Dharamshala International Film Festival: Shahid, Shanghai, Gattu, Deool, Miss Lovely to be screened

The festival will be held from November 1-4, 2012

The Dharamshala International Film Festival 2012 opened today and will be held till November 4, 2012. The festival’s opening night film is Hansal Mehta’s Shahid. This year’s festival regulars like Miss Lovely, Deool, Kshay, Shanghai, Gattu and Senna will also be screened at the event, apart from other interesting international fare. In fact, Ashim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely is the closing night film.

The hilly Himalayan town of Dharamshala might be more known thanks to the Dalai Lama, but it has come alive today thanks to the DIFF 2012. Organising the fest here was the brainchild of filmmakers Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, who want to “establish DIFF as a world-class film festival where filmmakers and film lovers can interact in an intimate, creative and informal way”. We wish them all the best!

Dharamshala International Film Festival 2012 schedule and info from the festival’s official website:

November 1

6pm – Opening + Shahid (India; 2012; 123 min)

In the presence of director Hansal Mehta.

November 2

10:30am – Hara Kiri: Death of a Samurai (Japan; 2011; 126 min)

1pm – Yangsi (USA; 2012; 82 min)

Director Mark Elliott and producer Babeth VanLoo attending.

3:30pm – Deool (India; 2011; 135 min)

Director Umesh Kulkarni attending.

6.30pm – 5 Broken Cameras (Palestine/Israel; 2011; 90 min)

India premiere with co-director Guy Davidi attending.

November 3

10:30am – Gattu (India; 2012; 90 min)

12:30pm – When Hari Got Married (India; 2012; 75 min)

India premiere with directors Ritu Sarin & Tenzing Sonam attending.

2:30pm – Bunohan (Return to Murder) (Malaysia; 2011; 97 min)

India premiere with director Dain Said attending.

5pm– My Reincarnation (USA; 2012; 82 min)

India premiere with director Jennifer Fox attending.

7.30pm – Pina (Germany, 2011; 106 min)

November 4

11am – Kshay (India; 2012; 92 min)

Producer Shaan Vyas attending.

1pm – 1/2 Revolution (Denmark/Egypt; 2012; 72 min)

India premiere with co-director Karim el Hakim attending.

3pm – Senna (UK; 2010; 106 min)

Director Asif Kapadia attending.

6pm – Miss Lovely (India; 2012; 110 min)

Director Ashim Ahluwalia attending.


November 2

10:30am – José and Pilar (Portugal; 2010; 117 mins)

1pm – Marina Abramović The Artist is Present (UK; 2012; 104 min)

India premiere.

3:30pm – Shahid (India; 2012; 123 min)

6:30pm – Shanghai (India; 2012; 110 min)

November 3

10:30am – Nostalgia for the Light (Chile; 2010; 90 min)

12:30pm – Fable of the Fish (Philippines; 2011; 84 min)

2:30pm- Oka! (USA; 2011; 106 min)

India premiere.

5pm – China Heavyweight (China; 2012; 94 min)

November 4

11am – HaHaHa (South Korea; 2010; 115 min)

1.30pm – Journey to Nagaland + Vestige of Life

A Presentation by Aditi Chitre, Baking Animation in an Artist’s Studio.

3pm – Masterclass with Gitanjali Rao, Close Encounters of the Animation Kind.

4.30pm – Summer Pasture (USA; 2010; 85 min)

India premiere.

6.30pm – Dile Ch Vasya Koi (India; 2011; 86 min)

Director Sanjeev Rattan attending.


November 2

6pm- Jennifer Fox Masterclass, One Person, One Camera

November 3

2:30pm – Asif Kapadia Masterclass, “Telling Stories, Directing Fiction and Non-Fiction”

November 4

1:00pm – A New Indian Wave?

A Panel Discussion with filmmakers Hansal Mehta, Guneet Monga, Ashim Ahluwalia, Umesh Kulkarni, and Shaan Vyaas. Moderated by film critic Saibal Chatterje.

3:00pm – FILMS FROM THE FRONTLINE: The role of documentaries in situations of conflict

A Panel Discussion with filmmakers: Guy Davidi, Karim el Hakim, Jennifer Fox and Dain Said. Moderated by contemporary Afghan artist Aman Mojadidi.