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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 Goa 2015, Festival Diary, VII


IFFI Goa 2015, Festival Diary, VII

This is being written the day before the closing ceremony, where the winners will be announced. I have missed Filosofi Kopi (Philosophy Coffee, Indonesia), Labyrinth of Lies (Germany) and Journey to the Shore (Japan/France). Moreover, one competition film has yet to be screened, so my front-runner list may face an upset. But then, the upset can come anyway, if the jury’s opinions differ from mine.

So, these are the films I have seen, and my favourites from the playing eleven I have seen are … read on!

3000 Nights: Palestine/France/Lebanon/Jordan: **1/2

Cinemawala: India: **

Eisenstein in Guanajuato: Netherlands/Mexico: ***

Embrace of the Serpent: Colombia/Venezuela/Argentina: ****

Enclave: Serbia/Germany: ****

Kapo in Jerusalem: Israel: **

Natoker Moto: India: **

The Man Who Became a Horse: Iran: **

Mustang: Turkey: ***

Rams: Iceland: **1/2

Sealed Cargo: Bolivia/Mexico/Venezuela/France: ***1/2

So, so far, it is a toss between Enclave and Embrace of the Serpent. Maybe both will win a prize each.

The countdown has begun!

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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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