Shimla: ‘R U A Volley ball’, a film by Iranian Director, Mohamed Bakshi would be the inaugural film of the 5th International Film Festival, being held at the Gaiety Theatre from 4th October
In all the festival will screen 76 films received from India and abroad. The film by the Iranian director captures the plight and uncertainties of children living in asylum camps on the border areas of battery struck countries. Their life have been depicted like a moving volleyball in this film.
Oscar nominated film from India’ Village Rockstar’ will also be screened at the festival. This National award winning Assamese film by noted director Reema Das has been screened at Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals and has been acclaimed several other International film festivals.
Festival director Pushp Raj Thakur disclosed that there are 8 national award winning films lined up to be screened here. All these films have been screened at India International Film Festival, Goa. Most of these films are usually not available on YouTube or screened in theaters, he added.
Other films that will be screened include ‘Mahanati’ a Tamil film by award winning director Nagashwin, Praveen Marveley’s Ladakhi film ‘Walking with the Wind’, Priya Krishnswamy’s Telugu feature film ‘Warem’ and noted director Chaz Ian’s film ‘To Let’ are part of the repertoire of films for the festival
The October 4-6, three day festival is a good opportunity for film buffs and documentary film makers, specially those Himachal to enjoy good cinema. Students from Centre of Excellence Sanjauli college, Saint Bede’s college, RKMV Shimla and Institute of Legal Studies Avalodge are participating as volunteers for the film festival, said Thakur.