Film festivals delay screenings due to ‘uncertainty’
LAHORE: The two international film festivals running in the city cancelled screenings on Friday. There was a general strike in the city on the Ishq-i-Rasool Day declared by the federal government.
The Rafi Peer International Film Festival was to screen as many as six films at the Rafi Peer Cultural Complex in Raiwind on Friday but promotions manager Maliha Aftab told The Express Tribune, “Screening films today (Friday) was out of the question given the seriousness of the situation.”
She said the security situation in the city had forced the RPTW to stop the screening. “With phone networks blocked, we had great difficulty discussing when and how to reschedule the cancelled shows.
Aftab said the festival will resume on Saturday. She said the schedule will be updated on their Facebook page.
Salakhain, a Pakistani film, was scheduled to be screened on Friday besides films from Iran, India and Bangladesh. Separately, the Fourth Lahore International Children’s Film Festival, which started on September 18 at the Ali Auditorium, also postponed the screenings scheduled for Friday.
Noman Qureshi, a member of the organising team at The Little Art, told The Tribune the shows scheduled for Friday had been rescheduled for September 28. As many as 22 films were scheduled to be screened on September 21 from 9am to 9pm. Qureshi said the festival will resume the original schedule today (Saturday).
On Saturday, the Rafi Peer International Film Festival will show Nowergian film Kurt Turns Evil and Indian film Icche at 4:40pm. These will be followed by French films The Artist and L’Auberge Espangnole at 6pm and 610pm respectively. These will be followed by Italian film Gangoor at 730pm and French film Coco before Channel at 8pm.
A live musical performance by Sher Miandad will be held later.