IFFK 2014: A 140 Film Feast
Marco Bellachio is the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement award; 14 movies, including 4 Indian movies, are competing for the prestigious Golden Crow Pheasant Award | By Yentha
On Nov 27, 2014


Trivandrum: The 19th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) will showcase 140 films from all over the world. Out of which 14 movies are competing for the prestigious Golden Crow Pheasant Award.

The film festival will bundle movies in 10 packages, including the competition section. The highly anticipated World Cinema category has 61 films from over 37 countries. ‘One on One’, by the acclaimed filmmaker Kim Ki Duk will also be screened.

Turkish film industry is celebrating its centenary and so the ‘Country Focus’ section has been totally dedicated to Turkey.  Eight films of acclaimed Turkish filmmakers will be screened. Among these ‘I am not him’, ‘Sivas’ and ‘Come to my voice’ - appreciated and acknowledged by film intellectuals are being screened.

The competition category will have 14 movies in which Morocco and Iran represents two films each while one film comes from Bangladesh, Brazil, Japan, Argentina, Mexico and South Korea. Four Indian films are short-listed for this category.

Seven Malayalam movies form the ‘Malayalam Cinema Today’ section. Ranjith’s ‘Njan’ starring Dulquer Salmaan and debutant Abrid Shine’s sports drama ‘1983’ with  Nivin Pauly in lead and ‘Oraal Pokkam’ helmed by first-timer Sanal Kumar Sasidharan will be among those screened in this section.

The Indian Panorama features seven films from Bengali, Hindi, Marathi and Tamil. Among these are Bengali movie ‘89’, Tamil movie ‘Pannaiyarum Padminiyum’ and ‘Myth of Kleopatra’.

Films by Buster Keaton and Miklos Jancso are part of the Retrospective category. Buster Keaton is in the list of seven ever-greatest directors according to a list published by Entertainment Weekly. The restored version of his 1926 movie ‘The General’ is expected to be screened in this section. Miklos Jancso’s five movies will be also be showcased in this section. He has a special reputation for making movies with social relevance.

Films from Danis Tanovic, Hany Abu-Assad and Naomi Kawase form the Contemporary Master category. There is also a French and Chinese package which consists of 13 films.


The Italian creative mastermind Marco Bellachio is the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement award. His film ‘My Mother’s Smile’ will be screened at the festival.
In the Jury Film category, Xie Fei’s films, ‘Oilmaker’s family’, ‘Black snow’ & ‘A girl from Hunan’ will be screened. ‘Night of Silence’ by Reis Celik, ‘Vaastupurush’ by Sumitra Bhave  are also expected to be screened.

This year’s jury is led by internationally acclaimed Chinese filmmaker and film pedagogue, Xie Fei. Lawrence Kardish, the curator of the Museum Of Moving Arts, Klaus Eder, famous critic and general secretary FIPRESCI, Turkish director Reis Celik and renowned Marathi filmmaker Sumitra Bhave are the other members of the jury.


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I think you should have also mentioned the 2 Malayalam films selected in the competition category
UNNIKRISHNAN B M, on Nov 27, 2014 08:48:41 PM
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