By Srikanth Kanchinadham. Posted on June 06, 2016
The Durban International Film Festival which is scheduled to open on the 16th of this month has just unveiled its full line-up. The 11 day festival is Africa's largest film event and is held every year in June. Aimed at showcasing the finest talent from Africa, the festival hosts a large number of African or South African premieres and over 200 screenings from Africa and around the globe. The event also conducts filmmaker workshops, industry seminars, discussion forums, the Talent Campus Durban and a Durban FilmMart co-production market among a host of other exciting events.
This year's edition of the festival will see a three Indian films showcased at the prestigious festival. Bauddhayan Mukherji's The Violin Player is all set to have its International premiere at the Durban International Film Festival.
Mukherji's second feature The Violin Player is the only Indian film to be selected in the Feature Film category of the festival. Partho Sen-Gupta's Sunrise (Arunoday) had won in the Feature Film section at last year's edition of the festival.
The Violin Player is the story of a Bollywood session violinist was earlier selected for the India Gold competition section at the 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, besides being showcased at the prestigious business counterpart of Cannes Film Festival - Marché du Film.
Along with The Violin Player, two Indian shorts have been selected in the 'Short Films' section. Navin Chandra Ganesh's short on the digital age - Dark Frames has made the cut, along with Payal Sethi's Leeches. While Dark Frames looks into the changing equation of love in this ever evolving digital age, Leeches questions the oppressive tradition of contract marriages in Hyderabad. Both the shorts have had an excellent domestic and international festival run.
Check the teaser of Leeches below:
Sonejuhi Sinha's short Love Comes Later has also been shortlisted in the 'Short Films' section. The short tells the story of how a young motel employee takes a life-changing decision for a greater good. Having had its world premiere at 2015 Cannes Semaine De La Critique, the short from USA and India went onto be showcased at numerous other festivals including Seoul International Extreme-Short Image & Film Festival and Montreal World Film Festival among many others.
Check out the trailer below: