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A still from Takao Dancer
Director: Hwang Ouchul
Lowdown: A romantic drama that scores high on style and French New Wave references, this is a film that traces
the complex relationships between three Taiwanese people from their younger years to their adulthood.
Director: Vikas Bahl
Lowdown: A Punjabi girl from a conservative family is in for a shock when her fiancé tells her that he’s not interested in marrying her. What she does next is what one is supposed to do when it’s not clear what’s going on: travel far and wide.
Director: Mariana Rondon
Lowdown: Junior is a 9-year-old with bad hair and he wants to straighten his locks for ensure he looks ‘good’ in the yearbook album. This puts
him at odds with his mother who doesn’t agree with his idea of what is acceptable and what isn’t.
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Shudh Desi Romance
Director: Maneesh Sharma
Lowdown: Set in Jaipur, the film explores today’s generation’s views about commitment, live-in relationships and love marriages as opposed to arranged marriages in small town India.
Director: Sekhar Das
Lowdown: This film shows a day in the life of a middle-aged woman who travels eight hours a day to come to the city to work as a maid in different households and returns home at night. Here city lives strike a contrast against her personal tragic life.
Director: Bimal Roy
Lowdown: The movie tells the story of a woman prisoner serving a life imprisonment for murder. However, she is the quintessential all-suffering, selfless woman and she’s tested when she’s forced to choose between a loving doctor and a man from her past.
Director: Manish Harishankar
Lowdown: An NRI girl returns to India to start a school in a village in north Bihar. It takes time before she realises the hardship that she’s going to encounter in this otherwise serene locale. To make matters worse, the political-criminal nexus comes into play.
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Mangal Pandey-The Rising
Director: Ketan Mehta
Lowdown: The film, set in 1857 India, focuses on the soldier who is credited with leading the first pan-India revolt against the British Empire. However, his commitment to the uprising is accompanied by his affection for a widow.
Director: Stelana Kliris
Lowdown: Hailing from the island country of Cyprus, the story is a romantic comedy about a man who takes to the road to escape the pressure of proposing to his girlfriend only to come across a bride who has just run out on her wedding.
Jules and Jim
Director: Francois Truffaut
Lowdown: This French classic is a proof about the filmmaker’s comfort with tackling even the most complex of human relationships. The film focuses on a ménage a trois where three characters are madly in love but the question is, with whom?
Director: Serve Bozon
Lowdown: This war drama is about a woman whose husband is away fighting in World War I; she embarks on an arduous journey after receiving a troubling letter. It’s only because of a futile war that the truth about a nation comes out in the open.
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A panel discussion on ‘What do directors look for?’ will be held with filmmaker Anubhav Sinha, actor Arjan Bajwa, director Sanjay Gadhvi, actress Priyanka Bose and casting director Atul Mongia sharing the dais.
Hansal Mehta, director of the National Award-winning Shahid (2013), is slated to be a part of a Meet the Director discussion. He’ll share his thoughts on the state of films in the country.
Actor Manoj Bajpai will be talking about his life as an actor with Ajay Brahmatmaj of Jagran under the Coffee Table section.