India Film Festival of Alberta 2021

Films

Edmonton Movie Club is a local non-profit society and a supporter of Independent/Regional cinema from India.

Competition Films

Fire in the mountains (2021) | Hindi | Ajitpal Singh | 84 mins

Drama

A mother toils to save money to build a road in a Himalayan village to take her wheelchair-bound son for physiotherapy but her husband who believes that a shamanic ritual (Jagar) is the remedy, steals her savings.

Cast: Vinamrata Rai, Chandan Bisht, Harshita Tiwari

Note: Nominee for Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival.

Trailer: https://youtu.be/DTz7R4PdVgQ

The great Indian Kitchen (2021) | Malayalam | Jeobaby | 100 mins

Drama

After marriage, a woman struggles to be the submissive wife that her husband and his family expect her to be. The story follows her journey, as she changes herself and, even more so, changes the household.

Cast: Suraj Venjaramood, Nimisha sajayan

Note: Winner of Indian Film Festival, Stuttgart

Trailer: https://youtu.be/k_E6ctiFn6I

Mandela (2021) | Tamil | Madonne Ashwin | 140 mins

Comedy

A local barber’s fate turns overnight when he becomes the single deciding vote in the village elections.

Cast: Yogi Babu, Sheela Rajkumar

Note: The movie had its premiere on Netflix.

Trailer: https://youtu.be/ES1Oz7cW11M

Pebbles (2021) | Tamil | P.S.Vinothraj | 75 mins

Drama

A young boy follows his violent and alcoholic father on a quest to fetch back his mother, who has run away from his abuse.

Cast: Chellapandi, Karuththadaiyaan

Note: The movie had its premiere at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam and won the prestigious Tiger award.

Trailer: https://youtu.be/CJhNUE8VA-4

Koli Taal (Chicken Curry) (2021) | Kannada | Abhilash Shetty | 92 mins

Comedy

Excited about the grandson’s visit, an elderly couple plans to cook chicken curry for dinner. But things go awry when the chicken goes missing.

Cast : Radha Ramachandra, Prabhakar Kunder, Guruprasad Nairy

Note: The movie had its premiere at New York Indian Film Festival

Trailer: https://youtu.be/_ig8l_phWbc

Angrezi Medium (2020) | Hindi | Homi Adajania | 145 mins

Comedy

When his daughter decides to further her studies in London, a hardworking Rajasthani businessman does everything in his power to make her dreams come true.

Cast: Irrfan Khan, Radhika Madan, Kareena Kapoor

Note: This was Irrfan’s final film to be released before his death on 29 April 2020.

Trailer: https://youtu.be/rzlfeocUVhI

Mrugtrushna ( The other side of the River) (2021) | Gujarati | Darshan Ashwin Trivedi | 107 mins

Drama/Fantasy

Mrugtrushna is about four kids that live on the banks of a river. It is about their fantasy about the other side of the river. They have a dream to cross the river. The film is about how would they cross the river.

Cast: Jayesh More, Karan Patel, Nishma Soni, Arya Sagar

Note: The film was selected for the 33rd International Film Festival for Children and Youth, and won the Golden Butterfly and Diploma of Honor for Best Screenplay.

Trailer: IFFA

Karkhanisanchi Waar ( Ashes on a Road Trip) (2021) | Marathi | Mangesh Joshi | 108 mins

Comedy

A funny, heartfelt story about a dysfunctional Indian joint family taking an unexpectedly adventurous journey while trying to resolve their interpersonal conflicts, post the death of a beloved patriarch.

Cast: Mrunmayee Deshpande, Geetanjali Kulkarni

Note: The movie had its world premiere at Tokyo International Film Fest

Trailer:

Mukhosh(2021) | Bengali | Birsa Dasgupta | 117 mins

Thriller

Kinghshuk is the resident Criminologist in Kolkata Police. When a Serial killer randomly murdered in a series and got a quick succession but Police can’t trace it.

Cast: Anirban Bhattacharya, Chandreyee Ghosh, Anirban Chakrabarti

Note: North American Premiere

Trailer: https://youtu.be/CMNfPovpzms

Adhikaalai Pozhudhu | Tamil | Kamal Chinnusamy | 108 mins

Thriller

A Tamil short film presented by Focus 8 Films. This film is inspired by true events. It’s an emotional thriller that portrays the bond of three friends!

