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  1. Making a feature film is one hell of a task but what is crazier is watching it if turns out bad. While we celebrate blockbusters and worship the stars who maketh the film, there is a whole sea of brilliant short films out there that are way better than many of the films that crowd our screens. If the prospect of sitting through a 3-hour torture in a theatre gives you the creeps, these brilliant short films are the perfect watch for you. You don't even need to wait for the weekend to watch these. 1. The Most Beautiful Thing This is a love story between two people who are not the ideal match for each other but end up falling in love nevertheless. It has been written, directed and edited by Cameron Covell. 2. Rakka Directed by Neill Blomkamp, 'Rakka' is a military science fiction film about a dystopian future. 3. In a Heartbeat This is an animated short film that is about a young closeted boy who falls in love and as a result his heart literally pops out of his chest, sending him into a nervous frenzy about being discovered. 4. Thresher A horror film about a man in a locked room trying to escape an inter-dimensional threat. 5. Few Words An award-winning film about a French skier who is a pioneer of freestyle skiing, this one is a sheer visual delight. 6. Cargo As a father tries to save his daughter in a zombie apocalypse, he unwittingly sets off an unexpected plan. 'Cargo' is an Australian short film that was a finalist on the Tropfest Australia 2013. 7. Double king A trippy animated film by Felix Colgrave about, as the director's description says, “love and regicide”. 8. The Black Hole What would you do if you accidentally discover a black hole you can make use of? This film shows you what happens when an overworked employee finds a black hole and lets his baser instincts take over. 9. The Unconquered Narrated by Sean Bean, this one is a short film about Poland during World War 2. 10. Noose An animated short about a young boy dealing with thoughts about ending a life as he enters a forest alone. 11. Septem With a running time of 29 minutes, this one's not very short, but worth your time. 'Septum' is about 7 strangers in a room – one of them has to take a pill else they all face death. 12. Geri's Game One of Pixar's early short films, 'Geri's Game' won an Academy Award for the Best Animated Short Film in 1998. 13. This House Has People in It A disturbing short film in the horror genre, this one is scarier than Paranormal Activity. 14. Uncanny valley While we wait for Steven Spielberg's impending epic 'Ready Player One', this 9-minute long film about virtual reality taking over the real world is going to get you pumped enough. 15. One-Minute Time Machine After watching this, you'd wish you could get a time machine and start over every time a girl rejected your proposal. This one was shortlisted for the Sploid Short Film festival.
  2. South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk poses during a photocall to present the film "Human, Space, Time and Human" (Inkan, Gonkan, Sikan Grigo Inkan) ? presented in the Panorama Special section ? during the 68th Berlinale film festival in Berlin, Germany, February 17, 2018. AFP/John MacDougall2 BERLIN: A South Korean director in the eye of a #MeToo storm defiantly rejected abuse accusations against him at the Berlin film festival Saturday, saying he ensures no one "suffers" on the sets of his ultraviolent, sexually explicit art movies. Acclaimed filmmaker Kim Ki-duk, who has picked up prizes at the Cannes, Venice, and Berlinale festivals, faced a barrage of questions from reporters about allegations of physical and sexual abuse by an actress he worked with in 2013. His invitation to the Berlinale prompted the actress to accuse festival organisers of "hypocrisy" given they have said they want to spotlight rampant sexual misconduct in the industry. Kim, 57, insisted that "safety and respect" take top priority in all of his productions. "We don?t want anyone hurt while making a film. We don?t want anyone to suffer when making a film," he told a news conference, speaking through an interpreter. "No matter how fantastic a film is, we must make sure that nobody feels insulted during shooting and that applies for everybody, both cast and crew. That?s been my fundamental approach therefore I very much regret this incident." ?Related to artistic performance? Asked whether he wished to apologise for his treatment of the actress, who has declined to be publicly named, Kim insisted he was unaware of any wrongdoing on his part. "What we were actually doing was rehearsing a scene. We were on the set, there were a lot of people present. My crew back then did not object at all or say that it was inappropriate," he said. "I don?t remember exactly what happened but it really was related to artistic performance, to the acting. I believe that the actress interpreted this incident differently than I did." The actress came forward last year and said Kim forced her into unwanted, unscripted *** and nude scenes and slapped her repeatedly while shooting his 2013 award-winning film Moebius ? before replacing her with another