11th Chennai International Film Festival

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11th Chennai International Film Festival
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Official poster
Opening film Like Father, Like Son
Location Chennai, India
Founded 2003
Hosted by Suhasini Maniratnam
No. of films 165
Festival date 12 December 2013 (2013-12-12) – 19 December 2013 (2013-12-19)
Website www.chennaifilmfest.com/index.html

The 11th Chennai International Film Festival took place in Chennai , Tamil Nadu, India from 12 to 19 December 2013. The event was organised by the Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation (ICAF) with support from the Government of Tamil Nadu. The festival was curated by actress-director Suhasini Maniratnam and inaugurated by Kamal Haasan and Aamir Khan. The Japanese drama Like Father, Like Son marked the beginning of the fest.

Director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra presided over the valedictory function and presented the awards. Thanga Meenkal, Haridas and Paradesi won the Tamil film competition and composer Anirudh Ravichander was awarded the newly instituted Amitabh Bachchan award for "Youth Icon of the Year".

History[edit]

The Chennai International Film Festival (CIFF) was instituted in the year 2003 by the Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation (ICAF), a non-profit organisation.[1] ICAF is a registered film society and works for the promotion of meaningful cinema by organising country centric festivals throughout the year by obtaining films from Embassies and Consulates, and has around 500 members, including film directors, cinematographers and technicians.[2] In 2008, the Government of Tamil Nadu began supporting the event by sponsoring a part of it. The fest was reinvented in 2010 following the involvement of actor-director Suhasini which spiraled the direct involvement of film personalities in coordinating the fest. Later, when the funds raised through well-wishers were not substantial enough to support the event, the state government extended its support and financed the fest with a donation of 5 million (US$73,000). Since then, the government has been supporting the subsequent editions of the festival.[1] The fest is conducted every year during the month of December.[3]

The festival awards the best of Tamil cinema through a Tamil Feature Film Competition where 12 shortlisted films compete every year for the prize money of 6 lakh.[4] Apart from awards for the Best Feature Film and the Second Best Feature Film, there is a Special Jury Award and a Film Buff Award, which is a web-based award given to the person who watches the maximum number of films and gives his own personalized account of the films watched.[5]

11th CIFF[edit]

The 11th edition of the film festival was also organised by the ICAF. Emanadar Thangaraj, General Secretary of ICAF, invited actor-director Suhasini Maniratnam to curate the event. The fest was conducted between 12 and 19 December 2013 and a total of 165 films were screened in 8 screens across 5 venues.[6] Presented by the national newspaper The Hindu and the Tamil satellite channel Pudhuyugam, the event saw the participation of 58 countries. The film festival celebrated the spirit of international cinema and the Centenary of Indian Cinema.[4] Though the festival was supported by the state government, the funds were raised mainly through sponsorship and donations by celebrity volunteers.[7] A specially designed poster was unveiled on 6 November 2013.[8] An anthem song was set to tunes by Prakash Nikki. The lyrics was written by Rohini and sung by Andrea Jeremiah, Vallavan and Yuki.[9] The song was used for promotional purpose and was released a day before the fest began.[10]

As is the norm, the fest has a Tamil Feature Film Competition. In a press conference held on 6 November 2013, Thangaraj made the official announcement while the registration for the same began in early June 2013 with the last date being extended from 30 September to 15 November.[11][12] Producers of Tamil films censored between 16 October 2012 and 15 October 2013 were invited to apply for the competition.[13] The 11th edition also saw the institution of a new award, the 'Amitabh Bachchan Youth Icon Award', as a token of respect to Bachchan who graced the closing ceremony of the fest the previous year.[10] Ironically though, the CIFF Documentary Contest that took place the previous year was absent.

Inauguration[edit]

Actress Shabana Azmi, who was expected to be present for the inaugural following an invite by Thangaraj, could not make her presence.[8] The event was set in motion at around 5:30 PM on 12 December 2013 at Sir Mutha Venkata Subba Rao Concert Hall.[14] The fest was inaugurated by Tamil actor-director Kamal Haasan and Bollywood actor-director-TV anchor Aamir Khan in the presence of celebrities including Mohanlal. Khan who resides at Mumbai attended the event in Chennai at his own expense following the example set by Amitabh Bachchan the previous year.[15] A week prior to the inauguration, in a curtain-raiser interview to The Hindu, Khan emphasised the need for social commitment in films.[16] Following the inauguration, in an open stage interaction with Suhasini, Haasan underlined the importance of script writing and was quoted saying "There are books, but books will not make cinema. Even Shakespeare will have to learn script-writing."[17] In response to a question raised by singer S. P. Balasubrahmanyam on the need for qualified critics in censor board, Haasan also called for the film industry to take the responsibility of censoring films as he felt that those on the Censor Board were not qualified enough to do so.[18] As part of his inaugural speech, Khan wished for a chain of theatres to showcase world cinema and Indian art-house films throughout the year claiming "these films do attract considerable audience."[19]

