ചലച്ചിത്രോത്സവം (IFFK)

22 nd INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF KERALA (22nd IFFK 2017-DECEMBER 8th to 15-PACKAGES FINALISED

The 22 nd edition of the festival scheduled from December 8th to 15th of December 2017, will be inaugurated on 8th December evening by Pinarayi Vijayan, the Chief Minister of  Kerala  at the Nishagandhi Auditorium ,Thiruvananthapuram .A.K.Balan,Minister for Cultural Affairs will preside over the function. Madhavi Mukherjee ,the renowned actor from Bengal will be the guest of honor. Life time achievement award will be presented to the illustrious director from Russia Alexander Sukrov. Six Sukrov films are included in the retrospective section of the fest.Other retrospectives are that of Lino Brocka , Philippine’s director (Lino Brocka was a radical filmmaker whose socially conscious films explored the plight of the marginalized and ignored sectors of Filipino Society.Lino Brocka died in a car accident on May 21, 1991) and K.P .Kumaran ,well known Malayalam director. In the section Contemporary Masters in Focus ,films of  Mahamat Saleh Haroun ,director from Chad and Michel Franco ,the Mexican director are included.‘Identity and Space’ section has six films. Contemporary Asian Cinema, Japanese Animation films, Restored Classics ,are other packages.Festival will pay homage to Kundan Sha, K.R.Mohanan, I.V.Sasi  and Ompuri who departed us this year and screen their selected films . Delegate registration for the fest begins on 10th november 2017.

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22nd IFFK-22nd International Film Festival Kerala 2017-9 films from Malayalam

2 MALAYALAM FILMS IN COMPETITION AND 7 FILMS IN MALAYALAM CINEMA  TODAY SECTION. 

The pre-selection jury chaired by  Ramachandra Babu, Cinematographer  has selected  ‘Randu per ‘ Directed by Premshankar and Eden by Sanju Surendran,  for competing with other international films from Asia –Africa and Latin America for the coveted Suvarna Chakoram award. The 22 nd edition of the IFFK would be held at Thiruvananthapuram from December 8th to 15th.Takeoff (Mahesh Narayanan), Thondimuthalum Driksakshikalum(Dileesh Pothan), Karutha Juthan (Salimkumar), Sexy Durga (Sanalkumar Sasidharan), Angamali Diaries (Lijo Jose Pellisseri), Maravi (Satheesh and Santhosh Babusenans), Athishayangalude Venal (Prasanth Vijayan) are the films included in the Malayalam Cinema Today section.Chelavur Venu, M.G.Sasi, JudithSarkar, Veena Hari are other members of the Pre-jury.

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21st IFFK- Turkish film "Clash" directed by Mohamed Diabwon bagged the Golden Crow Pheasant award for best film and Yesim Ustaoglu the best director for her film "Clair Obscur"

Twenty first edition of international film festival of Kerala(IFFK)  concluded this evening at  Thiruvananthapuram with the declaration and presentation of awards to the winners including Suvarna Chakoram and Rajatha Chakoram. Chief Minister of Kerala ,Pinarayi Vijayan presented the Suvarna Chakoram  award to Turkish film Clash. This film directed  'by Mohamed Diab bagged the Golden Crow Pheasant award for best film. The film, received a cash prize of Rs 15 lakh and a certificate,the Silver Crow Pheasant award for the best director went to Yesim Ustaoglu for her film Clair Obscur. Minister  for Cultural Affairs A.K. Balan ,Minister for Power  Kadakampally Surendran ,Secretary Cultural Affairs Rani George,Chairperson of the Chalachitra Academy Kamal,Vice Chairperson Bina Paul, Secretary Mahesh Panchu etc participated in the inaugural function and award presentation function. The award winning film ‘Clash ‘was screened. other awardees:

AUDIENCE AWARD : CLASH (Eshtebak)
CLASH (Eshtebak) | Director: Mohamed Diab

    FIPRESCI : BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM WAREHOUSED (Almacenados)

WAREHOUSED (Almacenados) | Director: Jack Zagha For the way in which it challenges the conventional form, content and language of cinema in terms of use of space, narration that reaches beyond cultural, linguistic and time barriers.

    FIPRESCI : BEST MALAYALAM FILM MANHOLE

MANHOLE | Director: Vidhu Vincent For the raw reality with which the film sheds light on the persistent inhumanity of manual scavengers in India, despite its being legally banned, in a cinematically eloquent manner.

    NETPAC : BEST MALAYALAM FILM : KAMMATIPAADAM

KAMMATIPAADAM| Director: Rajeev Ravi for giving an epic dimension to the issues of  friendship, violence and illicit profiteering inherent to gangster films and for masterfully animating genre conventions with social, political urgency.
   
    NETPAC BEST ASIAN FILM : COLD OF KALANDAR

COLD OF KALANDAR | Director: Mustafa Kara for the purity of its cinematic brilliance in bringing out the universality of the struggle between Man and Nature, beauty and danger, love and hope….

    RAJATHA CHAKORAM FOR THE BEST DIRECTOR : Yesim Ustaoglu

CLAIR OBSCUR (Tereddüt) | Director: Yesim Ustaoglu For its subtle, but effective cinematic treatment of a global dimension across social classes from the perspective of psychological wounds affecting women.

    SUWARNA CHAKORAM FOR THE BEST FILM CLASH (Eshtebak)

CLASH (Eshtebak) | Director: Mohamed Diab The Jury unanimously underlines and applauds the excellent cinematographic work, that so aptly explains the historical shock of his country and sketches a living portrait of all the socio-political currents represented by real, authentic and truly human characters.

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21st IFFK-Jayan Cherian"s ‘Ka Bodyscapes’ is finally becoming the part of the International Film Festival of Kerala

‘Ka Bodyscapes’ directed by Jayan Cheriyan is finally becoming the part  of the 21st edition of International Film Festival of Kerala 2016 .It was not exempted from censorship by CBFC (central board of film certification).The film is scheduled on December 14th @11.30 in Tagore Theatre,15th in Kalabhavan @8.45 P.M16th @3.30 P.M IN Nila.
 
‘Ka Bodyscapes’ is the story of Three youth Haris,a ffree –spirited gay painter,Vishnu ,a rural kabaddi player and Haris’ object of desire and their friend Sia,an activist who refuses to conform to dominant norms of femininity,struggle to find space and happiness.Ace cinematographer M.J.Radhakrishnan is the DOP. Jayan Cheriyan, is a New York-based independent film maker. A revising committee headed by the CBFC  Chief Pankaj Nihlani had earlier refused certification for the public screening of Ka Bodyscapes on the ground that it contained “sensitive gay scenes, use of derogatory words against women, and vulgar dialogues ”.But many a films screened in the recently concluded IFFI had the scenes containing intimate scenes of gay, lesbian,transgender  relationship ,so also the IFFK. A movie without CBFC’s certification requires an exemption letter from the film certifying body in order to screen at the IFFK. However Jayan managed to obtain permission from the Court  to screen the film in the festival. The legal battle between Jayan and the CBFC is going on.

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21st IFFK-A glittering start -Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the 21st International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK)

The 21st International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) kicked off to a glittering start here on Friday.Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated  the 21st edition of International Film Festival of Kerala 2016 at Nishagandhi auditorium in Thiruvananthapuram.Minister  for Cultural Affairs A.K. Balan presided over the function . Finance Minister Thomas Isac , Life time achievement award winner Jiri Menzei, Jury chairperson  Michel Khleifi, ,Guest of honour Amol Palekar, Shashi Tharoor, MP, Academy Chairman Kamal ,Vice-Chairperson Bina Paul, Mayor V.K. Prasanth,Secretary for cultural Affairs Rani George , Academy Secretary Mahesh Panju  and persons connected with film industry were present. In the inaugural address the Chief Minister said” The Government of Kerala is committed to the Film Industry both as a medium of entertainment as well as an art form that communicates and educates. A healthy film Industry contributes greatly to the Economy of the State too. The Film Industry provides livelihood for thousands of people and the more films that are made the more job opportunities it creates. Films have become a means of attracting people to visit the State and in that way it gives a boost to tourism”. He presented the lifetime achievement award to  the eminent Czech director Jiri Menzel. The award carries a purse of Rs 5 lakh, a citation and a plaque. The 21st edition of the festival, will feature 188 films from 62 countries. In all, 13,000 delegates haveregistered.  The films will be shown on 13 screens, including the Nishagandhi auditorium which can seat 2,500 people. The opening film Parting –Raftan an Iranian-Afganistan film , story of immigrant couple Fereshteh and Nabi and their plight, directed byNavid Mahmoudi was screened.

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21st IFFK 2016-The Nights of Zayandeh-rood by Mohsen Makhmalbaf as Special screening

The Nights of Zayandeh-rood by Mohsen Makhmalbaf  in  IFFK as Special screening.
 
This film opened the Venice Classics 2016 and being shown in the present edition of International Film Festival of Kerala which starts today at Thiruvananthapuram,capital citof Kerala,India as special screening.

After 26 years of  ban by the Iranian government, The Nights of Zayandeh-rood directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf in 1990 in Iran, opened  the Venice Classics 2016 held from Aug 31 - Sept 10 , 2016.This is a film that Iranian audience queued for kilo metres at nights to be able to view it at its premiere during Fajr Film Festival, was heavily attacked by states media and the Iranian government in 1990.The film censorship committee in Iran found the film to be against the spirit of Iranian revolution and therefore cut away 37 minutes (a third of the entire movie) from the original negative , both before and after the festival. 

