Thiruvananthapuram: The 24th International Film Festival of Kerala will feature two Malayalam films - Geetu Mohandas’ 'Moothon' and Shareef C’s 'Kanthan: The Lover of Colour' in the “Kaleidoscope” segment. This category also includes the films Ghawre Baire Aaj, Raahgir, Bombay Rose and Aisee Hee.
'Moothon' is a haunting exploration of gender and sexuality that defies conventional conceptions of the society. It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and was also selected as the opening film at the Mumbai Film Festival, where it received international acclaim.The State Award winning ‘Kanthan: KANTHAN Lover of Colour’ is a realistic and raw portrayal of the life of a tribal community on the Kerala-Karnataka border. The film draws attention to the marginalisation and apathy the tribals face on a daily basis. The director has also placed emphasis on environmental themes in the movie.
Aparna Sen’s ‘Ghawre Bairey Aaj’ is a socio-political drama inspired from Rabindranath Tagore’s iconic novel Ghaire Baire.The film portrays passionate romance and its clashing ideologies in present times. The director's stance on various issues is reflected in the film. It had its world premiere at the 10th edition of the Jagran Film Festival. Goutam Ghose’s ‘Raahgir’ is based on the Bengali short story Borshay Ekdin (A Day in the Rain) by Prafulla Roy. The film talks about how humanity still thrives in a world that’s getting increasingly selfish and self-centred. ‘Aisee Hee’, Kislay’s directorial debut that narrates the tale of a widow explores the dissolution of the nuclear family and how toxic masculinity affects Indian society. Meanwhile, Gitanjali Rao’s ‘Bombay Rose’ is her feature animation debut that has been gaining a lot of attention in the international circu