A carnival called cinema

Cinema can fill in the empty spaces of your life and your loneliness’, said Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, and French actress and director Jeanne Moreau noted ‘cinema is the mirror of the world’.

Well, that time of the year is on the threshold, in our hip and happening namma Bengaluru, when the magic of movies sees country’s Cyber Capital turn Cinema Paradiso. December’s winter chill makes way for wondrous celluloid creations that light up screens with their sumptuous stories warming the cockles of every cineaste.

Seven days, 160 movies, 11 screens, and film fiesta to feast upon. That’s BIFFES – ‘Bengaluru International Film Festival’, which, in its seventh avatar, from December 4 to 11, 2014, is set to unfurl a bouquet of movies, for film lovers.

The bill of fare suiting every picky palate of discerning audience. Contemporary cinemas of the world, to grand classics of yore, master classes, retrospectives, homages, remembrances, country focus, award winners, to those in competition – Asian, Indian and Kannada.

You yearn for it and there they are beckoning you to savour the sumptuous treat of tantalising tales, thematic concerns, delectable delineations from master auteurs drawn from the world over. From India to Russia, Bangladesh to Serbia, Pakistan to Uruguay, from virtually every nook and niche of the globe, a tableau of captivating celluloid dramas await one and all.

Curated, after strenuous months of non-stop previewing of over 400 films, visiting as many film festival destinations across the world, BIFFES promises a wholesome, engaging and entertaining experience into cinemas of today, then, and that have been.

If Kannada cinema boasts of national award winners like ‘Prakruthi’, ‘December 1’, to celebrated Ulidavaru Kandante, and promising Attihannu mattu Kanaja, Harivu, Agasi Parlour, Hajj, Ingale Marga, Haggada Kone, Devara Nadalli, the Indian contingent has Kuttram Kadithal, Panniyarum Padminiyum  (both Tamil), Alif, Njan, Swapaanam, Munnariyippu, Unto the Dusk (all Malayalam), Asha Jaoar Majhe, Ek Phaali Rodh, Dreamz – the Movie (all Bengali), besides films in Odia, Marathi, Assamese, covering the very multi-hued, cultural and social landscape, India is.

Book your berth, register and be rest assured, BIFFES will not fail to enthrall and engage each one of you as you sit in “the darkened theatre, a soft comfortable seat, controlled temperature, and thousands of shadowy images moving across the screen,” as critic Burke Feldman so succinctly sums up. BIFFES takes you, the audience, into mesmerising world of magical realism and emotive, engaging experience. For details, log on to www.biffes.in or call 222­22­35­5 or cont­act@biffes.in | biffesblr@gmail.com. Happy viewing and Vive la cinema.

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