Nevertheless the Islamic government in Iran considered the remaining 63 minutes still to be against the purpose and objectives of the revolution due to its controversial contents and therefore seized the original negative, explicitly prohibited its public screening and denied its copying permission forever. In 2016 some parts of the original negative were rescued from the censorship committee archives in Iran, and the film made it to Venice Film Festival.The Nights Of Zayandeh-rood narrates three era of Iranian people’s live: Before, during and a few years after the revolution. The film investigates the roots of ongoing dictatorship in Iranian society.

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21st IFFK 2016 - My Choice- Must See

21st International Film Festival of  Kerala 
- My Choice- Must See

1.Warehoused 
2.Clash 
3.Cold of Kalandar 
4.Soul on a String
5. The Cursed Ones
6. .Where are my Shoes 
7. I, Daniel Blake
 8. Alba  
9. Daughter 
10. Graduation
1I, Olga Hepnarova
12 .Nawara 
13. Neruda 
14. Paradise
15 Ordinary People
16. Tamara  
17. White Sun. 
18 Goodbye Berlin
19Zoology
20 Train Driver's Diary 
21.Parting 
23. The Salesman 
24. The Teacher
25 .Nakom 
26.Clair Obscre  
27.A death in the Gunj
28. Knief in the Clear water
29.The Return 
30 Rara  
31. Tamara and the Ladybug 
32.Lantouri 
33.Inversion
34 Inner City  
35.The Interrogation
36.Die Beautiful 
37.After Image  
38. The Student 
39.The Nights of Zaayandeh-Road 
40.Anatomy of Violence 
41.Soy Nero 
42.The Net  
43.Queen of Katwe 
44.Lo and Behold.....World. 

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21 st IFFK- Retrospective – Ken Loach

Retro – Ken Loach

Unlike virtually all his contemporaries, Ken Loach has never succumbed to the siren call of Hollywood, and it's virtually impossible to imagine his particular brand of British socialist realism translating well to that context. After studying law at St. Peter's College, Oxford, he branched out into the theater, performing with a touring repertory company. This led to television, where in alliance with producer Tony Garnett he produced a series of docudramas, most notably the devastating "Cathy Come Home" episode of The Wednesday Play (1964), whose impact was so massive that it led directly to a change in the homeless laws. He made his feature debut Poor Cow (1967) the following year, and with Kes (1969), he produced what is now acclaimed as one of the finest films ever made in Britain. However, the following two decades saw his career in the doldrums with his films poorly distributed (despite the obvious quality of work such as The Gamekeeper (1968) and Looks and Smiles (1981)) and his TV work in some cases never broadcast (most notoriously, his documentaries on the 1984 miners' strike). But he made a spectacular comeback in the 1990s, with a series of award-winning films firmly establishing him in the pantheon of great European directors - his films have always been more popular in mainland Europe than in his native country or the US (where Riff-Raff (1991) was shown with subtitles because of the wide range of dialects). Hidden Agenda (1990) won the Special Jury Prize at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival; Riff-Raff (1991) won the Felix award for Best European Film of 1992; Raining Stones (1993) won the Cannes Special Jury Prize for 1993, and Land and Freedom (1995) won the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize and the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival - and was a substantial box-office hit in Spain where it sparked intense debate about its subject matter. This needless to say, was one of the reasons that Loach made the film!

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Michael Brooke

Born on 17th June 1936 Ken Loach won many a  international awards for his films ,last being the awards for his latest film I, Daniel Blake (2016),the Cannes Palme d'Or, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention etc.
    
The 21 st edition of the International Film Festival Of Kerala  has included his 9 films in the retrospective section . The films are:

Fatherland
Director: Ken Loach / UK, West Germany, France / 111 mins

Hidden Agenda

Dir: Ken Loach / United Kingdom / 108 mins
 

I, Daniel Blake
Dir: Ken Loach / UK, France, Belgium / 100 mins
 

Looking for Eric
Dir: Ken Loach / UK, France, Italy, Belgium, Spain / 116 mins 
 

Kes
Director: Ken Loach / United Kingdom / 110 mins
 

Land And Freedom
Dir: Ken Loach / UK, Spain, Germany, Italy, France / 109 mins 
 

The Angel’s Share
Dir: Ken Loach /  UK, France, Belgium, Italy / 101 mins 
 

Looks and Smiles
Director: Ken Loach / United Kingdom / 104 mins
 

Riff-Raff
Dir: Ken Loach / United Kingdom / 95 mins

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21st IFFK 2016-Life of Artists-A Curated section in the International Film Festival of Kerala

Life of Artists-A Curated section in the International Film Festival of Kerala will add more colours to the well designed prestigious film festival of Kerala which enters the 21 st edition on 9th December 2016 at Thiruvananthapuram ,the capital city of Kerala.

The films included in this section are :

Camille Claudel
Director : Bruno Nuytten / France / 175 mins 
   
Biography of Camille Claudel. Sister of writer Paul Claudel, her enthusiasm impresses already-famous sculptor Auguste Rodin. He hires her as an assistant, but soon Camille begins to sculpt for herself and for Rodin. She also becomes his mistress. But after a while, she would like to get out of his shadow...  
                                     
Fifi Howls from Happiness / FIFI AZ KHOSHHALI ZOOZE MIKESHAD
Director:  Mitra Farahani / USA, Iran, France / 96 mins 

A documentary on provocative artist Bahman Mohassess. Explore provocative artist Bahman Mohassess (1931–2010), the so-called “Persian Picasso,” whose acclaimed paintings and sculptures dominated pre-revolutionary Iran. Irreverent and uncompromising, a gay man in a hostile world, Mohassess was revered by elites in the art scene and praised as a national icon, only to be censored later on by an oppressive regime. Known for his iconoclastic art as well as his scathing declarations, Mohasses abandoned the country over 30 years ago for a simple, secluded life in Rome, where the filmmakers enticed him to reflect upon his life. 

Modigliani of Montparnasse / LES AMANTS DE MONTPARNASSE 
Director:  Jacques Becker / France, Italy / 108 mins

“Despite its alternative title (Montparnasse 19), Les Amants de Montparnasse (1958) actually charts the last years of Modigliani’s life (from late 1916 to 1920), and includes many salient “facts” of that life, including the artist’s dependence on the endlessly patient Théo Van Gogh figure Leopold “Zboro” Zborowski (Gérard Séty); the relationships with his most important muses Beatrice Hastings (Lilli Palmer), an English aristocrat and poet, and Jeanne Hébuterne (Anouk Aimée), a quiet, seemingly passive bourgeois and art student; his drug addiction and alcoholism; the fiasco of the only solo exhibition in his lifetime, where a nude displayed in the window of the Galerie Berthe Weill falls foul of the police, and negligible sales are made (1); and Modigliani’s agonising death from tuberculosis.”  

Van Gogh
Director: Maurice Pialat / France / 158 mins

Avoiding melodrama, over-analysis, and misunderstood-artist clichés, Pialat concentrates on the last weeks of Van Gogh’s life with a combination of painterly beauty and documentary-like immediacy. Jacques Dutronc’s César-winning lead performance is uncompromisingly unsentimental, but the film is equally concerned with vivid portrayals of those around Van Gogh: brother Theo, Theo’s wife Jo, the provincial patron Dr. Gachet, and especially Gachet’s daughter Marguerite, depicted not as a simpering innocent but as a sexually assertive young woman whose submerged revolt against bourgeois morality mirrors and challenges Van Gogh’s own. In French with English subtitles. Archival 35mm print courtesy of the Institut français and Cohen Media Group. (MR)

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21st iffk 2016- PARTING / RAFTAN , the opening film

PARTING / RAFTAN , Afganistan film has been selected as the opening  film in the 21st international film festival of kerala
  
Parting doesn't exactly promise a happily-ever-after ending for its two young Afghan lovebirds seeking a new life in Europe. Navid Mahmoudi's directorial debut Parting is “more about those who are stranded than those who have managed to move: Set nearly entirely in the Iranian capital of Tehran, it's is a compact but vivid illustration of migrant lives in limbo”. Two young Afghans, Fereshteh and Nabi, are in love, but Fereshteh has to follow her parents and leave Afghanistan to find refuge in Iran. Nabi decides to illegally cross the border, find Fereshteh and take her through Turkey towards Europe and a better life.

This film won Special Jury Prize, Busan International Film and participated in

Festival, South Korea, Thessaloniki International,Film Festival, Greece, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia, Brisbane Asia Pacific Film and Festival, Australia

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21st IFFK- NETPAC Jury finalised for 21st International Film Festival of Kerala 2016

NETPAC JURY

RADA SESIC

Rada SESIC (Croatia) is a critic, film maker, lecturer and a programmer. She is specialized in South Asian and Eastern European cinema. She is associated with IDFA, IFFR and NIF (Dutch Institute for film education) as well as Sarajevo Film Festival and Kerala Film Festival. She directed four award winning shorts and documentaries in the Netherlands and several in Sarajevo . Sesic has directed four films: Room Without a View (1997), Soske (2002), In Whitest Solitude (2001) and The Way to School (2007). As a member of NETPAC, she has served on the jury of several important film festivals.

