International Competition Section of IFFI 2015 to screen 15 best films from world-class filmmakers

~IFFI’s growing popularity has attracted films and filmmakers from unconventional film regions like Argentina, Venezuela, Serbia, Bolivia, Jordan among others~

~Kaushik Ganguly’s Cinemawala and Debesh Chatterjee’s Natoker Moto to be the two Indian Films at the International Competition section~

IFFI 2015IFFI 2015 will be screening 15 best films from world-class filmmakers in the International Competition Section. Kaushik Ganguly’s Cinemawala and Debesh Chatterjee’s Natoker Moto are the two Indian Films selected in this section. International Competition section at IFFI brings forth the cinematic vibrancy of the world cinema.

The section is so popular amongst the world film fraternity that this year it has attracted films and filmmakers from unconventional film regions like Argentina, Venezuela, Serbia, Bolivia, Jordan among others. Traversing through various languages and countries, the films in this section are nothing short of a masterpiece envisioned by the world-class filmmakers.

Appreciating films and the art of film making by talented filmmakers from the world, the International Competition section will offer a unique opportunity to showcase the most spectacular films to film enthusiasts and film makers from India and across the world.

Total number of films- 15 (13 International and 2 Indian films)

 

  1. 3000 NIGHTS

Dir: Mai Masri

Palestine, France, Jordan, Lebanon/2015/Arabic, Hebrew/103 minutes/colour 

Synopsis: Layal, a young newlywed Palestinian school teacher is arrested after being falsely accused and sentenced to eight years of prison. She is transferred to a high security Israeli women’s prison where she encounters a terrifying world in which Palestinian political prisoners are incarcerated with Israeli criminal inmates. When she discovers she is pregnant, the prison director pressures her to abort the baby and spy on the Palestinian inmates. However, resilient and still in chains, she gives birth to a baby boy. Through her struggle to raise her son behind bars, and her relationship with the other prisoners, she manages to find a sense of hope and a meaning to her life. Prison conditions deteriorate and the Palestinian prisoners decide to strike. The prison director warns her against joining the rebellion and threatens to take her son away. In a moment of truth, Layal is forced to make a choice that will forever change her life. 

  1. EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT

Dir: Ciro Guerra

Colombia | Venezuela | Argentina /2015/Spanish | Portuguese | German | Catalan | Latin /122 

Synopsis: The epic story of the first contact, encounter, approach, betrayal and, eventually, life-transcending friendship, between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman, last survivor of his people, and two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, travel through the Amazon in search of a sacred plant that can heal them. The film is inspired by the journals of the first explorers of the Colombian Amazon, Theodor Koch-Grunberg and Richard Evans Schultes.

  1. ENCLAVE

Dir: Goran Radovanovic

Serbia/Germany/2015/Serbian/92 minutes/colour 

Synopsis: The movie traces the story of Nenad, a ten-year-old Christian boy from a Serbian enclave who crosses enemy lines in order to ensure a proper community burial for his late grandfather, and in the process  makes friends among the Muslim majority in a deeply divided, war-torn land. 

  1. FILOSOFI KOPI

Dir: Angga Dwimas Sasongko

Indonesia/2015/Indonesian/117 minutes/colour 

Synopsis: The movie is a tale about soul-searching and making peace with the past through coffee. Ben and Jody are two friends and owners of ‘Filosofi Kopi’, a sophisticated coffee shop known for serving the best coffee in the country. When a businessman challenges them to make “the perfect cup”, Ben and Jody embark on an adventure that forces them to visit their troubled pasts and reexamine their relationships with their parents. It is a film that not only tells a captivating story, but one that makes us look at coffee with a whole new, passionate perspective.

  1. JOURNEY TO THE SHORE

Dir: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Japan, France/2015/Japanese/128 minutes/colour

Synopsis: Mizuki’s husband Yusuke drowned at sea three years ago. When he suddenly comes back home, she is not that surprised. Instead, Mizuki is wondering what took him so long. She agrees to let Yusuke take her on a journey.

  1. KAPO IN JERUSALEM

Dir: Uri Barbash

Israel/2015/Hebrew/98 minutes/colour

Synopsis: 1946. A pair of Auschwitz survivors arrives in Jerusalem. Bruno is a doctor and Sarah a pianist. They are trying to rehabilitate their lives and love in a city under siege during the War of Independence. Upon their arrival, a rumour spreads that Bruno was a sadistic bloc head (“Kapo”) in Auschwitz who abused prisoners and even killed a few. Bruno struggles for his life, his reputation and the principles according to which he acted. Doubt begins to nibble away at Sarah’s heart, while she tries her best to believe in him and support him. In a different, minimalist cinematic language, the survivors reveal their struggle for humanity in the death camps and go through a soul search that is still relevant today. Kapo in Jerusalem is a journey into the past that Sarah, Bruno and those around them undergo?a journey through the gradually fading memory into the human and the monstrous, the compassionate and the cruel, the intimate and the ideological, in Auschwitz and after it. 

