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With themes of Love and War, 86 movies make it to the Global Category

Web Desk(Tvm)Updated: Sunday Mar 13, 2022

The International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK 2022) will showcase the cinematic expertise of 86 filmmakers, predominantly from the European and Asian continents. Films from over 60 counties with France, Germany and Spain films dominating the section, entries from numerous other countries also makes it to the list.

The popular World Cinema category at IFFK will feature many award-winning films, including the Oscar-nominated Drive My Car. The Cannes Film Festival winners Ripples of Life, Prayers For The Stolen and Nadav Lapid's Ahed's Knee; the Venice Film Festival winner, Sun Children; and Brighton 4th, which has won various awards including the coveted Best Film title at the Asian World Film Festival as well as the three top award at the Tribeca Film Festival, are some of the movies that will be screened in this category.

The two-time Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi’s A Hero, a film which is an unusual combination of drama, moral fable and a thriller; Radu Jude’s Bad Luck Banging and Carlos Suara’s musical drama, The King of All the World, are among the celebrated movies that will be screened under this category. From France comes A Tale of Love and Desire, which revolves around a young man who falls for his classmate and his struggles to reconcile his physical urges with his cultural values.                                                                                            

An interesting aspect this year is the participation of 23 women filmmakers in this category. Among them, Maria Schrader's film I'm Your Man, which explores various facets of what it means to be a human in the modern age, finds pride of place.

Two Indian films have made it to this prestigious category - Natesh Hegde’s debut film Pedro and Two Friends by Prasun Chatterjee. Pedro… revolves around the events following the accidental killing of a cow, throwing light on themes such as the struggle against exploitation, exclusion, and prejudice.

The films being screened under IFFK 2022’s World Cinema category indicate a global trend of social concern among filmmakers. Blerta Basholli’s Albanian-language drama Hive, about a widow’s fight against a patriarchal system; Manolo Nieto’s Spanish drama The Employer and the Employee, which discusses the convoluted relationship of people with happiness, fre edom and work; Bolat Kalymbetov's Mukagali, a biopic of the Kazakh poet who became the symbol of the nation’s struggle for independence; and Péter Kerekes' 107 Mothers, which depicts real-life stories of motherhood in Ukraine across society, are some of the acclaimed movies that will be screened under this category.