Thithi, For The Love of a Man and Waiting in Dubai fest lineup

  • Gautaman Bhaskaran, Hindustan Times, Chennai
  • Updated: Dec 03, 2015 14:38 IST
Director Raam Reddy’s Thithi is a narrative about three generations, and what happens in their village when the eldest among them, Century Gowda, dies. (Dubai International Film Festival)

The 12th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival, running from December 9 to 16, will have 57 fascinating features from across the globe. A peek at some of them.

There are three Indian titles. Raam Reddy’s Thithi is a witty narrative about three generations of men, and what happens in their village when the eldest among them, Century Gowda, dies. Rinku Kalsy joins the line-up with her compelling biopic on Tamil superstar Rajinikanth, called For The Love of a Man. Anu Menon’s Waiting talks about the frightening experience of a retired professor and a young woman as they wait in a hospital for their relatives to come out of a coma.

Watch For The Love of a Man trailer here:

Outside India, Japanese filmmaker Naomi Kawase will showcase her heart-warming movie, An. Focussing on the life of a pancake stall manager, the story tells us how an elderly lady who comes to him for work wins him over with her delicious home-made bean paste. The two build up a relationship which goes beyond simple street food.

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Watch the trailer of Naomi Kawase’s new film An here:

Iranian director Amir-Hossein Saghafi will come to Dubai with his third feature, The Man Who Became A Horse, which describes the obsessive relationship between a father and his daughter. And when it is time for her to get married and leave, the father tries every trick to keep her with him, and this includes a horse that the girl is extremely fond of.

Watch the trailer of Amir-Hossein Saghafi’s film The Man Who Became a Horse here:

Rams by Grimur Hakonarson from Iceland centres on how two estranged brothers in a remote farming valley patch up when their flock of sheep is threatened by disease.

Icelandic film Rams directed by Grímur Hákonarson won the Prize Un Certain Regard at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. A poster of the film.

Terence Davies will present his latest, Sunset Song, a deeply emotional film adaption of the Lewis Grassic Gibbon novel. Set in the harsh and beautiful Scottish heartland, Sunset Song is driven by a young farmer’s daughter, Chris, as she dreams of a life outside her homeland even as World War I takes its toll on the community.

Terence Davies’s film Sunset Song, is a screen adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon novel. (Dubai International Film Festival)

French writer, scenarist, actor and helmer, Samuel Benchetrit joins the line-up with his latest directorial piece, Macadam Stories, which is all about chance encounters -- between a disabled old man and a night nurse, between a troubled female actor and a teenager, and between an American astronaut and his doting mother.

Watch the trailer of Samuel Benchetrit’s new film Macadam Stories here:

Sri Lanka’s Vimukthi Jayasundara follows a young Buddhist monk in Dark In The White Light as he journeys through Colombo in quest of spiritual truth.

Guatemala’s Ixcanul Volcana is a moving snapshot of a 17-year-old Mayan girl who faces a life-changing situation when she bitten by a snake.

2015 Guatemalan-French drama film Ixcanul Volcana is a written and directed by Jayro Bustamante. (Dubai International Film Festival)

(Gautaman Bhaskaran will cover the Dubai International Film Festival.)

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