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Entertainment News | “Malik”, “Crescent Night” among the Indian films selected for the Rotterdam International Film Festival


New Delhi, January 7 (PTI) “Adh Chanani Raat” (Night of the Crescent) by national filmmaker Gurvinder Singh, “The Cloud Messanger” by Rahat Mahajan and “Malik” by Mahesh Narayan are among the Indian films selected for the International Film Festival. film Rotterdam (IFFR) 2022.

The festival, which has gone virtual for a second consecutive year for its 51st edition, takes place from January 26 to February 6.

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Mahajan’s “The Cloud Messager” is featured in the festival’s Tiger Competition segment, a platform dedicated to emerging film talent.

Mahajan’s first film revolves around a 16-year-old schoolboy, Jaivardhana, who does not thrive in the strict authoritarian environment of his school. A temporary respite comes when a former teacher offers students a photography workshop where Jaivardhana meets a new student, Tarini.

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The film, whose title is inspired by the epic “Meghdoot” by Sanskrit poet Kalidasa, is a coming-of-age story that mixes contemporary and ancient storytelling.

Director Rajeev Ravi, best known for his Malayalam-language films “Annayum Rasoolum”, “Njan Steve Lopez”, “Kammatti Paadam”, features in the Big Screen segment of the festival with his film “The Harbor”, an epic take on wrestling classes in the 1940s in Kerala.

The Harbor segment of the festival, which offers the widest range of contemporary cinema, presents Singh’s “Crescent Night”, his third feature in the Punjabi film trilogy after “Anhey Ghorey Da Daan” ) in 2011 and “Chauthi Koot” (The Fourth Direction) in 2015 to be adapted from literary works by renowned Punjabi authors.

The film is based on Gurdial Singh’s eponymous “Crescent Night” and presents the patriarchal and hierarchical life in the Punjab countryside through the story of a villager who returns home after spending 15 years in prison for committing murder. to save his father’s honor.

The segment also features Sajas Rahman’s Malayalam feature “Chavittu”, Shinos Rahman. Set in Kerala, the film revolves around a theater company preparing for its performance during the festivities.

“Malik”, by Narayan, with Malayalam language superstar Fahadh Faasil in the lead role, is set in a small coastal town in Kerala. The film revolves around Ali Sulaiman, the godfather of Ramadally, a small town where Muslims and Christians live peacefully side by side.

As he prepares to set off on a pilgrimage, he is arrested on suspicion of the murder of a criminal competitor in a nearby town. His arrest sets off a chain of violent events, intrigue, and memories of how he got his wealth.

IFFR’s Bright Future segment, dedicated to young emerging film talent, features Krishnendu Kalesh’s dystopian sci-fi drama “Hawk’s Muffin”, an experimental film that explores themes of war, love, migration, capitalism and ecofascism.

The Rediscovered Cinema section, which features restored classics, documentaries on film culture and explorations of film heritage, will feature the late 1973 film “Duvidha” by filmmaker Mani Kaul, based on the Rajasthani folk story of Vijaydan Detha from same name.

This section also features “Urf” by Geetika Narang Abbasi, a fascinating documentary that explores the lives of celebrity look-alikes in India.

Tanmay Chowdhary and Tanu Chowdhary’s short film “Madhu” features in the short and medium segment, and revolves around two friends who get together during Durga Puja celebrations and how their feelings for each other are revealed to the public.

Sohil Vaidya’s “Jungle Whispers” in the segment explores humanity’s symbiotic relationship with nature.

The festival opens with “Please Baby Please” by American filmmaker Amanda Kramer.

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