of several Indian movies the Phuket Film Festival will play. We're honoring India not only as their cinema industry turns 100 years old but because of the close relationship between Indian filmmakers and Thailand says Scott Rosenberg managing director of AMW International organizers of the festival. Last November Thailand was presented with the top filming locations award at the Locations World Exhibition and Conference held in Mumbai. Indian location shoots and film production in Thailand have increased from 31 in 2003 to 104 in 2009. Festival movies will be shown at the Coliseum Cineplex in Phuket Town. A Meet the Directors series will be held at an open-air theater just now under construction at Cape Yamu. Phuket Film Festival www.phuketfilmfestival.asia