13aug_TheLunchbox-PressConWidely acclaimed film Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox will open the Dharamshala International Film Festival 2013 (DIFF) on 24th Oct 2013.  The four days films extravaganza, beginning from 24th to 27th October 2013, will screen approximately 30 films ranging from fiction, documentaries, shorts and experimental, which are carefully selected from the best of contemporary world cinema by noted filmmakers and DIFF directors, Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam.

The Lunchbox has been jointly produced by UTV Motion Pictures, Dharma Productions, Sikhya Entertainment, DAR Motion Pictures, NFDC (India), ROH Films (Germany), ASAP Films (France), and the Cine Mosaic (United States). Earlier this year, the film was screened at International Critics’ Week at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and also won the Critics Week Viewers Choice Award known as Grand Rail d’Or. On 20th September 2013, the film was released in india, US and UK.

Director Ritesh Batra, and producer Guneet Monga will also attend DIFF 2013 to present their film.

This year, the festival also has a special focus on Indian documentaries with strong social concerns with the screening of the movies like Nishtha Jain’s Gulabi Gang, Amit Virmani’s Menstrual Man, and Anand Patwardhan’s Jai Bhim Comrade.

The festival will also have strong representation from the new Indian indie wave with the showcase of Nagraj Popatrao Manjule’s Fandry, and Q’s Tasher Desh.

To learn more of DIFF 2013, visit – http://pandolin.com/diff-2013-backs-indie-cinema/