IFFK 2016..... choices

by drbhavendu | created - 04 Dec 2016 | updated - 04 Dec 2016 | Public

My choices for 21st edition of IFFK....

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1. Afterimage (2016)

98 min | Biography, Drama, History

75 Metascore

The story of charismatic painter Wladyslaw Strzeminski, who opposed social realism and maintained his own artistic freedom in spite of political obstacles.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Boguslaw Linda, Bronislawa Zamachowska, Zofia Wichlacz, Krzysztof Pieczynski

Votes: 1,995 | Gross: $0.03M

2. Aloys (2016)

91 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

A lonely private investigator is contacted by a mysterious woman who pulls him into a mind game known as 'telephone walking'. Fascinated by her voice, Aloys discovers an imaginary universe that allows him to break out of his isolation.

Director: Tobias Nölle | Stars: Georg Friedrich, Tilde von Overbeck, Kamil Krejcí, Yufei Li

Votes: 1,601

3. Aquarius (I) (2016)

Not Rated | 146 min | Drama

88 Metascore

Clara, a 65 year old widow and retired music critic, was born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife, Brazil. She is the last resident of the Aquarius, an original two-storey ... See full summary »

Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho | Stars: Sônia Braga, Maeve Jinkings, Irandhir Santos, Humberto Carrão

Votes: 15,185 | Gross: $0.29M

4. The Daughter (2015)

96 min | Drama

62 Metascore

The story follows a man who returns home to discover a long-buried family secret, and whose attempts to put things right threaten the lives of those he left home years before.

Director: Simon Stone | Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Nicholas Hope, Sam Neill, Ewen Leslie

Votes: 3,932 | Gross: $0.03M

5. Death in Sarajevo (2016)

85 min | Drama

The major hotel Europe in Sarajevo will receive an important visit on the anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, attack that triggered World War. As the manager of ... See full summary »

Director: Danis Tanovic | Stars: Snezana Vidovic, Izudin Bajrovic, Vedrana Bozinovic, Muhamed Hadzovic

Votes: 787

6. Elle (I) (2016)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

89 Metascore

A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling

Votes: 54,394

7. Endorphine (2015)

PG | 84 min | Drama

Complex time shifting drama revolving about a violent senseless murder and young witness.

Director: André Turpin | Stars: Sophie Nélisse, Mylène Mackay, Lise Roy, Guy Thauvette

Votes: 588

8. Glory (2016)

101 min | Drama

83 Metascore

A reclusive Bulgarian railway trackman finds millions of cash spilled on the tracks and turns them in to the police. When the transport ministry's head of PR Julia Staikova decides to use ... See full summary »

Directors: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov | Stars: Stefan Denolyubov, Margita Gosheva, Alexandra Angelova, Poli Angelova

Votes: 1,603 | Gross: $0.02M

9. Graduation (2016)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama

84 Metascore

A film about compromises and the implications of the parent's role.

Director: Cristian Mungiu | Stars: Adrian Titieni, Maria Dragus, Lia Bugnar, Mãlina Manovici

Votes: 10,307 | Gross: $0.18M

10. I, Daniel Blake (2016)

R | 100 min | Drama

78 Metascore

After having suffered a heart-attack, a 59-year-old carpenter must fight the bureaucratic forces of the system in order to receive Employment and Support Allowance.

Directors: Ken Loach, Laura Obiols | Stars: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy, Briana Shann

Votes: 43,899 | Gross: $0.26M

11. I, Olga (2016)

Not Rated | 105 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

57 Metascore

"My verdict is : I, Olga Hepnarová, the victim of your bestiality, sentence you to death penalty." Those were the famous words of the 22-year-old mass murderer Olga Hepnarová, who in 1973 drove a truck into a group of innocent people in Prague.

Directors: Petr Kazda, Tomás Weinreb | Stars: Michalina Olszanska, Martin Pechlát, Klára Melísková, Marika Soposká

Votes: 1,831

12. Illegitimate (2016)

89 min | Drama

Two siblings and an illegitimate love. A father who's a doctor and several accusations. A family in which no one ever drew a line between what's moral and what's legal. Not even when it comes to abortion.

Director: Adrian Sitaru | Stars: Adrian Titieni, Alina Grigore, Robi Urs, Bogdan Albulescu

Votes: 1,053

13. Indivisible (2016)

100 min | Drama

80 Metascore

Daisy and Violet are twin sisters on the verge of turning 18. They are blessed with beautiful voices and are sought after to sing at weddings, communions and baptisms. Their real draw is ... See full summary »

Director: Edoardo De Angelis | Stars: Angela Fontana, Marianna Fontana, Antonia Truppo, Toni Laudadio

Votes: 897

14. It's Only the End of the World (2016)

97 min | Drama

48 Metascore

Louis (Gaspard Ulliel), a terminally ill writer, returns home after a long absence to tell his family that he is dying.

