March 30-April10, 2016 Cleveland, US
What’s It All About?
Founded in 1977 by the Cleveland Film Society, the Cleveland International Film Festival(CIFF) will enter in its 40th edition this year. The society aims to promote artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community. The mission is to set high standards for quality film education and exhibition, placing artistic and cultural merit above commercial appeal.
This year, the festival will screen 192 Feature Films (including one in 3D) and 213 Short Films from 72 countries. It will also feature The Next Webisode for web series selections and a Chat Room for an extended Q&A session with 300 visiting filmmakers. As a 40th Anniversary Signature Event, it will host the world premiere of Believeland at the Playhouse Square.
There are four Indian films selected to feature in the festival. Three films are part of the Sidebar Category as well as the Competition category, whereas one is featured under the Short programs.
Directed by Pankaj Johar, Cecilia is a documentary of the director’s maid Cecilia, who learns that her 14-year-old daughter Mati has died and the cause of her death is unknown. Johar joins in the cast, starting the frustrating journey that takes its toll on them as they crash into walls of confusion and corruption.
Parched, directed by Leena Yadav, explores the protagonist’s quest for liberty and self-realisation. The film was shown in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and has also won the Stockholm Impact Award.
With Nil Battey Sannata (The New Classmate) Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari makes her directorial debut. It is a heartwarming story of single mother Chanda who joins her daughter Appu at school and encourages her to pursue her dream.
The only short film Vinu – The Elephant Keeper is about an elephant mahout who is living in the tribal jungles of South India and spends his days looking after his elephant. The film points at the economic and environmental change in the country that is putting an end to the ancestral family tradition.
Watch Out For!
OPENING NIGHT GALA
Good Ol’ Boy
Set in 1979, this Frank Lotito directorial is about an Indian family who in hopes of a better life moves to America. Their 10-year-old boy Smith falls in love with the girl next door. He propels from his family ideal as he desires to become a good ol’ boy and attract the attention of the girl.
CLOSING NIGHT GALA
Hunt For The Wilderpeople
The film, directed by Taika Waititi, revolves around a boy Ricky who has been raised on hip-hop and foster care. He finally finds a home with his new foster family but soon, tragedy strikes, threatening Ricky to ship to another foster care home. It drives him to go on the run along with his uncle Hec. A national manhunt is ordered as they go missing in New Zealand’s woods.