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The third edition of the Ladakh Film Festival will have an asian premiere of Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly and a retrospective of Akiro Kurusava. The three-day festival is going to be held close to the nation's capital in Leh starting from 27 June.  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 seven films including Saath Saath, Chashme Buddoor and Katha will be there to pay tribute to the late actor.

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’.

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.
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