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A festival of films

Gautaman Bhaskaran
Filed on December 8, 2008

The 39th edition of the annual International Film Festival at Panaji in Goa which ended last week, screened some remarkable movies. Tulpan from Kazakhastan pictured the traditional lifestyle of nomadic sheep herders.

Taiwan’s Ang Lee weaves his period piece, Lust Caution that tells us the story of a beautiful Chinese woman asked to kill a Japanese collaborator in the Shanghai of 1942.

We see such dilemma in China’s sweet and sad drama of a mining family by first-time helmer Zhang Chi in The Shaft. The work is a classic example of how restraint translates into powerful narrative.

There were two outstanding Indian films. Priyadarshan’s Kanchivaram and Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s A Climate for Crime. Set in the 1920s India, Kanchivaram narrates the tragic tale of a weaver whose dream to dress his new bride in the silk sari that he weaves and, later, to see his daughter in such finery is shattered by the exploitative mechanism of middlemen and rich loom owners..A Climate for Crime is yet another period piece, which happens in the 1940s Travancore, a princely state that is now part of Kerala.

Adoor freely adapts four short stories of the Jnanpith Award winning Malayalam writer, Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai. Indeed a master movie by a master craftsman.

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