Bhonsle, The Sweet Requiem to be screened at Dharamshala International Film Festival 2018

will focus specifically on up-and-coming filmmakers from Himachal Pradesh

FP Staff October 18, 2018 11:48:15 IST
Bhonsle, The Sweet Requiem to be screened at Dharamshala International Film Festival 2018

Acclaimed actor Manoj Bajpayee and celebrated photographer Raghu Rai will attend the seventh edition of the Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF).

Manoj's upcoming film Bhonsle will be screened and Raghu's daughter Avani Rai's debut documentary Raghu Rai: An Unfinished Portrait will be presented at the gala, to be held from 1-4 November.

Bhonsle The Sweet Requiem to be screened at Dharamshala International Film Festival 2018

Manoj Bajpayee in Bhonsle. Twitter @zesty_movies

DIFF will this year roll with Dar Gai's Namdev Bhau: In Search Of Silence to Open as its opening film. Ere Gowda's Kannada feature Balekempa is the closing film.

Films like Ghode Ko Jalebi Khilane Le Ja Riya Hoon, The Gold-Laden Sheep and the Sacred Mountain and international films like 48 Years: Silent Dictator, A Long Way Home, Bamboo Dogs and Boom for Real are a part of the lineup, read a statement.

The festival will also see the Asia premiere of Ritu Satin and Tenzing Sonam's The Sweet Requiem which had its World Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival 2018.

DIFF 2018 will focus specifically on up-and-coming filmmakers from Himachal Pradesh. The selected fellows are Rahat Mahajan, Aman Sharma, Mrinali Singha, Vaasu Soni and Kesang Thakur who will be mentored by award-winning filmmakers Gurvinder Singh and Anupama Srinivasan.

For the first time, a Dharamshala PJLF Editing Workshop 2018 will be held in association with the Paddy & Joan Leigh Fermor Arts Fund, to encourage editors in the independent cinema market.

The editing workshop will be mentored by internationally renowned editor Jacques Comets, and Bina Paul, Artistic Director, International Film Festival of Kerala, and producer and script and editing mentor Olivia Stewart.

As for short films, filmmaker Umesh Kulkarni has curated a selection of ten shorts including Tungrus and Eye Test, which will be featured at DIFF.

Indian short filmmakers Siddharth Chauhan, Sudha Padmaja Francis, Mukul Haloi, Rishi Chandna, Tarun Jain, Raghbir Singh Toor, Natesh Hagde, Abhijeet Phartiyal, Divya Unny, Pia Shah and Ajitpal Singh will also be present at the fest.

DIFF 2018 will also focus on a special programme for children curated by film curator and Director of the South Asia Children's Cinema Forum, Monica Wahi. This includes two award-winning features, Chuskit by Priya Ramasubban and Cross My Heart by Luc Picard, and four internationally acclaimed shorts, Rammat Gammat (Ajitpal Singh, India), Hadia the Gift (Sinem Sakaogl, Germany/Turkey), Father (Abu Adnan, Denmark) and Beauty (Christina Willings, Canada).

(With inputs from Indo-Asian News Service)

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