February 03, 2017

lovers like us


The French comedy Rappeneau’s ‘Lovers like Us’, stars Catherine Deneuve and Yves Montand in a romantic adventure in Venezuela.

MK Raghavendra, film/literary scholar, theorist, critic and writer, who is also on the jury of the Bengaluru International Film Festival that is currently going on in the city gives us his pick of the films:

BIFFES looks good and there are several films worth seeing – especially the Homage section for freshers and the films in the French Comedy section.

Here is a list I’ve compiled with key points in brackets, with my personal recommendations underlined:

Cinema of the World: Aquarius (IFFK fav), Clash (IFFK fav), Dogs (Romania, creepy), Graduation (Romania, satirical), I Daniel Blake (Ken Loach, realism), Its only the end of the World (French prodigy), Paradise (Konchalovsky), Scarred Hearts (Romania, bizarre, director of Aferim), Sieranevada (Romania, important director), The Salesman (Asghar Farhadi), The Student (Serebrennikov of Yuri’s Day), The Wailing (Korean  horror), Warehoused (absurdist, IFFK fav), Ma Rosa (Philippines, realism)

Homage: The Gang of Four (Rivette), Pierrot Le Fou (Godard), Who Knows (Rivette), Weekend (Godard), Z (political film classic)

French comedy: Lovers Like Us (Deneuve/Montand), La Chevre (Depardieu, Pierre Richard)

FIPRESCI Prize Winners: Anna’s Life (Georgia)

Retrospectives: Zoltan Fabri, Haskell Wexler (excellent Documentaries), Buddhadev Dasgupta (Dooratwa is recommended)

For those who can spare the time, this is a better festival that IFFI and IFFK in 2016, both of which I attended. 

From Feb 2 – 9

Where: PVR Cinemas, Orion Mall, Malleswaram East in Bengaluru and

Inox Cinemas, Mall of Mysore, Mysuru

check out the schedule at : http://biffes.in/

MK Raghavendra
MK Raghavendra

MK Raghavendra is a film/literary scholar, theorist, critic and writer. He contributes to numerous newspapers and periodicals in India and abroad, and has authored six books on Indian Cinema. He received the Swarna Kamal, the National Award for Best Film Critic in 1997.