It is a period of innovative metamorphosis in the world cinema. These transformations are reflected in the selection of the world cinema category of this edition of International Film Festival of Kerala.
Love, separation, ethnic conflicts, clash of values, widening generation gap and more over the changing socio-political scenarios and strength of united people are the theme of the selected 79 films from 39 nations, out of which 26 are from France and 12 from Germany. Movies of maestros like, Ken Loach, Kim Ki Duk, Yousry Nasrallah, Bohdan Slama, Aki Kaurismaki, Abbas Kiarostami, Deepa Mehta, Raoul Ruiz, Lars Von Trier, Walter Salles, Fatih Akin, Roberta Marquez, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Paolo Sorrentino, Annemarie Jacir, Nadine Labaki, Marco Bellocchio and Bernardo Bertolucci enrich the category.
Lone film from India is Shivendra Singh Dungarpur directed Celluloid Man. While Deepa Mehta’s controversial Canadian film Midnight’s Children, based on the book of same title by Salman Rushdie, will have its Indian premier in this section. Films of five women directors are one of the attraction points of this package.
An African boy arrives by cargo ship in the port city of Le Havre; an aging shoe shiner takes pity on the child and welcomes him into his home. Later the relation between them deepens and the film Le Havre is on this plot. This 93 minutes film directed by Aki Kaurismaki won massive 14 awards including FIPRESCI for Kaurismaki.
Abbas Kiarostami directed Like Someone in Love has the storyline centered on the relationship of a young woman and old man in Tokyo in the space of 24 hours. This romantic drama was nominated for the best film in the Cannes and nominated for the best international feature in Chicago International Film Festival. This film is treated as one of the best romantic film in Japanese language.
The real story of the Egyptian revolution is the plot of 18 days directed by nine different directors. This masterpiece of reality turned into film has been the center focus of many festivals around the world including the Cannes. The film had nomination in Brussels International Independent Film Festival in international category.
Amour, the latest film by Yousry Nasrallah, is the story of an aged retired couple who were music teachers. Their relation and love for each other tested at the maxim. The musical-drama- romance saga won the hearts of movie lovers all over the world and received award for the best film in the Cannes Film Festival.
Leos Carax directed Holy Motors is a sci-fic movie that deals with the life of Oscar, who plays many conflicting roles in his life. Director Carax won the Award of Youth in the Cannes film Festival in 2012 while the film got three other awards including best cinematography, actor and international film in Chicago International Film Festival.
On the Road by Walter Salles tells the provocative story of a young writer whose life is shaken and re-defined by the arrival of a westerner and his girl. This adventure drama won an award in the Hollywood Film Festival. This must be the place directed by Paolo Sorrentino is on the life of Cheyenne (Sean Penn) who is a former rock star landing in US to find the person who humiliated his father years back. The comedy drama won 11 awards and another 8 nominations, which includes Golden Pegasus award for Sorrentino for his direction in the Flaiano International Prizes.
Master Filmmaker Kim Ki Duk’s Pieta, is about A loan shark who is forced to reconsider his violent lifestyle after the arrival of a mysterious woman claiming to be his long-lost mother. The film won the Golden Lion and another three awards in the Venice Film Festival.
Midnight’s Children by Deepa Mehta, the most debated film of recent time, is on the riveting personal story of a twin born at the exact time of India’s Independence. The film was shot under the title ‘Winds of change’ to deviate any kind of threats to the cast and crew. The film was nominated by for the best film in the London Film Festival 2012.
The director of the most controversial film’ Antichrist’, Lars Von Trier, which was screened in the 14th IFFK, shows his presence this time with his latest film Melancholia. The sci-fic drama is on the planet Melancholia that is on the colliding path with earth and the impact it has on the life of Justine, who is having her wedding night. The film won a massive 31 awards including the best actress in the Cannes Film Festival for Kirsten Dunst.
7 Days in Havana directed by seven different directors deals with the story of a young American boy trying to break into the acting business and travels to Cuba during a film festival. The film was a gleaming adventure drama of a boy’s struggle to fulfill his dreams. The movie won a nomination in the Cannes Film Festival.
Celluloid Man is a 2012 documentary film directed by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur that explores the life and work of the legendary Indian archivist P.K. Nair, the founder of the National Film Archive of India, and the guardian of Indian cinema. He built the Archive in a country where the archiving of cinema is considered unimportant. The film was cinematographed by 11 different cinematographers, had its premiere in the II Cinema Ritrovato in Italy, and had its Indian premiere at the 14th Mumbai Film Festival.
Brazilian filmmaker Roberta Marques latest film Rania, narrates the life of Rania, who is torn between the possibility to make money in the nightclub and the will to become a "real dancer". The film is on the life and situations a common Brazilian girl has to face. The film is on women, by woman, starring women.
Altogether, the selected movies proffer a prosperous film culture and lit-up the festival screens with a spark of brilliance accumulated from various film industries all around the globe.
The films in this category are the major milestones in the history of the celluloid in the past year. The festival gives its audience an excellent opportunity to experience these ones on the silver screen and understand the vividness and richness of the world film fraternity.