  1. LABYRINTH OF LIES

Dir: Giulio Ricciarelli

Germany/2014/German/121 minutes/colour

Synopsis: In Labyrinth of Lies the economic miracle is changing the life of Germans in postwar Germany. Most of them are sick of the war and prefer to push their guilt to the back of their mind. When a journalist identifies a teacher in the playground as a former guard from Auschwitz, no one wants to take notice. But a young prosecutor takes on the case and can‘t even be stopped by his boss. During his research he realizes that some Germans claim that they never heard the expression Auschwitz, while others try to forget about it. As the resolute prosecutor doesn’t give up, the Attorney General Fritz Bauer retains him to take charge of the investigations. Struggling with an overload of information, the young attorney blunders into a labyrinth of guilt and lies where he almost gets lost.

  1. EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO

Dir; Peter Greenaway

Netherlands/Mexico /2015/ English, Spanish / 105 minutes/  Colour

Synopsis: In 1931, at the height of his artistic powers, Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein travels to Mexico to shoot a new film to be titled Que Viva Mexico. Freshly rejected by Hollywood and under increasing pressure to return to Stalinist Russia, Eisenstein arrives at the city of Guanajuato. Chaperoned by his guide Palomino Cañedo, he vulnerably experiences the ties between Eros and Thanatos, sex and death, happy to create their effects in cinema, troubled to suffer them in life. Peter Greenaway’s film explores the mind of a creative genius facing the desires and fears of love, sex and death through ten passionate days that helped shape the rest of the career of one of the greatest masters of Cinema.

  1. THE MAN WHO BECAME A HORSE

Dir: Amir-Hossein Saghafi

Iran/2015/Farsi /110 minutes/colour 

Synopsis: A father and his daughter live together. The mother has passed away. There is just one white horse left for their daughter. The father prevents his daughter from leaving him though she is married. The father is even planning to kill his son-in-law but the girl leaves him and he goes crazy.

  1. THE MEASURE OF A MAN (La loi du marche)

Dir; Stephane Brize

France/2015/French/93 minutes/colour

Synopsis: At the age of 51 and after 20 months of unemployment, Thierry starts a new job that soon brings him face to face with a moral dilemma. How much is he willing to accept to keep his job?

 11. MUSTANG

Dir: Deniz Gamze Erguven

Turkey/2015/Turkish/97 minutes/colour

Synopsis: It’s the beginning of the summer. In a village in the north of Turkey, Lale and her four sisters come home from school, innocently playing with boys. The supposed debauchery of their games causes a scandal with unintended consequences. The family home slowly turns into a prison, classes on housework and cooking replace school and marriages begin to be arranged. The five sisters, driven by the same desire for freedom, fight back against the limits imposed on them. 

  1. RAMS

Dir: Grimur Hakonarson

Iceland /2015/ Icelandic/93 minutes/ Colour 

Synopsis: In a secluded valley in Iceland, Gummi and Kiddi live side by side, tending to their sheep. Their ancestral sheep-stock is considered one of the country’s best and the two brothers are repeatedly awarded for their prized rams that carry an ancient lineage. Although they share the land and a way of life, Gummi and Kiddi have not spoken to each other in four decades. When a lethal disease suddenly infects Kiddi’s sheep, the entire valley comes under threat. The authorities decide to cull all the animals in the area to contain the outbreak. This is a near death sentence for the farmers, whose sheep are their main source of income, and many abandon their land. But Gummi and Kiddi don’t give up so easily – and each brother tries to stave off the disaster in his own fashion: Kiddiby using his rifle and Gummi by using his wits. As the authorities close in, the brothers will need to come together to save the special breed passed down for generations, and themselves, from extinction. 

  1. SEALED CARGO

Dir: Julia Vargas

Bolivia, Mexico, Venezuela, France 2015/Spanish/107 minutes/colour 

Synopsis: Somewhere in the Andes half buried containers of suspicious minerals are found. The villagers demand their police to get rid of them. The government decides to send them to the border by any means, and the only available train is a steam locomotive whose anarchist driver, Augustin, is retired. The short mission is under an ambitious captain of the police, Mariscal, joined by three policemen: Mendieta, very religious and fearful, Choque, naïf peasant and Urdimala, mocking and rebellious. A guardian of the earth anticipates their movements as news of the cargo spreads in villages, causing blocking, dynamite explosion, and rails stolen. The train becomes an isolated world where these men collide. A proud village girl, Tania, traveling secretly to the city, is caught on board, and her presence undermines the police force’s authority.

  1. NATOKER MOTO

Dir: Debesh Chatterjee/ 2015/ 121 Min

Journey of a female theatre artist is always a multi-dimensional conflicting experience as a girl, as a woman and even as an artist. It is more so when especially a woman is of maverick capability and of excellence beyond her time.

  1. CINEMAWALA

Dir: Kaushik Ganguly/ 2015/

Pranabendu Das is a retired film exhibitor from a small town in West Bengal. He owns a movie theatre ‘Kamalini’ named after his separated wife. This old man never retired on his own wish. He was forced to take up this decision. The two aged projectors are still lying there in the projection room of his theatre. His projectionist friend, Haribabu is still there with him. But with the advancement of technology and the arrival of the digital medium, this man was compelled to let go of his theatre which projected films only on celluloid. Bengal bid adieu to celluloid so did Pranab to his business.

 

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