Dharamshala, March 26 (PTI) The Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) will feature Oscar-shortlisted films as well as nominated films such as “Apples”, “Quo Vadis, Aida?” and “Atlantis” as part of its virtual viewing room from April 2-8.
DIFF collaborated with Gratitude Films Inc to present six internationally acclaimed films in addition to hosting Q&A sessions with “The Dissident” director Bryan Fogel and “Apples” director Christos Nikou, hosted by journalist Rana Ayyub and film writer-critic Aseem Chhabra, respectively.
âNight of the Kingsâ and âTwo of Usâ are also part of the lineup, curated by Anu Rangachar and available at online.diff.co.in.
Speaking about the first screening package for the DIFF Virtual Viewing Room, Festival Director Ritu Sarin said, âAs the pandemic continues to rage across the world, DIFF is programming a series of online film packages throughout. of the year so that our audiences can continue to have the opportunity to watch a wide variety of films in the comfort of their homes. ”
Rangachar said she launched her company Gratitude Films during the pandemic and said she was eager “to introduce some of the most talked about Oscar nominees from around the world to Indian audiences this year.”
The Greek film “Apples” is a surreal dramatic comedy, exploring memory, identity and loss through the eyes of middle-aged Aris.
The film premiered at the 2020 Venice International Film Festival and was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and was Greece’s official Oscar entry in the Best International Feature Film category.
The Ukrainian film “Atlantis”, directed by Valentyn Vasyanovych, is set in eastern Ukraine in 2025 and follows Sergiy, a former soldier suffering from PTSD, struggling to navigate a life in pieces and a country in ruins.
“Atlantis” won the award for best film in the Horizons section at the 2019 Venice International Film Festival and was screened at the Toronto and Rotterdam festivals. It was Ukraine’s official entry into the Oscars.
Oscar-winning Fogel’s “The Dissident” documents the international cover-up behind the murder of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi and premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. It was shortlisted for Best Feature Film documentary for the Oscars 2021.
“La nuit des rois” by director Philippe LacÃ´te from CÃ´te d’Ivoire is also inspired by a tradition lived in the isolated MACA prison in CÃ´te d’Ivoire, where an inmate is chosen to tell a story to others.
The film premiered at the 2020 Venice Film Festival before making its way to festivals in Toronto, Sundance, Rotterdam and New York.
The Bosnian film “Quo Vadis, Aida?”, Directed by Jasmila Zbanic, revolves around a translator working for the UN in the small town of Srebrenica. Her life is turned upside down when the Serbian army takes over, leaving her and her family to scramble to find shelter.
Nominated for Best International Feature Film at the 2021 Oscars, the film premiered at the 2020 Venice International Film Festival, screened at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the 2020 International Film Festival. Rotterdam film.
Filippo Meneghetti’s French film “Two of Us” focuses on two retirees – Nina and Madeline – who have been secretly in love for decades.
Impersonating neighbors to the outside world, they get in and out easily. Problems brew in paradise when Madeleine’s daughter discovers the truth about their relationship.
The film premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, screened at the BFI London Film Festival and Rotterdam International Film Festival, and was France’s official candidacy for the Oscars. PTI BK