Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) 2012

by akishaha | created - 09 Jan 2012 | updated - 05 Nov 2012 | Public

10th Pune International Film Festival (PIFF).... 12 to 19 January 2012....

Watched most of the films of (or on) Werner Herzog....

And watched 4 films of Ashok Kumar in his Restrospective....

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1. Top Floor Left Wing (2010)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

This is not the way it was supposed to happen. Like every other morning, Christian Echeveria, huissier, should have been able to levy his daily distress in this Parisian suburb, before ... See full summary »

Director: Angelo Cianci | Stars: Hippolyte Girardot, Mohamed Fellag, Aymen Saïdi, Judith Henry

Votes: 178

AKA - Top Floor Left Wing

Section - Opening Film

2. A Separation (2011)

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama

95 Metascore

A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.

Director: Asghar Farhadi | Stars: Payman Maadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini

Votes: 203,827 | Gross: $7.10M

Section - World Competition

On Torrent (BluRay)

3. Joanna (2010)

110 min | Drama, War

During the Nazi occupation, a young woman whose husband disappeared at the war decides to keep hiding a small Jewish girl. To save the child, she gets into an affair with a German.

Director: Feliks Falk | Stars: Urszula Grabowska, Sara Knothe, Stanislawa Celinska, Kinga Preis

Votes: 400

Section - World Competition

On Torrent

4. The Albanian (2010)

105 min | Drama

Handsome Albanian villager Arben wants to marry Etleva, daughter of a neighboring clan, but her father has promised her to another man who is offering a 10,000 Euros bride price. But when ... See full summary »

Director: Johannes Naber | Stars: Nik Xhelilaj, Amos Muji Zaharia, Çun Lajçi, Luan Jaha

Votes: 584

Section - World Competition

On Torrent

5. Alzheimer (2011)

98 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

A story about Human beings and their relations which has a man in the center of it. Because of a car accident he has Alzheimer and must face a different new world.

Director: Ahmad Reza Mo'tamedi | Stars: Faramarz Gharibian, Mehdi Hashemi, Mahtab Keramati, Mehran Ahmadi

Votes: 260

Section - World Competition

6. Vorobey (2010)

90 min | Drama, Family

The story of a remote Siberian village, whose main treasure is beautiful horses. According to a local legend many years ago beautiful horses appeared in the village by miracle.

Director: Yuri Schiller | Stars: Denis Babushkin, Kristina Babushkina, Aleksandr Kazakov, Aleksandr Naumov

Votes: 14

AKA 'Sparrow'

Section - World Competition

On Torrent

7. Voice Over (2010)

107 min | Drama

The end of the 70s. Anton Krastev, a DOP and his wife Diana are separated by the Iron curtain - she fled with their son Antoan to Western Berlin while he stayed in Bulgaria. She believes ... See full summary »

Director: Svetoslav Ovtcharov | Stars: Ivan Barnev, Kasiel Noah Asher, Krassimir Dokov, Gergana Pletnyova

Votes: 84

Section - World Competition

8. Black Thursday (2011)

105 min | Drama, History

Antoni Krauze reminds one of the darkest history of the cards with PRL. Spectacular reconstruction of the dramatic events in Gdynia, ended a brutal pacification of demonstrators by troops and militia in 1970.

Director: Antoni Krauze | Stars: Piotr Andruszkiewicz, Justyna Bartoszewicz, Magdalena Bochan, Ryszard Brozek

Votes: 914

Section - World Competition

9. My Little Princess (2011)

105 min | Drama

When Hanah re-emerges in the life of her pre-pubescent daughter, she comes with a strange, yet attractive proposition: she needs her own girl to pose for her in ways that would later take by surprise the Parisian art world of the 1970s.

Director: Eva Ionesco | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Anamaria Vartolomei, Georgetta Leahu, Denis Lavant

Votes: 1,402

Section - World Competition

10. The Magic of Hope (2011)

85 min | Drama

A mother's love can heal anything.

