Dharamshala: Cannes Jury Prize Winner and 2022 Oscar Nominee, Joyland (Pakistan, 2022) by Saim Sadiq is to make an India premiere here at the 11th edition of Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF).
Festival director Ritu Sarin disclosed that the Film Festival would be held from 3 to 6 November at at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA), McLeod Ganj.
In all 80 films, including the India premiere of Cannes Jury Prize Winner and 2022 Oscar Nominee, Joyland (2022) by Saim Sadiq and Once Upon A Time in Calcutta (India, 2022) by Aditya Vikram Sengupta would be among the films to be screened at the festival.
Films enteries from 32 countries, including 21 feature narratives, 16 feature documentaries and 43 short films would be shown at the venue over the festival days.
Sarin said, “We’re so excited to announce our line-up! As we come out of two years of Covid, we’ve had a bumper crop of amazing new films from across India and the world to select from. We’re looking forward to once again welcoming audiences and filmmakers to live, breathe, and talk cinema for a few days in the beautiful surroundings of McLeod Ganj!”
She added that this year’s line-up of Indian features include: Adh Chanani Raat (Crescent Night) by Gurvinder Singh; Cannes Film Festival Golden Eye Award Winner, All That Breathes by Shaunak Sen; Dharti Latar Re Horo (Tortoise Under the Earth) by Shishir Jha; Dhuin by Achal Mishra; Dostojee by Prasun Chatterjee; Jhini Bini Chadariya (The Brittle Thread) by Ritesh Sharma; Manikbabur Megh (The Cloud and the Man) by Abhinandan Banerjee; Pedro by Natesh Hegde; Shankar’s Fairies by Irfana Majumdar; Taangh (Longing) by Bani Singh); Urf (a.k.a) by Geetika Narang Abbasi; and Watch Over Me by Farida Pacha.
And the International highlights include: A New Old Play (China, 2021) by Qiu Jiongjiong; Neighbours (Switzerland, Iraq, Syria, 2021) by Mano Khalil; Rehana (Bangladesh, Singapore, Qatar, 2021) by Abdullah Mohammed Saad; The Crossing (France, Germany, Czech Republic, 2021) by Florence Miailhe; Dear Future Children (Germany, UK, Austria, 2021) by Franz Böhm; Flee (Denmark, France, Norway, Sweden, 2021) by Jonas Poher Rasmussen; The Silence of the Mole (Guatemala, 2021) by Anais Taracena; and The Territory (Brazil, Denmark, USA, 2022) by Alex Pritz.
The Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) is an independent film festival founded by filmmakers and local residents Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam in 2012. It has been held annually in McLeod Ganj for the past ten years.
Arvind Sharma is an award winning bi-lingual journalist with more than 20 years of experience.
He has worked with Divya Himachal, Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhasker, Vir Partap, Ajit and PTI.
In 2010, he was conferred the Himachal Kesri journalism award. He reports on the Tibetan Government in Exile, politics, sports, tourism and other topics. He lives in Dharamshala.