Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 13: Nine movies across six Indian languages, aside from Malayalam, will be screened at the 20th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) this December.
Headlining the ‘Competition’ category is Raj Kahini (‘No Man’s Land’), a Bengali film delving into the grim history of the 1947 Partition. Helmed by multiple National Award-winning director Srijit Mukherji, the movie deals with the consequences of the arbitrarily-drawn Radcliffe line on the 11 denizens of a brothel through which runs the line that separates West Bengal from East.
The Violin Player, which is Bengali director Bauddhayan Mukherji’s Hindi feature debut about a day in the life of a Bollywood session violinist whose artistic expression finds voice in a most unlikely place, is the other film in this category. This section also boasts a strong field of international and Malayalam movies.
In addition, the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy (KSCA) has finalised a list of seven films that will be showcased in the ‘Indian Cinema Now’ section. These are: Dau Huduni Methai (‘Song of the Horned Owl’), a Bodo film by Assamese writer-filmmaker Manju Borah, Bengali director Debesh Chatterjee’s Natoker Moto (‘Like a Play’), Kutrame Thandani (‘Crime is Punishment’) – a Tamil film by Manikandan Mathialagan, Cinemawallah in Bengali by Kaushik Ganguly, Capital I, an Odia feature by Amartya Bhattacharya, Nanu Avanalla Avalu (‘I am not He.... She’) by Kannada filmmaker B.S. Lingadevaru and Bengali filmmaker Satarupa Sanyal’s Onyo Opalaa (‘Opalaa... The Journey of a Woman’).
The movies were shortlisted by a jury comprising filmmakers Shri. Mohan, Shri. Joseph Mathew, documentary maker Shri. M.R. Rajan, screenwriter Smt. Deedi Damodaran and writer-critic Shri. Neelan.
The nine Malayalam movies, of which two feature in the ‘Competition’ category, have been previously announced.
IFFK 2015, Kerala’s premier film festival, will run from December 4 -11.
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