The rejected ones
A film getting rejected at festivals is a regular incident. When the Oscar nomination for the top film goes on air, some people wonder why this film wasn’t nominated. Or why that director didn’t receive a nomination for best director, or why his favorite actor lost out to some amateur teenager. But these are things that go beyond explanations. So while you watch those rejected movies and sit dejected, your friends go head over heels about the selected few.
Three orphans who have no takers at the 16th IFFK
The Skin I live in
Dir: Pedro Almodovar
Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I live in is definitely one film which everyone is going to miss this year. The film received massive reviews at the Cannes and newspapers like the Guardian considered it to be one of the best to come from the maestro from Spain. The film is loosely based on the novel Tarantula by Thierry Jonquet and has Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya in the lead. The film was also appreciated for its science fiction and horror elements.
Dir: Lars Von Trier
The Chalachithra Academy should have at least considered the rush at the theaters for Von Trier’s Antichrist last year, before dropping Melancholia from the list. The film received mixed review from the critics. However, by reading about the film on the internet, it seems like the director was trying to tell an epic of a story in his latest film which stars Kirsten Dunst. Kirsten also received the award for the best actress at the Cannes film festival.
Dir: Roman Polanski
The IMDB rating for Roman Polanski’s Carnage is going up everyday. Sometimes ratings do matter. Even though you haven’t seen this movie you can imagine the film to be an interesting one just by looking at the film’s impressive cast. Christoph Waltz, Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, John C. Reilly formed the cast for Polanski’s attempt on a black comedy drama.Hollywood directors are an outcast at the IFFK. But this was one film which the academy should have picked up, considering Polanski’s status as an outcast in Hollywood itself. But, nope…
It is not surprising that the IFFK has rejected a few films. How can anyone blame the academy? Within a short span of time this festival has become so popular, it is hard to believe that such a big event is being conducted in a small state like Kerala, every year. The academy manages to bring such diversity in its selection that people wonder whether films like these even exist. So all we can do is brood over how interesting things would have been had those films were included in the list. Or else we can console ourselves, ‘maybe they didn’t get the print’.
But, what the hell!! Beemapally is just a few miles away!