actress. Prosecutors dropped the *** abuse charge citing lack of evidence but fined Kim five million won ($4,600) for assault under a procedure to settle minor cases out of court. The actress ? who said she quit acting due to trauma ? has appealed against the decision to dismiss the *** abuse allegation. But Kim said for him the case was closed. "There?s been a ruling in this case now and I?ve shouldered the responsibility," he said. "I don?t entirely agree with the ruling but I believe that these processes are also part and parcel of changing the system and helping us to make progress in the film industry. I?ll certainly bear this in mind in future as well." ?Don?t draw conclusions? Kim presented his latest picture Human, Space, Time and Human, which like many of his films includes brutal rape scenes. He insisted his movies? often violent content did not reflect his own behaviour. "I would like to be a good human being in my life," he said. "My daily life is not like my films and I wouldn?t like to live that way. So please don?t draw conclusions about my personality because of looking at my films." Japanese actress Mina Fujii, who plays Eve in the film, an allegorical mother of humanity who is raped by five men on screen, said she had a good experience making the movie. "Working with Kim Ki-duk was very positive, there was a pleasant atmosphere on the set," she said. "That may be a little bit surprising when you look at this rather particular film." The Berlinale, the first major European film festival since the wave of abuse allegations about powerful producer Harvey Weinstein emerged in October, is focusing on the #MeToo drive with a series of initiatives and public debates. Organisers had rebuffed the criticism over Kim?s inclusion before the opening on Thursday, noting that the *** abuse allegation against him was dismissed and insisting the festival "opposes and condemns any form of violence or sexual misconduct". On Saturday, Paris-based film rights seller Daniela Elstner launched the Speak Up! campaign at the festival, aiming to combat sexual harassment within the European entertainment industry. Meanwhile veteran French actress Isabelle Huppert, at the Berlinale with her new thriller Eva, said she was watching the #MeToo movement "with sympathy and hope". "It?s taken a long time for all of this to be said," she told reporters. "I am personally very happy that certain things have been brought out into the open ? for good, I hope."
  3. BERLIN: Organisers of the Berlin International Film Festival on Wednesday declined a call to have movie stars walk a black, rather than red, carpet as a symbol of support for the campaign against sexual harassment in the industry. After January?s Golden Globes ceremony where people wore black on the red carpet to express solidarity with the movement, more than 21,000 people signed a petition calling for the carpet itself to change color at this year?s ?Berlinale?. But one day before the festival opened, its director, Dieter Kosslick, said he understood the reasons for the campaign but had decided against ?symbolic politics? and wanted to instead focus on events discussing sexual harassment. ?We?d like to use our activities to dive deeper into the #MeToo debate than a carpet would allow, so we don?t plan to put a black carpet down at the Berlinale,? Kosslick said. The festival had already announced a panel discussion on sexual harassment, a counseling corner and a seminar that will encourage women who have suffered harassment to speak up and seek ways to boost equality in the film industry. Kosslick said some films were cut from the program due to sexual abuse allegations against people involved but he has declined to name them. Around 400 films will be screened at the 68th Berlinale which opens with U.S. director Wes Anderson?s ?Isle of Dogs?, an animated tale of a boy searching for his pet at a garbage dump where a fictional city has exiled all of its dogs. Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Oscar nominee Greta Gerwig, who voice characters in the film, are due to appear at the festival that some fans say is otherwise lacking in star power. ?This year I don?t think there?s as many real highlights,? said Scott Roxborough of The Hollywood Reporter. ?Aside from the Wes Anderson film which everybody wants to see and everyone is excited about, there are very few big films, either big Hollywood movies or even big art house movies.? The festival, renowned for films with strong political agendas, includes ?Khook? (?Pig?), an Iranian film about a blacklisted director and ?U-July 22? about the 2011 massacre of young people on a Norwegian island by Anders Behring Breivik. Other films in contention include a Western comedy called ?Damsel? featuring Robert Pattinson, ?Transit,? a German film about a man fleeing Nazi-occupied France, and ?Dovlatov,? a portrait of the Russian writer Sergei Dovlatov. Tom Tykwer, a German director best known for his 1998 film ?Run Lola Run?, heads the jury that will decide which of the 19 movies in competition wins the Golden Bear for best film and who gets Silver Bears for acting and directing. The festival in the German capital runs until Feb. 25.