The inauguration was compered by actress Abhirami and Ramya of the CIFF.[17] The event began with poetry reading of select Tamil film songs by actresses Rohini and Poornima Bhagyaraj followed by a music session with performances by vocalist Karthik and pianist Anil Srinivasan, who rendered songs of Ilaiyaraja.[18] As part of the event, dancers Shobana, Swarnamalya and their students presented thematic dance performances.[17]

Main Event[edit]

The main event of the fest constitutes the screening of 165 films that includes 12 Tamil films as part of the Tamil Feature Film Competition, 17 films of Indian Panorama, and three documentaries, one each on Ellis R. Dungan, Gemini Ganesan and K. Subramanyam.[20] The film festival featured retrospectives of Goran Paskaljevic from Serbia (seven films), Claire Denis from France (five films) and Istvan Szabo from Hungary (three films). The event also included a special section showcasing six films from contemporary Turkey apart from a country focus on Taiwan and Iran.[20] The fest had a special focus on award-winning films from international film festivals like Cannes, Berlin and Venice some of which were screened.[21] The venues for the screening were the Woodlands Multiplex (2 screens), Inox (2 screens), Abhirami Mega Mall (2 screens), Casino Theatre and Rani Seethai Hall.[6]

Three documentary films were screened in a Special Section.[4] An American in Madras is a documentary on American-Tamil film director Ellis R. Dungan. The documentary was the a result of a research by Karan Bali of Upperstall.com, a film website that focuses on classic and independent Indian cinema and its luminaries.[22] The Tamil romantic-drama Kadhal Mannan is a documentary on veteran actor Gemini Ganesan, who was popularly known by the moniker 'Kadhal Mannan'. The third was a documentary on director K. Subramanyam titled He Swam Against the Colonial Current. The docu was made for the Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT), New Delhi, by S. Krishnaswamy, Subrahmanyam’s son.[23]

The fest got rolling with the screening of the Hirokazu Koreeda directed Like Father, Like Son, the English remake rights of which have been bought by Steven Spielberg.[24] The red carpet screenings include The Hunt, Walesa: Man of Hope, The Past, Omar, The Great Beauty and Harmony Lessons.[25] Claudia Lacotte of Eye on Films, a France-based distribution company, addressed the film industry and aspiring filmmakers on the importance of circulating feature films across film festivals around the globe.[4][26]

Forum Discussions[edit]

The event conducted three Forum Discussions, two in English and one in Tamil. The first of the three held at Inox, 'How to crowd fund your movie?' was moderated by filmmaker Alphonse Roy. Director Pawan Kumar who had directed the Kannada hit Lucia completely through crowd-funding and documentary filmmaker Amudhan R.P., discussed the possibility and ways of crowd-funding a film project. Rohini and independent filmmaker-journalist-film critic Sudhish Kamath also participated in the lively discussion.[27] In another discussion on 'Women behind Cinema' moderated by Suhasini, the panel, including female producers and entrepreneurs Pushpa Kandasamy of Kavithalayaa Productions, Archana Kalpathi of AGS Cinemas, Sitara Suresh and Nivedha Priyadarshini[28] discussed the difficulties faced by women filmmakers and technicians.[29] The third forum also held at Inox titled 'Realising Novel Ideas Successfully' discussed bringing novel ideas to films. The team behind Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom along with writer-filmmaker Amshan Kumar, Gouthami and Sudhish Kamath took part[30] where the question of 'why do we make films?' cropped up. Suhasini quoted Walt Disney saying "We don't make movies to make money. We make money to make more movies."[29]

Excluding the aforementioned, 'Cinema of Cruelty', a discussion on Tamil cinema, pondered over the excessive violence found in Tamil films and its influences, citing that Paruthiveeran and Subramaniapuram started the trend inspiring even acclaimed filmmaker Anurag Kashyap to make a film like Gangs of Wasseypur.[31]

