Nine movies across six Indian languages, aside from Malayalam, will be screened at the 20th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) this December. National Award-winning Assamese filmmaker Manju Bora’s film in the Bodo language, ‘Dau Huduni Methai’ (Song of the Horned Owl) has been selected to be screened in the ‘Indian Cinema Now’ section.
Headlining the ‘Competition’ category is Raj Kahini (No Man’s Land), a Bengali film delving into the grim history of the 1947 Partition. Helmed by multiple National Award-winning director Srijit Mukherji, the movie deals with the consequences of the arbitrarily-drawn Radcliffe line on the 11 residents of a brothel through which runs the line that separates West Bengal from the East.
‘The Violin Player’, Bengali director Bauddhayan Mukherji’s Hindi feature debut about a day in the life of a Bollywood session violinist whose artistic expression finds voice in a most unlikely place, is the other film in this category. This section also boasts a strong field of international and Malayalam movies.
Besides Manju Bora’s ‘Dau Huduni Methai’, the other films, finalised by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy (KSCA), to be showcased in the ‘Indian Cinema Now’ section are Debesh Chatterjee’s Bengali film ‘Natoker Moto’ (Like a Play), Manikandan Mathialagan’s Tamil movie ‘Kutrame Thandani’ (Crime is Punishment), Bengali movie ‘Cinemawallah’ by Kaushik Ganguly, ‘Capital I’, an Odia feature by Amartya Bhattacharya, ‘Nanu Avanalla Avalu’ (I am not He… She) by Kannada film-maker B.S. Lingadevaru and Bengali film-maker Satarupa Sanyal’s ‘Onyo Opalaa’ (Opalaa… The Journey of a Woman).
The movies were shortlisted by a jury comprising film-makers Mohan and Joseph Mathew, documentary maker M.R. Rajan, screenwriter Deedi Damodaran and writer-critic Neelan.
IFFK 2015, Kerala’s premier film festival, will run from December 4-11.