Saturday, August 28, 2010


Dir;Keren Yedaya
The movie begins in the family owned garage of an Israeli family, where father, son Meir, and daughter Mali, work alongside a young Palestinian named Toufik. Meir is not the model son- rebellious, angry, ungrateful and disrespectful towards his parents and everybody else, he steals the attention from his quiet younger sister. No one suspects that she is having a love affair with Toufik and that they are secretly planning on getting married.

Religious and other tensions start building between the two young men, Meir and Toufik, and the outcome is shocking and devastating. Mali makes an extremely difficult sacrifice, depriving herself of a normal life by keeping hidden a truth which only she knows.

All of the actors are magnificent. The father is particularly memorable, always kind, trying at times to be a little bit stern, understanding of everyone throughout the film until his final, harsh condemnation. The ending is extremely powerful- completely unexpected and expected at the same time. Mali finally makes a choice for herself and we are left hoping that her life will be a happy one.

എ സെര്‍ബിയന്‍ ഫിലിം

A Serbian Film(2010)
Dir:Srdjan Spasojevic

Really, really shocking movie. This is probably the only edition that we will be able to find because already they banned it from movie theaters and releasing a dvd will probably never be done. Movie is quite graphic, done professionally and you will enjoy it if you like sick stuff.

Milos, a retired ex-porn star, now leads a normal family life with his beautiful wife, Maria and five year old son Stefan in tumultuous Serbia inn a modern era of transition, trying to make ends meet. A sudden call from his former colleague, still hot porn actress Layla, will change everything. Aware of his financial problems, Layla introduces Milos to Vukmir - a shady, mysterious, menacing and politically powerful figure in the porn business who makes Milos an offer he can't refuse. A leading role in Vukmir's new production will provide financial support to Milos and his family for the rest of their lives. Milos is hesitant at first, because a contract insists on his absolute unawareness of the script they will shoot or the dramatic situations that Vukmir is going to put him through during filming. Finally, he agrees, driven by the urge of security for his family, protecting it from the impending poverty so dominant in Serbia today. From then on, Milos is drawn into a maelstrom of unbelievable cruelty an mayhem devised by his employer, "The Director", of his Destiny, Vukmir. Relentless in his attempt to make an ultimate artistic "snuff-porn", the one that has never been seen, using poor people as his acting cannon fodder, and unleash it upon the hungry eyes of the world. Vukmir and his cohorts will stop at nothing to complete his "vision", and will go to unspeakable lengths to achieve it, using even innocent children as props. In order to escape the living cinematic hell he's put into and save his family's life. Milos will have to sacrifice everything: his pride, his morality, his sanity, and maybe even his own life. In a Serbian "Heart of Darkness" where life is cheaper then a candy bar, in a struggle with enemies powerful beyond belief and just as violent and pathologically evil, the chances of surviving are abnormally thin.

Friday, August 27, 2010


Dir:Saverio Costanzo
8 wins & 3 nominations See more »

Inspired by real events, documentary filmmaker Saverio Costanzo's feature debut is a minimalist psychological drama about a Palestinian family of seven suddenly confronted with a volatile situation in their home that in many ways reflects the larger ongoing conflict between Palestine and Israel. Mohammad, his wife and their five children live in a large, isolated house located halfway between a Palestinian village and an Israeli settlement. The house, in the crossfire of the two sides, is a strategic lookout point that the Israeli army decides to seize, confining the family to a few downstairs rooms in daytime and a single room at night. Mohammad refuses to leave his home and, reinforced by his principles against violence, decides to find a way to keep his family together in the house until the Israeli soldiers move on. Living in a state of constant confrontation and fear fragments the family's relationships - every member reacts in different ways to the soldier's presence in the house and to the father's authority. Mohammad chooses to stay and defend his home; his wife wants to leave the house in order to keep her children out of danger; their eldest daughter sneaks upstairs to spy on the Israelis; the youngest son amuses himself by imagining unique personalities for each soldier; their teenage son fantasizes about liberating his family by staging a surprise attack. Tensions between the family members and the soldiers nearly reach the breaking point just as the troops are ordered to move to a new post. The family's relief is short-lived, however, as a new group of soldiers moves into the house and the cycle of disruption and occupation continues. Winner of a Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival, PRIVATE is convincingly shot in a documentary style with a hand-held camera and a quick pace. Director Costanzo has created a unique occasion for both Israeli and Palestinian actors to work together, and being an outsider himself, he has worked to maintain a neutral standpoint while dramatizing the conflict.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