  4. Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva go across for a run, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Chittagong, 3rd day, February 2, 2018/AFP CHITTAGONG: Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva piled on the runs to put Sri Lanka in a comfortable position on the third day of the first Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong on Friday. Birthday boy Mendis just missed out on a double century, hitting an impressive 196, while de Silva added 173 as Sri Lanka reached 504-3 at stumps trailing Bangladesh´s first innings total by just nine runs. Roshen Silva was unbeaten on 87 alongside skipper Dinesh Chandimal, 37 not out, when stumps were drawn at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam gave Bangladesh a rare occasion for joy on an arduous day when he removed Mendis just before the tea break. Pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman earlier broke Mendis´ 308-run second wicket stand with de Silva, who added 69 runs to his overnight 104. De Silva and Mendis dominated the Bangladesh bowlers for nearly two sessions after Sri Lanka resumed their innings on 187-1. The hosts had to wait for the second new ball to get their first success as Mustafizur got a leading edge from de Silva and wicketkeeper Liton Das took a high catch. De Silva faced 229 balls and hit 21 fours along with a six in his fourth Test century and the second in as many Tests. Mendis, who faced 327 balls for his career best innings as he turned 23, added another 107 runs with Roshen Silva for the third wicket before he gave a catch to Mushfiqur Rahim at midwicket. "I think he is so disappointed," said Sri Lanka batting coach Thilan Samaraweera. "The bigger picture is that if he had scored those two double-hundreds, it would have been very special for a 23-year old," Samaraweera said of Mendis, whose previous career best was 194 runs. Mendis survived a run-out when he had a mix-up with Silva in the middle of the pitch after crossing the 150-run mark. But an awkward throw from Mehidy Hasan from extra cover allowed him to return to safety before Das could break the stumps. Bangladesh team director Khaled Mahmud admitted that Sri Lanka were now in the driving seat. "(It) is very important for us to see how quickly we can bowl them out (tomorrow) and then bat well in the second innings," he said. Bangladesh were also unlucky in the morning when de Silva survived a strong lbw appeal on 119 off Taijul when the ball hit him on his toe before going to the slips. Having already used both their reviews, the hosts had no choice but to accept the decision of the on-field umpire. Mendis hit left-arm spinner Sunzamul Islam for a boundary to bring his fourth Test hundred off 200 balls. De Silva reached his 1,000 runs in Tests on 154, joining Roy Dias as the quickest Sri Lankan to achieve the feat in his 23rd innings.
  5. The Jagger & Lewis emotional and activity tracker for dogs is seen at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show. Photo: AFP LAS VEGAS: Technology is going to the dogs. And to cats and horses, for that matter, as high-end gadgetry showcased at this week´s Consumer Electronics Show offered ways that smart devices can improve the lives of animals and their human friends -- starting with a good night´s rest. US-based Petrics was at the show with what it billed as the first pet smart bed, capable of keeping tabs on their weight and time spent lounging. The soon-to-be-released bed cools or warms to provide comfy temperatures for naps, and synchronises to activity trackers that monitor how much exercise they are getting so that owners get a complete daily report. An array of firms meanwhile showed off wearable devices to monitor pets on the move, aiming to consign neighbourhood "lost" posters to history. Among them was Whistle, which is up to a third-generation device equipped with GPS and mobile network capabilities. Custom "safe zones" can be set up around a home and if pets wander out-of-bounds their humans will get smartphone messages allowing them to pinpoint where their pooch, or kitty, is on the map. "If your pet gets out they can be missing for hours or days," said Whistle spokesperson Heather Wajer. "You can put up posters around the neighbourhood and search for them, or you can just look at your phone and see where they are." Fido calls home Leaving your pet behind at home can cause anxiety both for humans and their animals. While home cameras that can stream feeds via the internet have been around for some time, Petcube has improved on the basic concept by introducing "smart" elements. With the help of artificial intelligence, pets movements in front of its camera will trigger a video call to their human´s phone as well as a preview "pet selfie" clip. Its device also comes with laser pointers allowing people to remotely play with their furry friends if they´re getting bored, and even reward good behaviour by firing off treats during calls. Petcube co-founder and chief executive Yaroslav Azhnyuk estimated that 40 million households will use connected pet devices by the year 2022. Meanwhile, startup Pebby is working on a "smart robotic ball" with built-in camera, wi-fi, Bluetooth and laser pointer capabilities, affording more opportunities to play remotely. Taking care of kitty´s business Cleaning your feline friend´s litter box is an unpleasant but necessary task, unless you (and house guests) are prepared to stomach a strong stench. Now, though, automated boxes are at hand that use sensors to detect when the animal enters and leaves the unit, before giving the litter time to clump, then sifting through it and depositing the waste into a carbon-filtered drawer. Litter-Robot sales hit new highs on Black Friday and Cyber Monday due to the release of a smartphone application that gets data about kitty´s daily visits to the feline loo, according to founder Brad Baxter. When animals left home alone need to get outside to take care of business, they can now do so through PetWALK pet doors -- sturdy barriers that are more secure and airtight than flaps, and are automatically triggered by RFID pendants. French saddle maker CWD meanwhile was at CES with what it billed as the first smart saddle tailored for the equestrian sport of jumping. Technology in saddles gathers data about stride, approach, recovery and more, then sends it to smartphones and pairs it with video so riders can improve performance, research and development engineer Camille Hebert told AFP. CWD has partnered with French start-up Arioneo to weave in an "iPulse" strap that adds data about a horse´s heart rate. "Everything in our lives is smart," said Whistle´s Wajer. "If technology can help make our pets lives better, than that is fantastic."
