THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:The lives torn apart by war, a Greek period drama, a family drama and a slice from love life of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and his ex-wife Jane are up for screening at the August edition of Banner Film Festival. This time the pick is from the best of 2014 in world cinema.
The first on the four-film bouquet is English movie ‘The Good Lie’ which about the life of four children orphaned as an outcome of the second Sudanese Civil war that leaves their village completely wiped out. Overcoming the odds, enduring hardships, death and sacrifice, they reach a refugee camp in Ethiopia. The unexpected awaits them there when they get selected among the 3,600 for resettlement in America. The three boys must leave for Kansas City and the girl is sent to Boston.
Two sisters Orsa and Moscha from an affluent island of Andros, aka ‘Little England’ have a common love interest in Spyros, a lieutenant. While Osra keeps her secret to herself, Moscha wishes to get rid of the inevitable fate wives of sailors confront, to stay away from their husbands. Destiny has it that, their mother Mina wishes to get both girls married to the wealthy. Orsa and captain Nikos Vatokouzis exchange vows and Moscha gets married to Spyros Matabes, with whom her sister is in love and the forbidden love intrudes into their lives. The film is an adaptation of a novel of the same name.
‘Force Majeure’ by Ruben Ostlund captures a week in the life of the four member family of Tomas, a businessman, who all stay at a luxury resort in the French Alps. The family, on the second day of skiing are struck by a avalanche while they are having lunch outdoors. Tomas, who is filming the avalanche on his phone, panics and runs as the deck quickly empties. Wife Ebba and kids leave encased in a dense fog.
Cambridge University in 1963; astrophysics student Stephen Hawking and literature student Jane Wilde fall in love. Stephen, pursuing his research detects that his muscles are deteriorating. He falls and hits his head. The motor neuron disease was just beginning to take its toll on him. Soon he will be unable to talk, swallow or move most of his body. He becomes more reclusive, and at this juncture Jane confesses her love to him, clears her intention to be his wife, they marry and have a son. The theory of black holes shoots him up to fame. Jane on the other hand becomes frustrated and joins a church choir and befriends Jonathan, a widower.
Screening organised by Banner Film Society begins at 9.30 am on Sunday at Lenin Balavadi, Vazhuthacaud.