The 10th Pune International Film Festival is set to kickstart in the city from January 12. The Guide gives you a preview of what's in store for cine buffs
The Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) is back in the city and in its tenth edition it promises to surprise you with a line-up of great films, lots of awards and hobnobbing with the who's who of Indian Cinema. This year, PIFF is showcasing more that 240 films that will be screened at 10 screens across the city.
A tribute to old hands
A tribute section will screen movies with an aim to pay homage to veteran actors. The movie titled Bhimsen Joshi directed by James Beveridge, Midnight Cowboy -- A tribute to John Barry directed by John Schiesinger and Through the eyes of a painter directed by MF Hussain are some of the must-watch movies.
Reels from home
The Marathi cinema segment will feature movies such as Khel Mandla, Yada Yada Hi Dharmasya and reputed director Gajendra Ahire's Nau Savanau Chi Vel Hoti.
The outstanding contribution to Indian cinema award will be given to Amitabh Bacchan and Asha Bhonsle. Actor, director and singer Sachin Pilgaonkar and music composer Illayaraja will be felicitated at the event as well.
From January 12 to 19
At CityPride (Kothrud), R-Deccan (Deccan Gymkhana), CityPride Abhiruchi (Sinhagad Road), E-Square (University Road), Inox (Camp) and NFAI (Law College Road).
Catalogue and ticket fees Rs 500, for film club members, students and senior citizens: Rs. 300. Seats are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Log on to http://www.puneinternationalfilmfestival.com/pdf/piff-10/movie-list.pdf
The Guide's Choice
>> Last days in Jerusalem
Director: Tawfik Abu Wael
Tawfik Abu Wael's feature offers a snapshot into the emotional upheaval of a Palestinian couple's last moments before leaving voluntarily Jerusalem, their native city, to forge a brighter future in France. These last days are days of tearing away from home, tearing apart from what they love and falling apart. The film was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival where it was lauded not only by the critics but the masses as well.
Director: Chukwuma Osakwe
J.U.D.E is a bi-cultural, political and contemporary feature that underscores discrimination among classes, religions, social standing and race, and brings to the fore the essence of true love, determination and the pursuit of excellence.
Comedian Jaspal Bhatti and other personalities from Indian cinema were involved in the making of the movie. Tina Mba and Chief Remy Ohajianya lead a cast of upcoming Nigerian actors including Daniel Lloyd, Lawrence Akabike, Ani Iyoho and Uche Nwaezeapu (GUS 6 winner) who have all delivered formidable performances. A note from the director says, "We urge you to sit back, relax and enjoy the movie. Tell your friends about it. As for me and my team, we know the bar has been raised. We have put in our best to make this movie. Personally, I will be too nervous to enjoy it because I'll be locked in some prayer house, fervently asking the creator to make you love it."
>> Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Director: Wang Jing, Anocha Suwichakornpong, Kaz Cai
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner is an omnibus film featuring the works of three emerging Asian female directors.
Set at different times with breakfast in Nanjing, lunch in Bangkok and dinner in Singapore, the film presents various facets of love through the eyes of Asian girls from three different countries.
>> The Color Wheel
Director: Alex Ross Perry
A comic symphony of disappointment and forgiveness is the best way to describe this movie. it was the official selection for Festival del Film Lacarno, AFI fest, and the Vienna International Film festival.