Guwahati: The seventh edition of Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival (BVFF) is all set to enthrall movie lovers from September 26 to 29. This year, the four-day cinematic extravaganza will be held at ITA Machkhowa in Guwahati, Assam.
The festival will be a treat for film enthusiasts with its handpicked collection of movies, documentaries and short films from the Northeast and other parts of the country.
While the Bengali detective thriller Shantilal, O Projapoti Rohoshyo directed by Pratim D Gupta will be the opening film, T for Tajmahal — directed by Kireet Khurana — will conclude the festival this year.
The roster of movies that will be showcased during BVFF 2019 is bound to leave everyone spellbound.
Here are five movies that you should definitely watch at the festival:
· Daughters of the Polo God
This film by Roopa Barua combines humour with a pinch of seriousness. It tells a tale of how young maidens take a charge forward in the emerald state of Manipur. The film is a heart-warming narration of young Manipuri women in the state’s polo sport along with the plight of the ponies in the state due to ecological disruptions. This film also found its place in Film Companion’s ‘Beyond Bollywood: The Best Non-Hindi Films Of The Last 5 Years’. The movie is seamlessly placed with casual interactions between two sisters and the offscreen filmmaker, making it unique and worth a watch.
· Strawberry Point
This movie is India’s first single-character movie, and probably one of the 14 films in the world as a single-character movie. It is also the movie where Karan Oberoi debuts with his home production. He has co-produced the movie along with director Prabal Baruah. The story is about the pursuit of a criminal lawyer, to find his wife who went missing on the day of their wedding anniversary. This suspense thriller is packed with nail-biting scenes that will keep you guessing and on the edge of your seats.
The movie is the only Indian entry at the prestigious Oscar-qualifying 44th Odense International Film Festival 2019, Denmark. The film is creating waves both nationally and internationally, with audiences lapping it up and appreciating the film everywhere. Adil Hussain is starring this short film, which revolves around a deranged family, who amidst all the communal tension, sits together for their customary morning meal.
· Nana: A Tale of Us
The movie is one of the biggest feature films ever from Nagaland, created by ace filmmaker Tiakumzuk. This breakthrough Nagamese feature film tells the tale of a Naga village that can be anywhere, and a family facing the crisis of love, suffering, joy, pain, and hope, as they try to live their life in Nagaland, a state with extensive corruption and power abuse. The various elements of violence, friendship, romance and comic, will keep the viewers both emotionally engaged as well as entertained throughout.
· Coral Woman
With the global environment facing imminent crisis due to the harmful activities by us, this is a documentary by Priya Thuvassery addressing the threat to coral reefs from bleaching. The movie is both a profile of Uma Mani and her efforts to address the threat to coral reefs from bleaching, pollution, and global warming. Born in a traditional family in Tamil Nadu 53-year-old Mani, a homemaker has been trying to bring attention to this alarming environmental issue through her paintings. The filmmaker follows Uma Mani on diving expeditions and gets her to talk to marine biologists and environmental activists trying to preserve whatever is left before it is too late.