Thiruvananthapuram: The International Film Festival of Kerala, the state’s own film extravaganza, would this time around, bring to the screens an array of international films that the world’s movie buffs and critics alike have been raving about. As many as 81 independent films will be ready for screening under the World Cinema category at the 22nd International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK 2017), to get underway from December 8 to 15. Flicks made by internationally-acclaimed directors representing 74 countries would be screened.
The predominant motif of the fiesta this year is ‘Identity and Space’, which signifies the identification and existence of refugees in a wide spectrum that the present phase of the society dwells in.
The ‘Identity and Space’ category draws attention to the conflicts that the social order goes through, and the perplexities that arise out of the conflicts. The films picked under this category discuss complex situations in aesthetic and artful ways, while connecting with the audience to spur a thought. The makers, through their movies, can be seen crucially touching upon the sensitive surface of gender discrimination, poverty, vicissitudes of violence and disorder, degrees of human relationships and fascist racism.
Anup Singh’s ‘The Song of Scorpions’ will be one of the major highlights in this category. The Swiss movie shot in Hindi stars Irrfan Khan, Waheeda Rehman and Goldshifteh Farahani.
‘Vaishnavee’, elaborated as a chain of fantastic events, is directed by Sumitra Peries, and reproduces the 30s Sri Lanka. Significantly, Peries is the first ever Sri Lankan woman director. Ali Muhammad Qaseemi’s ‘Dogs and Fools’, and ‘Villa Dwellers’ that portray the Iraq-Iran war era, and Sergei Loznitsa’s ‘A Gentle Creature’ are also part of the package.
Norwegian-Pakistani woman filmmaker Iram Haq’s ‘What Will People Say’, Iranian director Sadaf Foroughi’s ‘Ava’, Annarita Zambrano’s ‘After the War’, Christina Pinheiro’s ‘Menina’, Polish director Maria Sadowska’s ‘The Art of Loving’, and Kamila Andini’s Indonesian film ‘The Seen and Unseen’ form a handful of movies helmed by women and are all geared up to charm the IFFK audience.
A total of 28 French films will be part of the World Cinema category. Besides, 16 German movies, nine Japanese and six entries each from Russia, Britain and the US, along with six from Georgia, five from Iran and three Korean films form the heavy weight bunch in this category.
Further, films from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Thailand, and Qatar will also be the prime focus at the festival. Films from Cuba and Bulgaria, which often get ignored, have also gained entry into the World Cinema line up.