The hype surrounding PIFF 2017 (12th January – 19th January) is far too real and deserved! Apart from the magnificent and assorted collection of movies which PIFF brings to you this year, the jury panel is truly noteworthy as well! The 15th edition of PIFF boasts of remarkable and expert judges from over 7 countries!
PIFF believes in getting a variety of experienced judges for each year, this helps to get the filmmakers and film lovers get as much direct exposure to the International Film scene. Continuing the tradition of roping in Global Cinema Experts as the Jury,
This year’s jury at PIFF includes:
PIFF plays a central part in highlighting global films. Commenting on the films shortlisted this year in various sections of PIFF Dr. Patel said,
“This year we received more than 1,100 entries for all the competitions at PIFF from over 95 countries. This year we bring a selection of 225+ select movies for the festival. We have 2 sections dedicated for our theme this year – Environment”.
The World Competition at PIFF 2017 boasts of 14 International films from across the globe, including one from India as well – ‘Lady of the Lake’ directed by Haobam Paban Kumar.
The entire list of shortlisted films for World Competition is as follows:
Summer 1910. Several tourists have vanished while relaxing on the beautiful beaches of the Channel Coast. Infamous inspectors Machin and Malfoy soon gather that the epicenter of these mysterious disappearances must be Slack Bay, a unique site where the Slack river and the sea join only at high tide. There lives a small community of fishermen and other oyster farmers. Among them evolves a curious family, the Bréfort, renowned ferrymen of the Slack Bay, lead by the father nick-named “The Eternal”, who rules as best as he can on his prankster bunch of sons, especially the impetuous Ma Loute, aged 18.
Sir “P” a 90 year old gray parrot, formerly living with Edouard Daladier, the French prime minister responsible for signing the Munich Treaty, comes to Prague to give his “account” of the past events. But can he do it, being just a bird? In a series of weird events sir is kidnapped by a Czech journalist undergoing his midlife crisis.
A gang of Afghan kids from the Kuchi tribe dig out old Soviet mines and sell the explosives to children working in a lapis lazuli mine. When not dreaming of the time when American troops finally withdraw from their land, another gang of children keeps tight control on the caravans smuggling the blue gemstones through the arid mountains of Pamir.
In 1945 Poland, a young French Red Cross doctor who is sent to assist the survivors of the German camps discovers several nuns in advanced states of pregnancy during a visit to a nearby convent.
The film was inspired by the letters exchanged between two leading Portuguese poets, Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen and Jorge de Sena, during the exile of the latter (1957-78).
Three Palestinian women living in an apartment in Tel Aviv try to find a balance between traditional and modern culture.
A nurse traffics the ID cards of demented patients on the black market of identity theft. Driven by easy cash, and an addiction to morphine, she struggles to keep tabs on her emotional void, and a growing fear of punishment.
Based on a short story by co-writer Sudhir Naoroibam, Lady of the Lake begins on a tranquil note, following a fisherman as he goes about his daily routine. The opening 10 minutes are arguably the film’s high point, as cinematographer Shehnad Jalal effortlessly captures the odd beauty of the phumdi and the languid pace of life on the lake.
One of the most popular actors in Turkish cinema, Rıza Sönmez goes behind the camera for this docudrama, inspired by a visually-impaired musician whom he met in Kars during the filming of Uğur Yücel’s Soğuk/ Cold, and by insights from people in the city who thought Orhan Pamuk’s novel “Snow” failed to truthfully reflect their lives.
Keeping the student film making scene in mind, PIFF 2017 has initiated the Live Action Section of the Student Competition. Just like every year, PIFF 2017 continues to provide aspiring film makers a platform to showcase their creation. Out of the 13 films selected for this competition, 4 films are from India. 2 are made by the students of FTII Pune and 2 by the students of Whistling Woods International.
The entire shortlisted list of films for the Live Action Section of the Student Competition is as follows:
Animation films are an integral part of the global film industry. To inspire as well as nurture the animation film makers, PIFF 2017 also conducts the ‘Student Competition Section for Animated films’ competition. This section has 16 films with 1 film – ‘Tumling Street’ made by Saint Xavier’s College, India.
The entire list of films shortlisted for this competition is as follows:
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