Fazil Razak makes a promising debut

Human beings are bound to have a breaking point, the limit till which they can take all the pain and sufferings that life throws at them. Geetha, the protagonist of Fazil Razak’s Thadavu (The Sentence) being screened in the international competition category at the 28th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), does not seem to … Read more

Amid IFFK, open revolt in Kerala State Chalachitra Academy against chairman Ranjith

Even as the week-long 28th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) is set to conclude here on Friday, trouble seems to be brewing within the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, the organiser of the festival, with a group of nine members of the academy’s general council demanding the State government to remove chairman Ranjith, who has … Read more

IFFK 2023: Ennennum uses a sci-fi setting to explore the changing shades of a relationship

A wish for immortality probably lies latent in the minds of many. It is a wish that becomes reality for the protagonists of Shalini Ushadevi’s film Ennennum (Now and Forever), being screened in the Malayalam Cinema Today section at the 28th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK). But, rather than the immense possibilities of immortality, … Read more

IFFK 2023: In Terrestrial Verses, ordinary Iranians navigate repression in daily lives

A scene from Terrestrial Verses. Underground political workers, subversive figures all have occupied the centre of the narrative in powerful political films that have come out of Iran over the years. But in Terrestrial Verses, directed by Alireza Khatami and Ali Asgari, being screened in the world cinema category at the 28th International Film Festival … Read more

IFFK 2023: Jonathan Glazer’s The Zone of Interest paints a chilling image of the banality of evil

A still from the The Zone of Interest. Holocaust films often come with their set of expected images, hardly any of which we get to see in Jonathan Glazer’s The Zone of Interest, being screened in the world cinema category at the 28th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK). Instead, much of the time we … Read more

IFFK 2023: Pinochet dictatorship’s after-effects are still being felt in Chile, says Chilean filmmaker

Chilean filmmaker Felipe Carmona, director of Prison in the Andes | Photo Credit: S.R.Praveen For Chilean filmmaker Felipe Carmona, the 17-year-long dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet that ended in 1990 is not just something that happened in the past, but a defining era, the after-effects of which are still playing out in his country. Mr. Carmona’s … Read more

IFFK 2023: Some space to showcase camaraderie that defy racial and national lines

A still from Ken Loach’s ‘The Old Oak’ People’s solidarity across racial and national lines may look like an anachronistic idea at a time when animosities are fuelled and lines are drawn between people at the micro and macro level. Watching such solidarity becoming a reality on screen may perhaps be of some comfort. A … Read more

IFFK 2023: Prasanna Vithanage’s ‘Paradise’ film lands as an unexpected punch in the gut

Police officers trot out myriad excuses for going slow with an investigation, but in Prasanna Vithanage’s ‘Paradise’, being screened in the World Cinema category at the 28th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), the sergeant supposed to lead an investigation into a robbery utters perhaps one of the most outlandish, yet basic, excuses for not … Read more

IFFK 2023: Prasanna Vithanage’s ‘Paradise’ lands as an unexpected punch in the gut

A still from ‘Paradise’ Police officers trot out myriad excuses for going slow with an investigation, but in Prasanna Vithanage’s ‘Paradise’, being screened in the World Cinema category at the 28th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), the sergeant supposed to lead an investigation into a robbery utters perhaps one of the most outlandish, yet … Read more

IFFK 2023: It took a village to make Sthal

Filmmaker Jayant Digambar Somalkar  | Photo Credit: S.R.Praveen It literally took a village for Jayant Digambar Somalkar to make his debut film Sthal (A Match), set in his childhood home in his native village, and starring non-actors from the region. The Marathi film, which earlier this year became the only film to be chosen for … Read more