Thiruvananthapuram: ‘Pieta,' the 104-minute- long Korean film by Kim Ki Duk screened today on the third day of the ongoing International Film Festival of Kerala was a huge hit with audiences thronging the Sreekumar theatre where it was screened in the world cinema section.
The film depicts the story of a man hired by money lenders, living a merciless life threatening people to pay back their debts, regardless of all the pain he causes to numerous people.
One day a woman appears before him, claiming to be his mother. Though he rejects her at first, he gradually accepts her and decides to change his ways and live a decent life.
One day, suddenly the mother is kidnapped. Assuming it must be someone he hurt in the past, he tracks down all who he hurt in the past. He finally finds the one, only to discover horrifying and dark secrets that were better left unrevealed.
Three Indian films, including national award-winning film maker T V Chandran's 'Bhoomiyude avakashikal,' (Inheritors of the Earth), was screened in the competition section today.
The 114-minute-long Malayalam film addresses loss of identity of the modern man jostled by chance encounters of a self-imposed, make believe world. It treats space with an implied division between the house and its compound on the one hand and the world outside on the other.
'Shutter', a Malayalam film by Joy Mathew, revolves around three close friends who help each other and realise their follies.
The 117-minute-long Hindi film 'Filimistaan' by Nitin Kakkar, depicts the story of Sunny, an assistant director in Mumbai who wants to be an actor, but is thrown out at every audition.
Undeterred, he joins an American team going to remote areas of Rajasthan to film a documentary. There he is kidnapped by an Islamic terrorist group and confined in a house of a Pakistani who trades with pirated Hindi films which he smuggles from across the border.
'The last step,' an 88-minute Persian film, directed by Ali Mosaffa was the fourth film shown in the competition section. The director plays the lead role in the film and his wife and noted actress Leila Hatami is the heroine.