The 51st edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which was due in November 2020, is underway after a fair bit of uncertainty caused by the pandemic. The 8-day festival, which happens to be Asia’s oldest, is being held by the banks of the river Mandovi, in Goa.
Even though there weren’t many big releases internationally in 2020, IFFI has managed to string together 220 odd films, both old and new, under various sections. There is no film with the reputation of Parasite (2019), Shoplifters (2018), or Cold War (2018) to look forward to, but here are 12 films to look out for at IFFI this year.
Suk Suk – Hong Kong director Ray Yeung explores the sexuality of two gay men in their 70s in this sensitively told story. Having struggled with their identity for most of their lives, they also have their families to deal with, in the twilight of their lives.
180 Degree Rule – What good is an international film festival without an Iranian film? The story of a school teacher who seeks her husband’s permission to attend a wedding in another city has made waves in the festival circuit.
Berlin Alexanderplatz – As Hitchcock said, the length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder; this 3-hour film doesn’t quite conform to the great director’s advice but this 2020 adaptation of Alfred Döblin’s 1929 cult novel still sounds exciting. It is set in the modern-day, and involves an African immigrant. The great German auteur, Rainer Werner Fassbinder had adapted it as a miniseries in 1980.
The Man Who Sold His Skin – The film stars Monica Belluci and is directed by Kaouther Ben Hania, who made Beauty and the Dogs (2017) – that is a good enough reason to look forward to this film. Not forgetting the fact that it won a couple of awards at the Venice festival.
Spring Blossom – The story of a young girl involved with an older man may sound familiar but Suzanne Lindon’s film has been well received in the festival circuit. And…