Must-See Movies at 19th Chennai International Film Festival

19th Chennai International Film Festival is here, promising a treat of 121 films from 53 countries

“The feeling of watching a film on the big screen is another thing,” explains E Thangaraj, secretary general of the Indo Film Appreciation Foundation. “The sound and visual effects can only be fully felt in a movie theater,” he emphasizes. The Foundation’s 19th Chennai International Film Festival seeks to deliver exactly that to film lovers.

Over the past two years, more films have been shown on OTT platforms than on the big screen, Thangaraj hopes the festival will provide food for moviegoers. “This is the opportunity for them to watch our selection of award-winning films from around the world,” he adds.

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This year, the festival will present 121 films from 53 countries and take place at two venues: PVR Multiplex (formerly Sathyam Cinemas) and SDC Anna Cinemas. Thangaraj highlights films such as Three floors by Nanni Moretti, Vortex by Gaspar Noé, A hero, and When the pomegranates roar, both of which were nominations for the 94th Academy Awards.

Nine Iranian films, five Korean, six French and four Malayalam films are screened. This includes the winners of the international festivals of Cannes, Berlin, Fajr in Iran, Venice, San Sebastian and Tokyo. There will also be a special screening of Singeetam Srinivasa Rao Dikkatra Parvathi, apart from 11 Tamil films selected by the Foundation’s preview committee. These included Sivaranjinyum Innum Sila Pengalum, Maara, Karnan, Thaen, and Seththumaan.

The film festival is open today through January 6. To register, visit www.icaf.in or www.chennaifilmfest.com. Registration can also be done offline at SDC Anna Cinemas, 21, Anna Salai, Triplicane.

Don’t miss …

  • Three floors (Cannes Film Festival 2021, nominated Palme d’Or)
  • The Italian drama of 2021 revolves around three families who live on different floors of a building in a bourgeois district.
  • Vortex (Winner of the San Sebastian International Film Festival 2021)
  • The French drama details the last days of an elderly couple with dementia.
  • A hero (Iranian entry for Best International Feature at the 94th Academy Awards)
  • The film, written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, is about Rahim, who is in prison for a debt he is unable to repay. Two days before his sentence, he tries to convince his creditor to withdraw the complaint against him.
  • When the pomegranates roar (Australian entry for Best International Feature at the 94th Academy Awards)
  • The Afghan-Australian drama 2020 written and directed by Iranian director Granaz Moussavi is about a nine-year-old boy living on the streets of Kabul who dreams of becoming a movie star.


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