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This year the iconic Indian Film Festival of Melbourne is going to move online. The Festival’s director Mitu Bhowmick-Lange has said that all movies will be made available to watch online and will be free.
Even though there will be no stars on the red carpet or an awards night, the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne promises to bring the best of Indian cinema to Australia this year. The festival starts from October 23 and go on till October 30 with over 60 films in 17 languages including 34 International Premieres and 56 Australian Premieres to be screened via IFFM’s website.
- IFFM moves online due to COVID-19
- Movies to be screened online, free
- Not just in Melbourne, people anywhere in Australia can watch it
Vidya Balan’s NATKHAT along with HABADDI will open the festival. Natkhat is a 25-minute film produced by Bollywood star Vidya Balan. In the movie, Balan plays the role of an abused mother teaching her son about gender equality and empathy through a simple bedtime story.
Next, the Marathi-film HABADDI focuses on a popular sport in Southern Asia, Kabaddi that first originated in ancient India. The movie shows the journey of a 10-year-old boy with a speech impediment who plays the sport and showcases his struggle.
The 2020 Festival is also going to feature five dynamic programs of new and classic films from India and the subcontinent.
- ‘Hurrah Bollywood’, the best mainstream Hindi cinema from the last twelve months
- ‘Beyond Bollywood’, art-house and cinema in regional Indian languages
- ‘Films from the Subcontinent’, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal
- ‘Film India World’, focusing on Indian films that cross international borders
- A documentary section including several critically acclaimed documentaries
Other highlights of the film festival include Lorni the Flaneur; Run Kalyani, a poetic and realist drama about duties, dreams and desires which opened the 2019 New York Indian Film Festival; Moti Bagh, a documentary based on the struggle of a farmer in a Himalayan village, which is India’s official entry in this year’s Oscars.