CIFF 2018

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16th Chennai International Film Festival- CIFF 2018 This year's edition of the Chennai International Film Festival (CIFF) is all set to take place between December 13-20. 150+ films from over 60 countries are all set to be showcased at 6 venues over the course of an 8-day period.

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1. Akkammana Bhagya (2017)

117 min | Drama, Family, History

The film Akkammana Bhagya is about an ill-fated village woman and her struggle towards the welfare of her family. The story is set in an Indian village from the preindependence era and deals with woman's empowerment.

Director: C V Nandeeshwar | Star: Sudha Prasanna

Votes: 10

2. Andarkahini: Self-exile (2017)

86 min | Drama

Andarkahini is a saga of womanhood in the correlative context of human relationships and complex society.

Director: Arnab k Middya | Stars: Priyanka Sarkar, Rajesh Sharma, Saayoni Ghosh, Soumitra Chatterjee

Votes: 8

3. Bhayanakam (2018)

105 min | Drama, Thriller

A World War I veteran is sent to Kuttanad as a postman to deliver money orders and letters to the families of soldiers. Soon, the happiness that his visits brought to the families turns into sadness with the outbreak of the World War II.

Director: Jayaraaj | Stars: Jojo George, Bilas Chandrahasan Nair, Renji Panicker, Asha Sharath

Votes: 17

4. Bhor: Dawn (2018)

93 min | Drama

It's a story about Budhni married before legal age of getting married, a poor and backward girl who fights for living her life in her own way, right from completing her studies after ... See full summary »

Director: Kamakhya Narayan Singh | Stars: Devesh Ranjan, Saveree Gaur, Nalneesh Neel, Pavleen Gujral

5. Dhappa (2019)

Drama

A group of children residing in an urban housing society questions religious boundaries being forced upon them through their innocence.

Director: Nipun Dharmadhikari | Stars: Shrihari Abhyankar, Deepali Borkar, Akash Kamble, Sharavi Kulkarni

Votes: 12

7. Nagarkirtan (2017)

115 min | Drama

Parimal is born a boy, but there has always been another identity hidden within Parimal's male physical appearance. The only way out for him is to escape from his parents, his family, and ... See full synopsis »

Director: Kaushik Ganguly | Stars: Bidipta Chakraborty, Ritwick Chakraborty, Sujan Mukherjee, Indrasish Roy

Votes: 135

8. Olu (2018)

Fantasy | Completed

"Olu" (She) is the tale of a Gypsy girl who mysteriously survives under the Kerala backwaters where she has been sunk by her rapists. Only during full moon nights, can she see the world ... See full summary »

Director: Shaji N. Karun | Stars: Shane Nigam, Kani Kusruti, Maya Menon, Esther

Votes: 5

9. Padmaavat (2018)

Not Rated | 164 min | Drama, History, Romance

63 Metascore

Set in medieval Rajasthan, Queen Padmavati is married to a noble king and they live in a prosperous fortress with their subjects until an ambitious Sultan hears of Padmavati's beauty and forms an obsessive love for the Queen of Mewar.

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali | Stars: Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor, Aditi Rao Hydari

Votes: 24,010 | Gross: $11.85M

10. Painting Life (2018)

145 min | Drama

A Bollywood filmmaker and his crew gets stranded in a remote Himalayan village due to torrential downpours. How the intense experiences under siege, affect the filmmaker's thoughts and priorities forms the central theme of the film.

Director: Bijukumar Damodaran | Stars: Prakash Bare, Geetanjali Thapa, Ritabhari Chakraborty, Shankar Ramakrishnan

11. Kedara

Drama | Filming

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Director: Indraadip Dasgupta | Stars: Kaushik Ganguly, Rudranil Ghosh

12. The Sound Story (2019)

105 min | Documentary

Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty who comes to Thrissur to fulfil his dream of recording the sounds of the pooram, finds it hard to explain to the businessman who bankrolls the ... See full summary »

Director: Resul Pookutty | Stars: Resul Pookutty, Joy Mathew, Sunil Sugatha

Votes: 546

13. Walking With the Wind (2017)

79 min | Drama

10 year old Tsering lives in the difficult terrain of the Himalayas. One day he accidentally breaks his friend's school chair. When he decides to bring the chair back to his village, the 7 ... See full summary »

Director: Praveen Morchhale | Stars: Ajay Chourey, Rigzin Dolkar, Phuntsog Dolma, Sachi Joko

Votes: 23

14. 96 (II) (2018)

158 min | Drama, Romance

Two high school sweethearts meet at a reunion after 22 years and reminisce about their past over the course of an evening.