വെന്‍ വി ലീവ്

When we Leave(2010)
Dir:Feo Aladag
1 win & 6 nominations See more »

Umay is a young woman of Turkish descent, fighting for an independent and self-determined life in Germany against the resistance of her family. Her struggle initiates a dynamic, which results in a life-threatening situation. |

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

ദി ഗോള്‍ഡന്‍ ഇയര്‍സ് ഓഫ് ഇന്ത്യന്‍ സിനിമ

The Golden Years of Indian Cinema(1988)

This documentary has the stars of the Indian Film industry look back nostalgically at an era gone by. They reveal, with much passion, their personal memories and anecdotes of films from India belonging to late the 40's - mid 70's.

Sunday, August 22, 2010


Kolysanka aka Lullaby(2010)
dir:Juliusz Machulski

The latest master comedy genre - Julius Machulski Sexmission "," Kiler & "," What weighs a Trojan horse, "who this time decided to create a perverse mixture: combine
humor with horror elements. "Lullaby" is an intelligent and unusual comedy, which offers viewers original entertainment conventions. The mysterious circumstances, disappear sequentially residents and guests a picturesque village. The atmosphere of the best films
sensational, thickens from the scene on stage, and the engine ...

Saturday, August 21, 2010


Dir:Jean-Luc Godard
A symphony in three movements. Things such as a Mediterranean cruise, numerous conversations, in numerous languages, between the passengers, almost all of whom are on holiday... Our Europe. At night, a sister and her younger brother have summoned their parents to appear before the court of their childhood. The children demand serious explanations of the themes of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. Our humanities. Visits to six sites of true or false myths: Egypt, Palestine, Odessa, Hellas, Naples and Barcelona

Godard’s ‘Film Socialisme’ Is Brilliant and Bewildering

Michael Jordan

Friday, August 20, 2010

3 വൈസ് മെന്‍

3 Wise Men(2008)
Dir:Mika Kaurismaki

Matti (51), a police inspector, Erkki (51), photographer and Rauno (51), actor, are childhood friends, who haven´t seen each other for a long time. They meet accidentally on Christmas Eve in Helsinki and spend the night together in a karaoke bar. Between drinking and singing they tell about the joys and sorrows of their lives, revealing some painfull experiences and taking even their friendship apart. The events take a dramatic turn, when a mysterious woman enters the bar.

യുവര്‍ നെയിം ഈസ്‌ ജസ്റ്റിന്‍

Your Name is Justine(2005)
Dir:Franco de Pena
5 wins & 1 nomination See more »

While living with her grandmother in Poland, a young woman falls in love. Her boyfriend is charming and suggests they travel around Europe and work here and there to pay for their trip. Unfortunately, the boyfriend isn't as he seems and the young woman is sold as a prostitute when they cross over to Germany. We follow her ordeal as she tries to free herself and to stay sane as time goes by and her captors try to break and condition her to a new life of servitude.

ദി അദര്‍ ഹോളിവുഡ്

Cinema Europe:The Other Hollywood(1996)
Dir:Michael Winterbottom&Kevin Brownlow

Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood was a 1996 documentary produced by David Gill and silent film historian Kevin Brownlow.

The six-part mini-series concerned with coverage of the origin of cinema, from its infancy as a novelty created by French inventors Louis and August Lumiere to a serious artistic and commercial contender against America (that is, until the surge of the Nazis).

The entire documentary is narrated by maverick filmmaker and actor, Kenneth Brannagh.

Original music in the film was composed by Carl Davis, Philip Appleby & Nic Raine.

The documentary was shown from time to time on public television stations, usually at late night slots, due to its length and occasional mature content.

The documentary is divided into the following sections, in order:

* "Where It All Began" (Introductory Episode)
Highlighting the world's first public presentation of films in Paris, the comedies by Max Linder, Abel Gance's J'Accuse and the onset of World War I.

* "Art's Promised Land" (Sweden)
Including Ingeborg Holm by Victor Sjostrom and Greta Garbo's star-making performance opposite Lars Hanson in Gosta Berling's Saga.

