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AviyalAlphonse Putharen, Shameer Sultan, Mohit Mehra, Lokesh Kanagaraj, Guru Smaran IFFR 2018 118′
Perhaps more than any other younger Tamil auteur, director/producer Karthik Subbaraj still honours his roots in shorts. In Aviyal, he unleashed his second omnibus project on Tamil audiences – a roller-coaster of moods and ideas with thrills and laughs, strange sex, a brawling film crew and family problems of a sensual nature.
Cold HeartKarthik Subbaraj IFFR 2018 171′
The latest generation of Tamil auteurs found its way into the film industry through short film competitions on TV. Cold Heart pays tribute to this weird world in the guise of a grimly gutsy gangster film; a dark comedy of manners whose jokes are so well-aimed they hurt. Woah!
Evil EngulfsNalan Kumarasamy IFFR 2018 135′
Das, a professional kidnapper (cum world-class bullshitter) takes on a bunch of young assistants. One of Das' main principles is: never kidnap someone involved in politics. So what do you do if you're tricked into doing just that? A wild and crazy mix of crime flick and sharp social satire!
I Am GodBala IFFR 2018 125′
Rudran was send away from home as a child by his superstitious father. When Rudran, an aghori (an ascetic man of the Gods, dwelling at times among the dead) throws his lot in with a bunch of human-trafficking beggars, his life becomes hell. Seeing is believing. You haven't seen anything like this before.
IFFR Presents: House on Fire – Panel Tamil Nadu FilmmakersIFFR 2018
Ram and Balaji Mohan, from Tamil Nadu, will explain the particular conditions for filmmaking in India’s southernmost state. They will address why something so seemingly local might have global resonance, and how the brightest makers within Tamil cinema can be an example to filmmakers all over the world.
KodiR.S. Durai Senthilkumar IFFR 2018 145′
Kodi is a political animal since his father self-immolated protesting against a factory owner devastating the community's health with mercury waste. One day, firebrand Kodi and his peaceful twin brother Anbu are mistaken for one another. A wise, violent, action-packed political thriller with Tamil superstar Dhanush in a double role.
MetropolisLokesh Kanagaraj IFFR 2018 135′
Four nameless characters drift through long Chennai nights and bleak Chennai days. They’re office workers and gangsters, lovers and passion rejects, goons out to hurt and lost souls just looking to get unharmed out of messes they didn’t make. One of last year's biggest revelations in Tamil cinema.
[EB: Ik weet niet precies wat er bedoeld wordt met 'passion rejects'.]
PisasuMysskin IFFR 2018 114′
Siddharth gave it his all, but couldn't get an injured girl found on the streets to hospital in time to prevent her death. As Siddharth roams the streets helping the needy, strange things start to happen. A socially conscious horror film of the most nerve-wrecking, edge-of-the-seat-scary kind, with a surprising ending.
ResurrectionRam IFFR 2018 148′
The quiet life of a man and his handicapped daughter is thrown into turmoil when the local toxic waste mafia show up. Dazzling landscapes, extraordinary intimacy, political comment, a lyrical sense of realism unlike anything else in modern cinema and standout performances by Tamil superstar Mammootty and transsexual debutant Anjali Ameer.
Ruthless ManVetri Maaran IFFR 2018 150′
Prabhu's already shaken but still safe-seeming middle-class existence finally falls apart when he loses his precious bike. Suddenly, he finds himself in a bleak world of betrayal and violence. A key work of modern Tamil cinema that plays like the psycho-thriller version of Vittorio de Sica's neorealist classic Bicycle Thieves (1948).
Speak with Your Mouth ShutBalaji Mohan IFFR 2018 140′
As the 'mute flu' virus spreads through town and country, social borders and conventions crumble – in silence. Add in the power-boozing boss of a drinkers' association, an orphanage in dire need and many other absurd, crazy, real elements and you have a splendid piece of socially conscious comedy.
Tamil M.A.Ram IFFR 2018 164′
Prabhat is not happy with his teaching job at a private school. In fact, Prabhat is not happy with the world. So he decides to give some of his pain and anguish back to society. A milestone in modern Tamil cinema: a study of alienation in the guise of a thriller.
TaramaniRam IFFR 2018 150′
Single mother Althea and brooding loner Prabunath meet at a bus stop sheltering from the rain. A relationship begins, so full of misunderstandings and paranoia it seems only a miracle can save the lovers. A masterful social-realist melodrama that maintains a balance between excess and restraint, the ordinary and the unique.
VagabondBala IFFR 2018 126′
Rasa, a young man from the country, finds a job on a tea plantation where, like all the workers, he is subjected to all kinds of maltreatment. An unsparing, scathing vision of life under British rule that can profitably be read as a more general allegory on politics and abuse of power.
Wage WarMysskin IFFR 2018 160′
When boxes of chopped-off limbs appear all over the city on New Year's Eve, J.K. from CID's elite CB branch gets to work. Darkness soon takes his hand. A police procedural turns social expose turns meditation on the metaphysics of truth, by way of a homage to Kurosawa and Kitano.