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5 Great Films Screened at Dharamshala International Film Festival 2015

Kasturi posted on 17th November

If you missed out on attending DIFF this year, worry not! These are some of the movies that were screened, and we think were absolutely stellar.

Watch the trailers here:

Bhaskar Hazarika brings us Kothanodi and a dose of something sinister. Find yourself engrossed in the magical-real world of these four Assamese folk stories and a darker tone of what we call, reality.

Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere
Nguyen Hoang Diep’s Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere seems like the usual girl-in-trouble narrative but is much more than that. With seemingly amateur camera work and damp ethereal quality to the movie, Diep represents the new wave of Vietnamese cinema.


The Boy and The World
You will be completely entrenched in the characters speaking gibberish {actually backwards Portuguese}, Brazilian hip hop and amazing animation. If you’re a fan of watercolours and mosaics, this is your fill. But underneath all the gorgeous visualiam, there’s a profound criticism of globalisation and capitalist culture. A children’s film that speaks volumes to the adult.


Tale of Iya
This is a movie that the DIFF society calls, “An elegy to wilderness”. Characterised by scenes of foggy, snowy mountains as well as the hills during the spring, this is shot in the rare medium of the 35mm film. Japanese director Tetsuichiro Tsuta, tells the story of a detached rural village and its people, and presents the conflict between nature and modernity. 

Chauthi Koot
1980’s India and the fear, paranoia, and violence of the time is the protagonist of this film. Gurvinder Singh’s Chauthi Koot lifts the veil on the rural Sikh community in Punjab. Working with amateurs and rejecting the idea of rehearsals or auditions, Singh brings out rustic Punjab and the personal which becomes politicised {and vice versa}.

 Feature image courtesy: Creativica