As many as seven films of different regional languages including Bengali, Hindi, Marathi and Tamil will be screened in the ‘Indian Cinema Now’ section of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), to be held in Thiruvananthapuram next month.
The 19th edition of the movie gala, which used to woo a large number of cinema buffs from outside the state in previous years, is scheduled to be held in the capital city from December 12-19.
Of the seven films selected in the section, two are Bengali movies, three Hindi and one Marathi and Tamil each, according to a release by the State Chalachitra Academy, the organiser of the annual event.
Ek Hazarachi Note (Marathi), Gour Hari Dastan and Dagh Ujala (Hindi), Myth Of Kleopatra (Hindi), Pannaiyarum Padminiyum (Tamil), 89 (Bengali) and Nayanchampar Din Ratri (Bengali) have been selected from out of a total 55 films by a selection committee, it said.
Ek Hazarachi Note, directed by Shrihari Sathe, depicts the story of a poor woman who receives a thousand rupee note and the fate followed by it.
Amit Kumar Raj’s film Dagh Ujala highlights the desire to express the lack of freedom in the socio-economic structure of contemporary times.
Myth of Kleopatra by M. Adeyapartha Rajan unveils the coexistence of a saint and a sinner behind the same mask. Gour Hari Dastan is directed by Ananth Narayan Mahadevan. Pannaiyarum Padminiyum, the debut film from Arun Kumar S. U. tells the poignant tale of a landlord and his relationship with a car. The movie 89 by Manoj Michigan is a saga of obsession that revolves around a troubled psychiatrist, a police inspector and a serial killer while Sekhar Das’ Nayanchampar Din Ratri is about a middle-aged lady who travels around eight hours a day to serve as a domestic help in various houses, it said.
The selection committee comprised ace directors Lenin Rajendran, K. Madhupal and M. C. Raja Narayanan. Madhupal said “every year the films are getting better and are infused with new thoughts”.