Director: Paco Torres | Stars: Marian Araujo, Viviane Araujo, Rocío Borrallo, Roma Calderón

Votes: 16

11. Amnesty (2011)

83 min | Drama

Conjugal visits unite two strangers visiting a prison to meet their incarcerated spouses. During these visits, Elsa and Spetim find the companionship missing from their lives. But a ... See full summary »

Director: Bujar Alimani | Stars: Luli Bitri, Karafil Shena, Todi Llupi, Mirela Naska

Votes: 185

Section - World Competition

12. Diago (2010)

89 min | Drama

The film adaptation of the novel by Macanese writer Lio Chi Heng marks the 10th anniversary of the transfer of the Portuguese colony of Macau to Chinese administration. The year is 1999 and... See full summary »

Director: Chi Zhang | Stars: Carlos Ernesto Koo Ayala, Carlos Tin-Cheung Koo, Carl Ng, Sixuan Zhou

Votes: 10

Section - World Competition

13. The Precinct (2010)

118 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

The story is set in Baku. A famous photographer has to choose between accepting a valuable job offer in Africa or marrying his fiancee - a young , talented sculptor inspired by images of ... See full summary »

Director: Ilgar Safat | Stars: Zuzu Bejashvili, Melissa Papel, Vaqif Ibrahimoglu, Teymur Odushev

Votes: 124

Section - World Competition

14. Ami Aadu (2010)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, War

An endearing love story in the time of cultural conflicts presenting the personal tragedy of the emigrant commoner caught in the crossfire of international wars.

Director: Somnath Gupta | Stars: Angana Basu, Bidipta Chakraborty, Mithu Chakraborty, Biplab Chatterjee

Votes: 48

Section - World Competition

On Torrent

15. If Not Us, Who? (2011)

124 min | Biography, Drama

West Germany, early 1960s. Star crossed lovers Bern and Gudrun begin a life long affair in the stifling atmosphere of provincial Germany. Setting out to challenge the establishment they ... See full summary »

Director: Andres Veiel | Stars: August Diehl, Lena Lauzemis, Alexander Fehling, Thomas Thieme

Votes: 1,120

Section - World Competition

16. Shala (2011)

108 min | Romance

Set in the 70's in rural India, four 9th grade kids were writing their destiny. Joshi (14) is madly in love with Shirodkar (14) a beautiful Indian looking girl. Both study in the same class. The age old question "What is love anyway?"

Director: Sujay Dahake | Stars: Anshuman Joshi, Ketaki Mategaonkar, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Nandu Madhav

Votes: 1,603

Section -Marathi Feature Film Competition

17. Deool (2011)

Not Rated | 135 min | Drama

Keshya, a simple villager believes that god has arrived in his village but everyone disbelieves him. Later when the politics plays its part things take a drastic change.

Director: Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni | Stars: Nana Patekar, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Jyoti Subhash, Usha Nadkarni

Votes: 1,298

Section -Marathi Feature Film Competition

On Torrent

18. Sound of Heaven: The Story of Balgandharva (2011)

124 min | Drama

Stort tells Narayan shripad Rajhans aka Balgandharva struggle through poverty and riches.

Director: Ravi Jadhav | Stars: Subodh Bhave, Anand Abhyankar, Siddharth Chandekar, Nitin Chandrakant Desai

Votes: 245

Section -Marathi Feature Film Competition

On Torrent

19. Upside Down (II) (2012)

81 min | Drama

Upside Down is a metaphorical revelation about the ways and means of every day city life as seen through the eyes of a little village kid.

Director: Ajay Singh | Stars: Aartis Athavle, Siddhant Barve, Parth Bhalerao, Omkar Bhintade

Votes: 45

Section -Marathi Feature Film Competition

20. The Truth of Lie (2011)

98 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Two women are held hostage in a deep basement of an abandoned industrial site. They're chained to the wall, sharing a moldy mattress, some food and a bucket. From time to time their captor ... See full summary »

Director: Roland Reber | Stars: Christoph Baumann, Marina Anna Eich, Julia Jaschke, Antje Mönning

Votes: 93

21. Sleeper (2005)

99 min | Drama

A story of rivalry and treachery set in a triangle of love, science and politics

Director: Benjamin Heisenberg | Stars: Bastian Trost, Mehdi Nebbou, Loretta Pflaum, Gundi Ellert

Votes: 383

22. Beloved (2011)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

55 Metascore

In London, a mother and daughter navigate their respective romances: Madeline rekindles an affair from thirty years earlier, while her daughter Vera is caught between a musician who cannot commit and her ex, who still pines for her.

