My Best Of Regional and World Cinema In 2013

Yet another hectic and eventful year at the movies comes to an end. Every year we see films which we love, hate, abhor, feel indifferent towards. And this year has been no indifferent.

As the year draws to an end, every film buff (including yours truly) loves making a compilation of films under various such categories (good films, bad films etc)

As a movie buff this year too was no different.  There were some films, which made for pleasurable viewing while some films induced sheer boredom and made for a rather tedious viewing.  Regional cinema (esp. Tamil and Malayalam films) in my opinion once again reiterated that they are churning out films which are different from the regular fares, yet makes for some good viewing  while being commercially viable .

Besides there were a lot of foreign language films which made all the right noises amongst movie buffs and the film festival circuits.

So here goes my list of best films in the foreign films and regional cinema section.

Too many films and too little time has been the bane of every film buff. As always there were quite a few films I wanted to watch but could not due to various reasons. So in case you do not find a particular favourite of yours mentioned in this list, kindly excuse me. 🙂
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Lucia Kannada Movie Review- Drown In Your Dreams

In a world where the best film in recent times is hailed to be the mediocre Mungaaru Male, it is rather very bold and very heart warming that a film like Lucia has been made and allowed to see the light of day. It is extremely satisfying to see that a multiplex audience sat through the film for its entire run time of 135 minutes. After handling romance in Life Ishtene, Pawan Kumar handles a complex film like Lucia.

The film handles subjects ranging from lucid dreaming to  identity struggles , existentialism to love, and the best part is that it does all this without becoming an overbearing exercise in futility like most experimental films end up becoming. Nikki(Satish Neenasam), an usher at the local talkies suffers from insomnia. Nikki is like any insomniac who wishes he could sleep and not have his eyes open like an owl. He encounters two people who offer him pills named Lucia which would help him sleep. They also tell him that these pills would make him dream; the dream would be like watching a movie and he should not stop taking the pill.

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Lucia Movie Review : A Commendable Experiment

 

In the last few years,  Crowdfunding has fast emerged as one of the newest and innovative ways to raise money for  investing in projects in the creative arts, especially movies.Director Pawan Kumar made a reasonably good debut as a director with the Kannada film Lifeu Ishtene in the year 2011. Interestingly for his second film titled Lucia, Kumar undertakes the route of generating finances through crowdfunding .

Lucia tells the story of Nikki aka Nikhil (Satish Neenasam) a largely aimless guy working as a cinemausher in a decrepit theatre in Bangalore owned by Shankar anna (Achyuth Kumar). Owing to his dreary and his monotonous life, he is also not able to sleep. As a result of this, he starts consuming pills which help him to sleep and dream peacefully. In his illusionary life Nikki is a film star. But soon due to an overdose of these pills, his reality and illusions soon start to intersperse dangerously.  In the midst of this are also Swetha (Shruthi Harihran ) who also plays his real life interest and a couple of cops who are hot on the trail of the drug mafia.Continue reading “Lucia Movie Review : A Commendable Experiment”