1. Deepika-Ranveer to get married in November
  2. Over 400 theatres shut to protest against MP entertainment tax
  3. ‘Harold & Kumar’ director Danny Leiner dies at 57
  4. Anu Malik takes break from ‘Indian Idol’ amid sexual harassment allegations
  5. Selma Blair reveals multiple sclerosis diagnosis
  6. Harassment stories anger me: Raveena Tandon on #MeToo
  7. ‘Death on the Nile’ release date pushed to October 2020
  8. Hit Sui Dhaaga crosses 125 crore worldwide GBO!
  9. I know I’ve become a star but don’t want to believe it: Ayushmann
  10. Drishyam Films’ award-winning-short-film Rammat Gammat (My Best Friend Shoes) to have its India Premiere at the 20th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star in the International Competition in Half Ticket
  11. First Chhota Bheem theatrical in 3d digital, trailer wows audiences on Dussera
  12. Shweta Pandit accuses Anu Malik of harassment
  13. Idris Elba in talks for ‘Cats’ movie
  14. add add ‘Orange Is the New Black’ to end with season 7
  15. We were all aware of casting couch in Hollywood: Micheal Caine
  16. Javier Bardem defends Woody Allen over sexual assault allegations
  17. ‘New Amsterdam’ an opportunity to challenge myself: Anupam Kher
  18. Making men priority was a big mistake: Neena Gupta
  19. #MeToo being used for character assassination: Anu Malik’s lawyer
  20. Raghu Rai and Manoj Bajpayee to attend 7th edition of DIFF with their respective films, Raghu Rai: An Unfinished Potrait and Bhonsle, Full line up announced today
  21. Asha Bhosle records puja song after over two decades
  22. Kit Harington will be done with Jon Snow after ‘Game of Thrones’ finale
  23. Chris Evans walk backs on his Captain America goodbye post
  24. Need closure to maintain my sanity: Grover on harassment accusation
  25. Bryan Adams makes it a night to remember in Gurgaon
  26. Tough to call sequels a safe bet: Arjun Kapoor
  27. Neha Dhupia wants to be unstoppable
  28. Russo Brothers wrap ‘Avengers 4’
  29. I don’t miss acting: Gwyneth Paltrow
  30. Atif Aslam performed and Mayurakshi won the best feature film award at the 2nd edition of Singapore South Asian International Film Festival (Sg.Saiff)
  31. It is important to handle the #MeToo movement responsibly: Kriti Sanon
  32. #MeToo changed my definition of abuse: Natalie Portman
  33. Acting an emotionally draining, insecure profession: Parineeti
  34. Actor- files molestation complaint against Subhash Ghai
  35. Nushrat Bharucha defends director Luv Ranjan amid harassment claims
  36. Australian films will be screened in Indian film fests: Sidhu
  37. ‘Iron Fist’ canceled after two seasons at Netflix
  38. Film academy honors 19 student filmmakers
  39. Liam Neeson, Kate Walsh to star in thriller ‘Honest Thief’
  40. Women should be taken seriously and believed: Vicky Kaushal on #MeToo movement
  41. The Singapore South Asian Film Festival 2018 (Sg.SAIFF) launches the first edition of the South Asian Film Market (SAFM)
  42. Johnny Depp opens about ‘Fantastic Beasts’ casting row
  43. Hailee Steinfeld to host 2018 MTV EMA
  44. Ryan Coogler to write and direct ‘Black Panther 2’
  45. Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra appears in court in copyright case
  46. Pakistan Film Producers Association calls for ban on Indian films
  47. Selena Gomez seeking treatment after suffering emotional breakdown
  48. It was his general attitude towards women that would disturb me: Bipasha on Sajid Khan
  49. ‘True Detective’ season three to premiere on January 13, 2019
  50. Aditi Mittal renders unconditional apology to Kaneez Surka, says intentions were not sexual
  51. Understand, respect Aamir’s decision: Subhash Kapoor
  52. Sona Mohapatra claims Kailash Kher sexually harassed her
  53. Harassment of women not limited to cinema: Gulzar
  54. It has been nucleus of my every situation: Vinta Nanda on allegations against Alok Nath
  55. Rishi Kapoor dismisses rumours about his grey hair
  56. Anurag Kashyap steps down as MAMI’s board member
  57. Jackie Chan to voice star in ‘Once Upon a Zodiac’
  58. Vikas Bahl sends legal notices to Kashyap, Motwan
  59. Cameron Monaghan announces departure from ‘Shameless’
  60. ‘Pahuna’ film I believed in from the word go: Priyanka Chopra
  61. Jessica Biel to feature in and produce ‘Limetown’ series
  62. Netflix series ‘Selection Day’ to premiere on December 28
  63. Impossible to work with any person guilty of such grave misconduct: Hrithik Roshan on Vikas Bahl
  64. Ready to reinvestigate case if Tanushree desires: CINTAA
  65. Dilip Kumar stable
  66. Katt Williams arrested on assault charges
  67. Nana Patekar cancels press conference
  68. Lena Dunham suffering from fibromyalgia
  69. Sincere efforts to provide media entertainment will only work (By: Kavita Meer)
  70. Box Office Disasters…. When will we learn? (By Kavita Meer)
  71. Billions earned, Producer gets none…. Where is the revenue going? (By: Kavita Meer)
  72. Humaramovie’s next Jaaon Kahan Bata Ae Dil to World Premiere in MAMI’s India Gold Competition
  73. Instead of #MeToo, it should be #YouToo for men: Shilpa
  74. Vikramaditya Motwane apologises for inaction in Vikas Bahl sexual harassment case
  75. There will never be a female 007, says Bond producer Barbara Broccoli
  76. I was ill-advised: Anurag Kashyap on allegations of sexual harassment against Vikas Behl
  77. Simon Pegg boards cast of Amazon’s ‘The Boys’
  78. Keira Knightley says she had mental breakdown and PTSD at 22
  79. Nandita and Rima Das bond at the 2nd edition of Singapore South Asian International Film Festival 2018 (SGSAIFF)
  80. Manoj Bajpayee’s next feature BHONSLE’s World Premiere at 23rd Busan International Film Festival 2018 received an outstanding reception from the audience
  81. Rani Mukerji to promote ‘Hichki’ in China