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wsN55z7MwI

 

Agan Pankhudi(Rashmi's Tale) | Gujarati | Vikas Patel | 17 mins

Drama

In the small-town of Idar in Gujarat, Rashmi’s father is protesting to stop illegal stone mining which is ripping the mountain city off its rich history. Her life turns upside down when one afternoon her father was shot dead. She wants justice for her father but only gets disappointment by the corrupt system. What happens next for the sake of justice was unforeseen.

Cast: Prashant Barot, Sharvary Joshi, Harnisha Parmar

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQHo40GhtRA

Ruuposh | Tamil | Mohd Fehmeed, Zeeshan Amir Khan

Documentary

Ruuposh is an idiosyncratic documentary that features Ruksana Begum- her late father Mehboob Khan and her son- Mohd Fehmeed, who belong to a Muslim minority family of India 2021. The documentary follows a personal narrative of how Mehboob Khan stayed back in India at the time of partition while his entire extended family moved to Pakistan. Ever since, there had been an on and off contact with the relatives in Pakistan which completely ceased off a few decades ago. And while, the younger generation wants to establish contact with the parted relatives- does the political circumstances of the two countries allow the possibility and sustenance of any friendly relationship? The documentary is a larger comment on the current political state of India- it talks about the growing intolerance and the biased relationship the country continues to have with its separated neighbor even after years of independence.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cXqzASClso

Satyajit Ray Restored Versions

Charulata (1964) | Bengali | Satyajit Ray | 117 mins

Drama

The lonely wife of a newspaper editor falls in love with her visiting cousin-in-law, who shares her love for literature.

Cast: Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee

Note: Winner at Berlin International film festival and best feature film at national awards, Ray once called Charulata the favorite of his own films.

Trailer: https://youtu.be/gFCuy_FUsdo

Jalsagar(1958) | Bengali | Satyajit Ray | 95 mins

Thriller

Depicts the end days of a decadent zamindar (landlord) in Bengal, and his efforts to uphold his family prestige even when faced with economic adversity.

Cast: Chhabi Biswas, Sardar Akhtar

Note: Voted #20 on the list of “100 Best Films” by the prominent French magazine ‘Cahiers du Cinema’ in 2008.

Trailer: https://youtu.be/fQYVtTzXRQg

Mani Ratnam Retrospective

Iruvar(1997) | Tamil | Mani Ratnam | 140 mins

Drama

A struggling actor and a writer-politician become friends as young men and rise to great heights in cinema and politics respectively. But when both become contenders for the top political post in the state, a rift develops between them.

Cast: Mohanlal, Prakash Raj

Note: National awards for the best cinematographer and supporting actor

Trailer: https://youtu.be/XLYM2tm_5FQ

Raavan (2010) | Hindi | Mani Ratnam|130 mins

Drama

A bandit leader kidnaps the wife of the policeman who killed his sister but later falls in love with her.

Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai

Note: Raavan Had its World premiere at British Film Institute

Trailer: https://youtu.be/B54I5at1Das

Dil Se..(1998) | Hindi | Mani Ratnam | 167 mins

Drama

A radio broadcaster’s intense attraction to a mysterious woman opens the door to a tidal wave of powerful emotions and desires.

Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Manisha Koirala

Note: NETPAC Award winner at Berlin International Film Festival

Trailer: https://youtu.be/VLo60HGioAg

Bombay (1995) | Tamil| Mani Ratnam | 130 mins

Drama

A Hindu man and a Muslim woman fall in love in a small village and move to Mumbai, where they have two children. However, growing religious tensions and erupting riots threaten to tear the family apart.

Cast: Arvind Swamy, Manisha Koirala

Note: Best Feature Film on National Integration award

Trailer: https://youtu.be/vIZmPQaDuI8

Roja (1992) | Tamil | Mani Ratnam | 137 mins

Drama

A woman from a village in Tamil Nadu marries a sophisticated city dweller and moves with him to Kashmir, where all is rosy – until he gets kidnapped by militants.

Cast: Arvind Swamy, Madhoo

Note: Roja made Time magazine’s ’10 Best Soundtracks’ list – December 2007

Trailer: https://youtu.be/0GquoOZfkOc