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25 Must-See Films at IFFI, Goa – 2019

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The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) has entered its 25th year in 2019 and the committee has rewarded us with several renowned titles that we wouldn’t dare to miss. Be it a Ken Loach retrospective or the Hollywood Classics, the film festival is going to showcase probably one of the best line-ups in recent times. This year, Isabelle Huppert is getting a Lifetime Achievement Award for a glorious career over the decades and for the same reason, Elle (2017) is going to be a part of the line-up as well. Amidst all of this, the following are some of the must-see films at IFFI Goa 2019. Note that the list is only from the film that released this year.




25. Synonyms

Director: Nadav Lapid
Country: France | Israel | Germany
Language: French | Hebrew | English
Cast: Tom Mercier, Louise Chevillotte, Quentin Dolmaire

The film is about Yoav, a young Israeli, who turns up in Paris, hopeful that France and french will save him from the madness of his country. ‘Synonyms’ has won the Golden Bear award at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival.

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24. Jallikattu

Director: Lijo Jose Pellissery
Country: India | Language: Malayalam
Cast: Antony Varghese, Chemban Vinod Jose, Jaffer Idukki

Based on a story by S. Hareesh, Jallikattu unfolds in a remote village in the hills of Kerala, India, where a butcher’s buffalo breaks free and runs amok, destroying shops and crops before vanishing into the surrounding woods.

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23. Lara

Director: Jan-Ole Gerster
Country: Germany | Language: German
Cast: Corinna Harfouch, Tom Schilling, Volkmar Kleinert

It’s Lara’s 60th birthday, and this very evening, her son will be giving his debut piano concert. Lara mapped out his musical career. But Lara is not welcome at his debut performance. Even if Lara engages, everything gets out of control.

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22. Babyteeth

Director: Shannon Murphy
Country: Australia | Language: English
Cast: Essie Davis, Ben Mendelsohn, Eliza Scanlen

When seriously ill teenager Milla falls madly in love with small-time drug dealer Moses, it’s her parents’ worst nightmare. The Australian film directed by Shannon Murphy is creating quite a buzz in the festival circuit.




21. Echo

Director: Rúnar Rúnarsson
Country: Iceland | Language: Icelandic
Cast: Sigurmar Albertsson, Bent Kingo Andersen, Sif Arnarsdóttir

As everyone prepares for the holidays, a peculiar atmosphere falls upon the country revealing emotions of both excitement and concern. Through 56 scenes, the ‘Echo’ draws a portrait, both biting and tender, of modern society.

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