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A treat for movie buffs: JIFF from 7 to 11 January

With over 100 films from 32 counties, the 9th edition of Jaipur International Film Festival (JIFF), will be a royal treat for city’s movie buffs. Movies of various genres such as Short Fiction, Feature Fiction, Non Fiction, Documentary, Animation, etc. from countries like USA, China, France, Germany, Spain, Poland and India, among others will be shown. The festival will open at 5.30 pm on Saturday (7 January) at Golcha Cinema with the screening of an English/Arabic film ‘Dana Dana’ (Pearl) at Nile. The 52 minute long film revolves around the story of an Iraqi musician who receives death threats and is forced to leave his country and the love of his life. Later his destiny turns around and he is compelled to choose between a big break in his musical career and his refugee status. Directed by Mutana Al-Rubaye, the film hails origin from Iraq.

Later at 6.15 pm the screening of a Tamil film, Sila Samyangalil (Sometimes) at Tivoli, Golcha Cinema will be held. Directed by Priyadarshan, the film is about seven strangers who spend a day at a lab in South India eagerly awaiting their AIDS test results. The strangers have one thing in common – a fear that they may have contracted the disease — and thus team up to sneakily obtain their results sooner.

On 8 January, a documentary film based on the life of Mohammad Rafi – ‘Daastan-e-Rafi’ will also be screened at 6.30 pm at Golcha cinema.

The movie bonanza will conclude with the screening of a Spanish/French film – ‘Neruda’ on 11 January at 7 pm.Directed by Pablo Larrain, the movie is set in the year 1948 when the Cold War has reached Chile. In Congress, Senator Pablo Neruda accuses the government of betraying the communist party and is swiftly impeached by President Gonzalez Videla. Neruda tries to flee the country with his wife but they are forced into hiding. Inspired by the dramatic events of his new life as a fugitive, Neruda writes his epic collection of poems “Canto General”. In this story of a persecuted poet and his implacable adversary, Neruda recognizes his own heroic possibilities: a chance to become both a symbol for liberty and literary legend.

On all days of the film festival, there will be workshops, master classes, co-production meets etc., apart from films screenings. Some of the interesting topics on which workshops and seminars will be held include Mobile Film Making by Mr. Ansgar Ahlers from Brazil on 8 January at 1.30 pm; Hindi Cinema Ka Safar on 9 January at 2.45 pm; Role of Post Production in Film Making on 10 January at 12 noon; Global Experiment and World Cinema on 11 January at 1.30 pm.

The festival will be on from 8 January to 11 January from 9 am to 10 pm. On 7 January, it will begin at 5.30 pm.

For further details visit: www.jiffindia.org

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Tusharika Singh

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