  82. #MeToo is about right vs wrong: Deepika Padukone
  83. Govt not biased towards Patekar, police will probe if plaint is filed: Minister
  84. One year of #MeToo: Time to break the silence, say women
  85. add add Ben Affleck thanks family after completing rehab stint
  86. Amy Schumer, Emily Ratajkowski arrested in Kavanaugh protests
  87. Justin Simien to direct Sylvia Robinson biopic
  88. Deepika Padukone to star in, produce film on acid attack survivor
  89. Maha police files case against Tanushree for comments against MNS chief
  90. UFO Moviez to releaseUnited Nations World Food Programme & SAWA cinema campaign #FeedOurFuture in 6500 screens
  91. Krishna Raj Kapoor kept vast family of celebrated individuals together: Bachchan
  92. Sam Claflin to star in ‘Charlie’s Angels’ reboot
  93. Pankaj Tripathi brings everyone together on sets: Shraddha Kapoor
  94. add add John Legend to release Christmas album
  95. Gandhi’s favourite ‘bhajan’ goes global, artists from 124 nations pay musical homage
  96. Michael Jackson wanted to play James Bond
  97. Hope fame won’t be short-lived, says Radhika Apte
  98. Gusto Worldwide Media Announces Sale of Original Series to ACCION
  99. Krishna Raj Kapoor, wife of Raj Kapoor, dies at 87
  100. We were really close to official ‘Friends’ reunion: Kevin S Bright
  101. Desire to make movies had withered in me, says Mahesh Bhatt
  102. Kit Harington calls out toxic masculinity
  103. Posthumous Leonard Cohen LP in the works
  104. Can relate to Saina Nehwal’s journey, says Shraddha Kapoor
  105. Bradley Cooper won’t direct ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’
  106. I’m a calmer person today: Anushka on 10 years in Bollywood
  107. Gal Gadot in talks for ‘Death on the Nile’
  108. Kevin Spacey sued by masseur over alleged sexual assault in 2016
  109. Salma Hayek joins comedy film ‘Limited Partners’
  110. I haven’t received any legal notice from Nana Patekar: Tanushree Dutta
  111. 7th Dharamshala International Film Festival McLeod Ganj, 1 – 4 November 2018 announces its programming highlights
  112. Why Bill Cosby sentencing marks watershed moment for #MeToo
  113. Indian-American Padma Laksmi says she was raped at 16
  114. Anupam Kher-starrer “New Amsterdam” premiers Tuesday
  115. ‘Merey Pyare Prime Minister’ to release on December 14
  116. Sonu Sood honoured with Doctorate Degree of Taekwondo
  117. Salman Khan is my real-life hero: Warina Hussain
  118. I like to live on the edge: Radhika
  119. As an actor, you can’t keep concentrating on film’s business: Varun Dhawan
  120. Queen Latifah teases ‘Girls Trip’ sequel
  121. Richard Madden eyes Bond role
  122. Tone can’t change with preference to colour: Shilpa on facing racism at Sydney airport
  123. Kalpana Lajmi passes away at 64, friends remember the filmmaker
  124. ‘Kingsman 3’ to release in 2019 with Matthew Vaughn attach to write, direct
  125. ‘Village Rockstars’ is India’s official entry to Oscars 2019
  126. Gemma Chan happy with success of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’
  127. ‘Mohalla Assi’ motion poster: The Sunny Deol and Sakshi Tanwar starrer to release on November 16
  128. add add I’m a bad cop, Ajay’s good cop: Kajol on parenting
  129. Shahid Kapoor on getting boxed as ‘chocolate boy’: There were no options
  130. Netflix orders second season of ‘Insatiable’
  131. Jon Hamm wants to play Batman if story is good
  132. Halle Berry to make directorial debut with ‘Bruised’
  133. Amitabh Bachchan sends handwritten notes to Vicky Kaushal, Taapsee Pannu
  134. Never thought Nawazuddin would become such a huge star: Rajkumar Hirani
  135. Gusto TV to Launch on Free OTT Service XUMO
  136. Toronto premiere of National Award-winning filmmaker Rima Das’ BULBUL CAN SING screened to a packed house of audience
  137. French TV exports on the rise
  138. Ryan makes me feel strong and independent: Blake Lively
  139. Noel Gallagher turned down chance to feature on ‘Trainspotting’ soundtrack
  140. Dilip Kumar in ICU, doing fine
  141. Never felt I have failed: Govinda
  142. Michael Caine joins Czech historical biopic ‘Medieval’
  143. Rapper Mac Miller dead at 26
  144. Academy postpones plans for new popular film Oscar category
  145. Don’t think I’ll get married again: Kalki Koechlin
  146. Venice premiere of Ivan Ayr’s debut feature SONI gets a standing ovation at the festival
  147. ‘Loveratri’ not demeaning any culture: Salman Khan
  148. Morgan Freeman will keep SAG Life Achievement Award after investigation
  149. I thank Shah Rukh for giving me Bigg Boss: Salman Khan
  150. Casting room was my training ground, says ‘Stree’ actor Abhishek Banerjee
  151. Govinda-starrer ‘Fryday’ to release on October 12
  152. Manoj Bajpayee’s next feature ‘Bhonsle’ to have its World Premiere at 23rd Busan International Film Festival 2018 in ‘A Window on Asian Cinema’ section
  153. I won’t retire, says Paul McCartney
  154. Kangana best to take ‘Manikarnika’ forward: Kamal Jain
  155. Nandita Das’ MANTO starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui to open the 2nd edition of Singapore South Asian International Film Festival 2018 (Sg.SAIFF)
  156. Anil Kapoor and Shabana Azmi at the special screening of Once Again
  157. Film Fest Gent to close 45th edition with ‘Beautiful Boy’ by Felix van Groeningen
  158. I get scared easily, says Shraddha Kapoor
  159. Hrithik one of the most dignified people I have met: Disha Patani
  160. Alec Baldwin to play Bruce Wayne’s father in ‘Joker’
  161. Jackson Odell died of accidental drug overdose
  162. UK box office summer report: surprising success despite hot weather and football
  163. Asia Argento denies sexual assault, says Anthony Bourdain paid off accuser
7th Dharamshala International Film Festival McLeod Ganj, 1 – 4 November 2018 announces its programming highlights

