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Noblemen, Tom of Finland, Abu and Dreamboat are Centerpiece Films at KASHISH 2018



South Asia’s biggest LGBTQ film fest to screen 140 films from 45 countries 

Four LGBTQ films from across the world, including an Indian film starring actor Kunal Kapoor, will be showcased as Centerpiece Films at the 9th edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival. The festival – South Asia’s biggest LGBTQ film festival – will he held betweenMay 23-27, 2018 at two iconic venues in Mumbai – Liberty Carnival Cinemas and Metro Inox. 140 films from 45 countries will be screened at the festival, including 33 Indian LGBTQ films.

Online registrations are open at

Centerpiece Films 


Centerpiece Feature Film /105 min / 2017 / Finland / German / Narrative Feature

Director: Dome Karukoski

Touko Laaksonen, a decorated officer, returns home after a harrowing and heroic experience serving his country in World War II, but life in Finland during peacetime proves equally distressing. He finds peace-time Helsinki rampant with persecution of gay men around him, and men even being pressured to marry women and have children. Touko finds refuge in his liberating art, specializing in drawings of muscular men, free of inhibitions. His work – made famous by his signature ‘Tom of Finland’ – became the emblem of a generation of men and fanned the flames of a gay revolution.

Thursday May 24 / 9.20pm / Liberty Cinema


Centerpiece Documentary Feature / 80 min / 2017 / Canada, Pakistan / Documentary Feature

Director: Arshad Khan

ABU is a journey to the centre of a fragmented family while they grapple with religion, colonialism, sexuality and migration. A deeply personal story of self-discovery and familial reconciliation, the film explores a tapestry of narratives composed of family footage, observation and classic Bollywood films, taking its viewers through the tense relationships between family and fate, conservatism and liberalism and modernity and familiarity.

Saturday May 26 / 2.30pm / Liberty Cinema


Centerpiece Documentary Feature / 92 min / 2017 / German / German / Documentary Feature

Director: Tristan Ferland Milewski

Once a year, the Dream Boat sets sail – a cruise only for queer men. Far from their families and political restrictions, we follow five men from five countries on a quest for their dreams. The cruise promises seven days of sunshine, love and freedom – but on board are also their personal stories, their doubts and uncertainties

Saturday May 26 / 4.30pm / Metro INOX


Noblemen-Kunal1Centerpiece Narrative Feature / 108 min / 2018 / India / English / Narrative Feature

Director: Vandana Kataria

It is winter in a prestigious all boys’ boarding school, where children continue to practice age-old rituals and codes bound by years of hierarchy. Shay is picked on constantly, the main perpetrators being Arjun, the tall athletic sports captain, and his best friend Baadal. Shay and Pia, the spunky daughter of the new Junior School Principal are cast as Bassanio and Portia in the Founder’s Day production of Merchant of Venice. Murali, the charismatic drama teacher unknowingly adds salt to Baadal’s wounds by casting him as Shay’s understudy. Indignant, Baadal vows to get Shay’s part at any cost and turns to his buddy Arjun for help. Events take a sinister turn when Shay walks in on Arjun, Baadal, and their cronies on a debauched night.

Saturday May 26 / 7.35pm / Liberty Cinema

Quote By Noblemen Team

I’m very happy to know that our film ‘Noblemen’  has been selected to premiere at the KASHISH 2018. ‘Noblemen’ is a humble and honest attempt to highlight bullying and the effects it can cause on the society at large. I am sure our film will resonate with the audience,” says Kunal Kapoor.

Set in a posh boarding school the film is an adaptation of the play ‘Merchant of Venice’ by William Shakespeare.  Kunal Kapoor plays a drama teacher in the film that deals with issues like bullying.

“We’re extremely honoured and delighted to be premiering our film ‘Noblemen’ at KASHISH 2018. We couldn’t have asked for a better platform, and to be one of the Centerpieces makes us proud. ‘Noblemen’ touches upon bullying, a social evil that exists not only in our schools and colleges, but also in our homes, our workplaces, and in society at large. Today we see it take all kinds of forms– as trolls on social media, as religious factions that force their agendas upon the public, and of late as politics of extremism. ‘Noblemen’ is one such story that shows the tussle between the bullied and their bullies. Set in an all boys boarding school it mirrors society’s current totalitarian drift,” says director Vandana Kataria

About KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival

Voted as one of the Top 5 LGBT Film Festival in the World, KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is South Asia’s biggest queer film festival and the only LGBT film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theatre. Founded in 2010, KASHISH is held over 5 days at three venues. It is the first Indian LGBT festival to be held with approval by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India. KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is presented by KASHISH Arts Foundation and organized by Solaris Pictures. Besides the annual film festival its other initiatives are KASHISH Forward – India’s first travelling campus LGBTQ film festival, KASHISH Global – that facilitates screening of Indian LGBTQ films across the world, Best of KASHISH film screenings and KASHISH Chalchitra Utsav – a festival of LGBTQ films in regional languages.

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