SAM HO

Sam Ho is a curator, researcher, teacher, writer and critic. Based in Hong Kong and the United States, Ho specializes in the study of Hong Kong cinema and has also curated programmes and written extensively on many aspects of cinema, including films from China, the United States, Europe and other parts of Asia.

RAMAN CHAWLA
 
Raman Chawla has been working in the area of Cultural Management particularly related to Film and Television since 1985. He worked for 10 years at the Embassy of France as Deputy Attaché Film and Television. He then founded Modern Times, a creative workshop for Film Television and Theatre .  He  worked as Senior Vice President, Osian’s-Cinefan, Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema, reputed to be an excellent platform for showcasing Indian, Asian and Arab Asia for the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and Associate Director of the recently concluded Dharam

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21st IFFK-FIPRESCI JURY FINALIZED FOR THE 21 ST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF KERALA 2016

FIPRESCI JURY

Anders Larsson is a film critic ,Culture journalist and editor based in Southern Sweden, contributes stage and film critique to several Swedish newspapers such as Helsingborgs Dagblad and Kristianstadsbladet, literary criticism to Vasabladet (Finland) and writings on film music for FLM magazine (Sweden). He writes film and theatre critique for several newspapers and websites in Sweden and Finland. Teaches culture journalism at Malmö University. Also a film composer and singer-songwriter in the indie rock trio Slowmotion Club

Salome Kikaleishvili is a film critic from Georgia. Since 2006 she has been editor-in-chief of ``Dialogue`` magazine. Now she is working for the weekly news magazine ``Tabula`` as executive editor.

Shoma A. Chatterji is a freelance journalist, film scholar and author based in Kolkata. She contributes to around a dozen print media and net publications. She has won two National Awards for Best Writing on Cinema: Best Film Critic in 1991 and Best Book in 2002 for Parama and Other Outsiders: The Cinema of Aparna Sen.  Chatterji won the Bengal Film Journalists Association’s Best Critic Award in 1998 and the Bharat Nirman Award for excellence in journalism in 2004. She is the recipient of a research fellowship from the National Film Archive of India (2005-06) and the Senior Research Fellowship from the PSBT, New Delhi, for research in the politics of portrayal of gender on Indian television in 2006–07.

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21st International Film Festival of Kerala 2016-Jury finalised

The Kerala State Chalachitra Academy has finalised the main Jury for the current edition of the 21 st IFFK.

MICHEL KHLEIFI
Jury Chairman

Michel Khleifi is an Arab (born in Israel) film writer, director and producer, presently based in Belgium. He has received several awards, including the International Critics’ Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Shell at San Sebastián International Film Festival and the André Cavens Award in 1987 for his film Wedding in Galilee. Khleifi currently teaches at INSAS.

SEEMA BISWAS
Jury

Seema Biswas is an Indian film and theatre actress from Assam who shot into prominence with the role of Phoolan Devi in Shekhar Kapur's film Bandit Queen (1994) Biswas won the 1996 National Film Award for Best Actress for her role in the film Bandit Queen.

SERIK APRYMOV
Jury 
 
Serik Aprymov is a filmmaker and writer from Kazakhstan. Following his military service, he took up film studies in directing at the Moscow Film School (VGIK). He was one of the young Kazakh talents who attended the workshop of well-known Russian director Sergei Solovyov in 1989. The first feature film of Aprymov, Kijan (Last Stop) (1992), received international acclaim but angered the natives of his village, who were shocked at his portrayal of their lives. Aprymov's second film was never released, but his third feature, properly named Aksuat (1998), revealed again his keen eye for realistic detail and was successful at the 1998 Eurasia Film Festival in Almaty

BARAN KOSARI
Jury

Baran Kosari is an Award winning Iranian actress, model and designer. The Best Papa of the World (1991) was her first acting experiment. Since then she has appeared in some of the films of her mother Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, Nargess (1991), The Blue-Veiled (1994), Ordibehesht Lady (1997), Kish Stories (Rain and Landsman episode - 1998), Under The Skin Of The City (2000), Our Times etc.

PEDRO PIMENTA
Jury

Pedro Pimenta is the Programme Director of Durban Film Festival. Pedro Pimenta started his career with the National Film Institute of Mozambique in 1977. Since then, he has produced numerous short fictions, documentaries and feature films in Mozambique, Angola, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and South Africa. He is the founder and Director of DOCKANEMA Film Festival in Mozambique.

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21st IFFK 2016- Gender Bender, Life of Artists,Migration Films, Ken Loach retro major attractions

The programmes and packages of the 21st IFFK have been finalized,it is learned..In addition to the normal sections like Competition, Indian Cinema Now, Jury Films, Homages, this year’s country focus would be Kazakistan. Other sections include Gender Bender ,Life of Artists,Migration Films,Ken Loach retro,Restored Classics from Czech Republic  and Slovakia  etc.

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47th IFFK-Restoration of Satyajit Ray Preservation project’: A Workshop by Tessa Idlewine

The Workshop on Restoration of Satyajit Ray Preservation Project was held by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) at Kala Academy in IFFI 2016 today. The workshop was presented by Ms Tessa Idlewine, Short Film Preservationist at AMPAS. Tessa mentioned that they have been able to restore and preserve 21 of Satyajit Ray's films in the time span of 20 years

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21 st International Film Festival of Kerala 2016-Films selected in the Malayalam Cinema today section

Films selected in the Malayalam Cinema today section

6 Feet/Aaradi 
Dir: Saji Palamel Sreedharan/ India/ 100min/2016

Godsay 
Dir: Sherrey Govindan,Shyju Govind/ India/175min/2016

Ka Bodyscapes 
Dir: Jayan Cherian/India/99min/2016

Kammatipaadam 
Dir: Rajeev Ravi/India/99min/2016

Kismath 
Dir: Shanavas Bavakutty/India/ 103min/2016

Lives Elsewhere/ Mohavalayam 
Dir: T. V. Chandran/India/ 120min/ 2016

Mahesh's Revenge/ Maheshinte Prathikaram
Dir: Dileesh Pothen/ India/ 121min/2015

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21st International Film Festival of Kerala 2016-21st IFFK-Films in International Competition

The Following films will vie for the coveted Golden PHEASANT CROW ,SILVER PHEASANT CROW
awards in the ensuing   21st edition of International Film Festival of Kerala from 9th to 16th December 2016

International Competition

Clair Obscur 
Dir:Yesim Ustaoglu/Turkey/105min/2016

Clash 
Dir: Mohamed Diab/Egypt/97min/2016

COLD OF KALANDAR/KALANDAR SOĞUĞU 
Dir:MUSTAFA KARA/Turkey, Hungary/134min/2015

Die Beautiful 
Dir:Jun Robles Lana/Philipino/120min/2016

Knife in the Clear Water 
Dir:WANG Xuebo/China/93min/2016

Last Mural, The/ Chitrokar 
Dir: Saibal Mitra/ India/127min/2016

Manhole 
Dir: Vidhu Vincent /India/85min/2016

Midnight Keteki /Maj Rati Keteki 
Dir: Santwana Bardoloi/ India/116min/2016

Sink 
Dir:Brett Michael Innes/South Africa/115min/2016

Soul on a String 
Dir: Yang Zhang/China/82min/2016

The Cursed Ones 
Dir:Nana Obiri-Yeboah, Maximilian Claussen/ Ghana, UK/100min/2015

The Return 
Dir:Green Zeng/Singapore/83min/2015

Where are my Shoes? (Alzheimer)/Kafsh hayam koo (Alzheimer) 
Dir: Kioumars Pourahmad/Iran/100min/2016

When the Woods Bloom/KaaduPookkunnaNeram 
Dir: Dr. Biju / India/106min/2016

Malayalam Cinema Today

6 Feet/Aaradi 
Dir: Saji Palamel Sreedharan/ India/ 100min/2016
 
Godsay 
Dir: Sherrey Govindan,Shyju Govind/ India/175min/2016
 
Ka Bodyscapes 
Dir: Jayan Cherian/India/99min/2016
 
Kammatipaadam 
Dir: Rajeev Ravi/India/99min/2016
 
Kismath 
Dir: Shanavas Bavakutty/India/ 103min/2016
 
Lives Elsewhere/ Mohavalayam 
Dir: T. V. Chandran/India/ 120min/ 2016
 
Mahesh's Revenge/ Maheshinte Prathikaram
Dir: Dileesh Pothen/ India/ 121min/2015
 
 
Indian Cinema Now
 
Chronicles of Hari/ HarikathaPrasanga 

Dir: AnanyaKasaravalli/India/106min/2016

Horror Story of Bhaapaa/ Bhaapaa Ki Bhayakatha 

Dir: Paresh Mokashi/India/72min/2016
 
Lady of the Lake /Loktak Lairembee

Dir: Paban Kumar Haobam/India/71min/2016

Onaatah
Dir: Pradip Kurbah/India/112min/2015
 
Revelations
Dir: Vijay Jayapal/India/118min/2016
 
Turtle/Kaasav
Dir:Sunil Sukthankar,Sumitra Bhave/India/105min/2016
 
Western Ghats/Merku Thodarchi Malai
Dir: Lenin Bharathi/India/108min/2015

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21st International Film Festival of Kerala 2016(IFFK 2016 )- Seven films have been selected for the Indian Cinema Now section

Seven films have been selected for the Indian Cinema Now section of the  21st International Film Festival of Kerala 2016(IFFK) which will be held in the second week of December 2016.The Kerala Chalachitra Academy has released the list of 7 Indian films selected  in this section

Films selected for the Indian Cinema Now category are: Bhaapaa Ki Bhayakatha (directed by Paresh Mokashi- Hindi), Chronicles of Hari Harikatha Prasanga (Ananya Kasaravalli-Kannada), Lady of the Lake (Paban Kumar Haobam-Manipuri), Onaatah (Pradip Kurbah- Khaasi) Revelations( Vijay Jayapal-Tamil), TurtleKaasav (Sunil Sukthankar & Sumitra Bhave-Marathi), and Westem Ghats Merku Thodarchi Malai (Lenin Bharathi-Tamil).