Reception[edit]

The Great Beauty[29][32] Parviz[29] Walesa: A Man of Hope[28] The Hunt[33] Blue Is The Warmest Colour[34] Omar[35] Midhunam[36][37][38] Like Father, Like Son[26]

Jury[edit]

The jury members for the Tamil feature film competition was introduced by Rohini.[39] The jury was headed by producer-director R. V. Udayakumar and constitutes actor-director Sripriya and prominent writer S. Ramakrishnan.[6] Twelve films were short listed from a total of 17 entries.[6]

Closing ceremony[edit]

The 8-day film festival came to a close on 19 December 2013. The closing ceremony was held at Sir Mutha Venkata Subba Rao Concert Hall. While Mohanlal was reported to be one of the chief guests of the evening, he skipped it having made it to the inauguration.[40] Director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra was the sole chief guest.[41] The closing was anchored by Karthi and Anu Hasan.[41] Following a live concert by composer Anirudh Ravichander, the chief guest handed over the various awards. Thanga Meenkal and Haridas won the first and second place in the Tamil Competition while its child actors won the newly instituted award for Best Child Artistes.[42] The Special Jury Award for Individual Excellence was presented to Adharvaa for his performance in Paradesi.[42] Anirudh won the maiden Amitabh Bachchan award for Youth Icon of the year.[43] The winner of the Online Film Buff Award was announced as Pavithran Sivam through their Facebook page.[44]

Promotion[edit]

The organisers decided to get the city involved in the event. Suhasini says, "That’s when we decided to stage a flash mob. This year, we also have Zumba. We have festival tees, student volunteers, more cinema halls, and several stars."[1] In a move to publicise the fest among the public, the organisers held flash mob dances and Zumba by the beach. On 11 December 2013, a day before the event began, dancers from the professional dance group 'The S Community of Entertainment', created a flash mob at the atrium of Express Avenue.[45] They were joined by Vijay Sethupathi, Jayam Ravi, Suhasini, etc. for the five-minute performance.[46] During the after-party following the inauguration, professional dancers who were rehearsing Zumba was joined by the Khan, Mohanlal, Suhasini and a few more who would perform later.[47] On the morning of 15 December, a set was erected at the Schmidt Memorial, Besant Nagar Beach and Zumba was performed by celebrities including Suhasini, Anita Ratnam, Shanthanu Bhagyaraj, VJ Ramya Subramaniam, Ashok Kumar, Maanu and Abhirami.[48][49][50][51][52]

Screenings[edit]

Retrospectives[edit]

Retrospective of Goran Paskaljevic
S. No English Title Original Title (Year) Language Director Country Venue Date & Time
1 Beach Guard in Winter Čuvar plaže u zimskom periodu (1976) Serbo-Croatian Goran Paskaljevic Yugoslavia Woodlands Symphony 16, 10:45 AM
2 Special Treatment Poseban tretman (1980) Serbo-Croatian Yugoslavia Inox 3 15, 11 AM
3 When Day Breaks Kad svane dan (2012) Serbian Serbia Woodlands Symphony 13, 1:45 PM
4 Cabaret Balkan Bure baruta (1998) Serbian Yugoslavia Inox 3 18, 11 AM
5 How Harry Became a Tree (2001) English Italy
France
UK
Woodlands Symphony 18, 10:45 AM
6 Midwinter Night’s Dream San zimske noci (2004) Serbian Serbia
Montenegro
Inox 3 19, 4:30 PM
7 Honeymoons Medeni mesec (2009) Serbian
Albanian
Serbia
Albania
Woodlands Symphony 17, 1:45 PM
Retrospective of István Szabó
S. No English Title Original Title (Year) Language Director Country Venue Date & Time
8 The Door Az ajtó (2012) English István Szabó Hungary Woodlands Symphony 15, 6:45 PM
9 Sweet Emma, Dear Böbe – Sketches, Nudes Édes Emma, drága Böbe - vázlatok, aktok (1992) Hungarian Woodlands Symphony 16, 4:15 PM
10 Budapest Tales Budapesti mesék (1976) Hungarian Rani Seethai Hall 19, 11 AM
Retrospective of Claire Denis
S. No English Title Original Title (Year) Language Director Country Venue Date & Time
11 No Fear, No Die S'en fout la mort (1990) French Claire Denis France Woodlands Symphony 18, 1:45 PM
12 Good Work Beau Travail (1999) French
Italian
Russian
Woodlands Symphony 17, 10:45 AM
13 Trouble Every Day (2001) French
English
Woodlands Symphony 14, 10:45 AM
14 The Intruder L'intrus (2004) French Woodlands Symphony 13, 10:45 AM
15 35 Shots of Rum 35 Rhums (2008) French
German
France
Germany
Woodlands Symphony 16, 1:45 PM

