The sixteenth edition of the Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) is all set to feature films from Finland, Turkey, China, Brazil, Spain, Poland and Portugal among others.
The festival will be held from January 11 to 18 at various cinema halls around the city including Pimpri-Chinchwad.
“This year, our theme is ‘Youth’. We are also specifically focusing on woman filmmakers.
We received 1,008 entries from 91 countries this year. Out of these, 14 have been selected for the World Competition section,” explains Festival Director and filmmaker Jabbar Patel.
Some of the films which have been selected in this category include Zama, a film by Argentine director Lucrecia Martel.
“This film is about the colonial times around Latin America which were colonies of Spain. This film has been made in collaboration with many countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Spain, France, Netherlands, Portugal, Mexico and USA,” says Abhijit Randive, who is a part of the selection committee.
The sole Indian film which made it to the World Competition section, “Nocturnal Times is a Malayalam film by Priyanandanan T R. This is an interesting story of a girl who goes in search of her father who went missing mysteriously. A story that is about a journey of self-discovery” added Randive.
Apart from this, the festival will also feature a Marathi section and the non-competitive category that includes a students’ section, as well as an Asian one. The country focus this year will be Argentina and Italy.
The festival will also be celebrating legendary Swedish director, Ingmar Bergman’s centenary year by showcasing his films in the Kaleidoscope section. The Retrospective section this year will celebrate Raj Kapoor’s work.
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