  6. KARACHI: Prepare to laugh out loud with National Academy of Performing Art's Karachi Laughter Fest 2018, which kicks off on January 3. The 12-day festival promises to be a laugh-a-thon with six plays, improv comedy and dastanghoi. The plays being performed during the festival include Crash Landing, Kya Aap Pagal Hain, Burqavaganza, Chacha Chakkan, Lafro Reutrns, and Dil-e-Nada. Photo: NAPA NAPA has also roped in stand up comedians Faheem Azam (Don't Laugh I AM Serious), Usman Mazhari (Jo Baat Hai) and Faiza Saleem (Larki Wounderful) for the festival. "The Karachi Laughter Fest 2018 will bring together some the best new directors and actors presenting diverse plays that will definitely cheer us all up. Along with standup comedy and improvs this festival promises to be a joyful and exuberant event," said NAPA on a social media post. Here's a list of plays being performed at the event: Crash Landing by Rauf Afridi Photo: NAPA/Facebook The play, which has been directed by Rauf Afridi, will kick start the festival. The plot revolves around the love life of a Dubai-based architect Jimmy. "Playboy Jimmy is an architect based in Dubai. He lives with his fiancée, LIA airline stewardess Zareena ?and BIA stewardess Najma?and NIA stewardess Nargis. However, none of the women know about the other two, and this is exactly the way Jimmy has designed it. This works just fine as long as their flight schedules only bring them home every three days. Jimmy?s live-in cook, Mamoo, is key in pulling off this ruse, managing three sets of clothing, photographs, bed linens, and food preferences. However, this perfect schedule is bound to run into trouble sometime. Things begin to unravel when there is a change to the women?s flight orders, making it increasingly difficult to keep them apart, and eventually bringing all three of them home on the same day. In addition, Jimmy?s longtime friend from Pindi, Bashir, has arrived in town unexpectedly. He is brought in on the outrageous arrangement and finds himself entangled in trying to help Jimmy and Mamoo pull it off during the course of a single day. Will they survive the day? And at what price? It just may be too much for them to handle!," explains NAPA in a post. The play will be held on January 3 and January 4 at Zia Mohyeddin Theatre. Kya Aap Pagal Hain by Aqeel Ahmed Photo: NAPA/Facebook Directed by Aqeel Ahmed, the play is a "classic romantic farce based on two couples and their desire to marry in the face of great parental opposition. Nawab Sahib wants his daughter Mehr Bano to wed his nephew Naqi but Naqi loves Dilara and Mehr Bano wants to marry Zaki. In their effort to convince Nawab Sahib a series of misunderstandings ensues creating farcical situations of great mirth and chaos." The show will be staged on January 5 and January 6 at Zia Mohyeddin Theatre. Burqavangza by Shumaila Taj Photo: NAPA/Facebook "Burqavangza is a burlesque fantasy play about the burqa revolution written by Shahid Nadeem. At a time when the burqa has taken over the country, two lovers 'Haseena' and 'Khoobru ' decide to challenge the burqa brigade. The lovers are joined by a duo of thieves and they together defy the police," reads its description. Written by Salman Shahid, the play will be showcased on January 7 and January 8.
