Indian cinema has always been more than the glitz and glamour of Bollywood.

Because of the diversity of languages spoken,  thousands of movies are produced every year where individual languages support their own film industry. In an average, the number of Tamil and Telugu films produced annually is more than the films produced in Bollywood. Then there’s Bengali cinema which was always way ahead of its time, and the Marathi cinema industry that is going through a renaissance. In the recent years, even the lesser known film industries like the Khasi, Maithili and the Konkani Film Industries have changed their course to produce quality based cinema. This up in the game is rightfully credited to talented artists, excellent content and mainly due to the surge in budgets. Unfortunately, due to big language barriers, most of these hidden gems go unnoticed and never find the recognition they rightfully deserve. To combat this here’s bringing forward a list of regional movies that rocked the Film Festivals Across the globe in 2017!

Aedan- Garden of Desire (Malayalam): Directed by Sanju Surendran, Aedan presents a kaleidoscope of many characters who create visions of life and death. These characters include a nurse who falls in love while transporting the corpse of her father from the city to her village, an old gentleman who falls victim to the revenge of a failed writer, and a rowdy person who goes through a complete transformation after he finds Jesus Christ. All of this unfolds as the reality of death nears.

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Angamaly Diaries (Malayalam): Angamali Diaries, directed by directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery and written by Chemban Vinod Jose is a crime drama portraying the story of a vibrant young man, who in the brunt of anger, gets involved in the world of crime. Vincent Pepe dreams of becoming a powerful leader in the town, Angamali. In the mood of anger, he is shown acting irrationally during a dispute with a rival group.

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Bisorjon (Bengali): Directed by Kaushik Ganguly the film is a love story of a young Bangladeshi widow and an Indian businessman. The background theme of the film revolves around partition and very subtly asserts that love and humanity transcend all political barriers that exist. This overgrows religion and societal obligations as well. The story paints the picture of Bisorjon (immersion) of love.

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Ishu (Assamese): Directed by Utpal Borpujari, Ishu is the name of a young boy who resides in a remote tribal village in Assam who is very fond of his widowed aunt. His aunt, Ambika Jethi, as he calls him, gives herbal medicines to the people of the village to cure various diseases. Ishu’s other aunt plots against her and she falls trap to a serious conspiracy. The movie talks about the prevalent superstitious practice of witchcraft and black magic, all through the perspective of a young child.

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Juze (Konkani): Directed by Debutant Director, Miransha Naik, Juze is the name of the antagonist who exploits the villagers. The movie portrays a sensitive tale of exploitation of immigrant labourers in Goa, narrated through the eyes of a teenager. The film beautifully depicts a stand against oppression and marks the fall of evil. An Indian-French-Dutch co-production, ‘Juze’ is having a successful run at film festivals across the globe.

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Loktak Leirambee (Manipuri): Directed by Haobam Paban Kumar and written by Sudhir Naoroibam the movie is a gripping story of a fishing community living in the suburbs of Loktak Lake in Manipur. After the intervention of high government officials, their houses were destroyed and they had to forcibly relocate. The movie gives a huge reality check, beautifully painting the picture of poverty, power and greed.

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Sexy Durga (Malayalam): Directed by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, the film draws the picture of patriarchy and toxic masculinity. Durga and Kabir are running away on a midnight and wait for a vehicle to arrive. Their encounter with the local mobsters marks the rest of the journey. The film gives us a chilling sketch of society.

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Teen Aur Aadha (Marathi): Teen Aur Aadha (Three And a Half) directed by Ukrainian director Daria Gai has a unique story-telling feature in which the entire plot revolves around a house in three different eras. The entire movie has been filmed in three long shots of 43 minutes each, having only three cuts. The movie depicts stories from the perspective of the walls of the house. The walls are an observer to all the strains and victories that encompass human life.

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III Smoking Barrel: Directed by Sanjib Dey, is an anthology of three stories boldly portraying the story of three criminals, three lives and three guns. The films’ multilingual plot draws the journey of a child, a boy and a man, a metaphor for the three stages of human life. This is also in resemblance to the three stages of a screenplay- the beginning, the middle and the end.

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Honourable mentions: Railway Children, Nude, Xhoixobote Dhemalite, Take Off.

 

 

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