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INDEPENDENT FILMS TO CAPTURE IMAGINATIONS AT THE DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Wed Nov 20,2013

The Dubai International Film Festival today announced the selection of quality films from some of the world’s most innovative filmmakers that will make up the hugely popular “Celebration of India” category at this year’s festival which runs from December 6 to 14, 2013.

Director of the AsiaAfrica programme, Nashen Moodley said: “This year we have been overwhelmed at the quality and diversity of films coming out of the Indian sub-continent.  The films have been carefully selected to entertain, inform and possibly even shock DIFF audiences. This programme has been designed to introduce film-goers to interesting independent Indian cinema and will undoubtedly capture imaginations.”

Adds Dorothee Wenner, Programme Consultant: “We are proud to host three world premieres in this section. The curtain will open for films made for the big screen - the one unifying quality in a programme dedicated to showcase the range of outstanding productions from the subcontinental filmmaking universe.”

Following critical acclaim in Cannes, director Amit Kumar’s “Monsoon Shootout” masterfully blends a dark cop thriller with an intriguing narrative style. It explores the impact that one man’s choices make on the lives of others. As heavy monsoon rains lash the badlands of Mumbai, Adi, a gun-toting, rookie cop is out on his first assignment. His alternative decisions take him on a morality shedding journey, pitting him against a system where the boundaries between the law, crime and self-survival get dangerously blurred. An ensemble cast including Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Viray Varma, Tannishtha Chatterjee and Neeraj Kabi offer edgy performances in this rollercoaster ride of a film.

Talented young independent filmmaker and writer Madhureeta Anand’s thought-provoking and hard-hitting feature “Kajarya” is about the struggles women in India face today. This shocking film relates to female foeticide and infanticide in the country. Armed with a feel of authenticity and shot in real locations with real people as characters, “Kajarya” is an effort to capture honest emotions and bring these inconceivable stories to the screen. The film is co-produced by critically-acclaimed Bengali director Q of the multi-award-winning Gandu fame.   
Acclaimed filmmaker Suman Mukhopadhyay brings his adaptation of Tagore’s much-loved novel “The Last Poem” (Shesher Kobita) widely considered a landmark in Bengali literature. The story recounts the love story of Amit Ray, an Oxford-educated iconoclastic barrister, who falls in love with the strong-willed Labanya. Their romance builds up against the backdrop of the misty hills of Shillong through a series of dialogues and poems they write for each other.

“The Voiding Soul” (Swapaanam) is a Malayalam film directed by Shaji N. Karun which explores the budding romance between Unni and Nalini. Their love is ignited by their passion for the Chenda (a percussion instrument) and Mohiniattam (a classical dance form from Kerala), inspiring Unni to challenge traditional rules and explore forbidden territories. Their magical urgings for creativity however are abruptly halted by Nalini’s forced marriage.

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