  7. Mood Indigo, one of the most awaited events of the year, is back with its 47th edition, and it is the best way to end this year with a bang. Who would have thought a college fest that was started by four students back in 1971 with just â¹5000 would gain so much prominence over the years that it would become Asia's largest cultural festival? Well, if you have attended this highly anticipated college fest, you would know how deserving of the title it is. 1. The Exciting Themes © Mood Indigo (Facebook) With each passing year, it just gets better and better with a new and exciting theme. After celebrating the indomitable spirit of aamchi Mumbai last year, this year they're taking it up a notch and basically just celebrating celebrations. With the exciting theme of La Fête Carnaval, the festival is going to bring in elements from carnivals all around the world to provide a near-magical experience for the senses. The carnival theme is so extravagant with so many elements, it'll be a celebration like no other; we're talking carousels, aerial dragons, fire performers, jugglers and masquerade masks. 2. A Unique And Massive Opportunity For Students © Mood Indigo (Facebook) One of the main thing that sets Mood Indigo apart from any other college fest out there is the amount of planning and organizing that goes into it, which is all done by the students with just one common goal – to make the three days unforgettable for everyone. It is no wonder that not only IITians, but every college student in the country eagerly waits for this festival all year. Along with that, it provides an incredible and unique opportunity for the students from all over the country to showcase their talents in front of extremely large audiences and top-notch judges. It is a massive platform for cultural exchange, and it's not all fun and games. 3. The Fest Gives Back To Society © Mood Indigo (Facebook) They always have a social cause attached to the fest as a way to give back to the society. This year, the fest is championing the expansion of stem-cell donor registry through its initiative 'Swab to Save'. 4. All The Exciting Celebrities And Events © Mood Indigo (Facebook) Moreover, the festival is famous for the amount of celebrities and world renowned musical acts they attract. Did you know that Porcupine Tree's first ever performance in India was at Mood Indigo back in 2009? They're also responsible for getting Simple Plan to the country in 2012. And, this year won't be any different. One of the biggest highlights of this year is Akshay Kumar, who is coming down to the campus on 22nd. But, it's not just limited to Bollywood, there's something for everyone. On the International music front, the fest will see exciting talents across various genres from countries like Israel and Denmark. Like always, this year will also feature performances by some of the best artist. You'll have your pick from progressive metal band Haken for the Livewire Nite on December 22 or a full-blown Coke-Studio-esque set-up with Clinton Cerejo's band and Vijay Prakash or even the EDM Nite with Bassjackers on December 24. Obviously, music and dance go hand in hand. With the DanceFest launching this year, it will provide a great platform for amazing dance forms from across the globe to showcase their talent. And, don't worry about the humour quotient as well, as the fest will have big names like Mallika Dua and Sunil Pal taking care of that. Along with that, there will be a lot of interactive workshops with professionals, including heavyweights like Rahul Kaushik - owner of the Facebook page, The Melting Words and Neeta Lulla, the reigning queen of India's fashion industry. 5. Best Competitions In The Country © Mood Indigo (Facebook) Lastly, how can we forget about the competitions! The four-day fest will see the best college teams from all over India vying it out for top honours and prizes worth â¹8,50,000. Wow, that's a lot of money. The students can choose among genres such as literary arts, dramatics, music, dance, and various other performing and non-performing arts. So, the bottom line is you really don't want to miss out on this celebration of joy, art and culture like no other.
  8. Tom Tykwer, the German director behind "Cloud Atlas" and "Perfume" and the cult hit "Run Lola Run", will head the jury of next year's Berlin film festival, organisers said Thursday. Tykwer, 52, and his jury will select the winner of the coveted Golden Bear top prize at the February event, which ranks with Cannes and Venice among Europe's top cinema showcases. "Tom Tykwer is one of the highest-profile German directors and has established himself on the international stage as a great filmmaker," festival director Dieter Kosslick said in a statement. "His outstanding talent and innovative trademark have been on display in a variety of film genres." Tykwer worked as a movie projectionist in Berlin before releasing in 1998 his international breakout hit, the innovative three-stories-in-one thriller "Run Lola Run". The success of that movie paved the way to his first English-language feature, 2002's "Heaven" with Cate Blanchett in the lead. His 2006 adaptation of the Patrick Sueskind bestseller, "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer", about a serial killer preying on young women to capture their scent, and the Clive Owen drama "The International" were followed by two projects with Tom Hanks. The first, 2012's "Cloud Atlas," based on the intricately plotted bestseller by David Mitchell, was co-directed by Tykwer and Hollywood filmmakers the Wachowskis, the pair behind the "Matrix" trilogy. And last year, he released the Hanks feature "A Hologram for the King" based on the Dave Eggers novel. Most recently, Tykwer co-directed 16 episodes of "Babylon Berlin", set in the interwar Weimar Republic and billed as the most expensive German series of all time. Following its premiere on German television last month, the show has been sold to television markets around the world. Tykwer has presented six of his films at the Berlinale, as the festival is known. "The Berlinale has always been my favourite and my home film festival, and has supported me since I began working as a filmmaker," Tykwer said. The festival will run from February 15-25.
