International Film Festival Kerala: 190 films from 65 countries; Lebanese film, ‘The Insult’ is opening film

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By Stephen Fernandes Mobile: 9820707327  Email: stevfern@gmail.com

The 22nd edition IFFK, which is conducted every year in Thiruvananthapuram, will screen 190 films from 65 countries. The week-long fest runs from  December 8 to 15 , 2017 and will have 465 screenings.

Lebanese filmmaker Ziad Doueiri’s The Insult which narrates the struggle of the Palestinian people will be the opening film. The Insult is based on the dispute between a Palestinian construction worker and a Lebanese Christian car mechanic.

The upcoming edition of the IFFK will focus on people who have lost their identity and space. Six films will be screened in the section ‘Identity and Space’. This year, Brazil is the country in focus.

Fourteen films will contest for the prestigious Golden Crown Pheasant Award this year, including four Indian films – Kadvi Hawa (Dark Wind) and Newton from Hindi, and Randuper  and Aedan from Malayalam.

Randuper (Two Persons), directed by Prem Shankar, is based on gender politics and relationships in the time of demonetisation. Aedan (Garden of Desire), directed by Sanju Surendran, is a journey to the contrasting worlds of love and death.

Newton, India’s official entry at the Oscars 2018, has been directed by Amit V Masurkar and is set against the backdrop of elections in a conflict zone in India. Kadvi Hawa, directed by Nila Madhab Panda, tells the story of the plight of farmers in Rajasthan.

The other films in the competition section are Candelaria by Jhonny Hendrix, Returnee by Sabit Kurmanbekov,  Grain by Semih Kaplanoglu, I Still Hide to Smoke by Rayhana, Malila- The Farewell Flower by Anucha Boonyawatana, Pomegranate Orchard by Ilgar Najaf, Symphony for Ana by E Ernesto Ardito, The World of Which We Dream Doesn’t Exis’ by Ayoub Qanir, Wajib by Annemarie Jacir, and White Bridge by Ali Ghavitan.

 

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