Director: Christophe Honoré | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Ludivine Sagnier, Chiara Mastroianni, Paul Schneider

Votes: 2,168 | Gross: $0.12M

AKA 'Beloved'

Section - Global Cinema

23. Vavien (2009)

100 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

A reckless electrician, who is struggling with debt, decides to kill his wife and use her savings as a way out. His plan takes an unexpected twist when his loving wife, comes back from the dead to be with her family.

Directors: Durul Taylan, Yagmur Taylan | Stars: Engin Günaydin, Binnur Kaya, Settar Tanriögen, Ilker Aksum

Votes: 10,131

Section - Global Cinema

On Torrent

24. Hi-so (2010)

102 min | Drama

Ananda has returned home from abroad. Unsure of his career plans, he accepts an invitation to act in a new movie for a famous director. During the filming in a small seaside town, Zoe, his ... See full summary »

Director: Aditya Assarat | Stars: Ananda Everingham, Sajee Apiwong, Cerise Leang, Kongdej Jaturanrasamee

Votes: 97

Section - Global Cinema

May come on torrent

25. The Other Side of Sleep (2011)

88 min | Drama, Mystery

Rebecca Daly's first feature film The Other Side of Sleep is the haunting journey of Arlene (Antonia Campell Hughes). Arlene is a ghost in her own life. She lives in a small town in the ... See full summary »

Director: Rebecca Daly | Stars: Sam Keeley, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Olwen Fouéré, Cathy Belton

Votes: 174

Section - Global Cinema

26. Littlerock (2010)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama

66 Metascore

A powerfully intimate drama that captures the fears and desires of a young Japanese woman lost in the U.S., 'Littlerock' is an affectingly authentic portrait of the bitter-sweet pain of ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Ott | Stars: Atsuko Okatsuka, Cory Zacharia, Rintaro Sawamoto, Roberto 'Sanz' Sanchez

Votes: 489 | Gross: $0.01M

Section - Global Cinema

May come on torrent

27. The Prize (2011)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama

Ceci, a seven year old girl, has to keep a huge secret, but she doesn't completely understand what is the secret about. The life of her family depends on her silence. But what exactly must ... See full summary »

Director: Paula Markovitch | Stars: Paula Galinelli Hertzog, Laura Agorreca, Viviana Suraniti, Sharon Herrera

Votes: 370

Section - Global Cinema

On Torrent

28. A Föld szeretöje (2010)

100 min | Biography, Drama, Family

It sometimes happens that you do not have to part with your hometown to find bliss and fame.

Director: Zsolt Pozsgai | Stars: Áron Öze, Gábor Koncz, László Görög, Gabi Paczuk

Votes: 11

AKA 'Just Married'

Section - Global Cinema

On Torrent

30. Basilicata Coast to Coast (2010)

105 min | Comedy, Musical

A music group and a journalist cross the region of Basilicata by foot to attend a music festival.

Director: Rocco Papaleo | Stars: Alessandro Gassmann, Paolo Briguglia, Max Gazzè, Rocco Papaleo

Votes: 1,883

Section - Global Cinema

On Torrent

31. Daddy (2011)

70 min | Thriller

A girl talks her boyfriend and her sister into traveling to the Lika backwoods. Their father, who abandoned the family years ago, lives there. Having found out that he is ill, this is the ... See full summary »

Director: Dalibor Matanic | Stars: Judita Frankovic, Iva Mihalic, Igor Kovac, Ivo Gregurevic

Votes: 180

Section - Global Cinema

32. Stormland (2011)

111 min | Comedy, Drama

The tragicomic story of lone rebel Boddi Steingrimsson who lives in a small town in Northern Iceland. Boddi hates materialistic modern society in its entirety and on his blog-page he ... See full summary »

Director: Marteinn Thorsson | Stars: Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Lára Jóhanna Jónsdóttir, Þorsteinn Bachmann, Hilmir Snær Guðnason

Votes: 377

Section - Global Cinema

On Torrent

33. Flying Pigs (2010)

99 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

A member of a group of big football team fans gets a job as a cheer conductor for the enemy team.

