Bangalore International Film Festival (26th December, 2013 – 2nd January, 2014) – It’s movie time this New Year!

The Bangalore International Film Festival (BIFFES) is back for the 6th year. Last year was perhaps its most successful year, with over 175 films showcased across 9 screens. There were long queues in front of theaters before the start of a show. The cross-section of people who came in was quite varied as well, and that is always a good sign for a film festival.

The entry for the competition section (Indian films and Kannada films) is still open. You can find out more here:

With more than a month to go before the start of Biffes 2013, very little details in terms of screening schedule, etc is available at the moment. Last year the venues used were Inox – Magrath Road and Suchitra Film Society.

The Amazing Catfish

The website mentioned above does provide names of a few films that will be screened during the Biffes 2013. These six films are:

Wakolda (2013) – This is an Argentine historical drama. Lucio Puenzo has written, produced and directed this film based on a novel of the same name he wrote back in 2011. The English name of this film is The German Doctor. It was screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section. It is also Argentina’s official Oscar entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

Bure Baruta (1998) – This film directed by Serbian filmmaker Goran Paskaljevic was released in English speaking countries under the title Cabaret Balkan. Bure Baruta, which means ‘powder keg’, is based on a play by Dejan Dukovski. It won a FIPRESCI award at the Venice Film Festival in 1998.

The Amazing Catfish (2013) – First-time director Claudia Sainte-Luce paints a poignant portrait of an eccentric one-parent household. It premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival on August 10, 2013. It was also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2013. The Amazing Catfish won the FIPRESCI Discovery Prize.

Honeymoons (2009) – This is the second Goran Paskaljevic film on this list. The film tracks two separate couples – one Serbian and one Albanian – as they try to escape from their country, past, present, family and more. Incidentally, it is also an Albanian-Serbian co-production.

60 Going on 12

35 Rhums (2008) – The English name is 35 Shots of Rum. This is the film that I am really looking forward to watching. Directed by the brilliant Claire Denis, whose earlier films like Beau Travail and Vendredi Soir were outstanding, this film explores a father-daughter relation. It highlights how sometimes ‘a-tajen-for-granted’ feel can creep into even the loveliest of relations and how learning to letting go at such junctures take on utmost importance.

12 Ans D’Age or 60 Going on 12 (2013) – This film directed by Frederic Proust was screened at the recently concluded 15th Mumbai Film Festival. It is a lighthearted, feel-good film.

Films at Biffes 2013 will be broken into the following segments:

Cinema of the World

Asian Cinema

Chitrabharathi (Indian Cinema) – Competition

Kannada cinema – Competition


Country Focus

NETPAC award winners

FIPRESCI award winner

Special genre: Train films


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