The International Film Festival of India (IFFI), organized by the Goa Entertainment Society, kicks off tonight in the coastal city of Panjim, Goa. While the festival courted controversy in 2017, when it arbitrarily knocked down two key films, Durga Sexy and Naked, from the line-up, it seems that the organizers have already anticipated potential problem situations this year.
In an interview, jury member Ujjwal Chatterjee said that of the 45 Malayalam films they watched, many were "anti-national" and "completely rejected". He said: "We have no problems with criticism, but no film should harm the feelings of a certain part of the people. You can not express anti-Indian sentiments."
Although it is not known which films were rejected, the festival from November 20 to 28 will feature 212 films from over 68 countries. Among other attractions, a retrospective of the legendary Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman is one of the main highlights of this edition. Summer With Monika, Wild Strawberries, The Seventh Seal, Person, Autumn Sonata are just some of his films that will be shown at IFFI this year.
In parallel to the festival is the Film Bazaar, organized by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), which brings aspiring writers, filmmakers, producers, sales agents and distributors under the same roof at the Goa Marriott.
Among other things that are more strongly centered in the industry, the bazaar will see the Knowledge Series, curated by Anupama Bose. Sriram Raghavan, coming close to the success of AndhaDhun, is expected to host a talk entitled "The Dark, the Pulpy, and the Love Story", while Sholay director Ramesh Sippy, Udta Punjab Abhishek Chaubey, and Vishal Bhardwaj, will participate in a panel entitled "Changing Directors and Producers."
If you are only interested in movies and not in the themes related to festivals, here are some of the best movies to watch.
The Argentine provocateur is back to do what he does best – to make the stomach of the viewer shake at the same time that increases the adrenaline. In ClimaxNoe explores the worst traits known to mankind as a night of dance rehearsals in a remote French neighborhood turns into a nightmare after one of the troupe members hits the bleeding with LSD. Stylistic, hypnotic and almost unbearable to look away Climax is a psychological thriller that will stay with you. Forever.
Kore-eda Hirokazu's Japanese film is an astonishing portrait of vulnerable family bonds, specifically from a family living on the sidelines. A humanistic drama directed by trademark sensitivity usually associated with the work of Kore-eda, the film won the prestigious Palm Or Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year and became the fourth highest grossing film of 2018 in Japan.
The wild pear tree
Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Turkish film was one of the most acclaimed films to come out of Cannes this year and has enjoyed a constant festival ever since. A story of cutting the heart of a man's quest to become a writer, The wild pear tree offers a distinctive window into the everyday realities of Turkish youth and what it means to abandon their dreams.
The new film by Lijo Jose Pellisser after the disorder Angamaly Diaries is a dark comedy that examines the fragility of life through a delicate relationship between father and son, where the father died suddenly and the son is trying everything in his ability to give him a great funeral, as he had promised. Deeply unsettling and shot with a frighteningly melancholy lens, Eu eau (or Rest in Peace) is easily one of the best Indian films of 2018.
Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra's film about the rise and fall of the Wayyu family narcotic empire in the 1970s in Colombia offers a fascinating insight into the violence-ravaged country. Visually stunning, the film tells the story of the family through a series of five chapters. The film, which was acclaimed by universal critics, was screened in the director's Quintet section at this year's Cannes Film Festival and is Colombia's official entry into the 2019 Oscar.