World Cinema[edit]

S. No English Title Original Title (Year) Language Director Country Venue Date & Time
16 Young & Beautiful Jeune & Jolie (2013) French François Ozon France Woodlands 15, 7 PM
17 Salvo (2013) Italian Fabio Grassadonia
Antonio Piazza
France
Italy
Casino 16, 4:30 PM
18 Suzanne (2013) French Katell Quillévéré France Casino 17, 11 AM
19 My Sweet Pepper Land (2013) Kurdish Huner Saleem France
Germany
Iraq
Inox 3 18, 2 PM
20 Six Acts Shesh Peamim Hebrew Jonathan Gurfinkel Israel Woodlands 19, 11 AM
21 Harmony Lessons Uroki garmonii (2013) Kazakh
Russian
Emir Baighazin France
Germany
Kazakhstan
Woodlands 19, 2 PM
22 Cheap Thrills (2013) English E.L. Katz USA Swarna Sakthi Abirami 14, 11 AM
23 The Missing Picture L'image manquante (2013) French Rithy Panh Cambodia
France
Inox 3 18, 4:30 PM
24 The German Doctor Wakolda (2013) Spanish Lucía Puenzo Argentina / France / Spain / Norway Inox 3 17, 11 AM
25 Little Lion Comme un lion (2012) French Samuel Collardey France Swarna Sakthi Abirami 14, 2 PM
26 12 Ans D'âge (2013) French Frédéric Proust France Casino 14, 4:30 PM
27 The Amazing Catfish Los insólitos peces gato (2013) Spanish Claudia Sainte-Luce Mexico Woodlands 18, 11 AM
28 Two Mothers Zwei Mütter (2013) German Anne Zohra Berrached Germany Woodlands 16, 7 PM
29 What They Don't Talk About When They Talk About Love Yang tidak dibicarakan ketika membicarakan cinta (2013) Indonesian Mouly Surya Indonesia Woodlands 17, 2 PM
30 The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas I aionia epistrofi tou Antoni Paraskeua (2013) Greek Elina Psikou Greece Inox 2 14, 1:45 PM
31 The Major Mayor (2013) Russian Yuri Bykov Russia Robot Bala Abirami 13, 4:15 PM
32 Coming Forth by Day Al-khoroug lel-nahar (2012) Arabic Hala Lotfy Egypt Inox 2 17, 1:45 PM
33 After the Battle Baad el Mawkeaa (2012) Arabic Yousry Nasrallah Egypt Rani Seethai Hall 18, 11 AM
34 Chaos, Disorder Harag W' Marag (2012) Arabic Nadine Khan Egypt Rani Seethai Hall 19, 2 PM
35 Chinese Zodiac CZ12 (2012) Jackie Chan China
Hong Kong
Rani Seethai Hall 12, 2PM
36 A Simple Life Tao jie (2012) Cantonese Ann Hui Hong Kong Rani Seethai Hall 13, 7 PM
37 Back to 1942 Yi jiu si er (2012) Mandarin Xiaogang Feng China Rani Seethai Hall 17, 11 AM
38 The Old Man Shal (2012) Kazakh Ermek Tursunov Kazakhstan Woodlands Symphony 12, 10:45 AM
39 Don Jon (2013) English Joseph Gordon-Levitt USA Robot Bala Abirami 15, 10:45 AM
40 Mystery Road (2013) English Ivan Sen Australia Woodlands Symphony 13, 6:45 PM
41 90 Minutes 90 minutter (2012) Norwegian Eva Sørhaug Norway Woodlands 13, 11 AM
42 The Tree and the Swing To dentro kai i kounia (2013) Greek Maria Douza Greece Robot Bala Abhirami 17, 4:15 PM
43 Fynbos (2012) English Harry Patramanis South Africa
Greece
USA
Casino 19, 11 AM
44 Tangerines Mandariinid (2013) Russian Zaza Urushadze Estonia
Georgia
Robot Bala Abirami 14, 1:45 PM
45 A Stranger Obrana i zastita (2013) Croatian
Bosnian
Bobo Jelcic Croatia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Inox 2 14, 6:45 Pm
46 The Bag of Flour Le sac de farine (2012) Arabic
French
