Handpicked from across the world, the 15 high-quality films in the International Competition section at the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) are competing for the coveted Golden Peacock as well as other awards on offer at the festival.
This year the International Competition section has a total of 15 films, out of which three are Indian. The Indian films ‘Bhayanakam’, ‘To Let’, and ‘Ee.Ma.Yau’ will be India’s representation in the International Competition section at IFFI 2018.
The film ‘Bhayanakam’ earned its director Jayaraj two National Awards – for Best Director and for Best Adapted Screenplay, in 2017.
‘To Let’ marks the debut of author, poet and cinematographer Chezhiyan Ra as a director.
The director of ‘Ee.Maa.Yau’ Lijo Jose Pellissery is a critically acclaimed director, best known for ‘Amen and Angamaly Diaries’ a cult Malayalam hit which featured 86 debutants.
Synopsis of the Indian Films
Bhayanakam: A First World War veteran is coming to a small backwater village in Kerala as a postman. He is distributing money orders and letters to the family of soldiers as a symbol of happiness. He turns out to be an omen of death once the Second World War starts. The pain and impact of the War is shown through the telegrams and postman’s dilemma.
Ee.Ma.Yau: Vavachan, a master mason belonging to the Latin Catholic community in Kerala, shares memories his father’s burial with his son Eesy. He expresses a desire of a grand funeral for himself which Eesy promises. After Vavachan’s sudden death, Eesy tries to arrange a decent funeral for him but is met with unpredictable obstacles and reactions from different quarters. The subsequent events brings to the fore the conflicts within the family and the deep ethical crisis simmering in the community.
To Let: To Let is the story of a couple with a child living in a rented accommodation in Chennai. It takes place in 2007 when the metro city was experiencing a real estate boom as a result of an exponential development of the IT sector. A little too greedy for a higher rent, the land owner asks the couple to vacate their house. They have only thirty days to find new accommodation with their modest middle-class income. On their Mopeds, the couple starts a race against time and all kinds of prejudice to get a house.