* "The Unchained Camera" (Germany)
Featuring The Battleship Potemkin by Sergei Eisenstein, Metropolis by Fritz Lang, Joyless Street starring Greta Garbo, The White Hell of Pitz Palu featuring Leni Riefenstahl and Louise Brooks becomes a star in Pandora's Box.

* "The Music of Light" (France)
Highlighting Abel Gance's masterpiece, Napoleon.

* "Opportunity Lost" (Britain)
Exploring the real career of Alfred Hitchcock.

* "End of an Era" (Finale)
Focusing on the arrival of sound films, The Jazz Singer and the onslaught of World War II.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

സോണിക് മിറര്‍

Sonic Mirror(2008)
Dir:Mika Kaurismaki
Sonic Mirror takes the audience on a personal journey through Billy Cobham world of music. From an appearance with the Finnish Espoo Big Band "and the trumpeter Randy Brecker first looks at Cobham family roots in New York. He meets his parents before he sets off in a Brazilian favela to Bahia, to the kids there with a samba-reggae troupe rediscover his African origins.
The trip reached its peak when making music Billy Cobham in his adopted country Switzerland with autism, while a deep, strongly affecting communication happens, the human language is far superior. Cobham Travel is via the music straight to the roots of personal and cultural identity. "SONIC MIRROR": This is Cobham for the inseparable connection between music and dance, music and awareness of rhythm and life.
In SONIC MIRROR says the deeply humane about musicians, with and through music, but the role played by the music itself it is that creates cohesion, it gives people strength and perspective, it gives the right to social justice and education, an expression and serves in an emotional finale autistic people as expression and communication. SONIC MIRROR is a thrilling and highly topical plea for sensual, cultural education and for the active use of music in general. The music reflects the humanity of different cultures and expands the meaning of the power of sound.

വാന്‍ ഗോഗ് :പെയിന്റെഡ് വിത്ത്‌ വേര്‍ഡ്സ്

Van Gogh:Painted With Words(2010)

Dir:Andrew Hutton
Drama-documentary presented by Alan Yentob, with Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role as Van Gogh.
Every word spoken by the actors in this film is sourced from the letters that Van Gogh sent to his younger brother Theo, and of those around him. What emerges is a complex portrait of a sophisticated, civilised and yet tormented man.

കയോസ്,ദിസ്‌ ഈസ്‌

Chaos,This is(2007)
Dir:Youssef Chahine

Choubra, cosmopolitan neighborhood of Cairo. Hatem, maggoty police officer, handles this neighborhood with an iron hand. Every single citizen fears and hates him. Only Nour, a young woman he lusts after, dares stand up to him. But Nour is secretly in love with Cherif, brilliant and uncorrupted deputy public prosecutor. Green with envy, Hatem comes between. He wants Nour for himself. He whipsaws her and turns her life into a nightmare. The story of a frustrated love like Choubra experiences some since the mists of time. Written by Hassan Said (IMDB).

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

മെയ്‌ 6

May 6th(2003)
Dir:Theo Van Gogh
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »

06/05, called May 6 in English-speaking countries, is a Dutch 2003 film directed by Theo van Gogh, based on the novel De Zesde Mei by Tomas Ross. The film is a fictional version of the events that led to the assassination of the Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn on May 6, 2002. The lines between reality and fiction are blurred in 06/05. It is the last film of Theo van Gogh, who was murdered in 2004 by Mohammed Bouyeri.

On May 6, 2002, Pim Fortuyn, a Dutch anti-immigration politician and leader of the opposition, is assassinated. Nearby, photojournalist Jim de Booy is taking pictures of a TV star; he notices odd things and people. Over the next few days, Jim uncovers a conspiracy behind the murder, a plot involving Dutch state security, defense contractors, and shadowy Americans. A key to understanding the plot may be a Turkish woman, Ayse Him, an animal-rights activist recently released from prison. Jim searches for her. State security soon knows of his investigation and that puts him and his 16-year old daughter Marije in danger. How many will die to keep Fortuyn's real killers secret

Thijs Römer, 2005 Golden Calf award for Best Actor. Official Selection, 2005 Toronto International Film Festival.