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21st International Film Festival of Kerala 2016(IFFK 2016 )- Seven films have been selected for the Indian Cinema Now section

Seven films have been selected for the Indian Cinema Now section of the  21st International Film Festival of Kerala 2016(IFFK) which will be held in the second week of December 2016.The Kerala Chalachitra Academy has also released the list of 7 Indian films selected  in this section

Films selected for the Indian Cinema Now category are: Bhaapaa Ki Bhayakatha (directed by Paresh Mokashi- Hindi), Chronicles of Hari Harikatha Prasanga (Ananya Kasaravalli-Kannada), Lady of the Lake (Paban Kumar Haobam-Manipuri), Onaatah (Pradip Kurbah- Khaasi) Revelations( Vijay Jayapal-Tamil), TurtleKaasav (Sunil Sukthankar & Sumitra Bhave-Marathi), and Westem Ghats Merku Thodarchi Malai (Lenin Bharathi-Tamil).

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കേരളത്തിന്റെ 21 -മത് അന്തർദേശിയ ചലച്ചിത്രോത്സവത്തിലെ മത്സര വിഭാഗത്തിൽ 2 മലയാളം ചിത്രങ്ങളും, ഒരു ബംഗാളി ചിത്രവും, ഒരു ആസ്സാമീസ് ചിത്രവും

വിധു വിൻസെന്റിന്റെ "മാൻഹോൾ" ,ബിജുവിന്റെ "കാടു പൂക്കുന്ന നേരം", സെബാൾ മിത്രയുടെ "ചിത്രഹാർ" ,സാന്ത്വന ബർദലോയുടെ മിഡ് നൈറ്റ് കേതകി എന്നിവയാണ് 1o ഏഷ്യൻ- ആഫ്രിക്കൻ- ലാറ്റിൻ അമേരിക്കൻ ചിത്രങ്ങളെ കൂടാതെ മത്സര വിഭാഗത്തിൽ തെരഞ്ഞെടുക്കപ്പെട്ടത് .പത്തു വിദേശ ചിത്രങ്ങളുടെ ലിസ്റ്റ് ഉടനെ പൂർത്തിയാകുമെന്ന് അറിയുന്നു .
മലയാള സിനിമ ഇന്ന് എന്ന വിഭാഗത്തിൽ ആറടി (സജി പാലമേൽ ശ്രീധരൻ ),ഗോഡ്‌സെ (ഷെറി ഗോവിന്ദൻ ,ഷിജു ഗോവിന്ദ്) ,കാ ബോഡി സ്കേപ്സ് (ജയൻ ചെറിയാൻ), കമ്മട്ടിപ്പാടം (രാജീവ് രവി), കിസ്മത് (ഷാനവാസ് ബാവക്കുട്ടി), മോഹവലയം (റ്റി .വി .ചന്ദ്രൻ), വീരം (ജയരാജ്) എന്നിവയാണ്

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20th IFFK 2015- FEFKA CONFERRED MASTER"S AWARD TO VETERAN FILM MAKER K.G.GEORGE

FEFKA ,the Film Employees Federation of Kerala has  felicitated K.G George ,the veteran malayalam film Director  during the closing ceremony of the International Film Festival of Kerala (20th IFFK ) .Daruish Mehrji ,director from Iran and this year's lifetime achievement award winner presented the Fefka Master's award, consists a memento and a purse of Rs 10 lacs, to K.G.George .Minister for Cinema Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan honoured him with the customary 'Ponnaada'

The audience paid a standing ovation to the veteran Director.Kamal,B.Unnikrishnan,Sibi Malayil,G.S.Vijayan,Ranjith ,Shaji Karun and Rajeevnath were also present.FEFKA is a union of film technicians in Kerala. Swapnaadanam (1976),Vyaamoham (1978) , Iniyaval Urangatte (1978) Kolangal (1981),Yavanika (1982), Lekhayude Maranam Oru Flashback (1983),Panchavadippaalam (1984),Adaaminte Variyellu (1984),Irakal (1985),Kadhaykku Pinnil (1987),Mattoraal (1988),Ee Kanni Koodi (1990),Oru Yaathrayude Anthyam (1988) are some of George's  notable films.

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The 20th edition of the International Film Festival of India (20thiffk 2015) concluded this evening with the award presentation ceremony and screening of the film OTTAAL which won the Suwarna Chakoram (Golden Pheasant Crow ) and other three awards

Life time Achievment Award of the IFFK was presented to  Dariush Mehrjui,Iranian Director who was instrumental for the new wave films in Iran .He is described as a pioneer  film Director who opened the door of Iranian IFFK  were presented by P.Sadasivam (Retired Justice) ,Governor of Kerala .Minister Thoruvanchiyoor Radhakrishnan presided over the function. V.S Achuthanandan made felicitation speech.Rani George,Secretary to Government ,Rajeevnath Festival Director,Shaji Karun Festival Adviser and Rajendran Nair Academy Secretary were also present.Following the closing ceremony  and award presentation, the film Ottaal was screened.

Suwarna Chakoram (Golden Pheasant Crow ) for the best Film bagged by  OTTAAL(TheTrap) , a film from India  and directed by  Jayaraj . The  Memento ,Certificate and an award price of 15 Lacs.

Rajatha Chakoram(Silver Pheasant Crow )  for the Best Director given to Jun Robles Lana for the film Shadow behind the Moon from Philippines. It is a one take drama about two members of an insurgency outfit and a military man: Certificate, Memento & award Price INR 4 Lacs/‐.Rajatha Chakoram for The Best Debut Director goes to Abu Shahad Emon for his film Jalal’s story.The film is from Bangladesh. Award :Certificate, Memento & INR 3 Lacs/‐
  
FIPRESCI Award: Best International Film bagged by OTTAAL(TheTrap)  , a film from India  and directed by  Jayaraj Award: Certificate and Memento.FIPRESCI Award: Best Malayalam Film awarded to  Ozhivudivasathe Kali ( An off day game) , directed by   Sanalkumar Sasidharan. Award Price: Certificate & Memento.

NETPAC Award: Best Asian Film Award Price: Certificate & Memento  : Yona directed by Nir Bergman from Israel.

NETPAC Award: Best Malayalam Film  OTTAAL(TheTrap)  , a film from India  and directed by Jayaraj:  Award Price: Certificate& Memento.Rajatha Chakoram for best film selected by Audience :The Audience Poll Award goes to  OTTAAL (TheTrap)  , a film from India  and directed by  Jayaraj Award: Certificate, Memento & INR 2 Lacs/‐ Altogether OTTAAL bagged four awards in this festival itself..The film won National Award 2014  for Best Director. The story of this film is an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s eternal story 'Vanka'

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20th IFFK- 20th edition of International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) marked the beginning with the mesmerizing performance of Ustad Zakir Hussain

A poignant and mesmerizing  rendering by Tabala maestro Ustad  Zakir Hussain accompanied by Sabir Khan in Saragi marked the beginning of the 20th edition of International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), the prestigious film festival of Kerala. Foreign delegates ,media people and special invitees attended the gathering. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy lit the traditional lamp marking the opening of the week-long extravaganza in the presence of  dignitaries including foreign delegates  and  Jury Chairman Julio Bressane. Addressing the gathering, Chandy said IFFK is the second largest film festival of this kind in Asia in terms of the delegate participation."The world has now become a village and we get an  aroma of the culture, tradition and life of people there through this festival and festival elsewhere” Ommen Chandy said.In his key note address, Zakir Hussain said he was "overwhelmed and delighted" to bethe  part of IFFK."India is a place of culture...a place that imbibes incredible tradition...a way of life...in Kerala in particular," he said.Lauding the rich cultural tradition of the state, he said, "Whether it is Thayambaka,  Idakka,  Chenda, Maddalam or Kathakali performances, it is an incredibly rich cultural heritage this state represents." The tabala genius also said he had the previlage of learning from many gurus of the state.Later, Hussian enthralled the audience with his brief but magical performance. 'Wolf Totem' by Jean-Jacques Annuad, was screened as the opening film . A total of 176 films from 70 countries will be screened at 13 venues across the city at the festival, organised by state-run Kerala Chalachitra Academy. Sideline events such as Open Forum, Meet the Director, In Conversation and Master Class sessions as also the Aravindan Memorial Lecture, panel discussions and seminars will be held as part of the festival.Over 12,000 are expected to attend the gala this year which will be concluded on December 11.

