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Films for competition

THE INTERNATIONAL Tamil Film Academy (ITFA) in association with Seventh Channel has organised an International Film Festival of Tamil Nadu 2004 (IFFT) beginning in Chennai today.

This is the first competitive festival to be held in Chennai and has nearly 50 films from 30 countries. As many as 25 films are to be shown at two venues — Pilot, the main venue and Sathyam where six films will be screened in the morning on Saturday and Sunday, three each — during the five days. The CMD of Seventh Channel and festival director Manikkam Narayanan says the festival is going to be a permanent affair.

"The year's festival theme is `Togetherness.' This was chosen with the idea of underlining harmony in the context of violence and tension the world is going through," he explains.

A look at the fare:

"The Wind Bird" (Sri Lanka): The story is about a young village girl who is made pregnant by a soldier. The girl is ina fix as she comes to know that he is married. The law will neither allow her to bring up an illegal child nor let her abort the baby.

"Wanted" (German): Two friends Dora and Jola are staying in a flat. Jola wants to leave but Dora tries her best to stop her friend from leaving. Does she succeed?

"Bread and Tulips" (Italian): Travelling by bus, Rosalba happens to be left out. The newfound freedom is heady but does she really enjoy it after a point of time?

"Liberated Zone" (German): Sylvia is married to Micha. They love each other but are not quite honest. In fact the whole family — Sylvia's parents, her brother and his friend are all frivolous. They do turn over a new leaf but not before paying a price.

Tangin Yaman (Philippines): The film is about a deeply religious mother and her love and hope pitted against cynicism, materialism and an unforgiving heart.

"No Rest for the Brave" (French): The film handles a surrealistic subject. It shows the link between dreams and reality and very thing the thin line that separates the two.

"Beneath the Skin" (U.S.): The story revolves round three couples governed by glamour, love, passion and tradition.

"Together" (China): This is the inaugural film of the festival and it is the story of a 13-year old violin prodigy Xiaochun and his quest in the world of classical music. His poor father wants his son to become a professional musician. So they leave their village and come to Beijing. The small boy is fascinated by the new world and is introduced to the world of professional music.

"Noi Albinoi" (Iceland): Noi is stranded in the north of Iceland. Surrounded by mountains and ice he is desperate to leave. But several attempts he makes end in failure. Only a natural disaster will shake up Noi's universe prison and offer him an escape route.

S. R. ASHOK KUMAR

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