  9. Artists Peter Dinklage, Sam Rockwell, and Francis McDormand arrive for the UK premiere screening of 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri', on the closing night of the British Film Institute (BFI) London Film Festival at the Odeon, Leicester Square in central London, Britain, October 15, 2017. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor LONDON: The London Film Festival closed on Sunday with a violent and profanity-laden dark comedy featuring Frances McDormand, as a small-town mother seeking justice for her murdered daughter, tipped for an Oscar nod. At the end of a movie fortnight overshadowed by a cascade of allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, writer-director Martin McDonagh said he was happy to close the festival with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, calling it ?a proper cool film? with a woman at its heart. ?I mostly wanted to write a really strong female lead for a film so I came up with this idea of a very angry mother who goes to war with her local police department,? McDonagh told Reuters on the red carpet in London?s Leicester Square. ?Once I thought that Frances would be the perfect person for it, it wrote itself almost.? McDormand shot to global fame in Fargo, another small-town black comedy, as a North Dakota police chief, a role that won her the Best Actress Oscar in 1997. In Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, her character decides to confront the police chief, played by Woody Harrelson, by hiring advertising hoardings to berate him for failing to find the culprit who raped and murdered her daughter. ?McDormand?s performance is every bit as commanding as her Oscar-winning work in ?Fargo? 21 years ago,? Daily Telegraph critic Robbie Collin said in his five-star review of this ?gut-twisting, cinder-black comedy? that won the top prize at the Toronto International Film Festival. Harrelson, who starred in Martin McDonagh?s last movie, Seven Psychopaths said of the British-Irish filmmaker best known for In Bruges, ?He?s turned into a real master of his craft and I think he has just gotten better each time.? A day after the Academy of Motion Pictures expelled Weinstein over allegations of sexual harassment, some actors were more forthright than others over the scandal. Clarke Peters, who plays an African-American police chief in the small Missouri town beset by racial tensions in Three Billboards, said Hollywood ?should go into a room and reassess their humanity?. Abuse in the film industry was not limited to one individual, Peters said, adding, ?We all get accosted in one way or the other.? ?They have this wonderful machine to communicate to all of these people, why use it in such a despicable way?? The New York Times and The New Yorker have published allegations from a number of women that Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them in incidents dating back to the 1980s, including three who said they had been raped. Reuters has been unable to independently confirm any of the allegations. Weinstein, 65, has denied having non-consensual *** with anyone.
  10. The weekend of 15th August will go down in Indian history for being one of the most sought after short vacation periods, than any other historical significance. Not that Independence Day isn't significant; but, it lies more in making the most of one's holidaying independence, really. © Satellite Beachside The point is if you're still in twos as to where to Charlie off this weekend, then, all music aficionados should head to Goa for the Satellite Beachside music festival that's happening between 11th August (that's today) and 15th August. The four-day music festival, which is being held at Waters Beach Lounge & Grill in Goa, will be featuring a variety of electronic artists over the span of the festival. Artists, like Browncoat, BLOT!, Divij Kaul, Nikhil Chinapa, Tuhin Mehta and Vinayak^a are all set to give the audiences killer sets to dance away. © Satellite Beachside The boutique festival which started last year, around the same time, during the monsoon, has already garnered a niche of its own and its popularity has already spread enough for them to have a second edition. When they started this little boutique techno festival in the monsoon in Goa last year, more than a few people thought the festival was already on its way to glory—“a few sandwiches short of a picnic”, is how many described it. Today, just in its second year, the Satellite Beachside is already a calendar favourite for weekenders looking to get away in the middle of the year in search of some great vibe. The festival is India's first ever full-scale Anjunadeep event at Satellite Beachside, with a power-packed line-up that has boasted of stellar artists, like Jody Wisternoff, Yotto, Eli & Fur, Dom Donnelly, Praveen Achary and BrownCoat. © Satellite Beachside It also brings together some of the country's most coveted underground dance music artists, under one roof for one endless party that goes on till as long as your limbs can last. And how can you even resist the charm that comes with the locale of beautiful and free-spirited Goa, anyway? © Satellite Beachside Looks like those of you who are already there, or are packing to head there, are in for one big musical riot! Enjoy your independence, folks!
