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IFFI Goa 2015, Festival Diary, II

IFFI Goa 2015, Festival Diary, II

To be held from November 20th to 30 2015 in Panaji, Goa, Goa, the 46th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will showcase movies across several sections, including World Cinema, Indian Panorama, Country Focus, International Competition, Retrospectives, Tributes, First Cut, Workshops, Master Classes,  and more. IFFI is organised by the Directorate of Film Festivals, Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India, in association with the State Government of Goa.

The Indian Panorama section will showcase 26 Feature and 21 Non-Feature films. Selected by a jury, led by well-known film-maker from the North-East, Aribam Syam Sharma, comprised 13 members, who deliberated over 28 days.

The final list of selected films contains 7 Bengali, 1 Bodo (spoken in Assam), 5 Hindi, 1 Kannada, 1 Konkani, 4 Malayalam, 4 Marathi, 1 Sanskrit, 1 Tamil, 1 Wancho (spoken in Arunachal Pradesh) films. 

Directed by Vinod Mankara, Priyamanasam is the only third movie ever to be made in Sanskrit, and is based on one of the greatest poets who lived in Kerala during the late 17th century, Unnayi Warrier, and wrote the masterpiece, Nalacharitham Attakadha.

Directed by Buddhadeb Dasgupta, the Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa (the strange tale of Anwar) is the story of a detective called Anwar, who suddenly decides to follow himself and not anyone else.   

Radiopetti, the first Tamil film to win an award at the Busan Film Festival, is the a story of an old man, Arunachalam, who finds solace in his past, especially when listening to musical melodies of his younger days, on a vintage radio set that his father gave him. The Head Hunter, directed by Mumbai-based film-maker from Assam Nilanjan Datta, is the first film in the Wancho language of Arunachal Pradesh. The film revolves around an old man from a forgotten tribe of India, dreaded for its practice of head hunting.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan is a commercial block-buster that makes a strong case for cross-border amity. Rajkahini, The Silence, Masaan, Dau Huduni Methai and Court have been screened at other festivals in Mumbai and elsewhere. Masaan, I can confirm, is an achievement, no less.  Rajkahini flattered to deceive, while The Silence was a let-down. Manju Borah has made better films than Dau Huduni Methai. Hope to catch Bajrangi at IFFI.

Selection

Feature Films

Sr. No.

Title of Film

Language

Director

1.

Radiopetti

Tamil

Hari Viswanath

2.

Nanu Avanalla…….Avalu

Kannada

B.S. Lingadevaru

3.

Ramsingh Charile

Hindi

Nitin Kakkar

4.

The Head Hunter

Wancho (Arunachali)

Nilanjan Datta

5.

Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa

Hindi

Buddhadeb Dasgupta

6.

Rajkahini

Bengali

Srijit Mukherji

7.

Pakaram

Bengali

Sankar Debnath

8.

Nachom-ia Kumpasar

Konkani

Bardroy Barretto

9.

Lukka Chuppi

Malayalam

Bash Mohammed

10.

The Silence

Marathi

Gajendra Ahire

11.

Nanak Shah Fakir

Hindi

A.K. Bir

12.

Priyamanasam

Sanskrit

Vinod Mankara

13.

Sohra Bridge

Bengali

Bappaditya Bandopadhyay

14.

Ottaal

Malayalam

Jayaraj

15.

Katyar Kaljat Ghusali

Marathi

Subodh Bhave

16.

Cinemawala

Bengali

Kaushik Ganguly

17.

Natoker Moto

Bengali

Debesh Chatterjee

18.

Ain

Malayalam

Sidhartha Siva

19.

Koti

Marathi

Suhaas Surykant Bhosale

20.

Masaan

Hindi

Neeraj Ghaywan

21.

Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal

Malayalam

Dr. Biju

22.

Kadambari

Bengali

Suman Ghosh

23.

Onyo Opalaa

Bengali

Satarupa Sanyal

24.

Dau Huduni Methai

Bodo

Manju Borah

25.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Hindi

Kabir Khan

26.

Court

 

Marathi

Chaitanya Tamhan

Non-Feature Films

S.No.

Title of Film

Language

Director

1.

Goonga Pehelwan

Hindi

i.  Mit Jani

ii.  Prateek Gupta

iii. Vivek Chaudhary

2.

Even Red Can be Sad

English

Amit Dutta

3.

Sadabahar Brass Band

Marathi

Tushar More

4.

Daughters of Mother India

English, Hindi

Vibha Bakshi

5.

Every Time You Tell A Story

English, Ao, Nagamese

i. Ruchika Negi

ii. Amit Mahanti

6.

Breaking Free

English

Sridhar Rangayan

7.

Aamaar Katha : A Story of Binodini

Bengali

Tuhinabha Majumdar

8.

I Cannot Give You My Forest

Kui

i.  Nandan Saxena

ii.   Kavita Bahl

9.

What The Fields Remembers

English, Bengali

Subasri Krishnan

10.

Seek And Hide

Hindi

Manoj K Nitharwal

11.

Ujantali

Bengali

Som Chakraborty

12.

Ore Udal

Malayalam

Asha Achy Joseph

13.

Chinese Whispers

English, Hindi

Charu Shree Roy

14.

Spaces Between

English

i.  Roohi Dixit

ii. Ziba Bhagwagar

15.

Benegal’s New Cinema

English, Hindi

Iram Ghufran

16.

Jai Ho – A Film on A.R. Rahman

English

Umesh Aggarwal

17.

Phum Shang

Manipuri

Haobam Paban Kumar

18.

Gunjaa

Bhojpuri

Mrinal Dev

19.

Daddy Grandpa & My Lady

English

Kim Jung Hyun

20.

Kamakshi

Marathi, Hindi, English

Satindar Singh Bedi

21.

Tender is the Sight

 

Bengali

Torsha Banerje

 

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About Siraj Syed

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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 FilmFestivals.com 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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