The packed schedule for the 20th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), which is set to screen nearly 180 movies from December 5-11, has made room for a handful of talented, first-time directors.
Their debut features will show in the ‘First Look’ segment of the prestigious festival, and include works from China, Europe, South America and Africa. Most of the films have been lauded on the festival circuit and some have picked up awards at some of the important international festivals.
Amongst the same list lies the film, ‘My Skinny Sister’. This Swedish-German work by Sanna Lenken, which will show at Kairali on December 5 and Sree on December 6, is the story of protagonist Stella’s big sister Katja, who is hiding an eating disorder. The film considers with warmth and humour the impact that the problem makes on the family.
Other is Gan Bi’s Chinese flick, ‘Kaili Blues’, which won the Best Emerging Director at Locarno among other awards, will be screened at Dhanya on December 5 and in Remya on December 6. It is the story of lonely Dr Chen Sheng of the Kaili clinic who goes in search of his abandoned nephew.
‘The Thin Yellow Line’, also an award-winner, is Mexican director Celso R Garcia’s drama about five men who are hired to paint the median line of a 200 km road under a blazing sun. The film shows in New Screen 1 on December 7, Dhanya onDecember 8 and Remya on December 10.
Other films in the list are: ‘Land and Shade’, a film that picked up awards and special mentions at Cannes, Poland’s Tofi Fest, the Mumbai Film Festival among others; ‘Lamb’, ‘Hopefuls’ and ‘600 Miles’.