• ‘Manhole’ and ‘When the Woods Bloom’ from Malayalam
• Woman Malayalam director for the first time in competition section
Fifteen movies will compete for the Golden Crown Pheasant Award at the 21st International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK). A total of four Indian movies, including two Malayalam films, are in the competition category this time.
For the first time in its history, IFFK features a Malayalam film directed by a woman director, Vidhu Vincent in the competition category. ‘Manhole’ directed by Vidhu Vincent unravels the life and struggles of manhole workers.
Another Malayalam film in the competition category, Dr Biju’s ‘When the woods bloom’, endeavors to depict the story of a policeman who loses his way at a dense forest during his pursuit of a suspected Maoist woman. The film, focusing on gender issues, was selected for screening at many film festivals including Montreal World Film Festival and the International Film Festival of India.
|A still from Maj Rati Keteki directed by Santwana Bardoloi|
The other Indian movies to be screened in competition category are 'The Last Mural' by Saibal Mitra from Bengal and the Assamese silent film 'Maj Rati Keteki' by Santwana Bardoloi. Films of Turkey, Egypt, Philippines, China, South Africa, Ghana, Singapore, Mexico and Iran are also included in the competition section.
Yesim Ustaoglu’s ‘Clair Obscur’, Mohamed Diab’s ‘Clash’, Mustafa Kara’s ‘Cold of Kalandar’, Jun Robles Lana’s ‘Die Beautiful’, Wang Xuebo’s ‘ Knife in the Clear Water’, Brett Michael Innes’ ‘Sink’ and Yang Zhang’s ‘Soul on a String’ are the other films in the competition category.