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Siraj Syed is the India Correspondent for and a member of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics. He is a Film Festival Correspondent since 1976, Film-critic since 1969 and a Feature-writer since 1970. 



IFFI 50: Films scene and partly seen films

IFFI 50: Films scene and partly seen films

As is the norm at film festivals, I walked out of many a film that could not sustain my interest beyond the first few minutes. In one case, I sat till 90 minutes, before deciding that it had gone too far without going anywhere. International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2019, Panaji, November 20-28, will go down as a festival where my choices, and in many cases, films which I had to see because I had no choice, were under-whelmingly disappointing. In fact, I consider my entire trip to Goa to attend IFFI a loss of time, money and effort.

It is completely possible, and even probable, that many other journalists and delegates will have a bone to pick with me when I make such sweeping statements. I have no quarrel with them. Just darn bad luck, I might call it. There are still some films to see, since this being penned on the penultimate day, and may they bring some much-needed solace.

  1. Lingua Franca, Philippines/USA, Isabel Sandoval/Walk-out
  2. Out Stealing Horses, Norway/Sweden/Denmark, Hans Petter Moland/ ***
  3. Stories from the Chestnut Woods, Slovenia/Gregor Bozic/ **
  4. The Science of Fictions, Indonesia, Malaysia/Yosep Anggi Nogen/Walk-out
  5. Watch List/Philippines, USA, Canada/Ben Rekhi/Walk-out
  6. The Infiltrators/USA/Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra/Walk-out
  7. Devil Between the Legs/Mexico/Arturo Ripstein/ Walk-out after 90 minutes (film is 147 minutes long)
  8. The Fourth Wall/China/Zhang Chong and Zhang Bo/Walk-out
  9. The Hero/Russia/Karen Oganesyan/** ½
  10. Beanpole/Russia/Kantemir Balagov/***
  11. Bridge (short)/India/Bikramjit Gupta/**

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About Siraj Syed

Syed Siraj
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Siraj Syed is a film-critic since 1970 and a Former President of the Freelance Film Journalists' Combine of India.

He is the India Correspondent of and a member of FIPRESCI, the international Federation of Film Critics, Munich, Germany

Siraj Syed has contributed over 1,015 articles on cinema, international film festivals, conventions, exhibitions, etc., most recently, at IFFI (Goa), MIFF (Mumbai), MFF/MAMI (Mumbai) and CommunicAsia (Singapore). He often edits film festival daily bulletins.

He is also an actor and a dubbing artiste. Further, he has been teaching media, acting and dubbing at over 30 institutes in India and Singapore, since 1984.

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