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20th IFFK 2015-Opening film-WOLF TOTEM / LE DERNIER LOUP

Opening film
WOLF TOTEM / LE DERNIER LOUP
China, France/ 2015 / Colour / 119 mins / Mongolian / Jean-Jacques Annaud
Impressively staged animal action sequences spice up an unconvincingly drawn human drama
French director Jean-Jacques Annaud adapts the Chinese bestseller about a Beijing youngster who adopts a wolf cub in Inner Mongolia during the Cultural Revolution.
 In 1967, a young Beijing student, Chen Zhen, is sent to Inner Mongolia to  live among the nomadic herdsmen of Inner Mongolia. . But it is in fact Chen who has a lot to learn – about life in this vast, hostile, and breathtaking land, about the notion of community, liberty, and responsibility, and about the most feared and venerated creature of the steppes, the wolf. Seduced by the complex and almost mystical bond between these sacred creatures and the shepherds, he captures a wolf cub in order to tame it. But the burgeoning relationship between man and animal – along with the tribe's traditional way of life and the future of the world itself – is threatened when a regional representative of the central authority decides to do whatever it takes to eliminate wolves from the region.

Cast: Feng Shaofeng, Shawn Dou, Ankhnyam Ragchaa, Yin Zusheng, Basen Zhabu, Baoyingxige
Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Screenplay: Jean-Jacques Annaud, Alain Godard, Lu Wei, John Collee, based on the novel by Jiang Rong
Producers: La Peikang, Xavier Castano, Jean-Jacques Annaud
Executive producers: La Peikang, Zhao Duojia, Cao Yin, Allen Wang, Xu Jianhai
Director of photography: Jean-Marie Dreujou
Production designer: Quan Rongzhe
Costume designer: Ma Ying Bo
Editor: Reynald Bertrand
Music: James Horner
Special effects supervisors: Christian Rajaud, Guo Jinquan
Casting: Jessica Chen
Sales: Wild Bunch 
118 minutes
About the Director
Jean-Jacques Annaud
Born in 1943, the French director Jean-Jacques Annaud began his career with a bang: his debut feature La Victoire En Chantant, a parable about colonialism, won an Academy Award in 1977. Originally active in the advertising sector, Annaud’s name reached beyond the circle of purely French cineastes to include a much wider audience when he directed the multi award-winning literary adaptation The Name of The Rose (1986). His boundless curiosity and enthusiasm for spectacular themes enables him over and again to bridge the gap between art and commerce. The director of such cinema hits as Seven Years In Tibet (1997) and Enemy At The Gates (2001). Wolf Totem (2015) is his thirteenth film.

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20th IFFK -2015- My Choice

My Choice for 20th IFFK 2015 

 1 Mustang                            
 2. Degrade                            
 3. Diary of a Chambermaid   
 4 Lamb
 5 Marguerite                       
 6 The Measure of a man   
 7  Wondrous Boccaccio  
 8  Mountains may depart
 9  Taxi     
10. Embrace of the Serpent 
11  Land and Shade 
12 Tajmahal  
13.My Skinny Sister  
 14.Afferim 
 15.Body
  (all 15 above shown in IFFI 2015)
16The thin yellow line
17.Stop –Kim ki Duk (not good as his previous films)
18.Right now wrong then 
19.Ashbah –Mehrjui
20.Franco Fonia-Aleksander Sukarov
21 A very ordinary citizen     
22.Life of Pi- Ang lee (2012 Film won many a awards)
23.Cinema wallah –Kaushik Ganguly(won the ICFT-Unesco Fellini Prize -46th IFFI)
24.Love (if you like pornography)
25.Deepan

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19th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala –Simple and Elegant Opening Ceremony

Oommen Chandy, Chief Minister of Kerala lit the traditional lamp at a ceremony held in the Nishagandhi open-air auditorium marking the inaugural of the week-long festival of moving images .From the midst of dignitaries, the compeers invited  Italian director Marco Bellocchio to receive  the lifetime achievement award.Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan,Minister for Cinema presented the coveted award to him Tawfeek Barhum, main actor of the opening film ‘Dancing Arabs’ was also present during the inaugural ceremony. Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said government has plans to digitize Malayalam classic films. Xie Fei ,renouned Chinese director and the Jury Charman also addressed the gathering. Without much fanfare and non cinema related entertainment programmes the opening ceremony  continued with  the screening of Eran Riklis’s Israeli movie ‘Dancing Arabs’ with an  introduction by Indu Sreekant, the  Programme Director of the fest. The festival will continue upto December 19.

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19th IFFK -Country focus: A continuum of Turkey

‘Films often act as a prism that refracts the issues facing a nation, and Turkish cinema in particular serves to encapsulate the cultural and social turmoil of modern-day Turkey. Marked by continually shifting ethnic demographics, politics, and geographic borders, Turkish society struggles to reconcile modern attitudes with traditional morals and centuries-old customs.
 
The country focus section  of the current edition  of the International Film Festival of India include  very selected 8 films from Turkey, a  country  celebrating 100 years of cinema..
‘Among the films in the Turkish package, there are several outstanding ones. For example, 'Sivas', which won the Jury Special Prize at the Venice Film Festival in 2014, is about a boy and a discarded fighting dog he adopts, but it is all about growing up in a male macho milieu in Anatolia. The director is a very young man.On a completely different note,'Pandora's Box', directed by Ustaoglu has won several awards, is about a mother with Alzheimer and her two estranged daughters and her son, and her grandson. Alzheimer here is also a metaphor for collective amnesia in Turkey, forgetting the past (the history, the sufferings caused by three military interventions between 1960-1980, etc) and living with the present only, especially the new middle class with the passion for consumerism. The film is also very important in stressing our relation to architecture. The fashionable 'gated communities' where the rich live in high-rise buildings that form a city of their own, with all amenities inside, alienate people to themselves. As an architect by training, the director's often points at overpasses, underpasses, skyscrapers that don't leave breathing space. It is also about the young generation with middle class parents, who are suffocating under the pressures of protective parents. Ustaoglu is the leading woman director of Turkey at present
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Majority', which won the Lion of the Future award in Venice a couple of years back is also a film that was discussed a lot.  On the surface,  the family in the film is the new middle class with money with Anatolian origins, merchant class with no cultural values, conservative, nationalist, religious with right wing politics, who only care about their inner circle, the family. Their son is growing with no ambitions of his own. He'll take over the business one day.’ Other films in the package are The Night of Silence’ written and directed by Reis Celik, has bagged numerous awards including the Crystal Bear at the Berlin International Film festival. ‘Come to My voice’, directed by Huseyim Kerebey, ‘A Fair Ground Attraction’ directed by Mechmet Eryilmaz. ‘I am not Him’ and written and directed by Tayfun Pirselimoglu and Yozgat Blues,  directed by Mahmut Fazil Cozkum.

This package is curated by  Gönül Dönmez-Colin  an acclaimed  film scholar specializing in the cinemas of Central Asia and the Middle East. She is the author of Women, Islam and Cinema,Cinemas of the Other: A Personal Journey with Filmmakers from the Middle East and Central Asia, and The Cinema of North Africa and the Middle East.

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19th IFFK- International Competition -Films competing for Golden Pheasant Crow and other coveted awards

Following fourteen films from across the world compete for the Golden Crow Pheasant Award.

The Bright Day / Rooz-e Roshan

Direction: Hossein Shahabi

Roshan a teacher in a kindergarten intends to save the life of the father of one of her students, who is accused of unintentional homicide. There were seven witnesses, who had seen the incident, but no one intends to tell the whole truth because of the slain person’s family power and influence. If the witnesses don’t tell the truth, the accused will be facing retaliation and death penalty under the law.

A Girl at My Door / Dohee Ya

South Korea/ Colour / 119 / |Korean / 2014

Direction: July Jung

Little girl, Do-hee is pushed to the end of her life, chief police Yeong-nam tries to protect her and so does her step father, Yong-ha. Yeong-nam experiences a case that turns her whole world apart by meeting Do-hee.. 

The Man of the Crowd / O Homem Das Multidoes

Brazil / Colour / 95 min / Portuguese / 2013

Direction: Cao Guimaraes & Marcelo Gomes 

Juvenal drives a tram in Belo Horizonte, one of Brazil’s main cities. This reticent man spends his spare time in his apartment, equipped with the bare necessities. Whenever he is thirsty, he drinks water from the one and only glass he possesses. His colleague Margo asks him to be a witness at her wedding, but this means that some sort of friendly relationship should exist between these two lonely people and this takes time.

The Narrow Frame of Midnight

Morocco-UK-France-Qatar / Colour / 93 min / Arabic-French / 2014

Direction: Tala Hadid

The film offers a psychological reflection on three characters who intersect in Morocco and who flow through violent tension points in the Arab world. A glum writer, an arty ex-pat and a freedom-loving child are unconvincingly mixed together in the psychologically tuned feature debut.

Oblivion Season / Fasle Faramoushi-e Fariba

Iran / Colour / 92 min / Persian / 2014

Direction: Abbas Rafei

An ex-prostitute starts a new life after marrying her loved one but leaving the shadow of her dark past is not as easy as it seemed. Now she is the prisoner of her loved one and to earn her freedom she should fight with the masculine society. 
 

One for the Road / En el Ultimo Trago

Mexico / Colour / 91’ / Spanish / 2014

Direction:Jack Zagha Kababie

Three eighty-year-old men embark on a road trip in order to fulfill the dying wish of a lifelong friend. In spite of the disapproval of their families and the limitations of their advanced age, they find themselves involved in a series of comical misadventures and meet a number of colourful characters. Their journey alters their sense of self and their place in the world. There is, indeed, life after 80!
 

