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44th Seattle International Film Festival, 2018

May 17 - June 10, 2018

Seattle, USA

What is it about?

The Seattle International Film Festival is one of the largest film gatherings in the US. The festival experiences over 4,000 film submissions each year and aims to tell dynamic and diverse stories through the films picked up from all over the globe. This year, its 44th edition features 433 films representing 90 countries and will include 168 features, 66 documentaries, 10 archival films, 164 shorts, and 21 virtual reality works.

Indian Connect

Garbage

Directed by Q, the film is a ferocious, taboo-breaking exposé of the heart of darkness within India’s fanatic nationalist movement, represented by a deranged Internet troll who kidnaps and brutally enslaves women, until one of them drastically changes the rules and wreaks violent revenge.

Half Widow

Directed by Danish Renzu, the film is about a Kashmiri woman, Neela, who is enjoying her new marriage. Suddenly, Khalid, her husband, is kidnapped by paramilitary forces in the middle of the night. Thus begins Neela’s journey as a half-widow, held in limbo without her husband and unable to start a new life.

Love And Shukla

Directed by Siddhartha Jatla, the film is about a rickshaw driver Shukla who has never experienced romance with a woman prior to his impending arranged marriage. As his family weds him to a beautiful but extremely shy girl named Lakshmi, they both find themselves struggling for intimacy while living with his family in the confines of their one-room chawl.

The Song Of Scorpions

Directed by Anup Singh, this is the story of a tribal woman, Nooran, who takes lessons from her grandmother Zubaida, to become a scorpion singer like her. After getting married to Aadam, Nooran faces a setback which sets her on a path of vengeance to redeem all the misdoings that were inflicted upon her.

Village Rockstars

Directed by Rima Das, the film is about a willful 10-year-old girl Dhunu, in Chahaygaon, a remote village in North-East India. She decides to form a band, despite the limitations of her impoverished lifestyle. The film is about self-actualisation and the joys and challenges of growing up.

Opening Night Gala

The Bookshop

Directed by Isabel Coixet, The Bookshop is a melancholic celebration of bibliophilia, based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s 1978 novel of the same name, with a strong resonance to the world today, suggesting that a world without books is a nasty place to live in.

Closing Night Gala

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot

Directed by Gus Van Sant, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot is a biographical film on cartoonist John Callahan’s life. The film tells the story of Callahan’s journey of redemption from reprobate drunk to a sober, successful, politically incorrect cartoonist.

 

– Suranjana Biswas

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