The 54th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa showcases cinematic brilliance with 15 exceptional films vying for the prestigious Golden Peacock Award. This elite selection comprises 12 international and 3 Indian films, each a testament to the artistry and diversity of global cinema.
IFFI; GOLDEN PEACOCK
The Golden Peacock Award, a symbol of filmmaking excellence, is one of the world’s esteemed honors. This year’s jury, led by Chairperson Shekhar Kapoor and including industry veterans like Jose Luis Alcaine, Jerome Paillard, Catherine Dussart, and Helen Leake, has the challenging task of recognizing the best among these outstanding films.
IFFI; FILM HIGHLIGHTS
Woman Of (Original title – Kobieta Z) The Other Widow (Original Title – Pilegesh): Director: Ma’ayan Rypp A dark, comedic coming-of-age story by Israeli director Ma’ayan Rypp, exploring the life of Ella, a modern single woman navigating love, loss, and mourning with a unique twist.
The Party of Fools (Original Title – Captives): Director: Arnaud Des Pallières Delving into female solidarity, this French film follows Fanni’s quest for a destiny beyond societal expectations, set against the backdrop of the ‘Party of Fools.’
Measures Of Men (Original Title – Der Vermessene Mensch): Director: Lars Kraume A haunting portrayal of German ethnologist Alexander Hoffmann’s moral dilemma in the 19th-century Berlin genocide, directed by Lars Kraume.
Lubo: Director: Giorgio Diritti A 1939 Italian-Swiss drama depicting Lubo’s journey as a nomad, a busker turned soldier, seeking justice for his family amidst the threat of a German invasion.
Hoffman’s Fairy Tales (Original Title: Skazki Gofmana): Director: Tina Barkalaya Set in the early 2000s, this Russian film unfolds Nadezhda’s transformation from a timid woman in a challenging marriage to a sought-after hand model reshaping her destiny.
Endless Borders (Original Title: Marzhaye bi Payan): Director: Abbas Amini A gripping drama set against the rise of the Taliban, following Ahmad’s journey as an exiled Iranian teacher confronting prejudice and forbidden love.
Die Before Death (Original Title: Umri Prije Smrti): Director: Ahmed Imamovic A Bosnian film portraying Zlatan, a gynecologist’s journey of seeking answers to his conflicts and finding the victory of life over death.
Bosnian Pot (Original Title: Bosanski Lonac): Director: Pavo Marinković The story of Faruk, a Bosnian writer facing deportation, forced to prove his cultural contribution to Austrian society, leading to a transformative adventure.
Blaga’s Lessons (Original Title: Urotcite na Blaga): Director: Stephan Komandarev A Bulgarian film exploring the moral transformation of Blaga, a recently widowed teacher, who becomes a scammer after falling victim to telephone fraud.
Asog: Director: Seán Devlin A unique narrative incorporating documentary elements, following Rey, a non-binary teacher and typhoon survivor, on a surreal road trip to fame, exploring climate change and LGBTQ+ issues.
Andragogy (Original Title: Budi Pekerti): Director: Wregas Bhanuteja A drama featuring Sha Ine Febriyanti as a school teacher whose reputation and career prospects are jeopardized after a viral video, directed by Wregas Bhanuteja.
Kantara (2022): Director: Rishab Shetty Set in the fictional village of Dakshina Kannada, this critically acclaimed Kannada film explores the ideological conflict between humans and nature, directed by Rishab Shetty.
Sanaa (2023): Director: Sudhanshu Saria A national award-winning filmmaker, Sudhanshu Saria’s film follows Sanaa, a financial advisor in Mumbai, on a journey of self-reflection during an unexpected pregnancy.
Mirbeen (2023): Director: Mridul Gupta The only film from Assam in the prestigious forum, ‘Mirbeen’ explores the life of its central character amidst fratricidal clashes and ethnic conflicts in Karbi land in 2005.
This carefully curated selection of films at IFFI 54 presents a captivating mosaic of cinematic storytelling, offering audiences a glimpse into the rich tapestry of global cinema. Each film brings a unique perspective, contributing to the festival’s celebration of diversity and creativity in filmmaking.