Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 6 : It is a period of innovative metamorphosis in the world cinema. These transformations are reflected in the selection of the World Cinema category of this edition of International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK).
Love, separation, ethnic conflicts, clash of values, widening generation gap and more over the changing socio-political scenarios and strength of united people are the theme of the selected 79 films from 39 nations, out of which 26 are from France and 12 from Germany. Movies of maestros like, Ken Loach, Kim Ki Duk, Yousry Nasrallah, Bohdan Slama, Aki Kaurismaki, Abbas Kiarostami, Deepa Mehta, Raoul Ruiz, Lars Von Trier, Walter Salles, Fatih Akin, Roberta Marquez, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Paolo Sorrentino, Annemarie Jacir, Nadine Labaki, Marco Bellocchio and Bernardo Bertolucci enrich the category.
Lone film from India is Shivendra Singh Dungarpur directed Celluloid Man. While Deepa Mehta's controversial Canadian film Midnight's Children, based on the book of same title by Salman Rushdie, will have its Indian premier in this section. Films of five women directors are one of the attraction points of this package. An African boy arrives by cargo ship in the port city of Le Havre; an aging shoe shiner takes pity on the child and welcomes him into his home. Later the relation between them deepens and the film Le Havre is on this plot. This 93 minutes film directed by Aki Kaurismaki won massive 14 awards including FIPRESCI for Kaurismaki.
Abbas Kiarostami directed Like Someone in Love has the storyline centered on the relationship of a young woman and old man in Tokyo in the space of 24 hours. This romantic drama was nominated for the best film in the Cannes and nominated for the best international feature in Chicago International Film Festival. This film is treated as one of the best romantic film in Japanese language.