Feature Film The Forsaken (81 mins)Director: Jiju Antony Jail authorities take Prashant, a Mumbai taxi driver punished on brutal rape and murder charges, to the gallows. An innocent boy next door became a devil.. Who is to bear the brunt of the blame- game? A dysfunctional society?..Or could it be the mindless The ForsakenIndia | English, Hindi, Marathi | Experimental, Feature The Lost Idea (89m 05s)Director : Amartya Bhattacharyya The film is a fantasy driven tale of two men, a poet and a painter, claiming possession over the same Idea, in a rural village portrayed as a wonderland. The Lost IdeaIndia | Feature Paddayi Director : Abhaya Simha Paddayi is a modern day adaptation of the epic drama, ‘Macbeth’ from Shakespeare. Madhava and Sugandhi are a newly married couple from the fishing community of South India. Their lust for better life and thirst for upward mobility is ignited. PaddayiIndia | Tulu | Feature PUPA (108m 42s)Director : Indrasis Acharya Suddenly a hurdle comes as family crisis for ailing father of Suvra, who aspired to be specialist in Teleportation, an emerging technology in order to be an entrepreneur in India. PUPAIndia | Bengali | Feature Aaron (115 mins)Director : Omkar Shetty Babu, a fifteen-year-old boy from a small village in Konkan (Maharashtra), has not met his mother for many years due to her work in Paris. Aaron (115 mins)India | Marathi | Drama, Travel Three and a Half (119m 12s )Director: Dar Gai (Daria Gaikalova) The story of one house in three different eras. Where 50 years ago it was divided between a school and an apartment, in which a young boy struggles with the pressures of pre-pubescent school life, coupled with being compelled to share a tiny room. Three and a HalfIndia | English, Hindi, Marathi | Feature Hold Me Like Before (70 mins)Director: Jurgen Ureña “Hold Me Like Before” tells the story of Verónica, a transgender who works as a prostitute in a small neighborhood of Costa Rican capital. When a young thief known as Tato has an accident and breaks an ankle, she takes him to her house. Hold Me Like Before Costa Rica | Spanish | Drama, Romance Reservation (60 mins)Director: Nikhil Manju Reservation (2016) Synopsis The film takes place in one of the Tehsil of Coastal Karnataka of Indian peninsula. Film elaborates the effect and repercussions of the reservation policy on the various segments of the society which is prevailed in India. ReservationIndia | Kannada | Feature Newton's Third Law (75m 52s)Director: Jorge Barrio Mikel and Marta are 13 years old and have been the closest friends for many years, but now they could be even more. In a summer day they have arranged to take some photos, they will have to cope with this emerging feeling. Newton's Third LawSpain | Spanish | Drama, Adolescence, Friendship, Romance Robin (75 mins)Directors: Kevin and Toby Schmutzler A man of words is forced to become a man of action as John discovers the secret bucket list of his terminally ill son Robin. The two secretly abscond from the hospital an experience a father-son adventure in South Africa. RobinGermany/South Africa | English/German | Drama ANDARKAHINI [Self-exile] (86 mins)Director; Arnab K Middya Andarkahini is a saga of womanhood in the correlative context of human relationships and complex society. Four women. Four variations of relationships. One society with four facades. ANDARKAHINI [Self-exile]India | Bengali |Feature CRY HUMANITY (93 mins)Director : AMSHAN KUMAR The film ‘Manusangada’ a true story about denial of use of common path to carry the dead body of a dalit, that took place as recently as 2016 in the southern part of India . The film depicts the signaling of the rise of Dalit struggles in contemporary In CRY HUMANITYIndia | Tamil |Feature Ahare Mon (Lonely hearts) (109m 19s)Director : Pratim D. Gupta A heartwarming collage of inter-connected love stories, Ahare Mon is a romantic drama that revolves around people who are otherwise forbidden to fall in love. Ahare Mon (Lonely hearts)India | Bengali | Drama, Romance Mukti Bhawan (102 mins)Director: Shubhashish Bhutiani Faced with his father’s untimely and bizarre demand to go and die in the holy city of Varanasi and attain Salvation, a son is left with no choice but to embark on this journey. Mukti BhawanIndia | Hindi | Comedy, Drama A Billion Colour Story (105 mins)Director: Padmakumar Narasimhamurthy This is the story of a Family of filmmakers who sell their house in order to finance their film project. A Billion Colour StoryIndia | English | Drama When two kiss (71m 03s)Director: Prathap Joseph An intruder, in his mobile shoots the scene of a pair of lovers hugging on a beach. He tries to blackmail them. The film is around the theme of hegemonic sexual morality’s