റഫ് ആന്‍ഡ്‌ വല്‍ഗര്‍

Rough and Vulgar(2008)
Dir:Carlos Cuarón
1 win & 4 nominations See more »

Carlos Cuarón, who co-wrote the script for his brother Alfonso Cuarón's breakthrough hit, Y Tu Mamá También, makes his feature directorial debut with Rudo y Cursi. The film also reunites the stars of the earlier film, Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna. Rudo y Cursi depicts the changing relationship between two brothers who become soccer stars. Beto, the goaltender, is nicknamed "Rudo" because of his hard-nosed style of play, while Tato, a forward, gets the nickname "Cursi" for his flamboyant goal celebrations and his flashy lifestyle. They both start out picking bananas in remote Tlachatlán, where they share a devotion to their mother. Then Batuta, a charmingly shiftless professional scout, happens by. He can only sign one of the brothers, so they battle it out on the pitch to see who gets his break. Instead of throwing the match to his brother as plan, Tato scores a goal and is on his way to stardom. He's more interested in becoming a pop star than a soccer star, but when he meets Maya, a famous TV hostess he's dreamed about for years, he begins to enjoy the trappings of fame. Meanwhile, resentful Beto waits for his chance. When he finally gets his break, he leaves his disapproving wife, Toña, and his kids to sneak off to Mexico City. The brothers' fortunes rise and fall, with Tato distracted by a demanding girlfriend and a hopeless singing career, while Beto deals with marital strife and a serious gambling problem.

Monday, August 16, 2010

നൈറ്റ്‌ ആന്‍ഡ്‌ ഡേ

Night and Day(2004)
Dir:Chao Wang
1 win See more »
A story of an entrepreneurial miner racked by guilt over the death of his lover’s husband. Set in the fictional community of Tianquan, somewhere in bleak northern China, coal miner Li Guangsheng lives and works with the older Zhongmin, a father figure. Guangsheng, who is secretly having a hotsyhotsy affair with Zhongmin’s wife, is mortified when Zhongmin dies in a mine explosion and blames himself for not saving his friend. Suffering an attack of impotence, he sends Zhongmin’s widow away. After buying the mine under a new government policy designed to encourage private initiative, Guangsheng works like a Trojan to clear and re-open the site. He’s joined in this by Zhongmin’s son, A-fu, and gradually makes a success of the mine.

ലക്ഷ്വറി കാര്‍

Luxury Car(2006)
Dir:Chao Wang
1 win See more »
Mainland Chinese helmer Wang Chao finally attains an almost perfect balance between style and content in "Luxury Car," a tightly written and beautifully played drama centered on a karaoke bar escort girl and her elderly father who visits from the sticks. Though co-financed by the same French company behind Cannes competition film "Summer Palace," pic has none of the latter's Euro arthouse feel and boasts genuinely involving characters shaped by contempo society. "Car" looks likely to motor into select venues after tooling through the fest circuit.

Film is a quantum leap for Wang, now in his mid-40s, who debuted in Cannes' Directors Fortnight five years ago with the dryly humorous "The Orphan of Anyang" and followed that three years later with the exquisitely shot but emotionally lifeless "Day and Night," co-financed by the same Gallic shingle as "Car." Current item preserves the same tech finish but dumps the arty pretensions that hampered "Day."

Li Qiming (Wu Youcai, from legit), an aging country school teacher, arrives back in Wuhan, central China, after 40 years to find his son, Xueqin, to whom he hasn't spoken to in ages. His wife back home has uterine cancer and wants to see her son before she dies.

However, it is Li's daughter, Yanhong (rock singer Tian Yuan, from "Butterfly"), who puts her dad up at the apartment she shares with a hooker, A Li (Li Li). Yanhong says she's too busy to accompany her father on his search of the city, so, instead, Li is helped by an old cop (Li Yiqing, also from local legit), who's about to retire. The growing friendship between the two oldsters -- who share the sorrow of missing sons -- becomes one of the film's greatest pleasures.

Yanhong, who is actually the film's central character, can't follow her dad around because she works as an escort at a large karaoke club, whose "businessman" boss, He (Huang He), she's sleeping with and is also pregnant by. For appearance's sake, He pretends to be Yanhong's b.f. and shows respect to her father.

The quietly observant father soon figures out much of what is going on but doesn't raise a fuss and is heartened by news that his son may now be in Shenzhen (across from Hong Kong). The truth, however, is somewhat different, and events take a hand when war breaks out between He and another local "businessman" (Wang Guoqiang).

Aside from Wang's precise but unmannered direction, which accurately captures the tenor of life in contempo China, the movie is bolstered by perfs that say much more than is actually in the dialogue -- notably in a dinner scene among the four main characters prior to the climax.

