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Marco Bellocchio's Kidnapped marks the first screening of the 28th edition of IFFK


Marking the commencement of the 28th International Film Festival of Kerala, Marco Bellocchio's Kidnapped will be shown as the first movie at the festival. It is an intense historical drama depicting the life of a Jewish boy who is kidnapped and converted to Catholicism in 1858.

On the first day, 11 movies from the categories World Film, Latin American Film, Female Gaze, and Masterminds are scheduled to be featured on six screens. 'Good Bye Julia,' directed by Mohammad Kordofani, will be screened as the opening movie at Nishagandi at 6 pm during the inauguration ceremony. The film reflects the political and social conditions that prevailed during the partition of Sudan in 2011, focusing on the lives of two women from different provinces. It received Sudan's official entry at the Oscars and became the first Sudanese film to win the Freedom award at the Cannes Film Festival.

The other films included are Radu Jude's 'Do Not Expect Too Much from the End of the World,' Marco Bellocchio's 'Kidnapped,' Kaouther Ben Hania's 'Four Daughters,' Mounia Meddour's 'Houria,' Renee Nader Messora and Joao Salaviza's 'The Buriti Flower,' Maryna Vroda's 'Stepne,' Shalom Hager's 'Under the Shadow of The Sun,' '20,000 Species of Bees' by Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren, 'Music' by Angela Schanelec, and 'The Realm of God' by Claudia Sainte-Luce.

'Four Daughters' by Kaouther Ben Hania is based on the true story of a Tunisian woman and her four daughters. The film was well received at international film festivals such as Cannes, Busan, and Brussels and was Tunisia's official entry for the Oscars in 2023.

'Do Not Expect Too Much from the End of the World' is a dark comedy film that discusses issues like corporate capitalism and exploitation in the workplace. The film served as the official Romanian entry in the Best International Feature Film category at the 96th Academy Awards. It also won the Special Jury Award at the Locarno Film Festival and was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival.