Pratik Vats’ “Eeb Allay Ooo!”, fresh from winning the top Golden Gateway Award at the MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, will open the 8th Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) to be held from November 7 to 10.
Gitanjali Rao’s animation drama “Bombay Rose”, which won the Silver Gateway in Mumbai and has just won the Silver Hugo award at the Chicago International Film Festival, will be the closing film at the festival that will screen films at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) complex at McLeod Ganj.
The festival, which has earned attention of connoisseurs of quality cinema by curated selections all these years, will have a mix of feature films, documentaries, shorts and animation films from across the world.
Indian fiction and documentary features selected for the festival include “About Love” (dir. Archana Phadke), “Aise Hee” (dir. Kislay), “Birha” (dir. Ekta Mittal), “Bombay Rose” (dir. Gitanjali Rao), “Eeb Allay Ooo!” (dir. Prateek Vats), “Jallikattu” (dir. Lijo Jose Pellissery), “Khanaur” (Bitter Chestnut), (dir. Gurvinder Singh), “Oh, That’s Bhanu” (dir. R.V. Ramani) and “Yeh Freedom Life” (dir. Priya Sen).
Among the international fiction and documentary features to be screened are “Another Day Of Life” (dir. Raúl de la Fuente, Damian Nenow, Poland/Spain), “For Sama” (dir. Edward Watts, Waad Al-Khateab, UK), “Song Without a Name” (dir. Melina León, Peru/Spain/USA), “Tehran: City of Love” (dir. Ali Jaberansari, Iran/UK/Netherlands), “The Dalai Lama – Scientist” (dir. Dawn Gifford Engle, USA) and “Varda by Agnés” (dir. Agnés Varda, France).
“Every year, we try and stay true to the same principles that we set out for DIFF when we started the festival eight years ago: to select films that combine a deeply personal vision with themes that resonate with our times. This year is no different, and hopefully our line-up, which has been carefully and painstakingly curated, will showcase some of the incredible diversity of filmmaking talent on offer in the worldtoday,” festival director Ritu Sarin said.