Dharamshala (India), Oct 23 (Canadian-Media): The Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) will be held from Nov 7 to 10, 2019 in the beautiful mountain town of McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, home of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the meeting point of a rich and cosmopolitan mix of people and cultures.
The eighth edition of DIFF will continue to pursue the hallmarks that have given the festival the reputation of being an intimate and carefully curated festival in the Himalayas that showcases a mix of the best of independent features, documentaries, shorts and animation films from India and around the world.
Besides the curated selection, this year, for the first time, DIFF opened up to submissions via FilmFreeway. This contributed to the further diversity of our line-up this year.
Opening and Closing Films
Eeb Allay Ooo! by Prateek Vats will open the 8th edition of Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) 2019. Gitanjali Rao’s feature animation, Bombay Rose, will close the festival. Directors Prateek Vats and Gitanjali Rao will be present.
Celebrities and Filmmakers attending
Adil Hussain will be attending the festival and conducting an Acting Workshop.
Indian feature film directors Ekta Mittal, Gurvinder Singh, Kislay, Lijo Jose Pellissery, Priya Sen, R.V. Ramani, and Vinod Kamble will be present.
International filmmakers attending the festival include Jesse Alk (USA), Kazuhiro Soda (Japan), Samuel Weniger (Switzerland).
Complete Line Up
The DIFF 2019 lineup includes Indian fiction and documentary features: 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).
The international fiction and documentary features include: Another Day Of Life (dir. Raúl de la Fuente, Damian Nenow, Poland/Spain), For Sama (dir. Edward Watts, Waad Al-Khateab, UK), God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya (dir. Teona Strugar Mitevska, Macedonia/ France/ Belgium), Golden Age (dir. Beat Oswald, Samuel Weniger, Switzerland), Heimat is a Space in Time (dir. Thomas Heise, Germany), Inland Sea (dir. Kazuhiro Soda, Japan), Last Night I Saw You Smiling (dir. Kavich Neang, Cambodia), Mafak (dir. Bassam Jarbawi, Palestine/ USA/ Qatar), Pariah Dog (dir. Jesse Alk, USA), Song Without a Name (dir. Melina León, Peru/Spain/USA), Tehran: City of Love (dir. Ali Jaberansari, Iran/UK/Netherlands), The Best Thing You Can Do With Your Life (dir. Zita Erffa, Germany), The Dalai Lama – Scientist (dir. Dawn Gifford Engle, USA), Varda by Agnés (dir. Agnés Varda, France) and Vitalina Varela (dir. Pedro Costa, Portugal).
Shorts at DIFF
DIFF has always recognized the importance of short films as a category in its own right. Our programme this year includes a rich selection of both fiction and documentary shorts. Short Films include: A Million Years (dir. Danech San, Cambodia), Bebaak (dir. Shazia Iqbal), Brother, Move On (dir. Antshi von Moos, Switzerland), The Booth (dir. Rohin Raveendran), The Little Goddess (dir. Gauri Adelkar), The Horns Of Kolkata (dir. Andrew Scott, New Zealand) Jamnapaar (dir. Abhinava Bhattacharyya), Kamali (dir. Sasha Rainbow, United Kingdom), Kandurwan – Baking History (dir. Mehvish Rather), Knock Knock Knock (dir. Sudhanshu Saria), Light a Candle (dir. Tenzin Kalden), Look at The Sky (dir. Ashok Veilou), Nemesis (dir. Behzad Jafarimazhab Haghighi, Iran), Nooreh (dir. Ashish Pandey), Pema (dir. Sonam Tseten), Sekool (dir. Stenzin Tankong), Student Bodies (dir. Ho Rui An, Singapore), Teesri Khwaish (dir. Purandhya Sharma), The Traffic Separating Device (dir. Johan Palmgren, Sweden), The Timekeeper (dir. Sohil Vaidya) and U for Usha (dir. Rohan Parashuram Kanawade).
In a separate category, DIFF is partnering again with Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films to present a package of short films – Chintu (dir. Anubhav Anand), Everything is Fine (dir. Mansi Jain), Gadhedo (dir. Jai Sharma), Laddoo (dir. Sameer Sadhwani, Kishore Sadhwani), Maa Tuki (dir. Suchana Saha) and Rogan Josh (dir. Sanjeev Vig).
DIFF Children’s Film Programme
The popular DIFF Children’s Film Programme will continue with a line-up that includes feature film Kastoori (dir. Vinod Kamble, India) and three shorts, The Award (dir. Lidija Mojsovska, Macedonia), School Trip (dir. Salvatore Allocca, Italy), and Chicken at Swami’s Kitchen (dir. Sachin Balachandiran, India)
DIFF’s workshops and masterclasses offer a space to delve into the realm of filmmaking. This year, internationally acclaimed actor Adil Hussain conducts an acting workshop. Swiss filmmaker Samuel Weniger, co-director and cinematographer of Golden Age, explores the creative possibilities of images in documentaries and essay films on the basis of concrete examples from his film. Kazuhiro Soda, director of Inland Sea - Observational Film #7, will enlighten audiences on his unique approach to observational documentary filmmaking.
Spotlight on Himachal
Gurvinder Singh’s latest feature fiction Khanaur (Bitter Chestnut) offers this year’s Spotlight on Himachal.
Talking about this year’s line-up at DIFF, Festival Director Ritu Sarin said, “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 world today.”
She added, “DIFF is also a place where filmmakers and film lovers can interact in an informal yet engaged way, and with our move back to the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts this year, where all of DIFF’s screenings and events will be contained within close distance of each other, we hope to create an even more intimate space for such exchanges.”
