Dharmashala International Filmfest to showcase features, shorts and documentaries

NEW DELHI: ‘The Lunch Box’ by Ritesh Batra and ‘Tasher Desh’ by Qaushiq Mukherjee are among the Indian films while The Act of Killing (Denmark) by Joshua Oppenheimer and With You Without You (Sri Lanka) by Prasanna Vithanage are among the films at the Second Dharmashala International Film festival later this week.

Organised by White Crane Arts and Media; the festival from 24 to 27 October in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, will showcase feature films, documentaries and short films.

A new section ‘Art and Film’ has been introduced at the festival in collaboration with Vienna-based Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Foundation this year to feature art films made by international artists Sean Snyder, Wael Shawky, Marine Hugonnier, Omer Fast, Walid Raad and Rabih Mroué.

The Best of recent Indian Shorts curated by filmmaker Umesh Kulkarni will also be showcased. Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky’s Watermark will make its world premiere at the festival.

The other Indian films are Filmistaan (Nitin Kakkar); Gulabi Gang ( Nishtha Jain), Fandry (Nagraj Manjule), Crossing Bridges (Sange Dorjee Thongdok), Jai Bhim Comrade (Anand Patwardhan), and To Let the World In (Avijit Mukul Kishore).

The international films are The Strange Little Cat (Germany) by Ramon Zürcher; Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (Germany) by Alison Klayman; Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (UK/Russia) by Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin; Lasting (Poland) by Jacek Borcuch;Lore (Australia) by Cate Shortland; The Rocket (Australia/Laos) by Kim Mordaunt; Thursday Till Sunday (Chile) by Dominga Sotomayor Castillo; Neighbouring Sounds (Brazil) by Kleber Mendonça Filho; Menstrual Man (Singapore) by Amit Virmani;Bushido Man (Japan) by Takanori Tsujimoto; Piercing Brightness (UK) by Shezad Dawood; Roots (Japan) by Kaoru Ikeya; and La Voz De Los Silenciados (USA) by Maximón Monihan.

A large number of the filmmakers or their representatives are expected to attend the Festival.

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