The Indian Film Festival (IIFLA) will take place April 6-10 and return to its home at ArcLight Hollywood. Over 30 filmmakers will travel to Los Angeles to present their films, interact with audiences and participate in industry meetings. The festival’s presenting sponsor is Zee Cinema.
IFFLA is widely recognized as the premiere showcase of groundbreaking Indian cinema globally. This year’s program features award-winning prestige titles from the festival circuit and more women filmmakers than ever before.
Opening the festival is the ensemble powerhouse “Angry Indian Goddesses,” directed by Pan Nalin. Anu Menon’s poignant “Waiting,” starring Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin, closes the festival on April 10.
Highlights include Hansal Mehta’s critically acclaimed and socially relevant “Aligarh,” Deepa Mehta’s gangster drama “Beeba Boys,” Sundance Film Festival’s sex comedy “Brahman Naman,” the world premiere of radical and hilarious “CRD” by Kranti Kanade; Rinku Kalsy’s documentary “For the Love of the Man,” on South Indian superstar Rajinikanth’s fans; Ruchika Oberoi’s genre-bending “Island City,” Neeraj Ghaywan’s directorial debut “Masaan,” which took home two awards at the 60th Cannes International Film Festival; Leena Yadav’s “Parched,” a story of four women in patriarchal culture; Prashant Nair’s Sundance winner “Umrika,” and “Visaraanai,” the Tamil gripping tale of the tentacles of systemic corruption in rural India.
The new-age Hollywood action flicks are getting better day by day
The new age action genres are no longer made up of movies strictly meant to dominate the summer box office.
The old fashion of action genre movies strictly meant to dominate the summer box office has melted down the lane. Now action flicks are released year-round, and they still dominate the box office. Not only there is a surge in the action movie making but they’re also getting smarter, are more sophisticated, and are attracting Oscar-caliber actors who want to flex their talents and get big payouts.
The year 2017 saw new instalments in beloved action franchises, some timely and gritty reboots, and the requisite superhero movies.
Take a look at the biggest action movies of the Hollywood in the year 2017.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Episode VIII of the Star Wars is a 2017 American epic space film directed and written by Rian Johnson. It is the second continuation of the Star Wars sequel trilogy and the eighth main instalment of the Star Wars franchise, following Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Last Jedi was produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
The plot revolves around Rey as she receives Jedi training from Luke Skywalker, in hopes of turning the tide for the Resistance in the fight against Kylo Ren and the First Order.
Logan is an American superhero film which has garnered a lot of fans over the years. The movie is produced by Marvel Entertainment, TSG Entertainment and The Donners’ Company. The movie is distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the tenth episode in the X-Men film series, as well as the third and final Wolverine solo film following X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Wolverine.
Logan has taken inspiration from “Old Man Logan” by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, follows an aged Wolverine and an extremely ill Professor X defending a young mutant Laura from the villainous Reavers and Alkali-Transigen.
John Wick: Chapter 2
The chapter 2 of John Wick is an action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Derek Kolstad. The second sequel to the John Wick film series, the plot follows hitman John Wick, who goes on the run after a bounty is placed on his head. The movie featured Ruby Rose, Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Riccardo Scamarcio and Ian McShane.
The second part of John Wick also marks the first collaboration between Reeves and Fishburne since appearing together in The Matrix trilogy.
The movie, Wonder Woman is based on the DC Comics character and is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the fourth sequel to the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) and is directed by Patty Jenkins. The movie featured Gal Gadot as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman in the lead role. Other supporting actors include Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, and Elena Anaya.
Following Gal Gadot’s debut in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman is the second live-action theatrical film featuring the titular character. The movie is about the story of Diana Prince, who grows up on the Amazon island of Themyscira. Then Diana leaves her home to end the conflict.
Justice League is a superhero based film on the DC Comics superhero team. It is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and is directed by Zack Snyder and is the fifth instalment of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Justice league starred Ben Affleck in the lead role and other as, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, and J. K. Simmons.
In Justice League, the Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg form a team to honour the memory of Superman. Later they save earth from the catastrophic threat of Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons.
Thor: Ragnarok is the continuation of 2011’s Thor and 2013’s Thor: The Dark World. The movie is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Thor. Thor: Ragnarok is produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
The movie is the seventeenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Taika Waititi. Thor: Ragnarok features Chris Hemsworth as Thor and others as Tessa Thompson, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum and Anthony Hopkins. In the movie, Thor tries to escape the alien planet Sakaar in time to save Asgard from Hela and the impending Ragnarök.
Spider-Man: Homecoming follows the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man. The movie is co-produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios. The Homecoming is the second Spider-Man film and the sixteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It is directed by Jon Watts. Spider-Man: Homecoming features Tom Holland in the lead role and others as Donald Glover and Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya Robert Downey Jr. Spider-Man: Homecoming is distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing.
The movie plot is about Peter Parker, who tries to balance high school life with being Spider-Man while facing the Vulture.
Dunkirk is a British, American, French, and Dutch co-production movie depicting the Dunkirk evacuation of World War II. It is written, directed, and produced by Christopher Nolan and was distributed by Warner Bros.
Dunkirk cast includes Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan and Tom Hardy.