Aside from vets Wu and Li Yiqing, as the father and cop, Tian more than holds her own as the bruised but resilient daughter. Huang, too, shades what is usually an overplayed role in Chinese cinema.

Helmer Wang has flagged the picture as the last in his trilogy on China's "dark side" of society. But its craft and greater accessibility also mark his coming of age as a moviemaker. Chinese title literally means "River City Summer Days," referring to Wuhan and its location on the Yangtze.

ആന്ദ്രെ തര്‍ക്കോവ്സ്കി :എലെമെന്റ്സ് ഓഫ് സിനിമ

Andrei Tarkovsky: Elements of Cinema (2008)
Robert Bird

A revered filmmaker, Andrei Tarkovsky is secure in the long and illustrious line of Russian masters in arts and letters. Linking cinematic technique to broader questions of meaning and intrepretation, Robert Bird offers a wholly original investigation into the aesthetic principles of Tarvkovsky's filmmaking. While providing a comprehensive analysis of his work in all media, including radio, theatre and opera, Bird argues that Tarkovsky was most at home in the cinema. Accordingly, the author dwells chiefly on Tarkovsky's major films: Ivan's Childhood, Andrei Rublev, Solaris, Mirror, Stalker, Nostalghia and Sacrifice. With its wealth of film stills and photographs, this book is a key text for all admirers of Tarkovsky and European cinema.


ദി ഓര്‍ഫന്‍ ഓഫ് അന്ന്യാന്ഗ്

The Orphan of Anyang(2001)
Dir;Chao Wang
9 wins & 3 nominations See more »

A prostitute from the Northeast, desperate and unable to make ends meet, abandons her baby. An unemployed factory worker decides to take the child for the 200 yuan (about $37 Canadian) a month in child support promised by its mother. His early attempts at child-rearing are somewhat painful to watch, but also charming and amusing. Eventually, he and the mother become friendly and it seems that the child will be raised in a sweetly unorthodox family. However, when the woman's pimp, a local gangster, not only finds out that he may have fathered the child, but also that he is dying of cancer, he decides that he must adopt the baby - and is willing to resort to violence if necessary

Friday, August 13, 2010

കിംഗ്‌ സൈസ്

Dir:Juliusz Machulski

Kingsize is a fantasy film, made in the late 1980s (the synth-pop soundtrack will clue you in). There is a tribe of mouse-sized people who live in “Drawerland,” which is really the filing cabinets of a long-forgotten office. One of their tiny scientists has developed a formula that will enlarge them to full-sized, normal human beings. (They call our world “Kingsize.”)

The leaders of Drawerland (among them, Jerzy Stuhr) are worried that if the formula is made widely available, their entire population may disappear forever. So the politicians and conservatives want to suppress the formula to keep the populace from fleeing into the larger world. If you wanted to, you could say that Kingsize is an allegory for life under a Communist regime before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Or you could say that it’s just a silly fantasy movie with cute special effects.

And I was often amazed at how good the special effects were. Obviously the film was made on a limited budget (at least by Hollywood standards), but it’s surprising how freeing and inspiring that can be. Most of the “special effects” are simple sets and props. Repeatedly, I would be convinced by the texture and shape of some tiny (and/or gigantic) object. For example, in Drawerland, someone uses a sheet of paper as a blanket. The oversize prop has the exact right stiffness of a real sheet of paper, while still appearing to be as light as a leaf.


Dir:Juliusz Machulski
1 win & 2 nominations See more »

Petty thieves plot to purloin a Da Vinci painting in this caper comedy from popular and prolific action-comedy director Juliusz Machulski (Sexmission; Kingsize; Kiler).
Ex-con Cuma is on parole from prison, but a once-in-a-lifetime chance to steal one of the world s most priceless paintings falls into his lap. What s an inveterate thief to do? Cuma tracks down his old partner, Julian, who is reluctant to participate because he has found new employment as a cop. Finally, Julian gives in, the old gang comes together, and the heist is on.
Director Machulski s signature combination of humor and action makes this Polish version of heist films like The Score or The Italian Job highly entertaining.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

കാര്‍മെന്‍ ഗെഇ

Karmen Gei(2001)
Dir:Joseph Gaï Ramaka

There's an aphorism about translations that says that translations are like women--if they are beautiful they aren't faithful, and if they are faithful they aren't beautiful. This may not be a literal version of the familiar Carmen, but it is beautifully true to the spirit of the original. It is also unlike anything you've ever seen.