Kadija Leclere Belgium, Morocco, and France Robot Bala Abirami 13, 6:45 PM
47 The Past Le Passé (2013) French
Persian
Asghar Farhadi Iran Woodlands 18, 2 PM
48 Olli (2013) Tamil P. Rameesh Malaysia Inox 3 16, 2 PM
49 How to Describe a Cloud (2013) David Verbeek Netherlands Robot Bala Abirami 13, 1:45 PM
50 Something in the Way (2013) Indonesian Teddy Soeriaatmadja Indonesia Casino 13, 11 AM
51 Like Father, Like Son Soshite chichi ni naru (2013) Japanese Hirokazu Koreeda Japan Casino 14, 2 PM
52 The Whirl Vir (2012) Serbian Bojan Vuk Kosovcevic Serbia Woodlands 13, 4:30 PM
53 Illusion (2013) German Roland Reber Germany Inox 2 17, 6:45 PM
54 Walesa. Man of Hope Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei (2013) Polish Andrzej Wajda Poland Woodlands 17, 7 PM
55 Life Feels Good Chce sie zyc (2013) Polish Maciej Pieprzyca Poland Swarna Sakthi Abirami 15, 11 AM
56 A Long and Happy Life Dolgaya schastlivaya zhizn (2013) Russian Boris Khlebnikov Russia Woodlands 15, 11 AM
57 Rock the Casbah Rock Ba-Casba (2012) Hebrew Yariv Horowitz Israel/France Robot Bala Abirami 18, 10:45 AM
58 Floating Skyscrapers Plynace wiezowce (2013) Polish Tomasz Wasilewski Poland Robot Bala Abirami 19, 1:45 PM
59 Roa (2013) Spanish Andrés Baiz Colombia Casino 19, 2 PM
60 El Mudo (2013) Spanish Daniel Vega Vidal
Diego Vega Vidal
Peru
France
Mexico
Swarna Sakthi Abirami 17, 11 AM
61 Stray Dogs Jiao you (2013) Mandarin Tsai Ming-liang Taiwan
France
Woodlands 14, 2 PM
62 Mother, I Love You Mammu, es tevi mīlu (2013) Latvian Janis Nords Latvia Swarna Sakthi Abirami 16, 11 AM
63 Cannibal Vegetarian Ljudožder vegetarijanac (2012) Croatian Branko Schmidt Croatia Inox 3 14, 2 PM
64 Fatal Sin Pecado Fatal (2013) Portuguese Luís Diogo Portugal Casino 13, 7 PM
65 The Future Il Futuro (2013) Italian
Spanish
English
Alicia Scherson Chile
Germany
Italy
Spain
Woodlands Symphony 17, 4:15 PM
66 XL (2013) Icelandic Marteinn Thorsson Iceland Rani Seethai Hall 13, 11 AM
67 Spooks and Spirits Ófeigur gengur aftur (2013) Icelandic Ágúst Guðmundsson Iceland Rani Seethai Hall 15, 7 PM
68 Rock Bottom Þetta Reddast (2013) Icelandic Börkur Gunnarsson Iceland Woodlands Symphony 17, 6:45 PM
69 Ferox Falskur Fugl (2013) Icelandic Thor Omar Jonsson Iceland Woodlands Symphony 19, 10:45 AM
70 Oh Boy! (2012) German
English
Jan Ole Gerster Germany Woodlands Symphony 13, 4:15 PM
71 The Wild Ones Els nens salvatges (2012) Spanish Patricia Ferreira Spain Swarna Sakthi Abirami 15, 4:30 PM
72 A Touch of Sin Tian Zhu Ding (2013) Mandarin Zhangke Jia China Swarna Sakthi Abirami 17, 7 PM
73 Ken & Mary: The Asian Truck Express Ken to Merî: Ame-agari no yozora ni (2013) Japanese Kenta Fukasaku Japan Swarna Sakthi Abirami 18, 11 AM
74 The Shooter Skytten (2013) Danish Annette K. Olesen Denmark Casino 14, 7 PM
75 The Hunt Jagten (2013) Danish Thomas Vinterberg Denmark Woodlands 16, 2 PM
76 Northwest Nordvest (2013) Danish Michael Noer Denmark Swarna Sakthi Abirami 19, 2 PM
77 The Cleaner El limpiador (2013) Spanish Adrián Saba Peru Robot Bala Abirami 16, 1:45 PM
78 The Photograph Zdjecie (2012) Polish Maciej Adamek Poland Casino 15, 11 AM
