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FILMFEST DC

April 14 – 24, 2016

Washington DC, US

What’s It All About?

Over the years, Filmfest DC has introduced over 1,000 feature and short films from 55 countries. The fest is known to present a program that adapts to changes in technology and other variables in the industry. This year, the 11-day festival is planning on presenting more than 75 films from 45 countries, restored classics and special events.

The genres of film will include international dramas, comedies, thrillers and espionage, music and dance, social justice, international and women-directed shorts and Cine Cubano, a new series of Cuban films. According to the founder of the festival, all the films presented have not been seen anywhere, not even on Netflix.

The feature films to be showcased have been categorised as World View (best of world cinema), Justice Matters (social justice themes), The Lighter Side (comedies), Trust No One (thrillers), Rhythm On & Off Screen (global music), Shorts (short films), and Cine Cubano.

Indian Connect

Over the years, Filmfest DC has believed in showcasing diverse cultures, voices, stories and landscapes for strong partnerships with embassies. This year, the fest will host the screening of two Indian films – Angry Indian Goddesses and Aligarh. Pan Nalin’s 2015 Hindi drama Angry Indian Goddesses will be a part of the East Coast premieres. It is a story of an eclectic group of women who get together in Goa to celebrate the impending nuptials of a close mutual friend. Their lives change as a wild bachelorette party turns into a tragic accident. The film is receiving accolades from around the world and has been sold to over 32 countries.

Hansal Mehta’s film Aligarh featuring Rajkummar Rao and Manoj Bajpayee is based on real events in Uttar Pradesh. It is about an unlikely but deep friendship between a college professor and a young journalist. This film too has been acknowledged at various international festivals.

Watch Out For!

OPENING NIGHT

The Dressmaker

Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse, this comedy drama, set in 1950, is a story of an extravagant, talented dressmaker Tilly (Kate Winslet), who returns to her hometown in Australia to right her wrongs. She tries to reconcile with her mother and starts to fall in love while transforming the fashion of the town.

FEATURE FILMS

21 Nights with Pattie

Aligarh

Angry Indian Goddesses

Argentina

Banat

Belgian Rhapsody

The Brand New Testament

City of Trees

Dough

The Dressmaker

An Evening with Arch Campbell

The Fencer

The Forbidden Shore

A Good American

Guantanamo’s Child

The Idol

The Innocents

Love & Friendship

Magallanes

The Measure Of A Man

Motley’s Law

Much Loved

My Internship In Canada

My King

Not Without Us

Paths of the Soul

The People vs. Fritz Bauer

Presenting Princess Shaw

Rebel Citizen

Sweet Bean

Sweet Smell of Spring

The Violin Teacher

Viva

The White Knights

Zinnia Flower

SHORTS

The Above

Another Kind Of Girl

Beach Flags

City Of Roses

Finding June

The Orchestra

CLOSING NIGHT GALA

My Internship In Canada

Philippe Falardeau’s directorial is a Canadian political satire film that focuses on the country’s ingrained tendency to focus on the regional instead of the bigger picture. It is a story of an independent politician who is thrust into the spotlight and has to rely on his intern to help him navigate the complex work of Parliament.

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