  11. US actor Adrien Brody will receive the prestigious Leopard Club Award when the Locarno Film Festival kicks off in Switzerland next month, organisers said Tuesday. The 44-year-old, best known for his haunting role in the 2002 Oscar-winning Holocaust film "The Pianist", will receive the award on August 4 at the festival on the picturesque shores of Lake Maggiore. The prize is awarded to actors "whose work has left a mark on the collective imagination" and has previously gone to stars including Faye Dunaway, Mia Farrow and Andy Garcia. "Brody gained a lasting place in the collective imagination of the movie-going public when he played composer Wladyslaw Szpilman in The Pianist," directed by Roman Polanski, festival organisers said. The actor, who won an Oscar for that role, "has since demonstrated his status as one of the most versatile of actors, appreciated by filmmakers in Hollywood and beyond," they added. Brody started his film career in 1989 in the Francis Ford Coppola-directed segment of "New York Stories". He has since worked with many of the world's top directors, including Steven Soderbergh, Oliver Stone, Ken Loach, Spike Lee, Wes Anderson, and Woody Allen. The 70th edition of the Locarno Film Festival will run from August 2-12.
  12. Delhi’s most popular and favourite food festival, Grub Fest, is coming back this weekend for its fourth edition. The country’s premiere food festival has come a long way—from having started out in Delhi in its maiden year to conquering and building a fan-base across the major cities of Mumbai, Pune, Delhi and Gurgaon, the Grub Fest has grown over time. Yes, the last time around, the fest was a little less than lukewarm in the capital, with many complaining about the set up and the entire experience put together. But, we’re a forgiving race like that and when it comes to food and festivals, we always tend to show up. Grub Fest is still a pioneer in many ways when it comes to food festival experiences in the country. Over the past three editions, the Grub Fest has amassed a collective footfall of over 3 lakh food enthusiasts, 300 restaurants, a line-up of prominent chefs and some of the top entertainment artistes in the country. © The Grub Fest This time around, the fest boasts of a number of newly-opened restaurants presenting their brand and food to a large audience for the first time, along with some of the older, renowned names. There is also something called the Grub Market—for upcoming brands to showcase and sell gourmet products—and a Grub Theatre for chefs to perform demos of their favourite dishes, recipes and cooking techniques. Add to this mix a few panel discussions with food entrepreneurs and special screenings of food-related movies and documentaries. And of course, the most sought after Grub Arena will have live performances by some of the most prominent independent local artistes. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. With about 100 restaurants and F&B brands participating at the Grub Fest this year, we got Founder Chaitanya Mathur to list out six places that would be an absolute must-visit during the three day carnival, happening from 17th to 19th March, 2017, at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium. Here are 6 of Chaitanya’s favourites that he recommends to all visitors the coming weekend. 1. Work In Progress (WIP) © Grub Fest “Work in Progress is a legit pop up that can only be experienced for the 3 days of the fest, till we come back with more. Don't miss it. ​We're talking exquisite cocktails and barbecue, and an ambience like no other.” 2. The People & Co. © The People & Co “This very cool concept is making its way to The Grub Fest this time, even popping up a special bar right next to the stage. Come check it out for yourself.” 3. Eggjactly © Eggjactly “Showcasing some of the best waffles this time at The Grub Fest. And yes, eggs!” 4. CJ’s Fresh © Grub Fest “The freshest new brand in town when it comes to healthy, delicious eating. Got to try the sandwiches.” 5. Bunta Bar © Bunta Bar “The refreshing and potent buntas, of course.” 6. Bueno Kitchen © Zomato “They currently only deliver in Gurgaon, so Delhiites this is your chance to try them, especially for their handcrafted a special dessert menu with ingredients made from scratch.”