Monday, August 2, 2021

IFFI: Kaleidoscope section presents best of world cinema for Indian audiences

The Golden Jubilee of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) starts on 20th November in Goa.

Renowned American film critic, Roger Ebert once said, “It’s not about what a movie is about, its how it is about it”.

His words seem to have found an echo in the Kaleidoscope section of 50th IFFI.

The repertoire includes different genres of movies which have already generated traction among critics and cinema lovers alike. What speaks for these films is their calibre in terms of craft, content and filmmaking.

The Kaleidoscope section has 20 films handpicked and curated from various parts of the world.

Movies like Parasite, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Synonyms have already generated a lot of buzz in international circuits. They will be screened at the 50th IFFI. Cannes Best Film winner ” Parasite” directed by Korean Bong Joon-ho, will have its India Premiere at IFFI this year. It’s a dark comedy about the divide between the rich and poor in Korea.

This section also showcases Venice Film Festival Best Actor winner, A Son by Mehdi Barsaoui. The Tunisian director brings both subtlety and depth to the story of a father who discovers he’s not the boy’s biological parent.

Another must-watch is Cannes Jury Prize winner Bacurau. It is a thrilling fantasy drama which also critiques Brazil’s complex socio-polity.

The India Premiere of Locarno Film Festival winner Echo by Rúnar Rúnarsson is another star attraction.

The subject this time is Iceland’s society, in a film revolving around the holidays. The Kaleidoscope section in a way presents the best of world cinema for Indian audiences.

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