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10+ Best Films to Watch at IFFI 2017

Goa Film Festival 2017

While the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI 2017) commonly know as Goa Film Festival, gets underway, cinephiles all over India have travel plans scheduled as Goa will be the place to throng over at this week. IFFI 2017 (Goa Film Festival) has some amazing films from all over the world which are being screened, that makes it difficult for movie watchers to decide which movies to put at the top of their watch list. We at FilmSpell ensure that you make the best of this festival by selecting 10+ best films to watch at Goa Film Festival 2017. Every cinephile must watch these films at IFFI 2017.

The Great Buddha + ( Huang Hsin-yao) :

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Pickle is a night security guard at a bronze statue factory. His colleague, Belly Bottom, works as a recycling collector during the day, and Pickle’s biggest pleasure in life is flicking through the porn magazines Belly Bottom collects in the small hours in the security room. Having late night snacks and watching television are an integral part of their dull lives. One day when the television is broken, their lives are changed forever. The story involves gods, the middle-aged men’s sexual desire and the conversation between ghosts and humans.

Ardh Satya ( Govind Nihalani) :

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A young policeman, forced to join the services by his father, is caught between his own ideals and the stark reality of widespread corruption in the police force and its strong nexus with politics. It will be screened at the homage section as a tribute to the acclaimed actor Om Puri.

On Body and Soul ( Ildiko Enyedi) :

On Body and Soul

Endre and Maria work at an abattoir. He is the financial director, she the new quality inspector. By day, their urban workplace houses scenes of animals being slaughtered – and Enyedi does not shy away from the carnage. By night, they dream of the same pastoral scene in which deer rub against each other in the snow. Endre is mild-mannered, while the OCD-afflicted Maria is nervous and introverted. In everyday life, these two can’t quite connect, then a company psychiatrist realizes that they see identical images during sleep. Should these subconsciously kindred coworkers commingle in their waking hours? Or are they better off resigning themselves to being lovers only in dreams?

Spoor ( Agnieszka Holland):

Spoor

A story about Janina Duszejko, an elderly woman, who lives alone in the Klodzko Valley where a series of mysterious crimes are committed. Duszejko is convinced that she knows who (or what) is the murderer, but nobody believes her.

The Sacrifice ( Andrei Tarkovsky):

The Sacrifice

Alexander is celebrating his birthday with family and friends when they receive some stunning news from the radio. World War III has erupted, and the end of the world is near. In order to avert the apocalypse, Alexander makes a bargain with God: He’ll give up everything he values in life, including his beautiful home and beloved son. So, when Alexander awakens from this episode, as if from a dream, he sets about doing just that.




Mother! ( Darren Aronofsky) :

Mother

A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence in this riveting psychological thriller about love, devotion and sacrifice.

Mukti Bhawan ( Shubhashish Bhutiani):

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An ominous dream convinces 77-year-old Dayanand Kumar that his end could be near. He takes the news to his son Rajiv, knowing he wants to breathe his last in the holy city of Varanasi and end the cycle of rebirth, by attaining salvation. Being the dutiful son he is, Rajiv is left with no choice but to drop everything and make the journey with his stubborn father. Daya and Rajiv check into Mukti Bhawan (Hotel Salvation) in Varanasi, a guesthouse devoted to people who want to die there. But as the days go by, Rajiv struggles to juggle his responsibilities back home, while Daya starts to bloom in the hotel. Rajiv gives his father a shot at salvation but as family bonds are tested, he finds himself torn, and not knowing what he must do to keep his life together.

Loveless ( Andrey Zvyagintsev) :

Loveless

Zhenya and Boris are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment, frustration and recriminations. Already embarking on new lives, each with a new partner, they are impatient to start again, to turn the page -even if it means threatening to abandon their 12-year-old son Alyosha. Until, after witnessing one of their fights, Alyosha disappears…

120 Beats Per Minute ( Robin Campillo):

120 Beats Per Minute

Paris, in the early 1990s: Nathan is a young man who joins an AIDS activist group who is desperately tied to finding the cure against the lethal disease. They target the pharmaceutical labs that are retaining potential cures, and multiply direct actions, with the hope of saving their lives as well as the ones of future generations. As he attends the weekly meetings, he learns that some members prefer a more radical approach to their protests. It had its world premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival where it received critical acclaim and four awards, including the Grand Prix.

The Square ( Ruben Östlund)

The Square

The story of a curator who hires a public relations team to build some buzz for his renowned Swedish museum, The Square is a poignant satirical drama reflecting our times — about the sense of community, moral courage and the affluent person’s need for egocentricity in an increasingly uncertain world.



Special Mention at IFFI 2017

Nagarik( Ritwik Ghatak)

Nagarik

Ramu falls in love with Uma who also comes from a poor background like him. Ramu and Uma dream of a life together and grapple with adverse circumstances to create a happy future for themselves. The movie will be screened at the homage section as a tribute to the acclaimed Indian cinematographer Ramananda Sengupta.

 

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About the author

Arijit Paul

A self-professed Satyajit Ray fan, Arijit is one of those rare cinephiles who has an unconventional notion of Films. An admirer of auteurs like Kurosawa, Bergman and Scorsese alike, Arijit hopes that one day he will be able to bring a new wave in Indian cinema. Apart from films, he finds life in literature, music and traveling. His blogs are likely to be the most unprejudiced view on whatever topic he decides to write on.

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