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