DHARAMSALA, Feb 21: The Sweet Requiem, a Tibetan film to be screened at Orion Mall PVR Cinemas in Bengaluru during the 11th edition of Bangalore International Film Festival((BIFFes).
A narrative feature film, The Sweet Requiem, directed by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam will be screened on PVR Cinemas at Orion Mall in Rajajinagar, Bengaluru, in the south Indian state of Karnataka after its nomination for the Network for the promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) award of the festival over Feb 20-28.
The Tibetan film, which revolves around Dolkar, a 26-year-old exiled Tibetan women who works in a beauty salon in India who suddenly bumps into a ghost from her past, a man who was to led them for the perilous trek across the Himalayas to exile in India but who abandons them before crossing into safe havens will compete for the for the NETPAC Award with five other films from South Korea, China, Iran Vietnam and Philippines.
The 11th BIFFes opens later today with a grand opening at the Vidhana Soudha Banquet Hall in the city to be attended by international delegates, filmmakers and celebrities and will run till Feb 28.
Karnataka Chief Minister H. D. Kumaraswamy will inaugurate the annual film festival being organized by the Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy and Department of Information and Public Relations, Government of Karnataka.
The festival has an impressive line up of 225 films from 60 countries to be screened on 11 screens at PVR Cinemas at Orion Mall in Rajajinagar.
The films made entry into the festival through ten categories, Cinema of the world; Retrospectives; Country focus; Grand classics; Homages and remembrances; FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) award winners; Network for promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) award winners; Biopics; Unsung Incredible India, films from little known languages and Curated documentary sections on a specific theme.
Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam’s ‘The Sweet Requiem’ (Kyoyang Ngarmo) has been on a roll at film festivals across Indian cities. It was adjudged the winner of the NETPAC Award at Kolkata International Film Festival and Audience Award at Aurangabad International Film Festival respectively.
The 91-minute-long narrative feature film had its world premiere at Toronto Film Festival while it also made headways at Mill Valley Film Festival, Dharamsala International Film Festival, International Film Festival of India-Goa, International Film Festival of Kerala and International Film Festival of Bhubaneswar.
The Sweet Requiem has also earned a nomination in the fiction category at the soon to be held 17thInternational Film Festival and forum on Human Rights to be held in Geneva, Switzerland over March 8-17.