Director: Xavier Dolan | Stars: Gaspard Ulliel, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel

Votes: 17,892

15. Land of Mine (2015)

R | 100 min | Drama, History, War

75 Metascore

In post-World War II Denmark, a group of young German POWs are forced to clear a beach of thousands of land mines under the watch of a Danish Sergeant who slowly learns to appreciate their plight.

Director: Martin Zandvliet | Stars: Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard

Votes: 28,079 | Gross: $0.44M

16. Muhammad: The Messenger of God (2015)

162 min | Biography, Drama, History

The events, trials and tribulations of the city of Makkah in 7th century AD.

Director: Majid Majidi | Stars: Mahdi Pakdel, Sareh Bayat, Mina Sadati, Ali Reza Shoja-Nuri

Votes: 7,415

17. Neruda (2016)

R | 107 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

An inspector hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, who becomes a fugitive in his home country in the late 1940s for joining the Communist Party.

Director: Pablo Larraín | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Luis Gnecco, Mercedes Morán, Emilio Gutiérrez Caba

Votes: 8,032 | Gross: $0.94M

18. The Net (2016)

114 min | Drama

A North Korean fisherman breaks his boat engine by accident and drifts down to South Korea. After enduring brutal investigations in the South, he eventually gets sent back to North Korea.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Seung-bum Ryoo, Won-geun Lee, Young-min Kim, Guyhwa Choi

Votes: 2,071

19. On the Milky Road (2016)

125 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

A story that stretches across war, blossoming love and living as a recluse.

Director: Emir Kusturica | Stars: Emir Kusturica, Monica Bellucci, Sloboda Micalovic, Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic

Votes: 3,288

20. Ordinary People (2016)

TV-MA | 107 min | Drama

Jane and Aries are teenage parents. They make a living out of stealing on the streets... until fate hits back at them.

Director: Eduardo W. Roy Jr. | Stars: Ronwaldo Martin, Hasmine Kilip, Maria Isabel Lopez, Sue Prado

Votes: 127

21. Oscuro animal (2016)

107 min | Drama

Oscuro animal tells the story of three women forced to flee their homes in a war torn region in Colombia. .

Director: Felipe Guerrero | Stars: Marleyda Soto, Luisa Vides Galiano, Verónica Carvajal, Jocelyn Meneses

Votes: 197

22. Personal Shopper (2016)

R | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

77 Metascore

A personal shopper in Paris refuses to leave the city until she makes contact with her twin brother who previously died there. Her life becomes more complicated when a mysterious person contacts her via text message.

Director: Olivier Assayas | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz, Anders Danielsen Lie

Votes: 30,144 | Gross: $1.31M

23. Raw (2016)

R | 99 min | Drama, Horror

81 Metascore

An innocent teenager, studying to be a vet, develops a craving for human flesh.

Director: Julia Ducournau | Stars: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella, Laurent Lucas

Votes: 49,277 | Gross: $0.51M

24. Salt and Fire (2016)

98 min | Thriller

44 Metascore

A scientist blames the head of a large company for an ecological disaster in South America. But when a volcano begins to show signs of erupting, they must unite to avoid a disaster.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Veronica Ferres, Michael Shannon, Gael García Bernal, Volker Michalowski

Votes: 1,979

25. Sand Storm (2016)

87 min | Drama

74 Metascore

When their entire lives shatter, two Bedouin women struggle to change the unchangeable rules, each in her own individual way.

Director: Elite Zexer | Stars: Lamis Ammar, Ruba Blal, Hitham Omari, Khadija Al Akel

Votes: 2,341 | Gross: $0.08M

26. Sieranevada (2016)

173 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

Centers around a family gathering on the anniversary of a patriarch's recent death.

Director: Cristi Puiu | Stars: Mimi Branescu, Judith State, Bogdan Dumitrache, Dana Dogaru

Votes: 3,521

27. Obce niebo (2015)

107 min | Drama, Thriller

A family of Polish immigrants lives in Sweden. One innocent lie triggers suspicions and leads to their daughter being placed with a foster family by social services. The parents undertake a dramatic fight to get their child back.

Director: Dariusz Gajewski | Stars: Agnieszka Grochowska, Bartlomiej Topa, Barbara Kubiak, Ewa Fröling

Votes: 320

28. The Age of Shadows (2016)

TV-MA | 140 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

78 Metascore

Korean resistance fighters smuggle explosives to destroy facilities controlled by Japanese forces in this period action thriller.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Byung-Hun Lee, Kang-ho Song, Yoo Gong, Richard Epcar

Votes: 6,459 | Gross: $0.54M

29. El Soborno del Cielo (2016)

R | 89 min | Comedy

In a small community life is placid till Aimer commits suicide. The new pastor refuses to give Catholic burial to those who commit suicide so Aimer's family defies his authority by burying ... See full summary »

Director: Lisandro Duque Naranjo | Stars: Jaime Correa, Milady Dau, Sara Deray, Guillermo Garcia

Votes: 103

30. The Dreamer (2016)

80 min | Drama

Sebastián has a talent for picking locks, and that's the only reason his supposed friends put up with him. The gang breaks into industrial buildings and dockside warehouses in and around ... See full summary »

Director: Adrián Saba | Stars: Gustavo Borjas, Elisa Tenaud, Herbert Corimanya, Valentín Prado

Votes: 60

31. The Last Family (2016)

123 min | Biography, Drama

69 Metascore

The story of a well-known artistic family: legendary painter Zdzislaw Beksinski, his wife Zofia and their son Tomasz, a highly-praised music critic and translator. Their lives were far from being usual.