The seventh Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) will take place from 1 to 4 November 2018 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.

DIFF is presented by White Crane Arts & Media, a trust founded by filmmakers Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam to promote contemporary cinema, art and independent media practices in the Himalayan regions of India.

The first edition of DIFF was held in 2012. Since then, it has established itself as one of India’s leading independent film festivals. DIFF’s cutting-edge and eclectic programming – which includes many India premieres – and its policy of inviting as many directors as possible has made it one of the go-to events in any cinephile’s calendar. Last year, the films and side programmes at DIFF attracted a viewership of around 6000, of which at least 60% were from out of town from places as far away as Kerala, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Mumbai. Some of India’s best-known film critics and journalists from leading media houses were on hand to cover the event.

This year, for the third time in a row, the festival will take place in the peaceful environs of the Tibetan Children’s Village, a short distance from McLeod Ganj. Along with the two existing auditoriums at the school, this year DIFF is excited to partner with Delhi-based PictureTime to set up a mobile digital theatre with state-of-the-art projection facilities at the festival venue.

Festival Director Ritu Sarin says, “We endeavour to bring a slate of unusual and trailblazing narrative, documentary and short films from around the world, as well as showcasing some of the best recent Indian independent cinema, making it a rich experience for our audience.”

Festival directors Ritu and Tenzing are delighted with the way DIFF has evolved over the years and are determined to consolidate and improve upon the standards set by previous editions. Ritu says, “A festival like DIFF, taking place in a small town with very few resources and no cinema tradition as such, requires the support and dedication of numerous individuals and organisations, as well as interns and volunteers whose enthusiasm and passion are the engine that drives our festival.” I am grateful to our long-term collaborators Thyssen-Bornemsiza Art Contemporary, the Himachal Pradesh Government who is supporting us through its Departments of Tourism and Language, Arts & Culture, and our many partners, including the National Film Development Corporation, PictureTime, Wishberry, and Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films.

