Delegates spend penultimate day catching most-praised movies

Thiruvananthapuram, December 10: A day before the curtains down on the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), delegates were in a last-minute rush to watch their favourite movies.

Acclaimed for its revolutionary filmmaking technique, Victoria by Sebastian Schipper was marked out as a must-watch for the penultimate day by many delegates who were seen lining up at Nishagandhi to watch the German flick.

The 140-minute work is a testimony to Schipper’s genius in filmmaking; the entire movie was completed in a single shot without any cuts or editing. The film begins with the camera focusing on Victoria, the central character in an underground Berlin club, and follows her on a rollercoaster of a night.

She later bumps into and befriends a group of young men. The movie then goes into a freefall of events with a bank robbery gone wrong and a shootout with the police, with Victoria as the only survivor. Laia Costa, in the lead role, deserves a standing ovation for her powerful performance in this single shot movie which demanded much spontaneity and improvisation from its cast.

Croatia’s official nominee for the Oscars this year, The High Sun directed by Dalibor Matanic, is an onscreen poem depicting the universal pain of lost love, through three stories set in three consecutive decades. Even though the characters in the stories change with time, the director uses the same actors for all three as a tool to connect the basic story line.

The film shows the deep rooted effects of inter-ethnic conflicts in a Balkan village, following the Yugoslavian civil war. The High Sunserved as a hot topic of discussion among delegates for its experimental approach and unpredictable sequences. The movie has won Un Certain Regards Jury prize at Cannes and several other prestigious awards in the international circuit.

Against the backdrop of a shrinking Gaza Strip and its blood-boiling resistance against Israel, Degrade, directed by Arab and Tarzan Abunaseer, visualises a high-tension drama at a beauty salon.

The movie set it plot around an eventful day when a gangland family steal a lioness from Gaza’s only zoo and provokes the wrath of militant group Hamas. The customers at the saloon have a connection with the robbery, so tension runs high there. The French-Palestine-Qatar collaboration film drew in the crowds at its last screening at Tagore in the last show of the day.

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