With 29 documentary films to be screened over a week, the all-new documentary section – Doc@Biffes – at the 8th edition of the Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFFes) is something to look out for.
Presented and curated by Vikalp Bengaluru (a city-based group of documentary filmmakers), Doc@Biffes promises seven days of documentaries which include Indian as well as international films. Apart from a special section for students’ films, the festival will also screen environmental documentaries with a focus on climate change and drought. And that’s not all. As part of a special retrospective on the works of acclaimed Armenian filmmaker, Harutyun Khachatryan, you get to watch some of his most remarkable movies (including the FIPRESCI Award-winning, Border) and attend a masterclass by the director himself. Also on the cards is an interactive session, On The Practice of Creative Documentary with Sameera Jain (filmmaker and editor).
We are definitely looking forward to the screening of the hybrid documentary, Placebo, directed by Abhay Kumar (shot undercover, we hear) and based on India’s most prestigious medical school, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Other documentary films which we suggest you look out for include Being Bhaijaan by Shabani Hassanwalia and Samreen Farooqui, which subtly explores actor, Salman Khan’s influence on Indian men, and Toto and his Sisters by Alexander Nanau (delving into the lives of siblings in a Bucharest slum). Registrations close on 28th, so, we suggest you hurry and get your passes soon!
Where: Screen 6, PVR Cinemas, Orion Mall, 3rd Floor, Brigade Gateway, Malleswaram East
When: Friday, January 29 to Thursday, February 4
Contact: +91 9945699304
Price: INR 600 (delegate fee)
Register for the festival here.
Find Doc@Biffes on Facebook here.
For daily schedule and further details, follow Vikalp Bengaluru here.
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