Director: C. Prem Kumar | Stars: Vijay Sethupathi, Trisha Krishnan, Varsha Bollamma, Adithya Bhaskar

Votes: 11,519

15. Abhiyude Katha Anuvinteyum (2018)

121 min | Drama, Romance

They fell in love and swore to always be together, until a strange twist of fate reveals them to be more than just lovers. To what extent will they go to protect their love?

Director: B.R. Vijayalakshmi | Stars: Piaa Bajpai, Suhasini, Tovino Thomas

Votes: 728

16. Annanukku Jey (2018)

Comedy

Despite the premise offering the opportunity to narrate this story as a gritty action drama, Rajkumar chooses to tell it in a lighter, satirical vein.

Director: Rajkumar | Stars: Dinesh, Mahima Nambiar, Radha Ravi, Mayilswamy

Votes: 123

17. Genius (II) (2018)

Drama

The movie examines the after effects that arise from the unwanted academic pressure that parents put on their children.

Director: Suseenthiran | Stars: Roshan, Priya Lal, Monica Chinnakotla, Aadukalam Naren

Votes: 57

18. Iravukku Aayiram Kangal (2018)

Not Rated | 121 min | Action, Thriller

The story revolves around a mysterious murder and a game between Bharath (Arulnithi), a calm and composed cab driver, and Ganesh (Ajmal), an urban cheat, who blackmails people for money.

Director: Mu. Maran | Stars: Abhinayashree, Ajmal Ameer, Anandraj, Arulnithi

Votes: 831

19. Irumbu Thirai (2018)

Not Rated | 160 min | Action, Thriller

A soldier takes on a gang of cyber criminals when money goes missing from his account.

Director: P.S. Mithran | Stars: Vishal, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Arjun Sarja, Delhi Ganesh

Votes: 2,852

20. Kadaikutty Singam (2018)

Not Rated | 149 min | Action, Drama

Gunasingam, a family-loving farmer who hails from a small town, tries his best to keep his big family united despite him being misunderstood by many.

Director: Pandiraj | Stars: Karthi, Sathyaraj, Sayyeshaa Saigal, Priya Bhavani Shankar

Votes: 1,705

21. Mercury (II) (2018)

106 min | Horror, Thriller

Five friends maimed from mercury poisoning try to cover up for an accident that left a man dead.

Director: Karthik Subbaraj | Stars: Prabhu Deva, Gajaraj, Ramya Nambeeshan, Indhuja Ravichandran

Votes: 757

22. Pariyerum Perumal (2018)

154 min | Drama

A law student from a lower caste begins a friendship with his classmate, a girl who belongs to a higher caste, and the men in her family start giving him trouble over this.

Directors: Mari Selvaraj, Prabunath | Stars: Kathir, Anandhi, Yogi Babu, Lijeesh

Votes: 5,198

23. Ratsasan (2018)

Not Rated | 170 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Constant rejections in his attempts to become a filmmaker and family constraints force Arun to let go of his dream and take up the job of a Police officer.

Director: Ram Kumar | Stars: Radha Ravi, Sangili Murugan, Nizhalgal Ravi, Saravanan

Votes: 11,472

24. Vada Chennai (2018)

Not Rated | 164 min | Action, Crime

A young carrom player in north Chennai becomes a reluctant participant in a war between two warring gangsters.

Director: Vetrimaaran | Stars: Dhanush, Ameer Sultan, Radha Ravi, Daniel Balaji

Votes: 6,635

25. Velaikkaran (2017)

Not Rated | 160 min | Action, Thriller

A youngster from the slums battles against food adulteration by the company that employs him.

