Bengaluru International Film Festival is here!!

We at EventsHigh love theatre, dance, music, art, literature and movies too. So when we heard that the Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFFES) 2014 is here, we thought we will share the details with you too! There are going to be movie screenings from all over the country and the world. Movies of different genres, languages and lengths, movies that you don’t get to see normally, movies appreciated by audiences and by critics. There will also be competitive sections for Asian, Indian and Kannada Cinema with cash prizes. The festival will also host various forums for academic interactions like seminars, workshops, master classes etc, for the benefit of film professionals, audiences and students on different aspects of cinema.

This is the 7th edition of BIFFES and is scheduled from December 4th to December 11th 2014 here in Bengaluru. The festival is being organized by the Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy for Government of Karnataka supported by Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce. The 6th edition was held last year in December where almost 166 films were screened across 7 theatres from more than 48 countries.

Where – The 6 venues for screening the movies are – INOX Lido Trinity Circle, MG Road;  Fun Cinemas Sigma Mall, Cunningham Road; Sulochana, Bhagwan Mahaveer Road; Priyadarshini, Badami House, N.R. Square, Chamundeshwari Studio, Millers Tank Bund road and Freedom Park, Gandhinagar.


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This year these are the different categories and listed here are some of the movies in each of the categories –

1. Cinema of the World – There are about 63 movies in this category with movies from all over the world. Some of them being Violette from France directed by Martin Provost, A Street in Palermo directed by Emma Dante from Italy, Trapped directed by Parviz Shahbazi is Iran’s entry, In Between Worlds is from Germany and is directed by Feo Aladag.

2. Asian Cinema – This section will showcase pictures from the sub continent with entries from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India.

Asha Jaoar Majhe (Labour of Love) is one of India’s entries and has been directed by Aditya Vikram Sengupta. It is set in the crumbling environs of Kolkata and is a lyrical unfolding of two ordinary lives suspended in the duress of a spiraling recession.

Aithihannu mattu Kanaja (Fig Fruit And The Wasps) is another Indian entry directed by MS Prakash Babu. Gouri, a documentary filmmaker, takes a journey along with her friend Vittal. She is trying to collect material for her documentary project on instrumental music, and instruments used in some parts of south India. They go to a village with the help of Basanna, a school teacher. They travel to meet an instrumental musician, who has gone some place elsewhere to give a performance. Both are forced to stay in the village till the musician returns. 

3. Retrospectives – This section has 11 movies from Australia and Poland. They feature movies directed by just 1 director from each country. So Phillip Noyce from Australia and Krzysztof Zanussi from Poland are having their movies featured this year.


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4. Chitrabharati (Indian Cinema) – This section has 11 films from various regions within India – Odia, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada.

5. Kannada Cinema – To celebrate this state’s rich culture and heritage this section is only for Kannada movies. The Kannada film industry turns out around 100 movies every year. An interesting movie is “December 1”. The story goes like this – The whole village of Basupura is gearing up for the Chief Minister’s visit on 1st December. The CM’s official schedule to stay overnight at Madevappa’s house naturally gives his family unusual attention from all quarters, giving them the feeling of a higher status and a brighter future. With photo shoots, press meets, discussions with local leaders, Madevappa’s family is over-whelmed. But on the big day, they aren’t given a chance to interact with the CM. Instead, they face embarrassing moments, becoming outsiders in their own house… a raw deal driving it to despair. The movie is directed by P Sheshadri. 

Another movie to look out for is “Sachin Tendulkar Alla”.

6. Country Focus – This time the focus will be on 2 countries in this category – South Korea and Netherlands. There are 12 movies in all in this section including “Don’t Click” by Director Kim Tae Kyoung is from South Korea while “Love Is All” (Alles is Liefde) by Joram Lursen is from Netherlands.


Picture Source – BIFFES FB page


Picture source – BIFFES FB page











7. Grand Classics – This section has 6 classics from France namely – Pépé le Moko, Les enfants du paradis (Children of Paradise), Casque d’Or, Pickpocket, Les yeux sans visage (Eyes without a face) and Jour de Fete (The Big Day).

8. Homages – The Homage category has 3 movies from India – Bara by MS Satyu, Maadi Madidavaru by K M Shakarappa and Kokila by Balu Mahendra and 1 from France – Life of Riley by Alain Resnais. Kokila is a 1977 Kannada-language film starring Kamal Haasan. The film marked the directional debut of Balu Mahendra. The film was successful upon release in Karnataka and its neighbouring states, becoming the first Kannada film to be screened for 100 days in Chennai.

9. FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) award winners – This category showcases movies that have won awards by the International Federation of Film Critics. This year in this section, we have – Ida from Poland, Bad Hair from Venezuela, Winter Sleep from Turkey, Casa Grande from Brazil and No One’s Child from Mexico.

Bad Hair is about a nine-year-old boy’s preening obsession with straightening his hair that elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother.

No One’s Child is a story set in the late eighties, when a boy has been found in mountains of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Nobody found out how he came in wild, nor if animals fed and raised him.

10. Special Theme: Gender Violence – This year’s special theme is Gender Violence with 6 movies being screened from 6 different countries.

There are a few other categories like Netpac, Premiere, Special Tribute, Recommended Screenings and Centenary Remembrance.

So go on choose the movies you want to see, tell your friends and family about this festival and book your tickets as soon as possible. The only way to get entry is to buy the Delegate passes being sold at Badami House, so if you want to watch some movies, you better get your passes before they get over. You can register online at the BIFFES site and the go pick up the passes.

Get ready to enjoy a world of stories, drama, pain, joy, love and a huge sea of emotions. Do share this article with your friends and family to spread the word around. Happy movie watching!

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