Programming schedule

Inauguration evening: The screening will be followed by a Q & A session with director Geetu Mohandas and actor Nivin Pauly, followed by a cocktail party.

Films in competition

Moothon

2019 - India (Laccadive, Maharashtra) - 1h50

First time in Europe

Drama, Action by Geetu Mohandas

Synopsis: A child from Laccadive Islands sets off to Mumbai in pursuit of Akbar, his elder brother who left the island years ago.

Presented by our special guests: Geetu Mohandas, Nivin Pauly

Cat Sticks

2019 - India (Bengal) - 1h34

First time in France

Drama by Ronny Sen

Synopsis: On a rainy night in Calcutta a group of desperate addicts chase brown sugar, but the permanent intoxication they seek proves elusive. Cat Sticks weaves their stories into a chiaroscuro, traverses with them through states high and low, spaces real and unreal. A relentless downpour plays backdrop to lives balanced on a precarious high. Some of them seek a release, while others do not seem to want the night to end.

Bulbul

2019 - Nepal - 1h35

First time in Europe

Comedy, Romance by Binod Paudel

Synopsis: A young mother waiting for her husband to be back for years falls in love with a guy while she looks after her paralyzed father-in-law.

Presented by our special guests: Binod Paudel, Swastima Khadka

Aamis

2019 - India (Assam) - 1h47

First time in Europe

Drama, Horror by Bhaskar Hazarika

Synopsis: Nirmali, a married Paediatrician in her late 30s, leads a peaceful but joyless domestic existence. One day, she meets Sumon, a young PhD student researching food habits in northeastern India, who warms up to her in a manner she seems unaccustomed to. Together, they bond over meals comprising unusual meats on platonic dates, although Sumon longs for some sort of physical contact. As Nirmali's tastebuds grow more adventurous, their relationship takes a dark and bizarre turn.

Taking the Horse to Eat Jalebis

2019 - India (Delhi) - 1h50

Fantasy, Documentary by Anamika Haskar

Synopsis: A testament of time written in Old Delhi, past and present plotted in its lanes. The narrative moves like a homeless migrant, changing space and structure with each unfolding event, living in the twilight between the real and the dream.

Films from the thematic selection

For its seventh edition, FFAST has chosen to highlight the gangster movies; a genre popular with major Bollywood studios in the 1970s, as well as independent directors who have emerged since the mid-2000s on the subcontinent.

Sholay

1975 - India - 3h18

Action, Comedy, Western by Ramesh Sippy

Synopsis: After his family is murdered by a notorious and ruthless bandit, a former police officer enlists the services of two outlaws to capture the bandit.

Bandit Queen

1994 - India (Uttar Pradesh) - 1h59

Drama, Biopic by Shekhar Kapur

Synopsis: The movie tells the story of the bandit queen Phoolan Devi who was sent to prison in 1983 and got free in 1994. For five years she was prosecuted by the Indian police and turned into a legend (like a modern Robin Hood) by the Indian press. Although the press tended to make her the optimal hero with blue eyes, dark hair, being tall and beautiful she was in reality an average Indian which makes it hard for the movie to fulfill the expectations of the audience and tell the truth at the same time. Later in her life, she entered into politics and was assassinated in 2001.

Monsoon Shootout

2013 - India (Maharashtra) - 1h32

Drama, Action by Amit Kumar

Synopsis: As heavy rains lash Mumbai, a cop on his first assignment faces a life altering decision when he must decide whether to shoot a suspect or not.

Out of competition

Bangla

2019 - Italy - 1h24

Comedy by Phaim Bhuiyan

Synopsis: Phaim is a young muslim of Bangladeshi origins. At 22, he lives with his family in Torpignattara, multietnical neighborhood of Rome. He works as a stewart in a museum and is the leader of a rock group. During a concert in which he's supposed to play, Phaim meets Asia, a girl that is his exact opposite: pure instinct, no rules. Between the two it is a sudden attraction and Phaim will need to understand how to reconcile his love for this girl with the most unbreakable rule of Islam: no sex before the wedding night.

Little Jaffna

2018 - France - 21 min

Drama by Lawrence Valin

Synopsis: In 2009, the Sri Lankian War was at its worst. 10,000 km in the Tamoul neighbourhood of Paris, Seelan sees his life change...

Presented by our special guests: Lawrence Valin

The Loyal Man

2019 - France - 38 min

Drama, Romance by Lawrence Valin

Synopsis: Aathi is a quiet henchman for a tough boss of the Paris Tamil mafia. When he meets Minnale, a young immigrant with nowhere to go, he begins to question his loyalty.

Presented by our special guests: Lawrence Valin

Gully Boy

2019 - India (Maharashtra) - 2h33

Drama by Zoya Akhtar

Synopsis: A coming-of-age story based on the lives of street rappers in Mumbai.

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