We tell you which films to catch on day two of the Jagran Film Festival
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Death & Tanya
Director: Taishi Shiode
Lowdown: This 80-minute long film is as dark as it gets. A grim reaper shows human tendencies when he runs into a woman. Romance might seem like an awkward possibility, but it can’t be ruled out. No wonder, the film has been billed as groundbreaking.
The Woods are Still Green
Director: Marko Nabersnik
Lowdown: During World War I, a cruel fight for humanity and dignity rages on at a height of 2200 meters on the
Italian front. The film is about Austrian-Hungarian soldiers during the war and is set against the backdrop of a trench, not to mention scores of death bodies on both sides of it.
Director: Tamar Van Den Dop
Lowdown: Meis is fifteen and lives in the back of beyond and aspires to a grand and stirring life. With the passing of the time, she’s basically waiting for the next car to pull in front of her house. And it does.
Director: Soumik Sen
Lowdown: Here a group of pink saree-clad women decide to take matters into their own hands.
Juhi Chawla and Madhuri Dixit in Gulaab Gang, where pink saree-clad women deal with matters in their own way
Interestingly, the greatest obstacle they face is not a man but a woman who prefers to stand on the spectrum.
To Kill a Man
Director: Alejandro Fernandez
Lowdown: Jorge, a hard-working and poor guy, and his family are terrorised by local criminal Kalule’s clan. Jorge’s teenage son boldly tries to stand up for his father, resulting in Kalule’s murdering the boy. Guilt and crime dominate this film.
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Director: Arun Kumar
Lowdown: The film dwells on the relationship between technology and rural reality; it throws light on how technology raises the status of a commoner in an otherwise ignorant village. However, there’s a price to pay as obstacles come up when he decides to own a car.
Director: Laxman Utekar
Lowdown: The story revolves around a postman visiting a remote rural village and meeting a school-going boy.
A still from Tapaal that tells the story of a postman who visits a remote village
Eventually it becomes a matter of honour and respect as the bond between the villagers and the postman grows.
Kya Dilli Kya Lahore
Director: Vijay Raaz
Lowdown: In 1948, two soldiers on either side of the LOC are caught in a crossfire, and they have little idea what they are getting into. Bullets fly early on, but eventually, words matter more as they engage in a delightful conversation about peace.
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Director: Jean Renoir
Lowdown: An anti-war film that takes place during World War I, this French film was the first foreign film to receive the Best Picture Oscar nomination. It revolves around a French captain who is willing to risk his life just to ensure that others escape.
Director: Kryiacos Tofarides
Lowdown: The movie is about a dysfunctional family that is forced to move into a small house in the wildnerness due to a financial crisis. Life changes when the place becomes the centre of national and international attention.
Director: Luigi Acquisto and Bety Reis
Lowdown: The first ever full-length feature film to come out of East Timor, the film’s plot is woven around the story of Martin Guerre in 16th century France.
Beatriz’s War is the first full-length feature film to come out of East Timor
Guerre then fatefully moves to East Timor during the Indonesian occupation. It is in competition in the International Film category.
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A Political Story: A realistic film from a final-year film student named Lander Camarero, it is a fresh perspective on what is driving modern politics.
Cholera: The inhabitants of a fictional country take the law into their own hands, and face severe consequences but it’s not easy to blame them for what they did.
Democracia: A Spanish filmmaker presents a bold short film on how the manager of a company proposes a bold plan to boost the morale of his co-workers.
Hotzanak, you’re your own safety: In those places where the soul wanders and the body remains without a shelter —that’s how this short film has been described.
Here Cyrus Dastur, founder of the biggest short film club in the country, Shamiana, will discus the wide scope of a short film. Also present will be Sameer Modi, CEO of Pocket Films, Manoj Srivastava, founder,
Short Film Centre and Ioakim Milonas, director of the Cyprus International Film Festival.
Dibakar Banerjee will share their his opinions on the celluloid world with Manoj Srivastava as part of this conversation.
This apart, there will also be a discussion titled Coffee Table, which will have cinematographer Madhu Ambat, National Award-winning filmmaker Kavita Lankesh and Polish actor Milkhael Kristof participate.