MK Raghavendra, film/literary scholar, theorist, critic and writer, who is also on the jury of the Bengaluru International Film Festival that is currently going on in the city gives us his pick of the films:
BIFFES looks good and there are several films worth seeing – especially the Homage section for freshers and the films in the French Comedy section.
Here is a list I’ve compiled with key points in brackets, with my personal recommendations underlined:
Cinema of the World: Aquarius (IFFK fav), Clash (IFFK fav), Dogs (Romania, creepy), Graduation (Romania, satirical), I Daniel Blake (Ken Loach, realism), Its only the end of the World (French prodigy), Paradise (Konchalovsky), Scarred Hearts (Romania, bizarre, director of Aferim), Sieranevada (Romania, important director), The Salesman (Asghar Farhadi), The Student (Serebrennikov of Yuri’s Day), The Wailing (Korean horror), Warehoused (absurdist, IFFK fav), Ma Rosa (Philippines, realism)
Homage: The Gang of Four (Rivette), Pierrot Le Fou (Godard), Who Knows (Rivette), Weekend (Godard), Z (political film classic)
French comedy: Lovers Like Us (Deneuve/Montand), La Chevre (Depardieu, Pierre Richard)
FIPRESCI Prize Winners: Anna’s Life (Georgia)
Retrospectives: Zoltan Fabri, Haskell Wexler (excellent Documentaries), Buddhadev Dasgupta (Dooratwa is recommended)
For those who can spare the time, this is a better festival that IFFI and IFFK in 2016, both of which I attended.
From Feb 2 – 9
Where: PVR Cinemas, Orion Mall, Malleswaram East in Bengaluru and
Inox Cinemas, Mall of Mysore, Mysuru
check out the schedule at : http://biffes.in/