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A still from ‘Parzania.’
A still from ‘Parzania.’

This weekend promises to be sumptuous for lovers of serious cinema in Kozhikode. The Bankmen’s Film Society (BFS), one of the few of its ilk that try to bring quality international cinema to the region, will screen critically-acclaimed films over three days.

‘Volver’ (Spain), ‘Wild Strawberries’ (Sweden), ‘Kekexili: Mountain Patrol’ (China), ‘Babel’ (France), ‘The Battle of Algiers’ (Algeria), ‘Bus 174’ (Brazil) and ‘Parzania’ (India) will be screened at the Urban Bank Auditorium (Kallai Road) from September 7 to 9.

‘Volver’ (Coming Back), the opening film, is directed by Pedro Almodovar, one of the highest-rated directors today. The Penelope Cruz-starrer was one of the best films of last year and was also the opening film of the last International Film Festival of India in Goa.

Watch it for Cruz

‘Volver’ is the story of Raimunda, a young working-class woman. Cruz was nominated for the best actress category at this year’s Oscar for her brilliant portrayal of Raimunda. She is one of the many reasons why you must see ‘Volver’.

BFS is showing Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 film, ‘Wild Strawberries’, as a tribute to one of the finest filmmakers of all time, who died on July 30. ‘Wild Strawberries’ stars Victor Sjostrom, himself an accomplished director and described as ‘the father of Swedish cinema,’ and Bibi Andersson. Sjostrom plays an elderly doctor who sets out on a journey to his former university, along with his daughter and his memories.

Chinese thriller

‘Kekexili: Mountain Patrol’ (2004), the breathtakingly shot Chinese film is a thriller. Director Lu Chuan tells a true story about a fierce battle between the local Tibetans and poachers of the endangered antelope. ‘Bus 174’ (2002) is based on a true incident. The debut film of director Jose Padilha, based on a bus hijacking, remains one of the best documentaries of the last few years.

Gujarat in focus

‘Parzania’ (2005), the lone Indian film featured in the festival, had fetched its director Rahul Dholakia and lead actress Sarika the National awards recently. The film is set in the backdrop of the Gujarat riots of 2002.

‘Babel’ (2006), directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, is about four stories taking place across continents and features a stellar cast of Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Gael Garcia Bernal, while ‘The Battle of the Algiers’ (1965), directed by Gillo Pontevorco, tells about Algeria’s independence struggle against the French rule.

P.K. Ajith Kumar

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