The Pune International Film Festival

The 4th Pune International Film Festival is going around in town.
About 4 venues, with 6 screens are participating this time and they are showing about 100 movies.
The halls participating are: Gold Adlabs, E-Square, Citypride Kothrud and NFAI (National Film Archive Institute)
I, along with all the rest of my college crowd, went and got the delegate pass for 300 bucks (if you are not a student, it will cost you 500 bucks)
However, the benefit of a delegate pass is that you can walk into any movie without having to purchase any tickets at all.
Anyways, the general opinion is that if the pass costs 300 bucks, you should see 6 movies atleast to cover up for it.
Its a funny feeling actually, the all you can eat feeling.
However, I came up with my own rating – after having see a couple of really sidey movies.
My approach to this entire thing is, to pick and choose carefully which movies to watch – after which I decide an amount which I could spend to watch the movie, which would justify the movie.
If at the end of 7 days, I have made up the 300 bucks, I would be more than happy.
Anyways, got the opportunity to see some really awesome (and some really pathetic films).
Here is the story so far ( in the descending order of awesomeness)
1. Hotel Rwanda (English)
The movie is set in Rwanda (as the name suggests) and depicts the very violent struggle between the two different sects of people from Rwanda – the Hutus and the Tutsis.
The film has some very powerful performances and was nominated for 3 oscars.
A very hard hitting film.
My review on the film.
How much I would pay for this movie : Rs. 200
2. Dombivli Fast (Marathi)
This was my second good movie of the day (yesterday) and was pretty well made.
Told the story of a person – Madhav Apte – and what happens when you’re driven up the wall (kinda). You flip.
Again, contains some really powerful performances and some awesome screenplay.
Last I heard, it won the Hero Honda Screen Award for Best Direction and the Best Actor (Sandeep Kulkarni) in leading role.
My review on this film
How much I would pay for this movie : Rs. 150
3. Lemming (French)
Not all french films are good. But this one was very well done. Extremely well done.
The movie had a very Alfred Hitchcockish kind of feel to it with the entire 2 hours 10 mins of it being very intense and gripping.
Though the entire film is mostly shot in one house – indoors – and was subtitled, it was fun to watch. The subtitles were very easy to follow and I really enjoyed the roller coaster ride that the movie took me on.
My review on this film (yet to come)
How much I would pay for this movie : Rs. 80
4. While it rains hard (Malyalam)
This movie was pretty decently made and it was worth my time sitting for it.
It talks about 2 families from South India (don’t remember the exact place now) – one muslim and the other hindu.
Both the husbands are working in the Gulf.
Somehow, one manages to kill the other (in the Gulf) and surrenders and faces sure death penalty – unless the wife of the deceased decides to forgive him.
What I really liked about the movie was the “Malgudi Days” touch that it had – and the beautiful portrayal of South India – which transported you directly to the villages there.
How much I would pay for this movie : Rs. 35
5. My Nikofor (Polish)
Honestly, while it was playing, this movie was unbelievably slow.
Though the acting and direction were decently good, there were lots of editing flaws which caused a lot of confusion.
The movie is a story about Nikifor – a 85 year old Polish painter from the 1960s – who was a genius, but was living on the streets.
He also suffers from tubercolosis – and is shunned by everybody.
A 35 year old man takes care of him, and he himself is shunned by his family and friends.
How much I would pay for this movie : Rs. 20
6. A Real Man (French)
And they say, Indians make crappy movies.
After seeing this movie, I developed a phobia of entering movie halls, which, luckily for me lasted only one night.
This was the second movie that I saw, and in one word, it was pathetic.
The plot was paper thin and the movie was pretty badly made.
Though the cast acted decently well, the stupid story and untolerable songs (yes – they had songs equivalent to a Hindi movie) made the movie a definite no no.
How much I would pay for this movie : (minus) – Rs. 40
4 days still left to go … will update you as we go along …

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Comments (5)

  • LA 14 years ago — Reply

    hi. just doing a late night browsing and this post on film caught my eye. I’ve watched Hotel Rwanda, its incredible but im sorry to say I havent seen any other foreign films..maybe when I get to college 🙂 Anyway, nice blog. – LieAnne

  • Yuvi Panda 14 years ago — Reply

    Seen any Tamil Movies? Most are worth -c Bucks, yet there are still c people who pay to watch them… How sad…

    Well, I can’t write any reviews on Films, since I don’t really see any, if you don’t count the ones that come your way on TV…

  • Id it is 14 years ago — Reply

    Interesting and informative.
    Hotel Rwanda is the only one I’ve seen, and I liked it a great deal. Not a surprise that it was recognized at the Oscars.
    Wonder what the Oscar picks will be for this year…”Brokeback Mountain” will definitely pick up a few awards.

  • Aswin Anand T.H. 14 years ago — Reply

    how many languages u know ?? 🙂

  • samudrika 14 years ago — Reply

    Thanks for the Dombivli Fast review. It is playing at my insti tomorrow. I was wondering whether to catch it or not. Now I will!

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