21st IFFK 2016-Life of Artists-A Curated section in the International Film Festival of Kerala
A Meera Sahib
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 :
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.”
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)