Rauf (Soner Caner, Baris Kaya) Official Section

Rauf
Soner Caner, Baris Kaya
Turkey. 2016. 90 min
Cast : Alen Huseyin Gursoy, Arif Arifogullari, Metin Asasin

Venue :  Función Lenguaje
Date :  21 may.  19.00h

Rauf hopes to win over his big crush, the older Zana, with the help of the colour pink. But what does pink really look like anyways, and will he even be able to find it in his snowy little Kurdish village up in the mountains? Meanwhile, disturbing rumours sweep in from the outside world.

 

The Silence (Gajendra Ahire) Official Section

The Silence
Gajendra Ahire
India. 2015. 90 min
Cast : Nagraj Manjule, Anjali Patil, Raghuvir Yadav

Venue :  Casa Asia
Date :  19 may.  19.30h

The film is based on a true story of a little girl Chini in rural Maharashtra. Her father has been going through difficult times since the demise of his wife. He is at a loss when his daughter gets her first period and asks her maternal uncle to take her to a nearby town, where he and his wife live. The events after her departure require a great deal of endurance even from an emotionally hardened viewer. There is a myriad of emotions stirring up in one’s mind ranging from fury, helplessness and frustration to a seed of hope and inevitability of the passing.

Withered Leaf (Duminda Sanjeewa) Sri Lanka

Withered Leaf
Duminda Sanjeewa
Sri Lanka. 2016. 90 min.
Cast :  Manuranga Wijesekera,  Chaminda Sampath.

Withered Leaf, explores the plight of widows and their children in Sri Lankan society. It’s the story of a country woman who turns to be a widow and a single mother is forced to choose between life and death by poverty, gender inequality and ignorance of the society.

Duminda Sanjeewa, was born in 1984 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He possesses a keen cinematic eye that has enabled him to create some of Sri Lanka’s out-of- the box ,Tvcs , musicvideos and films. He carries a deep passion for motion graphics and special FX while greatly enjoying the process of filmmaking that allows audiences to escape the harsh realities of day to day life.

His film Withered Leafs has been selected for “57th Asian Pacific Film Festival” Hangzhou, China.

Rajkahini (Srijit Mukherji) Official Section

Rajkahini
Srijit Mukherji
India. 2015. 160min
Cast : Rituparna Sengupta, Saayoni Ghosh, Koushik Sen

Venue :  Función Lenguaje
Date :  29 may. 20.00h

In 1947 August, the British passed a bill regarding the partition of Bengal. Delving into the grim history of the Partition, Mukherjee’s movie Rajkahini is weaved around a border between the two nations that runs through a brothel housing 11 women.

Radio Set (Hari Viswanath) Official Section

Radio set
Hari Viswanath
India. 2015. 80 min
Cast : Lakshmanan Koratur, Ramanujam Tvv

Venue : Casa Asia
18 may. 19.30h

Radiopetti (Radio set), the story of a man lost in another world, a world of the past, brought alive to his ears by a radioset. How his life journeys with his love for this inanimate thing alongside his family and friends. Where will this love take him?

NIZHALKUTHU (Shadow Kill) Adoor Gopalakrishnan

NIZHALKUTHU (Shadow Kill)
Adoor Gopalakrishnan
India. 2002.90 min
Cast : Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Sukumari

The plot is set in the 1940s in a village of Travancore, British India. Kaliyappan, the last hangman of Travancore dynasty is dragging his remaining life by consuming alcohol and worshipping the Mother Goddess. The reason for this self-destruction is the remorse born out of the feeling that the last man he hanged was an innocent.

While pulling on his life by boozing, worshiping the Goddess and treating ailing people with the ash obtained by burning the hanging rope, one day the King’s messenger once again arrives with the King’s order of appointing him for executing a convict termed as ‘a killer, proved beyond doubt’. He leaves to the jail with his Gandhian, freedom fighter son to assist him in his job.

As a tradition, the hangman has to spend the eve of the execution awake. When alcohol fails to keep Kaliyappan awake, the jailer starts telling a ‘spicy tale’ to keep him awake, the tale of a 13-year-old girl raped and killed by her own brother-in-law and an innocent musician boy convicted for this charge.

When Kaliyappan comes to know the condemned person he is about to hang is that very same musician boy, he breaks down.

VIDHEYAN (The Servile) Adoor Gopalakrishnan

VIDHEYAN (The Servile)
Adoor Gopalakrishnan
India. 1994.112 min
Cast : Gopakumar, Mammootty, Tanvi Azmi

Vidheyan is a 1993 Indian Malayalam film directed and written by Adoor Gopalakrishnan. It is a cinematic adaptation of the novella Bhaskara Pattelarum Ente Jeevithavum by Malayalam writer Zacharia. The film explores the master-slave dialectic in a South Karnataka setting. Mammootty plays the lead role in the film, who received several accolades for his work.

Thommy, a Christian migrant labourer from Kerala is an obedient slave of his aggressive, tyrannical landlord Bhaskara Pattelar. Thommy obeys all the orders of his master, whether it is to make his own wife sexually available to his master or in killing Pattelar’s kindly wife, Saroja. When Pattelar escapes to a jungle, due to his own deeds, Thommy escorts him like a pet. But when Pattelar is killed Thommy exults in freedom.

MUKHAMUKHAM (Face to Face) Adoor Gopalakrishnan

MUKHAMUKHAM (Face to Face)
Adoor Gopalakrishnan
India. 1985.107 min
Cast :  Asokan, P. Ganga, Vishwanathan

The film starts in the early 1950s showing Sreedharan, the protagonist, as a very popular communist leader and trade union activist. He is forced to go underground after his name is associated with the murder of the owner of a tile factory. He is considered to be dead by his party and they even erect a memorial for him. But he makes an unexpected comeback almost 10 years later, after the first communist ministry gained and lost power in Kerala and after the Communist Party of India has split. On his return, he spends his time sleeping and drinking. His comeback is first a puzzle and then an embarrassment to his comrades and family. As the disappointment on his new face grows, he is found murdered. The film ends when both the communist parties jointly celebrate his martyrdom. A discussion was carried out about this movie in Russian Parliament.