The upcoming 9th edition of Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) announced its ‘Celebration of India’ programme to mark 100 years of Indian cinema.
The festival will host world premieres of Joy Mathew’s Shutter and Kaushik Ganguly’s Sound.
Shutter is a Malayalam satire by actor-turned-director Joy Mathew. The film is set and filmed in Kozhikode and revolves around three individuals: a wandering film director, an expatriate from the Gulf and a Kozhikodan auto driver. All three of them are worthy citizens but get embroiled in unforeseen circumstances.
Sound (Shobdo) by Kaushik Ganguly is based on the life of a foley artist in Tollywood whose life becomes inextricably intertwined with the sounds that he has to produce for a living.
Acclaimed films from the festival circuit including Ashim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely, Rajan Khosa’s Gattu, Sourav Sarangi’s Char…The No-Man’s Island, Anand Gandhi’s Ship of Theseus, Hansal Mehta’s Shahid and Nishtha Jain’s Gulabi Gang will be screened at the festival.
Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s homage to Rabindranath Tagore Quartet1 will be screened at the festival. Dasgupta is making thirteen short films based on thirteen of Tagore’s poems. Quartet1 is a set of four of those thirteen films: The Flutist, The Pond, The Dark Maiden and The Station.
Nashen Moodley, DIFF’s Director of Asia Africa Programmes, said: “To commemorate 100 years of Indian cinema, we have selected a collection of unique films that reflect the richness, flavor and essence of Indian filmmaking. Over 1,000 films are made every year in India and the platter is huge and diverse, which is a testament to the filmmaking excellence we see year after year.”