Director: Mohan Raja | Stars: Sivakarthikeyan, Fahadh Faasil, Nayanthara, Prakash Raj

Votes: 2,767

26. Merku Thodarchi Malai (2018)

122 min | Drama

Rangasamy, a laborer living on the borders of Kerala and Tamil Nadu just like his fellow sons of soils toils, hard-working at the spice plantations owned by landlords. Whilst Rangasamy is ... See full summary »

Director: Leninbharati | Stars: Antony, Gayatri Krishnan, Abu Valayamkulam

Votes: 1,278

27. The Song Keepers (2017)

84 min | Documentary

An Aboriginal Women's Choir travels to Germany to perform German hymns in their traditional language.

Director: Naina Sen | Stars: Morris Stuart, Robert Borgas, Judy Brumby, Pantjiti McKenzie

Votes: 51

28. The Little Match Girl (2017)

Not Rated | 71 min | Drama

Andersen's "Little Match Girl", Bresson's donkey, the relationship between a German guerrilla and an Argentine pianist, and Helmut Lachenmann trying to stage an opera with the orchestra of ... See full summary »

Director: Alejo Moguillansky | Stars: María Villar, Walter Jakob, Margarita Fernández, Helmut Lachenmann

Votes: 160

29. The Artist (2008)

TV-14 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

A male nurse steals some of one of his patient's drawings and makes money with them.

Directors: Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat | Stars: Alberto Laiseca, Sergio Pangaro, Andrés Duprat, Enrique Gagliesi

Votes: 345

30. The Return (2012)

102 min | Drama

After a decade abroad, Antonio returns to Costa Rica for a short visit. Unable to run away as usual, he is confronted with everything he has desperately struggled to put in the past: a ... See full summary »

Director: Hernan Jimenez | Stars: Hernan Jimenez, Barbara Jimenez, Luis Fernando Gomez, Andre Boxwill

Votes: 234

31. Enredados, La confusión (2018)

Approved | 95 min | Action, Comedy

Leo, in a mid of millionaire robbery meets the love of his life, Ana. But now he has to choose between money and love. He chooses love and decides to return the money but the confusion ... See full summary »

Director: Prabhakar Sharan | Stars: Prabhakar Sharan, Mario Chacón, Scott Steiner, Mauricio Desplá

Votes: 27

32. Habanastation (2011)

95 min | Drama, Fantasy

Directed mainly for kids, the film speaks of a Havana that "reveals two distinct faces, from the everyday life of a couple of kids", according to the film's official synopsis.

Director: Ian Padrón | Stars: Claudia Alvariño, Rubén Araujo, Blanca Rosa Blanco, René de la Cruz Jr.

Votes: 185

33. Cápsulas (2011)

103 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

FONSI is an apparently privileged 12 year old boy. As we get to know his dysfunctional family, his world begins to crumble in a matter of hours. Due to a series of unexpected events, each ... See full summary »

Director: Verónica Riedel | Stars: Sofía Arévalo, Giacomo Buonafina, Carolina Cuervo, Sebastián Gereda

Votes: 26

34. Donde acaban los caminos (2004)

82 min | Drama

Donde acaban los caminos (Where the roads end) it's the encounter of two different worlds that live together but remain separated at the same time, since ancestral times. The doctor Raul ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos García Agraz | Stars: Giacomo Buonafina, Herbert Ignacio, Domingo Lemus, Audra Magermans

Votes: 32

35. Days of Santiago (2004)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama

61 Metascore

Santiago, a retired soldier who fought for his country, Peru, find it hard to adjust back to society while dealing with PTSD and family problems.

Director: Josué Méndez | Stars: Pietro Sibille, Milagros Vidal, Marisela Puicón, Ricardo Mejía

Votes: 823

36. Viejos amigos (2014)

93 min | Comedy

Three old friends reunite at their best friend Kike's funeral and remember that he wanted his ashes to be spread in the sea near their town Callao. One of them, Balito, steals the ash tray ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando Villaran Lujan | Stars: Ricardo Blume, Lorena Caravedo, Mayra Couto, Carlos Gassols

Votes: 84

37. Moving Parts (III) (2017)

106 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Two very different couples are drawn into organized crime, but it becomes clear before long that everything and everyone is not what they seem.