79 If Only Sana Dati (2013) Filipino Jerrold Tarog Philippines Casino 16, 11 AM
80 The Girl and Death Het Meisje en de Dood (2012) Russian
German
French
Jos Stelling Dutch Casino 17, 4:30 PM
81 Let Me Survive (2013) English Eduardo Rossoff Belgium
France
Inox 3 15, 4:30 PM
82 Arrest Me Arrêtez-moi (2013) French Jean-Paul Lilienfeld France Robot Bala Abirami 16, 6:45 PM
83 Blue Is the Warmest Colour La Vie d'Adèle (2013) French Abdellatif Kechiche France Casino 18, 7 PM
84 Jonathas' Forest A Floresta de Jonathas (2012) Portuguese Sergio Andrade Brazil Robot Bala Abirami 18, 4:15 PM
85 The Priest's Children Svecenikova djeca (2013) Croatian Vinko Brešan Croatia
Serbia
Swarna Sakthi Abirami 19, 11 AM
86 Cold Bloom Sakura namiki no mankai no shita ni (2012) Japanese Atsushi Funahashi Japan Inox 3 17, 2 PM
87 Tricked Steekspel (2012) Dutch
English
Paul Verhoeven Netherlands Robot Bala Abirami 19, 10:45 AM
88 Fill the Void Lemale et ha'halal (2012) Hebrew Rama Burshtein Israel Casino 17, 2 PM
89 Waiting for the Sea V ozhidanii morya (2012) Russian Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov Russia
Belgium
France
Kazakhstan
Germany
Woodlands 14, 7 PM
90 Trapped Darband (2013) Persian Parviz Shahbazi Iran Swarna Sakthi Abirami 13, 2 PM
91 Puppylove (2013) French Delphine Lehericey Belgium
Switzerland
France
Luxembourg
Woodlands 15, 2 PM
92 Black Diamonds Diamantes negros (2013) Spanish Miguel Alcantud Spain
Portugal
Swarna Sakthi Abirami 16, 2 PM
93 Errata (2012) Spanish Iván Vescovo Argentina Casino 17, 7 PM
94 Inertia Inercia (2013) Spanish Isabel Muñoz Cota Callejas Mexico Woodlands 17, 11 AM
95 Club Sandwich Club Sándwich (2013) Spanish Fernando Eimbcke Mexico Robot Bala Abirami 17, 10:45 AM
96 No (2012) Spanish Pablo Larraín Chile
USA
France
Mexico
Robot Bala Abirami 16, 4:15 PM
97 The Last Floor Ostatnie pietro (2013) Polish Tadeusz Król Poland Inox 2 14, 10:45 AM
98 Secrets of Love Sekrety milosci (2013) French
Russian
Polish
Krystian Matysek Poland Robot Bala Abirami 14, 6:45 PM
99 Disciple Lärjungen (2013) Swedish Ulrika Bengts Finland Woodlands 12, 11 AM
100 Lincoln (2012) English Steven Spielberg USA Inox 2 13, 6:45 PM
101 In Bloom Grzeli nateli dgeebi (2013) Georgian Nana Ekvtimishvili Germany
France
Georgia
Casino 18, 11 AM
102 Ilo Ilo (2013) Mandarin
English
Tagalog
Anthony Chen Singapore Robot Bala Abirami 18, 6:45 PM
103 Another House L'autre maison (2013) English
French
Mathieu Roy Canada Casino 15, 4:30 PM
104 The Great Beauty La Grande Bellezza (2013) Italian Paolo Sorrentino Italy
France
Woodlands 18, 7 PM
105 Feed Me with Your Words Nahrani me z besedami (2012) Slovenian
Italian
Martin Turk Slovenia Robot Bala Abirami 14, 10:45 AM
106 My Name Is Viola (2013) Armenian Ruben Kochar Armenia
USA
Woodlands Symphony 16, 6:45 PM
107 White Lie (2013) English Nyima Cartier UK
France
Swarna Sakthi Abirami 15, 2 PM
108 Omar (2013) Hebrew Hany Abu-Assad Palestine Woodlands 18, 4:30 PM
109 Before Snowfall Før snøen faller (2013) Kurdish Hisham Zaman Norway
Germany
Iraq
Inox 3 16, 4:30 PM
110 Chambaili (2013) Urdu Ismail Jilani Pakistan Woodlands Symphony 14, 6:45 PM