Director: Anna Kazejak | Stars: Pawel Malaszynski, Piotr Rogucki, Olga Boladz, Karolina Gorczyca

Votes: 687

Section - Global Cinema

On Torrent

34. The Mole (2011)

107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Pawel, a Polish man in his early 30s, makes a living with his father Zygmunt importing second-hand clothing from the North of France to Southern Poland. On his way back from one of regular ... See full summary »

Director: Rafael Lewandowski | Stars: Borys Szyc, Marian Dziedziel, Magdalena Czerwinska, Wojciech Pszoniak

Votes: 646

Section - Global Cinema

On Torrent (BluRay)

35. Some Say No (2011)

95 min | Comedy

Three former school friends meet after twenty years and realize that they pursued a common enemy: the recommended. Max (Argentero Luke) is a reporter for talent in a local newspaper that ... See full summary »

Director: Giambattista Avellino | Stars: Luca Argentero, Paola Cortellesi, Paolo Ruffini, Myriam Catania

Votes: 406

AKA 'Some Say No'

Section - Global Cinema

On Torrent

36. Virgin Goat (2009)

87 min

Farmer wakes up, rapes goat Climax:Goat no longer virgin.

Director: Murali Nair | Stars: Raghuvir Yadav, Sheila Naidu, Saurab Gharipurikar, Purnima Maudgil

Votes: 55

Section - Global Cinema

37. Neander-Jin: The Return of the Neanderthal Man (2011)

Not Rated | 81 min | Comedy, Romance

An instant cult classic. The Return of The Neanderthal Man is a screwball comedy with a Freudian twist. The story of a young woman's quest to find the perfect mate, who is embodied in a ... See full summary »

Director: Florian Steinbiss | Stars: Sarah Mühlhause, Jon Chardiet, Milton Welsh, Rick Zieff

Votes: 25

Section - Global Cinema

Section -Retrospective

AKA 'Apartment in Athens'

Section - Global Cinema

40. Ristabbànna (2011)

87 min | Comedy, Drama

Young Niccolo decides to help an old man with a videotaped message to send to his grand daughter who left for the United States to become an actress before he dies and discovers his love for the movies.

Directors: Gianni Cardillo, Daniele De Plano | Stars: Ben Gazzara, Salvatore LI Causi, Tiziana Lodato, Adriana Parrinello

Votes: 10

AKA Here Right Here

Section- Global Cinema

41. Love Like Poison (2010)

92 min | Drama

Anna a young teenager comes home from her Catholic boarding school for the holidays and discovers her father has left. Her mother is devastated and confined in the company of the local ... See full summary »

Director: Katell Quillévéré | Stars: Clara Augarde, Lio, Michel Galabru, Péline Liberty

Votes: 688

Section - Global Cinema

On Torrent

42. Pechorin (2011)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, History, Mystery

Based on the Russian classic novel. While maintaining all the main plot-lines of the novel, it follows the events not as they happen but as they are reflected in the mind of the dying hero.... See full summary »

Director: Roman Khrushch | Stars: Stanislav Ryadinskiy, Dmitriy Podnozov, Ilya Sherbinin, Irina Savitskova

Votes: 34

Section - Global Cinema

43. Black Blood (2011)

123 min | Drama

An impoverished couple in a remote corner of China is forced to sell blood to raise money for their only daughter's education. Tragedy strikes when both husband and wife are infected with HIV virus.

Director: Miaoyan Zhang | Stars: Mengjuan Liu, Danhui Mao, Yingying

Votes: 29

Section - Global Cinema

44. Sing Your Song (2011)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

73 Metascore

Most people know the lasting legacy of Harry Belafonte, the entertainer. This film unearths his significant contribution to and his leadership in the civil rights movement in America and to social justice globally.

Director: Susanne Rostock | Stars: Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Marge Champion, Fran Scott Attaway

Votes: 416 | Gross: $0.05M

Section - Global Cinema

On Torrent

45. Mangrove (2011)

70 min | Drama

A young woman returns with her son to an isolated beach on the pacific coast in southern Mexico to find peace with her ghosts.

Directors: Frédéric Choffat, Julie Gilbert | Stars: Lucia, Patrick Pasquier, Vimala Pons, Solal

Votes: 25

Section - Global Cinema

46. Welcome to the South (2010)

102 min | Comedy