20 Must-See Films at IFFI, Goa – 2017

20 Must-See Films at IFFI, Goa 2017

In spite of the row caused by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry’s inane decision of not screening Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s Sexy Durga & Ravi Jadhav’s Nude, the International Film Festival of India still boasts a pretty decent lineup. I picked up  20 films you must see if you are visiting Goa and are unaware of the fact that one of the biggest film festivals in the country is ongoing while you are busy partying to your heart’s content:  

20. The Strange Ones

Director: Christopher Radcliff, Lauren Wolkstei
Country: USA | Language:  English
Cast: Alex Pettyfer, James FreedsonJackson, Emily Althaus.

Mysterious events surround two travelers as they make their way across a remote American landscape. On the surface, all seems normal, but what appears to be a simple vacation soon gives way to a dark and complex web of secrets.

19. Scary Mother

Director: Ana Urushadz
Country: Georgia, Estonia | Language: Georgian
Cast: Nata Murvanidze, Ramaz Ioseliani, Dimitri Tatishvili, Avtandil Makharadze.


A 50-year-old housewife, Manana, struggles with a dilemma: she has to choose between her family life and a love for writing she has repressed for years. When she finally decides to follow her passion, she is ready to sacrifice everything for it, mentally and physically.

18. I Dream in Another Language

Director: Ernesto Contreras
Country: Mexico, Netherlands | Language: Spanish, English
Cast: Fernando Álvarez Rebeil, José Manuel Poncelis, Eligio Melndez.

Martin arrives in a remote Mexican village to record a dying, ancient indigenous language. He finds the last two speakers of the language, but they refuse to speak to each other because of a 50-year grudge.

17. Dark Wind

Director: Nila Madhab Panda
Country: India | Language: Hindi
Cast: Sanjay Mishra, Tillotama Shome, Ranvir Shorey.

Human emotions take over inhuman realities of climate change. Embroiled together, their fates tremble under the pressure of two extreme weather conditions. Dark Wind is not just a fiction. It’s an eye-opening portrayal of the suffering of people and it is a wakeup call for the society still unprepared to face the consequences of their actions on climate change.

16. A Gentle Creature

Director: Sergei Loznitsa
Country: France, Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands | Language: Russian
Cast: Vasilina Makovtseva, Marina Kleshcheva, Lia Akhedzhakova.

A woman lives alone on the outskirts of a village in Russia. One day she receives a parcel she sent to her incarcerated husband, marked ‘return to sender’. Shocked and confused, the woman has no choice but to travel to the prison in a remote region of the country in search of an explanation. Thus begins the story of a battle against this impenetrable fortress, the prison where the forces of social evil are constantly at work. Braving violence and humiliation, in the face of all opposition, our protagonist embarks on a blind quest for justice.

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Shikhar Verma

Getting fat with the wife. Absolutely loves the all-consuming, indulgent world of cinema.