IFFK at 20: Fest to showcase pivotal Indian & foreign films

A look at the important movies to watch out for from December 5-11


Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 2: The 20th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) starting on Friday will feature some of the most meaningful films from India and abroad, going by a carefully-curated list from Chalachitra Academy which is chief organiser of the December 4-11 event in the state capital.

 The films are categorised into International Competition, World Cinema (featuring films released in 2014-15), 3DX, Jury Films, Malayalam Cinema Today, First Look, Korean Panorama, Restored Classics, Indian Cinema Now, Women Power, Contemporary Master in Focus, Retrospective, Country Focus (Lithuania and Myanmar) and Based on True Story. 

Some ‘not to be missed’ Oscar aspirants that figure in ‘World Cinema’ on the IFFK schedule include Chilean film The Club by Pablo Larrain, Croat-Serbian Dalibor Matanic flick The High Sun, Turkey-France-German collaboration by Deniz Gamze Erguven Mustang, Icelandic Ramsby Grimur Hakonarson, Hou Hsiao­Hsien’s Taiwan­China­Hong Kong film Assassin, Pakistan’s Moor Jamshed Mahmood Raza, German filmVictoria by Sebastian Schipper, Masaharu Take’s Japanese 100 Yen Love, Germany-Iraqi film Memories on Stone by Shawkat Amin Korki.

Other important films included in the World Cinema list, which will be screened across the 13 festival venues, include Spanish-French film by director Carlos Vermut Magical Girl, Malgorzata Szumowska’s Polish film Body, Brazil-Uruguay-Netherlands film Neon Bull by Gabriel Mascaro, Robert Geudiguian’s French flick Don't Tell me the Boy was Mad, Bulgarian-Greek film by Kristina Grozeva and Petar ValchanovThe Lesson, Palestine-France-Qatar collaboration by Arab Nasser and Tarzan Nasser Degrade, France film Dheepan by Jacques Audriard,Fatima by Philippe Faucon from France, Portugal-France film Montanha by Joao Salaviza, France-Belgium collaboration by Laurent LariviereI am a Soldier, Turkish Secret by Selim Evci, Brazil-Chile-France film Absence by Chico Teixeira, Not my Day a German film by Peter Thorwarth, Sri Lankan Dirty, Yellow, Darkness by Kalpana Ariyawansa and Vindana Ariyawansa, Italy-France film A Bigger Splash by Luca Guadagnino, Palestinian true story The Idol by Hany Abu-Assad, Majid Barzegar’s Iran­Czech A Very Ordinary Citizen, Filip Bajon’s PolishDamaged, Jafar Panahi’s Iranian film Taxi, Lorenzo Vigas’s Venezuela­Mexican film From Afar, Russian film The Lower Depth by Vladimir Kott, Ciro Guerra’s Colombia Venezuela­Argentina film Embrace of the serpent, Pierre Jolivet’s French film The Night Watchman, US filmTangerine by Sean Baker, Santiago Mitre’s Argentina­Brazil­France film Paulina, Rúnar Rúnarsson Iceland­Denmark­Croatia Sparrows and Özcan Alper Turkey­Germany­France­Georgian collaboration Memories of the wind.

A Homage to Malayali director-cinematographer, the late A. Vincent, fondly called Vincent Master, will be marked with the screening of his two landmark films at Sree. His Bhargavi Nilayam (1964) screens on Dec 7 and Murappennu (1965) Dec 8.

Restored Classics to watch out for in New Screen 3 include John Abraham’s Amma Ariyan(1986), Mrinal Sen’s Oko Oori Katha(1977), Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s Mathilukal(1987), Jabbar Patel’s Jait Re Jait (1977) and Guru Dutt’s Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959).

The Contemporary Master in Focus at the festival is French filmmaker Tony Gatlif, whose films feature society’s marginalised people. HisGadjo Dilo (1997), Je suis né d'une cigogne (1998), Swing (2001), Exils (2004) and Transylvania (2006) will be screened at New Screen 2 and 3.

Another highlight is the screening of International Jury chairman Julio Bressane’s 2015 film Kid (Garoto) at the New Screen 3 on Dec 5. The 2015 Brazilian film depicts the spiritual adventure of a young couple in an enchanted place.

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