International Competition Kicked off Today With ‘Symphony for Ana’
The 22 nd International Film Festival of Kerala was flagged off yesterday with the screening of
‘The Insult’. Screening of the International Competition section starts today with two films screened at
the Tagore Theatre.
‘Symphony for Ana’ (Sinofonia para Ana), directed by the Argentinean couple directors Ernesto
Ardito and Virna Molina, talks about the life of a teenage girl on the backdrop of the worst times of
Argentina. The second film in this category is the post-dystopian drama movie ‘Grain’ (Bugday)
directed by the Turkish filmmaker Semih Kaplanagolu.
The International Competition section this year is packed with films that stay close to the chosen
themes of the festival. Of the movies that are to be screened, ‘Grain’ is unique in its representation of a
A special attraction at this section, ‘Grain’ narrates an elegant story that frames the distant future of
mankind. The film is, in fact, an elegy that has been inspired from the Sufi branch of Quran. A tribute
to the great filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky, ‘Grain’ enters the philosophical zone and possesses a tone of
The film follows the life of Professor Erol Erin, whose quest for a rogue scientist leads to a paradigm
shift, and travels through science fiction and philosophy. The major themes of migration, climate
change and food crisis are underpinned with intense connotations of magical mystery. The movie is
Semih Kaplanagolu’s first English language production with an international cast. Shot in high-
definition monochrome, ‘Grain’ is a visually thrilling piece of cinematic art.