Anurag Kashyap’s UGLY will have an Asian premiere and a retrospective of Akiro Kurusava will be held at the third edition of the Ladakh International Film Festival (LIFF) being held in Leh from June 27-29, 2014.
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The highest-altitude film festival in the world (held at an altitude of more than 11,000 feet) has many highlights this year.
Kamal Swaroop’s RANGBHOOMI, based on Dadasaheb Phalke’s eponymous semi-autobiographical play will be the opening film. The festival will pay tribute to Hindi film industry veterans Farooq Sheikh and Nanda. Deepti Naval who collaborated with Farooq on 7 films including SAATH SAATH, CHASHME BUDDOOR AND KATHA will be there to pay tribute to the late actor.
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Korea is the focus country for the movie gala this year and contemporary Korean films will be brought alive on screens at the event.
While, Kashyap’s UGLY will be showcased at the Green Carpet Premiere of LIFF 2014, at White Lotus School, an open air venue with a capacity of 20,000 people, a special retrospective on the globally acclaimed filmmaker Akiro Kurosawa will be held.
The theme for LIFF 2014 is ‘Spirituality and Camaraderie’ and the festival will culminate with The Dalai Lama holding Kaalchakra.
The filmmaker Shyam Benegal, who is also the chairman of LIFF, says “The Ladakh International Film Festival has come of age. It is now an important film festival of South Asia. It also has the distinction of being the only international film festival on the roof of the world ringed by the tallest mountains of the Himalayas.”
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“LIFF, in its third edition, is proud to announce a cross section of films, which will be screened at the picturesque venue. These include international feature films, documentaries from India, short films (national and international) and Indian feature films,” said Melwyn Williams Chirayath, founder and festival director, LIFF.
“In addition, there will be a special retrospective on legendary film director Akiro Kurosawa. Tributes will be paid to Hindi film industry veterans Farooque Sheikh (by Deepti Naval) and Nanda, who passed away,” he added.
This year, the jury for the fest includes film critic Klaus Eder, general secretary of International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) and Maxine Williamson, head of Asia Pacific Screen Awards.