Gulabi Gang, Gangs of Wasseypur I and II, Celluloid Man, Ship of Theseus, Meghe Dhaka Tara, Guru of Silence, With You Without You and 21 Chitrakoot have been selected to screen at the 37th Hong Kong International Film festival across various sections. The festival begins on March 17 with Ip Man – The Final Fight, the latest action film from local cult icon and veteran director in Hong Kong, Herman YAU.
Among the Indian films, Nishtha Jain’s Gulabi Gang will compete in the Documentary section with the likes of Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing, Ikeya Kaoru’s Roots, Delphine Lanson’s Father’s Birth, Alex Gibney’s Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, Christian Rosta and Claus Strigel’s Redemption Impossible.
The documentary that was named Best Film in Muhr Asia-Africa documentary section at Dubai International Film Festival 2012, traces a group of women in pink saris fighting against gender violence, corruption and for the rights of poor and Dalits.
Shivendra Singh Dungarpur’s Celluloid Man will screen under the Filmmakers and Filmmaking Section that focuses on films made on people who have significantly contributed to the world of cinema in their own ways. Celluloid Man documents the work of PK Nair, who single-handedly built the National Film Archive of India.
Santha Kumar’s Tamil drama Guru of Silence and Prasanna Vithanage’s With You, Without You will be part of the Global Vision section. A story of a misunderstood college youth who unwittingly gets involved in a crime plot that spirals his life out of order, Guru of Silence was last screened at the Chennai International Film Festival 2012.
India-Sri Lanka co-production With You, Without You is adapted from ‘The Meek One’ by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, a love story that revolves around the consumerist nature of humans.
Anand Gandhi’s Ship of Theseus, a festival-circuit favourite, will screen under the Indie Power platform.
A digitally restored version of Ritwik Ghatak’s Meghe Dhaka Tara (The Cloud Capped Star) will be screened in the Forever Classics section.
Shambhavi Kaul’s 21 Chitrakoot will be screened under the Avant Garde Programme I. The film was also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival 2012 as part of ‘Wavelengths’, the festival’s curated presentation of the best in international avant-garde film and video.
Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur I and II have been chosen for the Gala Presentation.