Kolkata / New Delhi (Canadian-Media): Potato chips brand Lay's on Saturday launched their latest series of TVCs for the all new ‘Smile Deke Dekho’ campaign featuring India’s leading Bollywood actors and youth icons Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt.
With this new campaign, LAY’S brings alive the idea of how a Smile comes in a variety of flavors and goes beyond the conventional boundaries and barriers to establish connections portraying various moods and emotions. The TVCs capture how ‘Smile’ is a universal language and sharing a pack of LAY’S chips with a smile can help build connections effortlessly.
LAY’S has always been the perfect companion for every celebration and good times with friends. For over two decades, LAY’S has been on a mission to bring more smiles to the consumers across the country. To further this proposition, the brand has brought its global Smile campaign to India as ‘LAY’S Smile Deke Dekho’ campaign. Launched for a limited time period, the new LAY’S packaging features six different smiles that capture different moods and emotions through its various flavors.
(Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt)
Expressing his thoughts on the campaign, Dilen Gandhi, Sr Director, Marketing – Foods Category, PepsiCo India, said, “LAY’S Smile Deke Dekho is based on a simple premise that just like a smile, a pack of LAY’S can build connections between people. And when you combine a smile and LAY’S the results are magical. To tell these stories we have brought together two of India’s best actors - Alia and Ranbir - for the first time on screen together for a series of stories told by one of India’s foremost filmmakers - Dibakar Banerjee. These stories are just the latest chapter in the brand’s two-decade history of building connections. And judging by the response we are getting on social media, one of our best yet.”
As a brand, LAY’S has always closely resonated with the youth of the country and has been a part of all their fun and special moments. With travel being their topmost passion points, the new LAY’S TVCs also portray how LAY’S is a constant travel-partner for consumers in India.
Speaking about the TVC, Senthil Kumar, Chief Creative Officer, J Walter Thompson India, said, “In this emoticon crazy world, we wanted to give actual emoting a chance. Our device - the most beautiful emotion ever - a smile. We asked the country to try sharing theirs and that resulted to #SmileDekeDekho. The journey started with packaging design - giving each flavor the smile that went best with it. Then we went live with spots featuring Bollywood heartthrobs Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor - casting them in TVCs as strangers, acquaintances and as a couple - where they taught the country how to use the packs. Slotted for right after - we’re going live on mobile screens across the country - giving those hooked to it, reason enough to look up, and share a smile with the lovely people around them. Just how? You’ll know when it happens, keep watching the series of TVCs on the campaign.”
Directed by Dibaker Banerjee, the new TVC captures an interesting conversation between Alia and Ranbir as they embark upon a journey on a train. When Alia asks Ranbir to share, he abruptly refuses thinking she is talking about his pack of LAY’S. Alia then clarifies that she was talking about the seat and taunts Ranbir, as a response to which he quips about having a charming smile. The TVC ends with the trail of the song ‘Smile Deke Dekho’.
(First Published by India Blooms News Services)
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San Francisco, Oct 15 (Canadian-Media): Grand Finale of South Asian Literature & Art (SALA) Festival with highly acclaimed, award-winning director and author of SACRED GAMES is not to be missed, media reports said.
For the first time, Netflix India's Sacred Games is nominated for International Emmy Award 2019 in the Drama Category. The crime thriller is directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane.
A special event featuring Anurag Kashyap and Vikram Chandra (Skye) in conversation with Tipu Purukayastha would be presented by Montalvo Arts Center and Art Forum SF in collaboration with UC Berkeley Institute for South Asia Studies on Friday, October 18 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm, at the Carriage House Theatre in Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga CA.
Journey of taking a book to the screen would be discussed by Vikram Chandra, award-winning author of the crime novel Sacred Games – which is adapted into a hit Netflix original series in India – with director Anurag Kashyap. This insightful conversation will touch on topics of Chandra’s inspiration, the challenges of adapting a book into a series, and the vision needed in order to bring a story to life.
Co-founder of two film production companies: Anurag Kashyap Films and Phantom Films, Anurag Kashyap's prominence increased with the two-part crime drama, Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), The Lunchbox (2013), Shahid (2013), Bombay Talkies (2013), Ugly (2014), Raman Raghav 2.0, Mukkabaaz (2018), and Manmarziyaan (2018).
A rare opportunity to hear two of the creative minds behind this cultural phenomenon discuss their work would be the presented in the last part of the South Asian Literature & Art (SALA) Festival
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Busan (South Korea), Oct 13 (Canadian-Media): The winners top award at the 24th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) were shared by an Iraq-Qatar co-production looking at life in war-torn Baghdad and a Vietnamese tale of a young bookie struggling to support himself and his loved, media reports said.
Iraqi director Mohanad Hayal's "Haifa Street" and "Rom", from Vietnam's Tran Thanh Huy, won the festival's New Currents award, which hands out two prizes of $30,000 to first- or second-time Asian directors, early Saturday.
"Haifa Street" was a film with tension from beginning to end, the jury said in a statement.
"This is a mature, grown-up movie and the director exhibited a confidence and understanding of cinema language which set the film apart," their statement read. "Good to see a strong gender-balanced cast."
The New Currents jury praised "Rom" for "it's amazing energy".
Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda was in town to collect the Asian Filmmaker of the World award while the Korean industry was out in force, led by opening night host Lee Hanee.
299 films from 85 countries, with 118 world premieres were screened this year by BIFF and almost 200,000 attending across its 10-day run.
The official prize-giving and with the world premiere of Korean director Lim Dae-hyung’s mother-daughter relationship drama "Moonlit Winter" the event came to an end on Saturday night..