The acting and cinematography are splendid. The score honors Bizet in its tonality without ever quoting the opera. Djeïnaba Diop Gaï's Karmen is a shooting star. The original Carmen's transgressive sexuality, freely flaunted in a way that spills outrageously beyond societal rules, translates here into bisexuality. Other themes are also aptly and satisfyingly tranmuted--the smugglers are hauling dope; her toreador is a musical star.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

ദി ജാപ്പനീസ് വൈഫ്‌

The Japanese Wife(2010)
Dir:Aparna Sen

Aparna Sen’s Japanese Wife, based on the novel of the same name by Kunal Basu, is the most offbeat love triangle one can hope to come across. Snehamoy is a “chhaposha” (simple, average, middle/lower middle-class) Bengali school teacher at the Sundarbans, while Miyage is a shy Japanese girl residing in Yokohama, who, through pen-friendship, end up having a 17-year long platonic relationship and marriage despite never getting to see each other in person. The third angle is a young widow who silently loves Snehamoy, who in turn gets subtly attracted to her physically. The movie is, lets face it, based on an improbable premise, and the emotional impact is not as much as a movie such as this ought to have. But the acting of Rahul Bose as the soft-spoken teacher, Moushumi Chatterjee as his loquacious aunt, and especially Raima Sen as the young widow, are pitch-perfect, which in turn get amply complemented by the impressive photography – the tranquility and fury of the region and the river Matla have been very well captured. The standout moment in the movie – the kite-flying competition between Bengali and Japanese kites; the overhead shots of the soaring kites took the film to a different plane altogether at times

ക്യാപിറ്റലിസ്റ്റ് മാനിഫെസ്റ്റോ : വര്‍ക്കിംഗ്‌ മെന്‍ ഓഫ് ഓള്‍ കന്ട്രീസ് ,അക്കുമുലെട്റ്റ്

Capitalist manifesto:Working Men of all countries,

Dir;Gok Kim & Sun Kim
With their characteristic dark, manic wit, the Kim Brothers offer a sardonic parable of the logic of capitalism: the endless cycle of wealth production and profit and the endless cycle of desire and gratification, both running inexorably towards crisis -- as experienced when supply exceeds demand. The characters are an exploited vendor of porno videos, a teenage prostitute and a hooker who uses her physical assets as collateral for stakes in a floating crap game. The narrative loops and twists like a Moebius strip, while the various settings keep interfacing like spaces in an MC Escher hall of mirrors. Brilliantly original.

A strange and yet unique story about hoodlums who spend
most of their times either on gambling or dealing pornog-
raphies, high school students who sell their bodies, and
prostitutes. This film meticulously depicts how capitalism
reproduces ruling party and the opposition even in social
outsiders. The viewers may find its outrageous repetition
and bold description a bit odd, but then again its audacity
and joyousness make this eexcperimental film something
to remember.
Directors’ statement
Capitalism wants accumulation. It absolutely subsumes peo-
ple. Their labour power is nothing but an apparatus to help
capital circulate. The capitalist society where desire does
not produce capital, but capital produces desire, is where
we all live now. Capitalism evolves. It makes variations on a
deceptive method to expand the quality and quantity of
accumulation. Now desire becomes capital, capital becomes
desire – now capitalism relatively subsumes people. The
faster its accumulation gets, the bigger its desire gets.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

ദി ഫൊട്ടൊഗ്രാഫ്

The photograph(2007)
Dir:Nan Triveni Achnas
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »

Sita is an escort at a karaoke bar who struggles to raise money to send her daughter out of the city to live with her grandmother and settle her debts with her pimp. She moves in with aging photographer Jan and helps him fulfill his last wishes.

ഐ വിഷ് ഐ ന്യൂ

I Wish I Knew(2010)
Dir;Zhang Ke Jia

Like his last film, 2008's 24 City, Jia Zhangke's Un Certain Regard title I Wish I Knew is a documentary/fiction hybrid about modern-day China. Where 24 City took a personal focus on the citizens of a Chinese town affected by the construction of a high-rise condominium, I Wish I Knew takes a broader view, examining the history of Shanghai as viewed from the present. It combines interviews with citizens, actors, and filmmakers with architectural shots of present-day Shanghai and footage of actress Zhao Tao wandering the city. The film is never less than gorgeous, and there's often an intuitive and pleasing internal rhythm to how he cuts within and between shots.