Director: Jan P. Matuszynski | Stars: Andrzej Seweryn, Dawid Ogrodnik, Aleksandra Konieczna, Andrzej Chyra

Votes: 2,554

32. The Neon Demon (2016)

R | 117 min | Horror, Thriller

51 Metascore

An aspiring model, Jesse, is new to Los Angeles. However, her beauty and youth, which generate intense fascination and jealousy within the fashion industry, may prove themselves sinister.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Karl Glusman

Votes: 71,981 | Gross: $1.33M

33. The Salesman (2016)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

While both participating in a production of "Death of a Salesman," a teacher's wife is assaulted in her new home, which leaves him determined to find the perpetrator over his wife's traumatized objections.

Director: Asghar Farhadi | Stars: Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Mina Sadati, Babak Karimi

Votes: 41,081 | Gross: $2.40M

34. The Wailing (2016)

Not Rated | 156 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

81 Metascore

Soon after a stranger arrives in a little village, a mysterious sickness starts spreading. A policeman, drawn into the incident, is forced to solve the mystery in order to save his daughter.

Director: Hong-jin Na | Stars: Jun Kunimura, Jung-min Hwang, Do-won Kwak, Woo-hee Chun

Votes: 35,030

35. Train Driver's Diary (2016)

85 min | Comedy, Drama

Statistics show that during their career every railroad engineer working unintentionally kills 15 to 20 people. This is a story about the innocent mass murderers and their lives.

Director: Milos Radovic | Stars: Lazar Ristovski, Petar Korac, Pavle Eric, Mirjana Karanovic

Votes: 838

36. Under the Shadow (2016)

PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

84 Metascore

As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war-torn Tehran of the 1980s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home.

Director: Babak Anvari | Stars: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi, Arash Marandi

Votes: 18,589 | Gross: $0.03M

37. United States of Love (2016)

106 min | Drama

Poland, 1990. The first euphoric year of freedom, but also of uncertainty for the future. Four apparently happy women of different ages decide it's time to change their lives, and fulfill their desires.

Director: Tomasz Wasilewski | Stars: Julia Kijowska, Magdalena Cielecka, Dorota Kolak, Marta Nieradkiewicz

Votes: 1,492

38. Worlds Apart (2015)

113 min | Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

In modern-day Greece, while socioeconomic turmoil ravages Southern Europe, three distinct stories unfold, each representing a different generation of Greeks in love with a foreigner, each story coming together in the end to form a whole.

Director: Christopher Papakaliatis | Stars: J.K. Simmons, Maria Kavoyianni, Andrea Osvárt, Christopher Papakaliatis

Votes: 7,084

39. Zoology (2016)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

Middle-aged zoo worker Natasha still lives with her mother in a small coastal town. She is stuck and it seems that life has no surprises for her until one day - she grows a tail and turns her life around.

Director: Ivan I. Tverdovskiy | Stars: Masha Tokareva, Aleksandr Gorchilin, Natalya Pavlenkova, Irina Chipizhenko

Votes: 943

40. White Sun (2016)

TV-PG | 89 min | Adventure, Drama

81 Metascore

Anti-regime partisan Chandra confronts physical, social and political obstacles for his father's funeral. His search for a solution takes him to neighboring mountain villages and encounters with the police and rebel guerrillas. A portrait of post-civil war Nepal during the fragile deadlocked peace process.

Director: Deepak Rauniyar | Stars: Dayahang Rai, Asha Magrati, Rabindra Singh Baniya, Sumi Malla

Votes: 369

41. Rara (2016)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama

Since their parents split up, Sara and her younger sister live with their mother, whose new partner is a woman. Everyday life for the four of them is very similar to that of other families. But not everyone sees it that way.

Director: Pepa San Martín | Stars: Julia Lübbert, Emilia Ossandon, Mariana Loyola, Agustina Muñoz

Votes: 558

42. Anatomy of Violence (2016)

93 min | Crime, Drama

In 2012, a young woman was gang raped by six men inside a moving bus in New Delhi. Eleven actors collaborated on a fictional dramatization of the lives of the rapists.

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Vansh Bhardwaj, Tia Bhatia, Janki Bisht, Seema Biswas

Votes: 49



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