“Oleg” enthralls audience at IFFK

“Oleg” enthralls audience at IFFK


With a week of hectic activity ahead for movie lovers in the state, the first film of the International Film Festival of Kerala ran housefull on the first day itself. Latvian director Juris Kursietis’ “Oleg” was screened along with Pawo Doyning Chorji’s “Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom” and Maryam Touzani’s “Adam”.


Oleg has won the “National Grand Prix” at the Brussels international Film Festival and the “Best Narrative Feature Film Award” at the Valletta Film Festival in Malta. It is a gritty and honest portrayal of the life of a migrant in Brussels, and captures the darker side of European life. The film did receive wide acclaim from festival audiences for its gripping narrative and host of excellent performances.


The opening film “Passed by Censor” by Serhat Karaaslan which had its Indian premiere at the Nishagandhi theatre has also won critical acclaim at the festival. Karaaslan’s direction ensures an intensely political and highly relevant narrative that depicts one man’s unravelling state of mind and the conflict between privacy and authoritarianism.


In total , fifteen films were screened at the Nila, Sree, Kairali and Kalabhavan Theatres. Stephen Batut’s “Burning Ghost”, Amjad Abu Alala’s “You Will Die At 20”, Ena Sendarejivic’s “Take Me Somewhere Nice” and Italian director Armando Capó’s “August” are some of the prominent films that were showcased.


43 films in World Cinema category on Day 2


 The second day of the International Film Festival of Kerala will see 43 films in the World Cinema category.


‘Back to Maracana’ directed by Jorge Gurvich and ‘Nova Lituania’ by Karolis Kaupinis, will have their Asian premieres. ‘Before Oblivion’ (Spanish) and ‘Unintended’ (English) directed by Anja Marman will be International premieres. Ashwin Kumar’s ‘No Fathers in Kashmir’, ‘Balloon’ by Pema Sedan, ‘Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains’ by Gu Xiaogang, Goran Paskaljevic’s ‘Despite the Fog’ and ‘A Dark Dark Man’ directed by Adilkhan Yerzhanov are to  be showcased on the same day.


Raymund Ribay Gutierrez’ ‘Verdict’ (Special Jury Award at the Venice Film Festival 2019) and Haifa Street, directed by Mohanad Hayal, (Best Arabic Film at Busan International Film Festival) are also the main attractions of the day.


Two films, ‘Oleg’ and ‘Lunan: A Yak in the Classroom’ had received rave reviews on the first day of the festival.