Preliminary highlights from this year’s selection of films include:

 

Boom for Real (Sara Driver, USA, 2018)

Sara Driver’s documentary follows the pre-fame years of celebrated American artist Jean- Michael Basquiat and how New York City, the times, the people and its tectonically shifting arts culture of the late 1970s and ’80s shaped his vision.

 

Father to Son (Hsiao Ya-chuan, Taiwan, 2018)

Hsiao Ya-chuan’s official selection for the 47th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) takes its viewers through two unknown journeys of self-reconciliation.

In the Intense Now (João Moreira Salles, Brazil, 2017)

A Panorama selection at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival, In the Intense Now is an immersive retelling of the Paris uprisings, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, and the Cultural Revolution in China using newsreel clips and home movies found through the late 1960s.

Little Forest (YIM Soon-rye, South Korea, 2018)

YIM Soon-rye of The Whistleblower and Forever the Moment fame, makes her return to the big screen with a coming-of-age story based on the 2002 Japanese manga of the same name, by Daisuke Igarashi.

A Long Way Home (Luc Schaedler, Switzerland, 2018)

A never-before heard or seen glimpse into the lives of five significant representatives of contemporary Chinese counterculture, including the famous Gao Brothers, who shed light on the social problems in their country through their own unique perspective, bravery and wit.

Namme (Zaza Khalvashi, Georgia/Lithuania, 2017)

Zaza Khalvashi’s art fantasy drama is Georgia’s official entry to the Oscars 2019. Inspired by Georgian literature and folklore, Namme narrates the story of one family’s mission to take care of a local healing water and treat fellow sick villagers with it.

 

The Red Phallus (Tashi Gyeltshen, Bhutan, 2018)

Bhutanese director Tashi Gyemtshen’s stunning debut, The Red Phallus, takes place in the gloomy and remote central Bhutan valley of Phobjika, where 16-year-old life with her widower father – a traditional painter and craftsman specialized in making wooden phalluses. Her dark secret comes back to haunt her.

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (Stephen Nomura Schible, USA/Japan, 2017)

An insight into the life and legacy of the legendary Japanese composer, Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda is an intimate portrait of both the artist and the man and movingly captures the creative process.

 

Balekempa (Ere Gowda, India, 2018)

FIPRESCI award winner at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018, Balekempa tells the story of unspoken desires and relationships that cluster around the lives of Kempanna, the bangle seller, and his wife set in Karnataka’s close-knit patriarchal community.

 

Ee.Ma.Yau (Lijo Jose Pellissery, India, 2018)

Cult Kerala filmmaker Lijo Jose Pellissery of Angamaly Diaries fame returns with a black comedy set in the coastal village of Chellanam, Kochi.

Raghu Rai: An Unframed Portrait (Avani Rai, India/Finland, 2018)

This intimate portrait of one of the world’s greatest photographers made its world premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam, in November 2017. The story of Raghu Rai and his India is told through the eyes of his own rebel daughter during their travels in and around Kashmir.

One of DIFF’s primary goals is to promote and encourage filmmaking in Himachal Pradesh. This year’s Spotlight on Himachal includes the North Indian premiere of Ridham Janve’s The Gold-Laden Sheep and the Sacred Mountain, a Gaddi-language feature film set in the Dhauladhar mountains with a cast of non-professional Gaddi shepherds. The director and his cast will present the film in person. Shimla-based filmmaker Siddharth Chauhan will also present his much-lauded short film, Pashi.

 

DIFF is proud to announce that this year, the DIFF Film Fellows initiative, which was established in 2014, will focus specifically on up-and-coming filmmakers from Himachal Pradesh. This is supported by HP Government’s Department of Language, Arts and Culture. Five filmmakers will be selected and mentored by renowned National Award-winning filmmaker Gurvinder Singh and award-winning documentary filmmaker Anupama Srinivasan.

 

This year, DIFF is also thrilled to host the first Dharamshala-PJLF Editing Workshop. This initiative is supported by NFDC. Two director-editor teams will be selected from across the country and mentored by internationally renowned editor Jacques Comets who co-headed the editing department at France’s leading film school, La Femis, along with editor and Artistic Director of the Kerala International Film Festival, Bina Paul, and producer and script/editing mentor Olivia Stewart.

DIFF has always recognised the importance of short films as a category in its own right and this year, for the fifth year in a row, filmmaker Umesh Kulkarni has curated a selection of the best of current Indian shorts. In addition, DIFF is partnering with Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films to present a package of short films. The popular DIFF Children’s Film Programme is once again curated by Children’s Media Specialist, Monica Wahi.

DIFF looks forward to welcoming you to a showcase of stimulating, inspiring and innovative screenings and events.

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