The eleventh edition of the Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) brings the physical edition back in groove and the festival has now announced a line-up of 8- films from across 32 countries for this year.
DIFF will be held at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA), near the main square of McLeod Ganj. Along with TIPA’s newly built auditorium, two of PictureTime’s revolutionary mobile digital cinemas will serve as the screening venues. All venues will be equipped with state-of-the-art digital facilities to ensure the highest quality possible.
Festival Director Ritu Sarin said in a press statement, “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. It’s been a really difficult challenge for our selection team to sift through so many fine films and we’ve had many long discussions and debates before deciding on the final programme. 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!”
This year’s line-up of Indian features include: Adh Chanani Raat (Crescent Night) by Gurvinder Singh; Cannes Film Festival Golden Eye AwardWinner, 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.
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.
DIFF’s 2022 lineup also includes shorts, animation, and children’s films. The shorts selection has been curated by filmmaker Umesh Kulkarni, who has been a DIFF participant and supporter from its very first edition. DIFF’s Young Adults Programme is curated by Children’s Media Specialist, Monica Wahi, who has been selecting films for DIFF for several years.
A digital edition of DIFF 2022 will also go online from November 7 to 13 with a truncated lineup. Only those films that have given DIFF permission for online screenings will be available to view for our audiences.