Directors: Jerry Hayes, Harley Wallen | Stars: T.J. Storm, Calhoun Koenig, Michael Alexander, Harley Wallen

Votes: 343

38. Bazodee (2015)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Anita Panchouri is the doting daughter of a deep in debt Indian businessman. She's on the verge of willingly marrying a wealthy suitor when she meets a romantic rasta singer, Lee de Leon ... See full summary »

Director: Todd Kessler | Stars: Staz Nair, Kabir Bedi, Natalie Perera, Valmike Rampersad

Votes: 234

39. City of God (2002)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama

79 Metascore

In the slums of Rio, two kids' paths diverge as one struggles to become a photographer and the other a kingpin.

Directors: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund | Stars: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Matheus Nachtergaele, Phellipe Haagensen

Votes: 651,667 | Gross: $7.56M

40. A Dog's Will (2000)

104 min | Adventure, Comedy

The lively João Grilo and the sly Chicó are poor guys living in the hinterland who cheat a bunch of people in a small Northeast Brazil town. But when they die, they have to be judged by ... See full summary »

Director: Guel Arraes | Stars: Matheus Nachtergaele, Selton Mello, Rogério Cardoso, Denise Fraga

Votes: 9,339

41. Entranced Earth (1967)

111 min | Drama

Eldorado, a fictitious country in Latin America, is sparkling with the internal struggle for political power. In the eye of this social convulsion, the jaded journalist Paulo Martins ... See full summary »

Director: Glauber Rocha | Stars: Jardel Filho, Paulo Autran, José Lewgoy, Glauce Rocha

Votes: 2,248

42. Crackerjack (2002)

92 min | Comedy

When dwindling membership and increasing overheads makes a local bowling club and prime candidate for a takeover, it's all hands on deck to save the club, in what turns into an epic battle ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Moloney | Stars: Mick Molloy, Bill Hunter, Frank Wilson, Monica Maughan

Votes: 2,280

43. Malcolm (1986)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Crime, Sci-Fi

Malcolm is a chronically shy mechanical genius who has just been fired for building his own tram. He gets Frank, who has just been released from jail, to move in to help pay the bills. ... See full summary »

Director: Nadia Tass | Stars: Colin Friels, John Hargreaves, Lindy Davies, Chris Haywood

Votes: 1,892 | Gross: $0.54M

44. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Music

70 Metascore

Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.

Director: Stephan Elliott | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp, Rebel Penfold-Russell

Votes: 43,556 | Gross: $11.22M

45. The Castle (1997)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

A working-class family from Melbourne, Australia fights city hall after being told they must vacate their beloved family home to allow for infrastructural expansion.

Director: Rob Sitch | Stars: Michael Caton, Anne Tenney, Stephen Curry, Anthony Simcoe

Votes: 13,907 | Gross: $0.86M

46. 3 Days in Quiberon (2018)

115 min | Drama

In a rehab clinic Romy Schneider gives her last interview to two journalists. Three days, driven by romantic desire, professional ambition and the urge for living.

Director: Emily Atef | Stars: Marie Bäumer, Birgit Minichmayr, Charly Hübner, Robert Gwisdek

Votes: 768

47. Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe (2016)

106 min | Biography, Drama, History

75 Metascore

Before Dawn charts the years of exile in the life of famous Jewish Austrian writer Stefan Zweig, his inner struggle for the "right attitude" toward the events in war torn Europe, and his search for a new home.

Director: Maria Schrader | Stars: Tómas Lemarquis, Barbara Sukowa, Valerie Pachner, Aenne Schwarz

Votes: 1,788 | Gross: $0.08M

48. Toni Erdmann (2016)

R | 162 min | Comedy, Drama

93 Metascore

A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO's life coach.

Director: Maren Ade | Stars: Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek, Michael Wittenborn, Thomas Loibl

Votes: 38,686 | Gross: $1.48M

49. Transit (I) (2018)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

82 Metascore

Set in seemingly contemporary times, a man who belongs to a persecuted minority attempts to escape from fascist-run France to America but falls in love with the wife of a dead author whose identity he has assumed.

Director: Christian Petzold | Stars: Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, Godehard Giese, Lilien Batman

Votes: 3,831 | Gross: $0.82M

50. Western (2017)

Unrated | 121 min | Drama