24th Kolkata International Film Festival 2018: 25 New Films To Watch

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5. NAPSZÁLLTA (SUNSET)
Directed by: László Nemes
Country: Hungary

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1913, Budapest, in the heart of Europe. The young Irisz Leiter arrives in the Hungarian capital with high hopes to work as a milliner at the legendary hat store that belonged to her late parents. She is nonetheless sent away by the new owner, Oszkár Brill. While preparations are underway at the Leiter hat store, to host guests of uttermost importance, a man abruptly comes to Irisz, looking for a certain Kálmán Leiter.

Refusing to leave the city, the young woman follows Kálmán’s tracks, her only link to a lost past. Her quest brings her through the dark streets of Budapest, where only the Leiter hat store shines, into the turmoil of a civilization on the eve of its downfall. It premiered at the 75th Venice International Film Festival and was selected as the Hungarian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.

4. CLIMAX
Directed by: Gaspar Noé
Country: France

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Set in 1996 and inspired by real-life events, the latest from art-house agitator Gaspar Noé (Love, Enter the Void) depicts the malevolent madness that envelops a dance troupe’s post-rehearsal party after a punchbowl of sangria is spiked with LSD. As each dancer’s psyche begins to disintegrate, a creeping paranoia gives rise to deep-seated prejudices within the group that eventually explode into outright pandemonium against an infectious and hypnotic parade of period-appropriate needle-drops from the likes of Cerrone, M\A\R\R\S, and Aphex Twin. CLIMAX screened at the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Art Cinema Award.

3. AHLAT AĞACI (THE WILD PEAR TREE)
Directed by: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Country: Turkey

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Returning home from college, Sinan (Aydin Dogu Demirkol) must re-enter a difficult family situation with a father who is restless and intransigent, and whose gambling addiction has Sinan’s mother and sister at their wits’ end. He struggles to reorient himself within the family dynamic while trying to come to grips with the next phase of his life. He is planning to become a teacher like his father but first wants to complete an experimental novel.

Sinan’s search for meaning and direction provides the basis for a number of extensive and penetrating conversations that form the emotional and intellectual framework of The Wild Pear Tree. It was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and also selected as the Turkish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.

2. MANBIKI KAZOKU (SHOPLIFTERS)
Directed by: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Country: Japan

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Osamu Shibata and his family live in grave poverty, occasionally finding employment and living off the grandmother’s pension. Living off scraps and from shoplifting, their lives take a turn when an abused lonely girl named Yuri joins their household. Endearing, emotional and beautiful, Shoplifters is being widely regarded as Hirokazu Kore-eda’s magnum opus and one that is truly worthy of its title of the Palme d’Or winner of 2018. It is also notable for being veteran Japanese actress Kirin Kiki’s final on-screen appearance before her death.

1. ZIMNA WOJNA (COLD WAR)
Directed by: Paweł Pawlikowski
Country: Poland, France, UK

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Paweł Pawlikowski explores the life of two musicians in the backdrop of the Cold War in 1950’s Poland in his new film. Cold War, a beautiful and stunning masterpiece, depicts an impossible romance between Zula and Wiktor two souls mismatched and different in all aspects, who find themselves fatefully condemned to each other. The film is loosely inspired by Pawlikowski’s own parents’ lives and won him the award for Best Director at Cannes, where it competed for the Palme d’Or. It was selected as the Polish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards. 

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When not watching films or TV series, Shaswata can usually be found either reviewing them or battling writer’s block. His obsession lies with framing and composition in cinema, something he explores by capturing the most memorable moments through screenshots and sharing them on social media.

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