THE CHENNAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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The Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation (ICAF) conducts the last film festival in the Indian film festival calendar year, the annual Chennai International Film Festival, now in its 15th edition.

The festival, which kick-started yesterday (December 15), will run until the December 21 and will showcase over 150 films from over 50 countries. 

What makes it worthwhile to attend?

In addition to the best of international films, the festival is the breaking ground for new Tamil cinema, with a dedicated competition section for Tamil language films. Industry stalwarts like Suhasini Mani Ratnam and Revathy are also closely associated with the festival.

What to watch out for

The festival will host a special screening of the much talked-about Tamil film My Son Is Gay directed by Lokesh Kumar.

In addition to this, the Tamil competition titles include:

Aramm

Kadugu

Kurangubommai

Manusangada

Orukidayinkarunai Manu

Orukuppaikathai

8 Thottakkal

Vikram Vedha

Maanagaram

Magalirmattum

Taramani

Thupparivalan

The Indian Panaroma section of the festival will also include films like:

Newton

Railway Children

Village Rockstars

Take Off

Redu

Idak

Juze

Eli Eli Lama Sabachthani?

Sad Paper

Khyanikaa

Bisorijon

While these are the 23 Indian features to watch out for, here’s a list of the best of World Cinema playing at the festival and ones you shouldn’t miss:

The Square

Amok

Spoor

Ballad From Tibet

Negar

Barrage

Sweet Country

Toni Erdmann

No Date, No Signature

A Man Of Integrity

Euthanizer

Ismael’s Ghosts

The festival this year will have South Korea as its Country Focus, presenting six films from South Korea including the Day After and Clare’s Camera, among others. Additionally, six German films will be presented specially at the festival, including Paula, Bright Night and Wild, among others.

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– Sanjay Ram

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