Summary of World Cinema | IFFK 2017

Film: Call Me By Your Name (2017)
Country: USA, Italy, Brazil, France

This is 2017’s most mesmerizing film which ends on a powerful bittersweet chord. This romantic coming-of-age drama dares to portray the unconditional love coated perfectly by a strong Screenplay (James Ivory) and wise Direction (Luca Guadagnino).

The story was so relatable and resonating to the moment which paved the way out of sight leaving a void feeling. I didn’t anticipate how deeply moving this film would be and by the time I made a heartfelt exit, the film became “best film of the year” already. Two major takeaways: Timothée Chalamet and the beguiling Italian landscape. I savored every minute of the film which travels through light, joyful and devastatingly emotional state. What a ravishing cinematic piece! [LINK]

Film: Le Redoutable (2017)
Country: France

The film explores the political period and captures the iconic thoughts of Godard in an amusing manner. It marks the return of Director of the 2011 Oscar Winning Film “The Artist”- Michel Hazanavicius. The Screenplay is staged in an interesting way, often contradicting the thought process and the action. Director Michel tries to incorporate the style of framing and editing the scenes just like Godard did and he succeeds excellently.

While many Cinephiles may find this film as audacious and disrespectful considering the contrary and unacceptable views of the characters, but it’s a comical and satirical ode to the master. [LINK]

Film: 120 Beats Per Minute (2017)
Country: France

120 BPM (Beats Per Minute) by Robin Campillo won the Best Film at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) held in Goa last month. This is a masterpiece which looks at the epidemic in a sobering way. While the Screenplay plays out steadily and eventually engulfs into an emotional wallop. It’s a poignant drama!

The gripping story is upheld by its determining cast consisting of Nahuel Biscayart and Arnaud Valois. While the struggle and the pain resonates, every second of the film is full of life. Exquisitely directed sex scenes are absorbing, the film is ruthless in its erotic approach. The tragedy of the epidemic is severe when put through the lives of homosexual lovers. Public Action may not be effective but this film is as effective and important as it should be without preaching. [LINK]

Film: No Bed of Roses (2017)
Country: Bangladesh, India

Though vague in its presentation, the tantalizing Screenplay holds at key points. It is a quality film with an intriguing narrative and impressive cast. Doob is evenly paced as the Director Mostafa Sarwar Farooki doesn’t spoon-feed the audience. Through long shots and lingering close-ups, the film falls into the lines of – In The Mood For Love.

The melodrama is kept limited while the visual style is pressurized leading a lasting impression. Irrfan Khan has graced wonderfully and here he delivers a sensitive performance. A mix of contemporary and classical sounds, the background Score by Pavel Arin evokes pain and soul-stirring additional weight-age to the interpretation of the film.

Film: Dogs And Fools (2017)
Country: Iran

While the winds howl and clouds visit the village more often than people in the remote location at the border of Iran near the snow-cladded, the film focused on loss, destruction, and insanity. Even the day is dark, mostly in silhouettes and passionately directed. Though it starts as a clumsy and coping up with the characters is difficult with many characters accompanied by the voice of the old narrator. Everything is torn in the village, the older generation can’t help the younger as a family is falling apart.

Miscommunication and misunderstanding occur more before I knew that it’s a simple old worn out story told from an Iranian perspective. Synopsis: a man is missing while his wife is pregnant. The woman gives birth in hiding since the villagers accuse her of prostitution. The man returns back devastated and failed while the evidence suggesting an extramarital affair drives him crazy. And he suspects her of the same with a young Kurd widower. It’s so heartening to watch the growth of Iranian Cinema. [WATCH TRAILER]

Film: Colo (2017)
Country: France, Portugal

In Portugal, a father, a mother and a daughter’s daily lives are being subsumed by the effects of the economic crisis. As the tension grows with silence and guilt in the drab slab of anti-social realism, the number of audiences was rapidly finding their way out of the screening. A Competition-contender at the 67 Berlin Film Festival, the director Teresa Villaverde aspires honestly to show the alienating effects of capitalism which hits hard the family. There’s a family collapse, attempted suicide, teenage pregnancy, harming oneself and insanity in the tedious film which needs much more patience than just standing 15 minutes in the queue for the same film.

As the film slowly proceeds, there is estrangement and alienation within the family which causes an immediate effect upon the audience too(?). With some clever shots and long silences with long wife shots, the apathy prevailed and by the end of this challenging and un-engaging saga, from 100 only 30 were left in a state of bewilderment. Even though the film put out its sole aim to showcase the effects of capitalism and social realism, an insight into the Portugal life was satisfying but was highly let down by its writing. [LINK]
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