FIPRESCI to offer the best
n exclusive package of the years IFFK is the FIPRESCI (short for Federation Internationale de la Presse Cinematographique- an International Federation of Film Critics) films, a package of films which had won the FIPRESCI awards in various festivals. FIPRESCI, the professional association of film critics found in 1930 in Brussels, Belgium, has members from 50 countries worldwide and has initiated the award for “the promotion and development of film culture and for the safeguarding of professional interests.”
The Seven films inc.uded in the section is an analysis of the tastes and the changing face of the world cinema. 'Clay Bird (Matir Moina) from Bangladesh', the debut film by Tareque Masud', is about a boy who is sent away by his father to madrasah, much to his mother’s dismay and was based on the director 's own experiences as a child at a madrasah during the violent civil war between a poorly armed population and the US-backed Pakistani military forces .At the Cannes Film Festival in 2002, the film atained the International Critics’ award (FIPRESCI) for its “authentic, moving and delicate portrayal of a country struggling for its democratic rights”
Australian director Steve Jacobs’ film ‘Disgrace’,a screen adaptation of the acclaimed 1999 novel by Nobel Prize winner J.M.Coetzee, has John Malkovich as a disgruntled Cape Town University professor David Lurie whose life falls apart after he has an impulsive affair with one of his students. In the aftermath of a vicious attack on the farm where he took refuge after resigning his job, he is forced to come terms with more than his ‘disgrace’.
The French film ‘Of Gods and Men’ by Xavier Beauvois portrays the lives of eight French Christian monks, who live in harmony with their Muslim brothers. Chang Dong Lee’s Poetry is a fascinating film which shows how one can gain new moral and social awareness by the wonders of personal creativity. ‘The Day I Was Not Born’-the German drama is about a woman who discovers that she was adopted by the people she thought were her real parents. It's a stoic movie about stoic people, their silences, and the price they pay for those silences, but the choked emotion of the ending hits you hard.
The legacy of sexualized violence is the chief generational inheritance in Claudia Llosa's Golden Bear-winner The Milk of Sorrow. Sebastien Pilote’s ‘The Salesman’ centered upon Marcel Levesque –a car salesman who takes great satisfaction in the ritual of persuasion is also a debut feature which elegantly applies restraint and precision to mount subtle, quotidian moments into an emotionally crushing story.