Country Focus: Taiwan[edit]

S. No English Title Original Title (Year) Language Director Venue Date & Time
111 Blue Brave: The Legend of Formosa in 1895 1895 (2008) Mandarin
Japanese
Hakka
Chih-yu Hung Rani Seethai Hall 12, 11 AM
112 Orz Boyz Jiong nan hai (2008) Mandarin
Min Nan
Ya Che Yang Rani Seethai Hall 19, 4:30 PM
113 10 plus 10 20 directors Inox 3 14, 11 AM
114 Night Market Hero Ji pai ying xiong (2011) Min Nan Tien-Lun Yeh Rani Seethai Hall 17, 7 PM
115 Yang Yang (2009) Mandarin
French
Yu-Chieh Cheng Rani Seethai Hall 14, 7 PM

Country Focus: Iran[edit]

S. No English Title Original Title (Year) Language Director Venue Date & Time
116 The Green Umbrella Chatr-e Sabz (2013) Persian Nasser Refaie Inox 2 19, 10:45 AM
117 Hush! Girls Don't Scream Hiss... Dohktar-ha Faryad Nemi-Zanand (2013) Persian Pouran Derakhshandeh Woodlands Symphony 12, 1:45 PM
118 Berlin - 7 Persian Ramtin Lavafipour Inox 2 18, 6;45 PM
119 Parviz (2012) Persian Majid Barzegar Woodlands 17, 4:30 PM
120 Reclamation Esterdad (2013) Persian Ali Ghaffari Woodlands Symphony 15, 4:15 PM
121 Sunlight, Moonlight, Earth Aftab, Mahtab, Zamin (2013) Persian Ali Ghavitan Inox 2 17, 4:15 PM

Contemporary Films: Turkey[edit]

S. No English Title Original Title (Year) Language Director Country Venue Date & Time
122 Thou Gild'st the Even Sen Aydinlatirsin Geceyi (2013) Turkish Onur Ünlü Turkey Robot Bala Abirami 18, 1:45 PM
123 The Circle Within Icimdeki Cember (2013) Turkish Deniz Çinar Turkey Inox 2 18, 4:15 PM
124 Love Me Sev Beni (2013) English
Russian
Ukrainian
Turkish
Maryna Gorbach
Mehmet Bahadir Er
Turkey
Ukraine
Swarna Sakthi Abirami 16, 4:30 PM
125 Jin Jîn (2013) Turkish
Kurdish
Reha Erdem Turkey Casino 16, 7 PM
126 Strangers In The House Evdeki Yabancilar (2012) Turkish Dilek Keser, Ulas Gunes Kacargil Turkey Inox 3 13, 2 PM
127 Mold Küf (2012) Turkish Ali Aydin Turkey
Germany
Woodlands 14, 11 AM

Eye on Films[edit]

S. No English Title Original Title (Year) Language Director Country Venue Date & Time
128 House with a Turret Dom s bashenkoy (2012) Russian Eva Neymann Ukraine Woodlands Symphony 19, 1:45 PM
129 Snails in the Rain Shablulim Ba'geshem (2013) Hebrew Yariv Mozer Israel Inox 2 18, 10:45 AM
130 Water A film by 7 Directors Israel, Palestine Swarna Sakthi Abirami 18, 4:30 PM
131 Jo's Neighbourhood Un p'tit gars de Ménilmontant (2013) French Alain Minier France Woodlands 13, 2 PM
132 Arrows of the Thunder Dragon (2014) Dzongkha Greg Sneddon Bhutan
Australia
Inox 2 17, 10:45 AM
133 Hide Your Smiling Faces (2013) English Daniel Patrick Carbone USA Robot Bala Abhirami 15, 4:15 PM

Indian Panorama[edit]

