PIFF Day 2 (10 Jan 2009)

I got my seasonal pass of Pune International Film Festival for Rs. 500 today enjoyed 4 movies as part of World Showcase and International Competition in a row.

  1. Machan

Director : Uberto Pasolini

Country : Sri Lanka, Italy, Germany

Young Sri Lankans submit a bogus application to the German Embassy and assemble a Sri Lankan National Handball Team from a collection of mismatched personalities who all dream of moving to the West for a better life. But the getaway is crushed on being greeted by an arena full of sport fans eager to applaud the prowess of their team. Based on a true story, Machan deals with the dilemma of the fake team – should they run before the inevitable arrest or should they fight on to defend the national pride at the cost of risking the end of their dream?

The actor comes from a family having innumerable blind beliefs; and they are portrayed while he goes to get German visa from the embassy. The film won Toronto International Film Festival award in 2008. I left the movie after watching it for few minutes to watch Cold Showers.

  1. Cold Showers

Director : Antony Cordier

Country : France

The story of three teenagers: a beautiful girl, Vanessa, and 2 boys, Mickael and Clement-one rich, one poor. The story of Mickael – Judo fanatic and doomed lover – and his parents, both convinced that the sky will one day come crashing down on their heads, and both more than able to cope when it does. Blackly comic, brutally funny, heartbreaking, truthful.  About happiness and hardship, sex, luck, catastrophe and  tragedy.

  1. Second Half

Director : Hilde Heier

Country :Norway

This theme of the movie is same as that of Rock On film, the only difference is that the movie focusses on first half and ends with beginning of the second half.

‘Second Half’ tells us how it is not all easy to be a man. While the father visits his wife, suffering from Alzheimer,s disease in a nursing home every week, his 2 sons have have their own problems. Sverre reluctantly participates in an attempt to boost a relationship that has gone dull. Erik on the other hand, is going through a divorce and has moved in with a new woman. None of the men are very talkative, but they communicate thought heir shared passion for the soccer team-Skeid. Three men realize that they have gone beyond their best years, attempt in every way to make “the second round” of their life an enjoyable one.

  1. Katyn

Director : Andrej Wajda

Country : Poland

Katyn describes the tragedy of a generation. It follows the story of 4 Polish families whose lives are torn apart when, at the outset of world war II, a great number of Soviet soldiers fall into the hands of Soviet troops and brutally become victims of Stalinism. The Katyn forest massacre was  a mass execution of Polish citizens ordered by Soviet authorities in 1940.Estimates of the number of dead range from 15000 to almost 22000. Katyn tells the story of women – mothers, wives, daughters, and sisters of the Polish prisoners of war who were mass-executed.

Director Andrej Wajda surely owes appreciation for showing the scenes in which Polish officers are shot in head from back. These scenes along with music kept me glued to chair.

I came out of the theatre with a sense of fulfillment after watching some good European movies.

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