170 films from 18 languages: a filmy treat for movie buffs in Bengaluru


The 8th edition of Bengaluru International Film Festival is all set to begin on January 28th 2015. Here are the highlights, according to a press note:

  • The 8th Bengaluru International Film Festival which is being conducted from January 28th to February 4th will witness many firsts.
  • For the first time, the Chief Minster is leading the International Film Festival’s Organising Committee. The Minster for Information and Public Relations is the executive Chairman.  Actress and Member Legislative Council Smt. Jayamala is the artistic Director. 
  • The 8th edition of Bengaluru International Film Festival will be held in Bengaluru and Mysuru simultaneously. The inauguration of the Festival will be held on the evening of Thursday, January 28th at Vidhana Soudha, and the closing ceremony and award distribution on the evening of Thursday, February 4th at Mysuru.
  • Regular screenings for delegates will commence on January 29th. The screenings will be held for the first time under one roof at 11 screens in PVR Cinemas, Orion Mall, Rajajinagar, Bengaluru and at 4 screens in INOX Cinemas, Mall of  Mysuru.
  • Over 170 films from 61 countries will be screened in this 7-day festival.
  • There will be three Competition sections: Asian Competition (12 films); Indian Competition (13 films); Kannada Competition (15 films)
  • There will be an additional International Jury for Kannada Cinema.
  • Like in the previous editions, the films will be screened under:
    1. Contemporary Cinema of world
    2. Country Focus: Mexico, Iran, Turkey
    3. Directors’ Retrospectives: Istvan Szabo of Hungary and Nils Malmros of Denmark
    4. Artist Retrospective: Dr. B. Sarojadevi
    5. Dada Saheb Phalke Award Winners’ Vintages :  Mrinal Sen, Adoor Gopalakrishnan
    6. Tributes : Siddalingaiah and KSL Swamy (Ravee)
  • A new section for documentary films is being started from this edition.
  • A good number of best films screened at major international film festivals of Berlin, Cannes, Toronto, Goa, Mumbai, Kerala etc., will be screened here.
  • Films made by world renowned filmmakers such as Istvan Szabo from Hungary, Jafer Panahi from Iran, Jia Zhang Ke from China, Hou Hsiao-Hsien from Japan, Emin Alper from Turkey, Jacques Audiard from France, Christian Petzold from Germany, Nanni Moretti from Italy and others are being screened in the event.
  • More than 50 foreign delegates are expected to participate in the festival.
  • Delegate registration will commence from tomorrow at: Badami House, N.R. Square, Bengaluru 560002 and Suchitra Film Society, BSK Stage, Bengaluru – 560070 premises. Registration facility will also be extended to Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce premises in Bengaluru and Information Department Office at Mysuru shortly.  Online registration facility is also available. Delegate fee:  Rs. 600/- for General public, and Rs 300/- for Students, Film Society members, Senior citizens and KFCC film family.
  • The other Committee members are N S Chennappa Gowda, Secretary, Kannada, Culture, and Information and Public Relations Department, S V Rajendrasingh Babu, Chairman, Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy, N R Vishukumar, Director of Information and Public Relations Department. Dr. Girish Kasaravalli, Renowned Film Maker, T S Nagabharana, Noted Director, R P Sharma, IPS, Kum. Radhika Pandith, Film Actress, N Vishakha, Journalist, Chief, Central Film Censor Board,  President, Film Society and Nunjundegowda, Chairman, Children’s India. 
  • VidyaShankar, noted Film Expert, will be the Executive Art Director of BIFFES
  • Shankar Mohan, who was the Director of International Film Festival held at Goa will be the Advisor.

KANNADA CINEMA COMPETITION

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TITLE

DIRECTORS

1

BIRUKU

V Chala

2

BOMBEYAATA

Mohan Kumar K N

3

CHALI POLILU (Tulu)

Veerendra Shetty Kavoor

4

CHIGURU

Naganatha Madhava Rao Joshi

5

DAKSHA

S Narayan

6

DEVARA NADALLI

B. Suresha

7

HAGGADA KONE

Dayal Padmanabhan

8

MYTHRI

B.M Giriraj

9

NAANU AVANALLA AVANU

B.S. Lingadevaru

10

NAGARADALLI ONDHU DINA

Venkat Bharadwaj

11

PRIYANKA

Dinesh Baboo

12

PUTA THIRUGISI NODU

Suneel Raghavendra

13

RANGITARANGA

Anup Bhandari

14

SAALADA MAGU

Umashankar Swamy

15

VIDHAAYA

P. Sheshadri

 

INDIAN CINEMA COMPETITION

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TITLE

DIRECTORS

LANGUAGE

1

AIN

Sidhartha Siva

Malayalam

2

CAPITAL I

Amartya Bhattacharyya

Bengali

3

DAKBAKSHO – THE LETTER BOX

Prosenjit Choudhury, Abhijit Choudhury

Bengali

4

ENDLESS

K.Manikandan

Tamil

5

KAATTUM MAZHAYUM

Hari Kumar

Malayalam

6

KADHANTHARAM

K J Bose

Malayalam

7

LENS

Jayaprakash. R

English

8

NAANU AVANALLA AVANU

B.S. Lingadevaru

Kannada

9

ONYO OPALAA

Satarupa Sanyal

Bengali

10

SHACKLE

Dedipya Joshii

Hindi

11

THE SILENCE

Gajendra Ahire

Marathi

12

TULASI APA

Amiya Patnaik

Oriya

13

X: PAST IS PRESENT

Sudhish Kamath

English / Hindi

 

ASIAN CINEMA COMPETITION                        

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TITLE

DIRECTORS

COUNTRY

1

DIRTY, YELLOW, DARKNESS

Kalpana Ariyawansa, Vindana Ariyawansa

Sri Lanka

2

HEAR ME

kim choong young

Korea

3

MOOR (Mother)

Jamshed Mahmood (Jami)

Pakistan

4

PALM TO THE SUN

Tomohiko Iwasaki

Japan

5

PATROL

Nick Olanka

Philippines

6

SHOES

Morteza Asemani

Iran

7

THITHI

Raam Reddy

India / Kannada

8

THREE FISH

Hamidreza Ghorbani

Iran

9

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Rubaiyat Hossain

Bangladesh

10

UMRIKA

Prashant Nair

India / Hindi

11

UNDER HEAVEN

Dalmira Tilepbergen

Kyrgyzstan

12

UTOPIA

Hassan Nazer

Afghanistan

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