S. No Original Title (Year) Language Director Venue Date & Time
134 Ajanata Batas (2013) Bengali Anjan Das Inox 3 16, 11 AM
135 Astu Marathi Sumitra Bhave–Sunil Sukthankar Inox 2 15, 1:45 PM
136 Baga Beach (2013) Konkani Laxmikant Shetgaonkar Woodlands Symphony 15, 10:45 AM
137 Jal (2011) Hindi Girish Malik Robot Bala Abirami 15, 6:45 PM
138 Ko:Yad Mising Manju Borah Woodlands Symphony 15, 1:45 PM
139 Sala Budha (2012) Oriya Sabyasachi Mohapatra Robot Bala Abirami 17, 1:45 PM
140 Ship of Theseus (2013) English/Hindi Anand Gandhi Robot Bala Abirami 17, 6:45 PM
141 Tapaal Marathi Laxman Utekar Robot Bala Abirami 16, 10:45 AM
142 Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013) Hindi Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Swarna Sakthi Abirami 16, 7 PM
143 Kanyaka Talkies (2014) Malayalam K. R. Manoj
144 Barefoot to Goa (2013) Hindi Praveen Morchhale Inox 2 16, 10:45 AM
145 Munsif Kannada Umashankar Swamy Woodlands Symphony 14, 4:15 PM
146 Not a Fairy Tale
Rupkatha Noy (2013)
Bengali Atanu Ghosh Inox 2 15, 10:45 AM
147 Sringhal Assamese Prabin Hazarika Woodlands Symphony 18, 4:15 PM
148 101 Chodyangal (2013) Malayalam Sidhartha Siva Woodlands Symphony 18, 6:45 PM
149 Lucia (2013) Kannada Pawan Kumar Inox 2 16, 4:15 PM
150 Midhunam (2012) Telugu Tanikella Bharani Woodlands Symphony 14, 1:45 PM

Tamil Competition[edit]

S. No Original Title (Year) Director Venue Date & Time
151 Aadhalal Kadhal Seiveer (2013) Suseenthiran Rani Seethai Hall 18, 4:30 PM
152 6 Melugu Vathigal (2013) V. Z. Durai Rani Seethai Hall 17, 4:30 PM
153 Annakodi (2013) P. Bharathiraja Rani Seethai Hall 14, 2 PM
154 Haridas (2013) G.N.R.Kumaravelan Rani Seethai Hall 13, 2 PM
155 Kumki (2012) Prabhu Solomon Rani Seethai Hall 15, 4:30 PM
156 Maryan (2013) Bharat Bala Rani Seethai Hall 17, 2 PM
157 Moodar Koodam (2013) Naveen Rani Seethai Hall 16, 7 PM
158 Moondru Per Moondru Kadal (2013) Vasanth Rani Seethai Hall 13, 4:30 PM
159 Paradesi (2013) Bala Rani Seethai Hall 14, 4:30 PM
160 Ponmaalai Pozhudhu (2013) AC Durai Rani Seethai Hall 18, 7 PM
161 Soodhu Kavvum (2013) Nalan Kumarasamy Rani Seethai Hall 16, 4:30 PM
162 Thanga Meenkal (2013) Ram Rani Seethai Hall 15, 2 PM

Special Screening[edit]

S. No Original Title Language Director Country Venue Date & Time
163 An American in Madras English
Tamil
Hindi
Karan Bali India Rani Seethai Hall 14, 11 AM
164 Kaadhal Mannan Tamil Ashok Kumar India Rani Seethai Hall 15, 11 AM
165 He Swam Against the Colonial Current
Documentary on K. Subrahmanyam
Tamil Dr. S. Krishnaswamy India Rani Seethai Hall 16, 11 AM

Awards[edit]

  • Best Feature Film: Thanga Meenkal (1 lakh each for producer and director)
  • Second Best Feature Film: Haridas (1 lakh each for producer and director)
  • Special Jury Award: Adharvaa for Paradesi
  • Amitabh Bachchan Youth Icon of the Year: Anirudh Ravichander
  • Best Child Artistes: Sadhana for Thanga Meenkal and Prithiviraj Das for Haridas
  • Online Film Buff Award: Pavithran Sivam

Sponsors[edit]

The event, jointly presented by The Hindu and Pudhuyugam, was sponsored by the South India Shelters Pvt Ltd (SIS) with Foams India being the associate sponsor.[53] Other sponsors were Qube Cinema Network, Real Image Technologies (award sponsor), PVP Cinema, TVS, Madras Talkies, Indian Overseas Bank, The Savera, Gamesa, Hot Breads, Tripadam Logistics, Casino Theatre, Woodlands Multiplex, Inox, Abirami Mega Mall, Nithra, IndiaGlitz, Rani Seethai Hall, Fingrid, Deco aro, Ticket New, Reliance Entertainment, Institut Francais, Goethe Institut.

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