Refugiado

Argentina-France / Colour / 90 min / Spanish / 2014

Direction: Diego Lerman

Seven-year-old Matias returns home from a friend’s birthday party to find his mother, Laura, unconscious on the floor. When she recovers her senses, they decide to leave home and rush to a shelter for abused women where they spend 48 hours before Laura decides to rebuild her life somewhere else. Through the eyes of Matias we discover their escape in a city where everything Matias once knew feels dangerous and foreign until Laura finds a secure place to raise her son. 

Summer, Kyoto / Kyoto, Natsu

Japan / Colour / 88 min / Japanese / 2013

Direction: Hiroshi Toda

Mr. and Mrs. Nakamura make a living by making scented bags. One night, when the husband takes a walk alone, he finds an old man lying helpless on the street. Being kind in nature, he takes the old man to his house, and offers him food and a night’s lodging. Next day, the old man, getting back on his feet again, offers his help to show his thanks. The good-natured husband asks him to deliver their products to their customer. The old man leaves and does not return, just as his wife expected. And now the old man walks along the shore for some reason. 

They are the Dogs / C'est eux les Chiens..

Moroccol / Colour / 85 min/ 2013

Direction: Hisham Lasri

An old man who was taken away in 1981 during a massive demonstration asking for reforms and change in the kingdom. He has been released in 2011, 30 years later, and has to come to terms with the new reality of things, the evolution of society and technology.

The Ant Story / Piprabidya

Bangladesh / Colour / 95 min / Bengali / 2013

Direction: Mostofa Sarwar Farooki 
 

Dazzling city of Dhaka which is like a big pie. Everybody wants to have a piece of that pie. Young graduate Mithu feels he is not properly equipped to win his share. In a consumerist society, what matters is reaching the destination. So Mithu starts to equip himself in an unusual and unethical fashion to meet his goals. 

December-1

India / Colour / 97 min / Kannada / 2013

Direction: P.Sheshadri 
The Chief Minister’s official visit is a great event, particularly to the poor family specially selected to host his dinner and overnight stay in its humble abode. The extra attention bestowed on the family, in preparation for this visit, gives the family the feeling of a higher status and a brighter future. They look forward to the event with all the zeal and enthusiasm.

Oonga

India / Colour / 99 mins / Hindi-Odia / 2013

Direction: Devashish Makhija

A small adivasi (tribal) hamlet in south Orissa, a region fast being torn to shreds with civil strife. Eight-year-old Oonga missed his village school trip to the faraway big city Lohabad to see a play called Ramayan. Unable to handle the pressure of being the only kid around who has not seen the fantastic warrior-king Rama, Oonga runs away. He goes on a perilous journey. When he emerges from the play, he believes he has become Rama! But he is now returning not to the warm confines of his little village, but to a battlefield where the 'company' will do anything to take away the adivasi land.

Unto the Dusk / Asthamayam Vare

India / Colour / 106 min / 2014

Direction: Sajin Baabu
 

A young choir singer is dead. The mysterious death points to her co singers and then to her parents. Parental compulsion earlier forces the protagonist — one of the two suspects — to the seminary, where while in pursuit of the path of St. Francis of Assisi, the anxiety, challenges, conflicts and the torment that accompany the process of growing up into an adult, transforms him into a vengeful man. He leaves the seminary and starts on a journey of self discovery, most often into the deep jungles. Spirituality, retribution and unexpected encounters with nature form the philosophical backdrop of the film.
 

Zahir

India / Colour / 104 min /2013

Direction: Sidhartha Siva
 

Little Pratheesh has been seeing a classmate, Ashalatha, for years but cannot confess his affection due to his shyness.One day he hears news that she was raped and murdered. He breaks down from shock and is unable to sleep alonein the darkness. He drops out of school to stay at home. With help from his elder brother, he manages to get a job at a textile shop where he finds a mannequin and believes it is Ashalatha resurrected. He now has to be brave enough to protect her from this dangerous world.
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19th International Film Festival of Kerala (19TH IFFK2014) - Jancso Retrospective

Miklós Jancsó was a film director whose arabesque shots ravished the eye and captured the cold chess game of Hungary’s past .Miklós Jancsó was the most distinctive Hungarian film-maker of his generation, with an instantly identifiable visual style that won him wide international recognition in the Sixties and Seventies. Jancsó (pronounced “Yancho”) specialised in historical subjects, ranging from the Kossuth rebellion of 1848 to the communists’ rise to power in Hungary a century later. For Italian television, he ventured into aspects of ancient Roman history, though these projects were less successful. His fame rested less on the content of his films than on their idiosyncratic treatment. He spun variations on a small number of recurring themes and images: horses snorting and galloping on the great Hungarian plain (the puszta); soldiers marching in formation; naked women dancing with scarlet ribbons; horsemen cracking whips; burning hay ricks. He filmed these scenes with a constantly prowling camera, the characters weaving in and out of the frame while the camera itself performed intricate arabesques. He pushed the long take to its limits, as Hitchcock had done in Rope and the Greek director Theo Angelopoulos, imitating, would do later. One Jancsó film consisted of only 12 shots, changes of angle and perspective being achieved through the moving camera. This technique required extensive rehearsals with cameraman and actors, though the players were spared the need to be word perfect — during the shot, they mouthed the lines, which were dubbed in later. He died at the age of  92.

“ One of the masters of widescreen composition and elaborately choreographed long-take sequence shots, Miklos Jancso has been described as the most important Hungarian director of all” (Mira and A. J. Liehm) and the key Hungarian filmmaker of the sound era (Jonathan Rosenbaum). His fervid, transfixing, highly stylized and intensely formalist films are noted for their balletic, brutal study of repression, rebellion and revolution. Hungarian film-maker Miklos Jancso, who graduated in law and took courses in art history and ethnography, also served the Second World War and was for a brief period of time, a prisoner of war. After the war, Jancso enrolled in the Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest. He received his Diploma in Film Directing in 1950. Jancso’s debut feature, The Bells Have Gone to Rome was released after the 1956 anti-Soviet uprising which left hundreds of Hungarians dead or imprisoned and thousands refugees. Right from this first film, Jancso expressed his interest in war as a platform for working out his ideas. In My Way Home, a Hungarian youth is arrested, interned, released, arrested again, and sent to tend a herd of cows together with a young Russian soldier – the two transcend barriers of language as well as nationality to become close friends.

Jancso’s cinema does not conform to narrative or psychological conventions, but opens other areas that are usually found in the screen musical. His films are elaborate ballets, exploring anonymity, power, humiliation and the senselessness of war often by using the Russians themselves as his subjects as in the Red and the White. Tyranny is everywhere, and men and women survive in groups, often singing and dancing. Sometimes the groups split up and realign, moving in different directions, while the camera weaved in and out unobtrusively, tracking the characters.

Jancso, who’s Red Psalm was awarded at Cannes, was also honoured with a special prize for his lifetime work at the same festival. Brave, committed, transporting, infuriating, harrowing and latterly hilarious, Jancso’s work remains a true gift to cinema.

The Round-Up
Hungary / B&W / 90 min / 1966
Direction:Miklos Jancso

Miklos Jancso creates a sublime, provocative, and haunting examination of moral bankruptcy and human cruelty in The Round-up. Following the quelling of Lajos Kossuth's1848 revolution against Habsburg rule in Hungary, prison camps were set up for people suspected of being Kossuth's supporters. Around 20 years later, some members of highwayman Sandor Rozsa's guerrilla band, believed to be some of Kossuth's last supporters, are known to be interned among the prisoners in a camp and the means at identification were mental and physical torture and trickery. When one of the guerrillas, Janos Gajdar, is identified as a murderer by an old woman, he attempts to bargain for his life by acting as an informant and in the process, initiates a cycle of betrayal, violence, and deceit. Through languid and sweeping pans, minimal composition, and oppressive environment that reflect the emotional vacuity, hopelessness and isolation of the detained prisoners, The Round-up presents an understated, yet harrowing portrait of spiritual desolation, betrayal and existential limbo.

Electra, My Love
Hungary / Colour / 70 min / 1974
Direction:Miklos Jancso

Electra has vowed revenge for the murder of her father. She waits for the return of her brother, who will exact justice.

Red Psalm/Még kér a nép
Hungary / Colour / 87 min / 1972
Direction:Miklos Jancso

Direction Miklos Jancso recounts quite poetically the story of a peasant uprising on an estate in Hungary in the 1890s. It examines the nature of revolt, and the issues of morality and violence.Staging maypole dances, folk chants, and other mass rites instead of tending to fields of grain, the strikers' processional ceremonies are tracked by Jancso in less than 30 elegantly orchestrated shots and tensely observed by bailiffs, clergy, and eventually government troops.

Silence and Cry/Csend és kiáltás
Hungary/ B & W / 73 min / 1968
Direction:Miklos Jancso

Silence and Cry is set after the fall of the short-lived Hungarian Soviet Republic of 1919. A young Red soldier, fleeing the anti-Communist manhunt, takes refuge at the isolated farm of a peasant family. His reluctant hosts are already under police scrutiny for being political suspects. The local White commander is aware of the soldier’s presence but, for personal reasons, keeps it a secret. The soldier discovers that the farmer is being poisoned, slowly, by his wife and her sister. As a personal war is waging within his own consciousness over morality and self-preservation, Istvan must decide whether to remain silent about the women's devious secret and preserve his own life, or to report their heinous crime to the Royal Gendarme, which would also mean certain death for him.

