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A Woman As a Friend
Director: Giovanni Veronisi
Lowdown: Two free spirited non-conformist women, Claudia and Francesco, are cheerful, exuberant and unfathomable. There are no secrets between them but things change when one of them falls for a man who is a stranger.
Director: Alice Nellis
Lowdown: Four musicians, whose rock band broke up in 1972, reunite for a comeback in this sweet, smart and funny tragicomedy that boasts of some good performances, witty dialogue, a snappy pace, and a generous dose of humour.
Farewell to the Moon
Director: Dick Tuinder
Lowdown: In the summer of 1972, on the ninth floor of a tower block, a new resident - an artist - moves in. Soon, everything will change for a 12-year-old boy. Meanwhile, he focuses on his passions, including a trip to the moon.
Director: Hansal Mehta
Lowdown: The film opens with the murder of Shahid Azmi (Rajkummar Rao) and goes into the flashback mode where the story of this lawyer-cum-human rights activist unfolds.
The film narrates how Shahid is awakened after being exposed to violence during the riots.
Outside the Law
Director: Rachid Bouchareh
Lowdown: This story takes place between 1945 and 1962, and focuses on the lives of three Algerian brothers in France. The film is set against the backdrop of the Algerian independence movement and the Algerian War. This 2010 film was nominated for the Oscars.
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Director: KR Manoj
Lowdown: This Malayalam film delves deep into the matrix of body, desire, pleasure and guilt.
The film throws light on the less known landscapes of regional cinema and closely looks at its history.
Director: Deepti Kakkar, Fahad Mustafa
Lowdown: In Kanpur, an electricity thief provides Robin Hood style services to the poor in the face of daylong power-cuts.
Meanwhile, the first female chief of the local electricity supply company has vowed to put an end to all illegal connections.
Dil Vil Pyar Vyar
Director: Manjeet Mann
Lowdown: The story revolves around a man who vows celibacy in order to raise his younger brothers. This leads to a situation where his grownup brothers too follow suit but with a catch: they have an active love life outside home.
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Director: Ashok Sharan
Lowdown: The 120-minute Hindi film is based on the life of legendary freedom fighter, Birsa Munda. The film showcases the socio-economic and political events between 1875 and 1900 that led to the revolution; it was, in fact, an indigenous uprising against the British Raj in Ranchi.
Director: Bimal Roy
Lowdown: One of the earliest films to deal with reincarnation, this is the first and only collaboration between Roy and Ritwik Ghatak.
Boasting of a gothic noir feel, this was also among their most commercially successful films.
Director: Adonis Floridis and Theodoros Nikolaidis
Lowdown: This film revolves around mistaken identity and perceptions about nationality. An illegal immigrant arrives in Cyprus, thinking he is in Italy. This story follows him and other people who live on the margins of the society, and a veil of hypocrisy is revealed.
Minding the movie business As part of the morning discussion, a panel consisting of Vivek Rangachari of DAR Motion Pictures, Utpal Acharya of Reliance Entertainment, and TP Agrawal of Star Entertainment will discuss investments in films and whether it’s a losing proposition or a viable option.
In the afternoon, the Coffee Table conversation section will have singer Sukhwinder Singh talk about his journey in the film industry.