potential to determine the nature of relationships. When two kissIndia | Malayalam | Experimental, Feature Xhoihobote dhemalite (Rainbow fields) (89 mins)Director: bidyut kotoky On a soul searching journey back to his native place on hearing the news of the death of a childhood friend, a famous film director has to confront the unresolved vestiges of a terrible childhood accident, before he loses his last chance for redemption. Xhoihobote dhemalite (Rainbow fields)India | Assamese | Feature IYE : THE OTHERS (71 mins)Director: Debesh Chatterjee A man scrutinises the city of Kolkata from length to breadth in search of a number. A number unique and special to his own knowledge: the number of steps in all the stairs in Kolkata. A woman stifled by the monotony of her life searches for change. IYE : THE OTHERSIndia | Bengali, English, Spanish | Feature KHARAM (113:45 mins)Director: Dr. Jose. P. V. Washerman kanavan gets a lady, kannaki- from the family of his late wife, along with a donkey. She looks very pretty so also innocent. Kanavan was utter drunkard and gambler and used to torture kannaki very badly. KHARAMIndia | Malayalam | Feature Veras Mantel (111 mins)Director: Ronald Unterberger Veras Mantel is about a successful writer who is prevented from leaving her house by agoraphobia. Sinister threats from a fan eventually lead to her uncovering the secret of her illness. Veras MantelGermany | German | Thriller Calendar (86m 54s)Director : Himjyoti Talukdar Hitesh Kakati is a retired teacher who lives with his wife Manorama Kakati happily in a small town. Their son, newly married Arunav, stays in Delhi with his non-Assamese wife. CalendarIndia | Feature TOLET (99m 27s)Director : Chezhiyan Ra TO LET is the story of a couple with a child. It takes place in 2007 in the Indian city of Chennai which is experiencing a real estate boom as a result of an exponential development of the IT sector. TOLETIndia | Tamil | Feature MAYURAKSHI (100 mins)Director : Atanu Ghosh Sushobhan is 84. His sedate, routine life in Kolkata is regulated by his agency care-giver and an old retainer. With dementia phasing out his immediate past, he tends to be silent, and also irritable and fretful. MAYURAKSHIIndia | Bengali |Feature My Son is Gay (111m 02s)Director : Lokesh Rajavel Lakshmi is a simple, no-nonsense school Principal whose life revolves around her kids and the workings of the school. My Son is GayIndia | Tamil | drama, family, lgbt Rainbow Jelly (121 Mins)Director: Soukarya Ghosal Ghoton is twelve, a lonely special child living with his maternal uncle. Left bruised and tortured, Ghoton survives in his dreams, where he is a crowned ‘prince’. He longs to discover the treasure left by his scientist father, which his uncle wants to sna Rainbow JellyIndia | Bengali | Feature Turup (Checkmate) (71m 52s)Director: Ektara Collective Chess is a popular pastime in this neighbourhood, with roadside games bringing together men, to challenge each other in friendly and sometimes unfriendly matches. But for some the pawns include morality and religion causing tensions to erupt. Turup (Checkmate)India | Hindi | Feature The Best of all worlds (102 mins) Director: Adrian Goiginger Based on true events seven year old Adrian is growing up in the underground drug scene of the Austrian city Salzburg, famous for culture and classical music. The Best of all worldsAustria, Germany | German | Drama The Astronot (72m 15s)Director: Tim Cash Daniel longed to touch the moon; with Sandy’s help, he’d reach the stars. It was 1969 and America was embarking on the biggest adventure known to humankind with its voyage to the moon. Daniel too was pursuing the unknown; leaving the path of isolation. The AstronotCanada | English | fantasy, drama, space, sci-fi, historic What will People Say (106 mins)Director: Iram Haq Sixteen year-old Nisha lives a double life. At home with her family she is the perfect Pakistani daughter, but when out with her friends, she is a normal Norwegian teenager. To set an example, Nisha’s parents decide to kidnap her. What will People SayIndia | Norwegian, Urdu | Drama Kathputli (84m 45s)Director: Sil Ritesh A young woman living a dry, barren life with her old husband in a small town of Rajasthan begins to bloom on arrival of her stepson, who is almost her age. The film takes a rare peek of undercurrent human chemistry. KathputliIndia | Hindi | Feature Pondicherry International Film Festival firstname.lastname@example.org QUICK LINKS Meet the TeamAwardsPartnersVenues VENUE WISE SCHEDULE MMC Auditorium, Auroville Alliance Française de PondichéryJ.N. Auditorium, Pondicherry University OFFICIAL SELECTIONS Short FilmsFeature FilmsDocumentary Films Animation Films FOLLOW US Facebook Twitter Register Now !