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Four Indian films to screen at Dubai International Film Festival 2012

By NewsDesk • Published on November 14, 2012

Rajan Khosa’s Gattu, Musa Syeed’s Valley of Saints, Ashim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely and Anand Gandhi’s Ship of Theseus have been selected for the 9th edition of Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). The festival will run from 9th – 16th December, 2012.

Gattu by Rajan Khosa

Section: Cinema for Children

A film about a street urchin who follows his dream, Gattu won a Special Mention from the Children’s Jury at Berlin Film Festival 2012. The film is produced by the Children’s Film Society of India and won the Best Film award at New York Indian Film Festival 2012. It was also screened at the Zurich Film Festival 2012.

Valley of Saints by Musa Syeed

Competition: Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature

In Valley of Saints, Gulzar plans to run away from the war and poverty surrounding his village in Kashmir with his best friend, but a beautiful young woman researching the dying lake leads him to contemplate a different future.

The film has won the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize and the World Cinema Audience Award: Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival 2012. It was also in competition in the Narrative Feature section of the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival 2012 and was screened at the recently concluded Mumbai Film Festival.

Miss Lovely by Ashim Ahluwalia

Competition: Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature

A tale of two brothers who produce C grade films, Miss Lovely won the Best Film award and was awarded the Golden Gateway of India Trophy at the 14th Mumbai Film Festival 2012. Earlier, the film was screened in 65th Festival de Cannes.

Ship of Theseus by Anand Gandhi

Competition: Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature

A philosophical paradox of change and identity, the film explores the ethical, moral and aesthetic dilemmas of three individuals. The film premiered in India at the Mumbai Film Festival. The film recently won a Special Mention by the Sutherland Award Jury at 56th BFI London Film Festival and screened at Tokyo Film Festival. It had its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Films under the AsiaAfrica Muhr Competition will compete for the Best Feature Film (USD 50,000), Best Film (USD 40,000) and the Special Jury Prize.

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