The Confrontation / Fényes szelek
Hungary / Colour/ 80 min / 1969
Direction:Miklos Jancso

This is Jancso’s first film in colour—muted, dusky colour punctuated by the vivid red of a boy’s shirt and of a streaming banner, with its suggestion of Hungarian bloodshed. It tells the story of protest and rebellion in 1947 Hungary where the Communist Party had taken power

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19th IFFK- Eran Riklis’ “Dancing Arabs is the opening film

“Dancing Arabs directed by Eran Riklis has been chosen as the inaugural film of the 19TH edition of International Film Festival of Kerala (2014) which is opening on 12th December at Nishagandhi Auditorium at the capital city of Kerala. “Although a bit too sanitized, this tale of a young Arab trying to find his place in Israel is Eran Riklis' strongest film in years”. A young Arab in Israel struggles to find his place and an identity amid necessary compromises in Eran Riklis’ “Dancing Arabs,” a film designed to make Jews — not just Israelis — comfortable with Arabs. That is, until the finale, when bigoted alarmists may take home a more troubling message. Riklis’ strongest film in several years, this is another well-intentioned plea for coexistence, though apart from one scene that lays bare, with welcome righteousness, the disturbing orientalism infiltrating even Israeli intellectual circles, the whole thing is rather too scrubbed and clean. Precisely for this reason, it should play well internationally.

About the novel:
A stunning tragicomic novel by a young Arab Israeli who “rises above the wretchedness of the broken mirrors, and the ills of stereotypes, prejudices and divided identities, and creates a wonderfully complex drama out of simple domestic ingredients” (Yediot Acharonot, Israel)

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19th International Film Festival of Kerala (19th IFFK2014) countdown started

The countdown for the inauguration of 19th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala( 19th IFFK2014) has already been started. It is scheduled  from December 12th to 19th . 140 movies of eminent directors from all over the world are show cased in different sections.

 This time festival have 10 rich film packages, including the Competition section. The highly anticipated World Cinema category has 61 films from over 37 countries. Of these films, 12 of them were represented by female directors. ‘One on One’, a movie by Kim Ki Duk, well known film maker for Kerala audience will also be screened in the World Cinema category.

Retrospective category features films by Buster Keaton and Miklos Jancso.
Contemporary Master category represents a bunch of internationally renowned movies directed by Danis Tanovic, Naomi Kawase and Hany Abu-Assad.

Fourteen movies are participating in the Competition category for the prestigious Golden Crow Pheasant award. Morocco and Iran represents   two films each and one film each from Bangladesh, Brazil, Japan, Argentina, Mexico and South Korea respectively. Four Indian films are also participating in competition category.

The Indian Cinema section features seven films from Bengali, Hindi, Marathi and Tamil.
Seven selected Malayalam movies are included in  the “Malayalam Cinema Today” section. The films of Buster Keaton and Miklos Jancso, are in the retrospective section.. The restored version of Buster’s movie ‘The General’ released in 1926 and Miklos Jancso’s five films are in this category. Danis Tanovic, Hany Abu-Assad and Naomi Kawase, are in the  contemporary master category. Four films of each of these masters will be screened.

As Turkish film industry celebrating its centenary, Country Focus section has been exclusively dedicated to Turkish film. Eight films of acclaimed Turkish directors are going to be screened in this category. There will be thirteen films in Chinese and French package.

In Jury Film category, Xie Fei’s films ‘Oil maker’s family’, ‘Black snow’ and ‘A girl from Hunan’, ‘Night of Silence’ by Reis Celik, ‘Vaastupursh’ by Sumitra Bhave will also be screened in jury film section.

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19th International Film Festival of Kerala- കാഴ്ചകളുടെ വിരുന്നൊരുക്കാന്‍ 19മത് കേരള അന്തര്‍ദേശിയ ചലച്ചിത്രോല്‍സവം

140 ചിത്രങ്ങളുടെ വിരുന്നൊരുക്കി കേരളത്തിന്റെ ചലച്ചിത്രോത്സവം.

ഡിസംബര്‍ 12 മുതല്‍ 19 വരെ തിരുവനന്തപുരത്ത് നടക്കുന്ന കേരള രാജ്യാന്തര ചലച്ചിത്രമേളയില്‍ ആസ്വാദകരെ കാത്തിരിക്കുന്നത് 140 ഓളം ചിത്രങ്ങള്‍. മത്സരവിഭാഗം ഉള്‍പ്പെടെ 10 വിഭാഗങ്ങളായി തിരിച്ചിരിക്കുന്ന മേളയില്‍ ലോകസിനിമാവിഭാഗത്തില്‍ 37 രാജ്യങ്ങളില്‍ നിന്നായി 61 ചിത്രങ്ങള്‍.. ഇതില്‍ 12 വനിതാ സംവിധായകരുടെ സാന്നിധ്യമുണ്ട്. കിംകി ഡുക്ക് സംവിധാനം ചെയ്ത 'വണ്‍ ഓണ്‍ വണ്‍' എന്ന ചിത്രവും ഈ വിഭാഗത്തില്‍ പ്രദര്‍ശിപ്പിക്കും.

മത്സരവിഭാഗത്തില്‍ നാല് ഇന്ത്യന്‍ ചിത്രങ്ങള്‍ ഉള്‍പ്പെടെ 14 ചിത്രങ്ങളാണുള്ളത്. മൊറോക്കോയിലും, ഇറാനിലും നിന്ന് രണ്ടു ചിത്രങ്ങള്‍ വീതവും ബംഗ്ലാദേശ്, ബ്രസീല്‍, ജപ്പാന്‍, അര്‍ജന്റീന, മെക്‌സിക്കോ, സൗത്ത് കൊറിയ എന്നീ രാജ്യങ്ങളില്‍ നിന്നും ഓരോ ചിത്രം വീതമാണ് തിരഞ്ഞെടുക്കപ്പെട്ടിട്ടുള്ളത്.

ലൈഫ്‌ടൈം അച്ചീവ്‌മെന്റ് അവാര്‍ഡ് നേടിയ ഇറ്റാലിയന്‍ സംവിധായകന്‍ മാര്‍ക്കോ ബലൂച്ചിയുടെ 'മൈ മദേഴ്‌സ് സ്‌മൈല്‍' ഫിലിം വിഭാഗത്തില്‍ പ്രദര്‍ശിപ്പിക്കുന്നു.

ബംഗാളി, മറാത്തി, ഹിന്ദി, തമിഴ് ഭാഷകളില്‍ നിന്നായി ഏഴു ചിത്രങ്ങളാണ് ഇന്ത്യന്‍ സിനിമ നൗ എന്ന വിഭാഗത്തില്‍ പ്രദര്‍ശിപ്പിക്കുന്നത്.

മലയാളം സിനിമാ ഇന്ന് വിഭാഗത്തില്‍ ഈ വര്‍ഷം ഇറങ്ങിയ മികച്ച ഏഴു ചിത്രങ്ങള്‍ പ്രദര്‍ശിപ്പിക്കും. രഞ്ജിത് സംവിധാനം ചെയ്ത് 'ഞാന്‍', അബ്രിദ് ഷൈനിന്റെ '1983', നവാഗത സംവിധായകന്‍ സനല്‍കുമാര്‍ ശശിധരന്‍ സംവിധാനം ചെയ്ത് മീന കന്തസ്വാമി ആദ്യമായി നായികാവേഷത്തില്‍ എത്തുന്ന ചിത്രം 'ഒരാള്‍പൊക്കം', സലില്‍ ലാലിന്റെ ആദ്യ സംവിധാന സംരംഭം 'കാള്‍ട്ടന്‍ ടവേഴ്‌സ്', എന്‍.കെ. മുഹമ്മദ് കോയയുടെ 'അലിഫ' എന്നിവയാണ് ഈ വിഭാഗത്തിലെ ചിത്രങ്ങള്‍.

റെസ്‌ട്രോസ്‌പെക്ടീവ് വിഭാഗത്തില്‍ ബസ്റ്റര്‍ കീറ്റണിന്റെ നാല് ചിത്രങ്ങളും മിക്ക്‌ലോസ് ജാന്‍സ്‌കോയുടെ അഞ്ച് ചിത്രങ്ങളും പ്രദര്‍ശിപ്പിക്കും. നിശബ്ദ ചിത്രങ്ങളിലൂടെ സംവിധാനപാടവം തെളിയിച്ച ബസ്റ്റര്‍ കീറ്റണ്‍ 'എന്റര്‍ടെയിന്‍മെന്റ് വീക്കിലി'യുടെ ഏഴ് മഹാന്മാരായ സംവിധായകരുടെ പട്ടികയില്‍ ഇടം നേടിയിട്ടുണ്ട്. ബഹുമുഖ പ്രതിഭയായി വെള്ളിത്തിരയില്‍ തിളങ്ങിയ ബസ്റ്ററിന്റെ 'ദി ജനറല്‍' എന്ന 1926 ലെ ചിത്രം വന്‍ നിരൂപകശ്രദ്ധ പിടിച്ചുപറ്റിയിരുന്നു. ഇദ്ദേഹത്തിന്റെ റീസ്റ്റോര്‍ ചെയ്‌തെടുത്ത ചിത്രങ്ങളാണ് മേളയ്‌ക്കെത്തുന്നത്. കാന്‍ വെനീസ് ഫെസ്റ്റുകളില്‍ ലൈഫ് വര്‍ക്ക് അവാര്‍ഡുകള്‍ കരസ്ഥമാക്കിയ ഹങ്കോറിയന്‍ സംവിധായകന്‍ മിക്കലോസ് ജാങ്ക്‌സോയുടെ 1966 നും 1974 നും ഇടയില്‍ ഇറങ്ങിയ അഞ്ചു ചിത്രങ്ങളാണ് ഈ വിഭാഗത്തില്‍ പ്രദര്‍ശിപ്പിക്കുന്നത്. ഹങ്കോറിയന്‍ സോഷ്യലിസത്തിനും സ്വാതന്ത്ര്യത്തിനും വേണ്ടിയുള്ള പോരാട്ടങ്ങളുടെ ശക്തമായ ഭാഷയാണ് ജാങ്ക്‌സോയുടെ ചിത്രങ്ങള്‍.

