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The Jury at IFFI has been known to get into controversies due to their reasons to drop certain films. Like last year’s row of not screening Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s Sexy Durga & Ravi Jadhav’s Nude, they have actually dropped 6 films solely because they seem anti-national to them. They have also taken a step-back by not screening a few independent filmmakers and choosing to go with major mainstream choice for the Indian Panorama section. Other than that, the festival boosts it’s best lineup since 2016. In the following list I pick 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:




25. Ee. Ma. Yau

Director: Lijo Jose Pellissery
Country: India | Language: Malayalam
Stars: Chemban Vinod Jose, Vinayakan, Dileesh Pothan

Set in Chellanam, Kochi, the story of Ee. Ma. Yau revolves around the death of Vavachan Mesthiri in a coastal village. It showcases the events that unfold between two evenings and looks at death from different perspectives.

Must Read – The 15 Best Asian Films Of 2017




24. Touch Me Not

Director: Adina Pintilie
Country: Romania | Language: English, German
Stars: Laura Benson, Tómas Lemarquis, Christian Bayerlein

Together, a filmmaker and her characters venture into a personal research project about intimacy.

Also, Read – Touch Me Not [2018]: ‘TIFF’ Review – A Flawed yet Oddly Interesting Therapeutic Essay on Openness and Intimacy




23. When The Trees Fall

Director: Marysia Nikitiuk
Country: Ukraine | Language: Ukrainian
Stars: Eugen Grigoriev, Sofia Halaimova, Vadym Kovaliov

The story of a five year old little rebellious girl Vitka with her teenage cousin Larysa and her boyfriend, the young criminal Scar unfolds in a Ukrainian provincial setting.




22. Woman at War

Director: Benedikt Erlingsson
Country: Iceland | Language: Icelandic
Stars: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Juan Camillo Roman Estrada

Halla, a woman in her fifties, declares war on the local aluminum industry to prevent it from disfiguring her country. She risks all she has to protect the highlands of Iceland-but the situation could change with the unexpected arrival of a small orphan in her life.

Highly Recommended – 25 Essential Iceland Movies That Are Worth Your Time




21. Volcano

Director: Roman Bondarchuk
Country: Ukraine | Language: Ukrainian
Stars: Serhiy Stepansky, Viktor Zhdanov

As involuntary guest of his strange host Vova, Lukas is confronted with a totally new universe, in which life seems to be completely detached from any kind of structure.




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