Last Sunday I was again privileged to be the program compere for the 3rd Smita Patil International Film Festival (SMIFF) 2014.
It was a day of watching some great films and meeting people. A quick recap of the films that I found interesting!
Cycle – needs to be mentioned first – simply because, it did not get an award, didn’t mean it wasn’t in the race for one. I would have thought it had a good chance! The story was well crafted with some remarkable imagery, turning the everyday subway into a monster waiting to devour lives. The fear of the father had tangible tensile strength throughout the film maintaining the balance of taut tension!
The Ritual, was a quick intense film. Are we apathetic and insensitive to our environment and water needs? A question that asks a question! I loved it.
Gaimalawarchi Fanas, was another story told powerfully. The child actor was simply, wow! The tale of how a simple incident can affect the vulnerable mind of a child. I held my breath many a times during this film’s screening!
Tapish – The Heat was another well presented film. But I felt that it was too cosmetic in appearance – the feel of ‘real’ was missing. And yet I want to mention its name simply because it was well directed! I loved the script’s dialogues, especially.
Dwaraka – I need to mention this, only because I am a great fan of the actor, Adil Hussain. The film was an out and out a ‘hindi picture’!
Selfie – was another film that also deserves a mention. I thought that it was indeed very topical and relevant. It was a tale of enlightenment, told simply. There was scope for more creative presentation, and yet I found it worth my while.
Maans Aahar – was a very very bold and a raw film. It promoted vegetarianism in a manner most revolting and therefore made an excellent impact. I confess to not watching the screen all through! It was a commendable effort.
Dashee – was another documentary which had crisp visuals and a story to be told. Unfortunately in spite of the interesting topic, it wound round and round the same facts making the overall effect quite repetitive and boring.
Among these I loved the fiction: Mukti – the mysticism of the folklores of Konkan were wonderfully portrayed. The story kept one interested and the visuals were really fine. The documentary – Irani Chai Café was well crafted and well presented! I loved the uncomplicated documentation of The Donkey Fair, too. An incident of people and donkeys, well told.
I have not mentioned the directors nor any other details, but there is a link given below, should you desire to check them out.
If you have missed out these three years of screenings, I would strongly recommend you to check in October next year for update on the 4th screening of the SMIFF, at their Facebook page!