Monday, August 09, 2010


Jermal aka Fishing platform(2008)
Dir;Ravi L.Bharwani
2 wins See more »

A jermal is a wooden fishing platform located in the middle of the ocean, supported by stilts and carrying very few of amenities life has to offer. This is the entire setting for the Indonesian film Jermal: a glorified boat dock unconnected to anything else. There's a forward section where implements to reel in fishing nets are located, a work house-type structure where the fish are cleaned, rudimentary sleeping quarters for the child workers, a fairly large open space where they capture rain water to use for drinking and a structure home to Johar (Didi Petet), a large, bearded man we assume is using the kids as slave labor.

The film, written and directed by a trio of filmmakers (Ravi L. Bharwani, Rayya Makarim and Orlow Seunke),

After his mothers death, 12-year-old Jaya (Iqbal S. Manurung) is sent to his father, Johar (Didi Petet), who works as a supervisor on a jermal (a fishing platform perched on log stilts in the middle of the sea). Johar is shocked, never knowing he has a son, and rejects the boy as his kin. Fully aware he cant bring Jaya back to land due to a dark past, Johar is forced to accept the boy as a worker on the site.

Faced with constant rejection from his father and relentless bullying by the other boys who work on the jermal, Jaya decides to take fate into his own hands. He gives up hope on being accepted and learns the skills and attitude needed to survive on the jermal.

Jaya increasingly becomes like the other boys: a tough, rough survivor; while Johar is forced to gradually face and accept his past. Eventually, both Johar and Jaya learn that they are bound by their past, united by the space in which they move, and connected by the inescapable truth.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

ദി കാറ്റ്സ് ഓഫ് മിറി കിടാനി

Cats of Mirikitani(2006)
Dir;Linda Hattendorf
Documentary about red-bereted Jimmy Mirikitani, a feisty painter working and living on the street, near the World Trade Center, when 9/11 devastates the neighborhood. A nearby film editor, Linda Hattendorf, persuades elderly Jimmy to move in with her, while seeking a permanent home for him. The young woman delves into the California-born, Japan-raised artist's unique life which developed his resilient personality, and fuel his 2 main subjects, cats and internment camps. The editor films Jimmy's remarkable journey.

New York documentary filmmaker Linda Hattendorf should be proud of what she did in filming Asian-American artist Jimmy Mirikitani, his paintings, and his telling the stories of his life of living in an internment camp during World War II. This Sacramento-born, Hiroshima-raised artist is frank and occasionally profane in his feelings of what the American government had done to him especially when he had to sign his U. S. citizenship away, which explains why he initially refuses Social Security. Taking place before and after 9/11, Mirikitani experiences some deja vu when he watches television reports of Arab-Americans being treated like second-class citizens. But with Linda's help, he also talks on the phone with his sister who he lost contact with during the war and discovers a poet daughter of a cousin named Janice, who lives in San Francisco. He also gets his own apartment and starts teaching an art class. The most touching scenes come at the end when he and Linda travel back to where he was interned at Tule Lake. Essential viewing for anyone wanting to know how narrow-minded the American government was during World War II and how far we've come since then. Oh, and the title refers to the many cats he paints.

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An Army of One(2010)
Dir;Guillaume Coudray

I came to Vilnius as a young man ten years ago to work with Lithuanian master filmmaker Šarūnas Bartas. I wanted to discover what made Bartas’s films so exceptional, how he achieved his unique balance of visual contemplation and dissolved narration. I lived in a corner of his “studio”, an old wooden house in the middle of the forest, and little by little began to get inside his elusive creative process, but I always felt that I was missing the big picture. In order to put the pieces together, I needed to come back. —Guillaume Coudray

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

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The House of Branching Love(2009)
Dir:Mika kaurismaki

Tuula, the wife, and Juhani, the husband, are a nice couple living in a nice house. He is a family therapist and she conducts motivational business seminars. Both are successful professionals, and both expect to have an amicable separation and divorce once they made the decision to break up the marriage. They start with Juhani moving his bed into another room and the two setting up rules to manage living in the same house until the divorce finalizes.