കണ്ടമ്പററി മാസ്റ്റര്‍ വിഭാഗത്തില്‍ സിനിമാ ആചാര്യന്മാരായ ഡാനിസ് താനോവിക്, ഹനി അബു ആസാദ്, നവോമി കവാസ് എന്നിവരുടെ നാലു ചിത്രങ്ങള്‍ വീതമാണ് ഉള്‍ക്കൊള്ളിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നത്. ഈ വിഭാഗത്തിലെ ഭൂരിഭാഗം ചിത്രങ്ങളും 2000 ന് ശേഷമുള്ളവയാണ്. ബോസ്‌നിയന്‍ സംവിധായകര്‍ക്കിടയില്‍ പ്രശസ്തനായ ഡാനിസ് തനോവികിന്റെ 'നോമാന്‍സ് ലാന്‍ഡ്' ശ്രദ്ധേയമായ ചിത്രമാണ്. നിരവധി ചലച്ചിത്രമേളകളില്‍ പുരസ്‌കാരങ്ങളും നോമിനേഷനും നേടിയിട്ടുള്ള ഇദ്ദേഹം ചര്‍ച്ച ചെയ്യപ്പെടുന്ന സംവിധായകരിലൊരാളാണ്. പാലസ്തീന്‍ സംവിധായകന്‍ ഹനി അബു ആസാദിന്റെ 'ഒമര്‍' 2013 കാന്‍ ഫിലിം ഫെസ്റ്റിവലില്‍ സ്‌പെഷ്യല്‍ ജൂറി പുരസ്‌കാരം നേടിയ ചിത്രമാണ്. വിവിധ മേഖലകളില്‍ നിരവധി പുരസ്‌കാരങ്ങള്‍ നേടിയിട്ടുണ്ട്. ബര്‍ലിന്‍ മതിലിന്റെ പശ്ചാത്തലത്തില്‍ മനോഹരമായ പ്രണയത്തിന്റെയും മനുഷ്യജീവിതങ്ങളുടെയും കഥയാണ് 'ഒമര്‍' പറയുന്നത്. 'പാരഡൈസ് നൗ' എന്ന ചിത്രം രണ്ടു യുവ ചാവേറുകളുടെ കഥ പറയുന്നു. ജാപ്പനീസ് സംവിധായിക നവോമി കവാസ് ആണ് ഈ വിഭാഗത്തിലെ സ്ത്രീ സാന്നിധ്യം. നവോമിയുടെ 1997 ലെ സുസാകു കാന്‍ ഫിലിം ഫെസ്റ്റിവലില്‍ ഗോള്‍ഡന്‍ കാമറാ പുരസ്‌കാരം നേടിയിരുന്നു.

100 #ാ#ം വാര്‍ഷികം ആഘോഷിക്കുന്ന തുര്‍ക്കി സിനിമകളില്‍ നിന്നുള്ള ചിത്രങ്ങളാണ് കണ്‍ട്രി ഫോക്കസ് വിഭാഗത്തില്‍ ഉള്‍പ്പെടുത്തിയിരിക്കുന്നത്. 2005 നു ശേഷം റിലീസ് ചെയ്ത പ്രമുഖ സംവിധായകരുടെ എട്ടു ചിത്രങ്ങളാണ് പ്രദര്‍ശിപ്പിക്കുന്നത്. തായ് ഫന്‍ പിര്‍സെലിമോഗ്ലു സംവിധാനം ചെയ്ത 'ഐ ആം നോട്ട് ഹിം', കാന്‍ മുജ്‌ഡെസിയുടെ ഷിവാസ്, ഹുസൈന്‍ കരബെയുടെ 'കം ടു മൈ വോയ്‌സ്' എന്നിവ മികച്ച ചിത്രങ്ങളാണ്. ചൈനീസ്, ഫ്രഞ്ച് ഫിലിം പാക്കേജുകളിലായി 13 ചിത്രങ്ങള്‍ പ്രദര്‍ശിപ്പിക്കുന്നു.

ജൂറി ഫിലിംസ് വിഭാഗത്തില്‍ ഷീഫെയുടെ 'ഓയില്‍ മേക്കേഴ്‌സ് ഫാമിലി', 'ബ്ലാക്‌സ് സ്‌നോ', 'എ ഗേള്‍ ഫ്രം ഹുനാന്‍' എന്നീ ചിത്രങ്ങള്‍ പ്രദര്‍ശിപ്പിക്കും. റെയ്‌സ് ക്ലെയ്ക്കിന്റെ 'നൈറ്റ് ഓഫ് സൈലന്‍സ്', സുമിത്ര ഭാവെയുടെ 'വാസ്തുപുരുഷ്' എന്നീ ചിത്രങ്ങളും പ്രദര്‍ശിപ്പിക്കും.

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19th IFFK ജൂറി

ചൈനയിലെ മുന്‍നിര സംവിധായകനും ചലച്ചിത്രാധ്യാപകനുമായ ഷീ ഫേയാണ് പത്തൊമ്പതാമത് കേരള അന്തര്‍ ദേശിയ ചലചിത്രോല്‍സവത്തിന്റെ ജൂറി ചെയര്‍മാന്‍. മ്യൂസിയം ഓഫ് മൂവിങ് ആര്‍ട്‌സ് ക്യൂറേട്ടര്‍ ലോറന്‍സ് കര്‍ഡിഷ്, നിരൂപകനും ഫിപ്രസി ജനറല്‍ സെക്രട്ടറിയുമായ ക്ലോസ് ഏഡര്‍, തുര്‍ക്കി സംവിധായകന്‍ റെയ്‌സ് ക്ലെയ്ക്, മറാത്തി ചിത്രങ്ങളുടെ ശ്രേയസ് ഇന്ത്യയ്ക്കകത്തും പുറത്തും ഉയര്‍ത്തുന്നതില്‍ ഗണ്യമായ സംഭാവനകള്‍ നല്‍കിയ സംവിധായിക സുമിത്ര ഭാവേ തുടങ്ങിയവരടങ്ങുന്നതാണ് ഇത്തവണത്തെ ജൂറി അംഗങ്ങള്‍.

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19th IFFK 2014(19th International Film Festival of Kerala )-seven films selected for Indian Cinema Now Section

The seven films selected in the Indian Cinema Now section   of  the19th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK ) include two Bengali, three Hindi, one Marathi and Tamil each.

1) Shrihari Sathe’s Ek Hazarachi Note (Thousand Rupee Note) ,Marathi film .

2) Amit Kumar Raj’s film Dagh Ujala (Blemished Light), Hindi.

3) M. Adeyapartha Rajan’s film Myth of Kleopatra ,Hindi.

4) Ananth Narayan Mahadevan’s Gouri Hari Dastan (The Freedom File), Hindi.

5) Arun Kumar S .U’s Pannaiyarum Padminiyum in Tamil .

6) Manoj Michigan’s 89 in Bengali .

7) Sekhar Das’s Nayanchampar Din Ratri (The Tale of Nayanchampa) in Bengali .

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സഹീര്‍, അസ്തമയംവരെ എന്നീ മലയാളം ചിത്രങ്ങള്‍ 19മത് അന്തര്‍ ദേശീയ ചലച്ചിത്രോത്സത്തിലെ മത്സര വിഭാഗത്തിലേക്ക്.

പത്തൊമ്പതാമത് അന്തര്‍ ദേശീയ ചലച്ചിത്രോത്സത്തിലെ മത്സര വിഭാഗത്തിലേക്ക് രണ്ടു മലയാള ചിത്രങ്ങള്‍ തെരഞ്ഞെടുത്തു. സിദ്ധാര്‍ത്ഥ ശിവ സംവിധാനം ചെയ്ത സഹീര്‍, സജിന്‍ ബാബു സംവിധാനം ചെയ്ത അസ്തമയംവരെ എന്നീ ചിത്രങ്ങളാണ് ഡിസംബര്‍ 12 മുതല്‍ 19 വരെ തിരുവനന്തപുരത്ത് വച്ച് നടക്കുന്ന ചലച്ചിത്ര മേളയിലെ മത്സരവിഭാഗത്തില്‍ ഏഷ്യന്‍ ആഫ്രിക്കന്‍ലാറ്റിന്‍ അമേരിക്കന്‍ ചിത്രങ്ങളോട് മത്സരിക്കുക
 

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