Schedule

For the 1st Edition of Habitat International Film Festival (HIFF), more than 40 films from 29 countries will be screened at the India Habitat Centre at Stein Auditorium and Gulmohar. 

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Friday, March 24 Film LocationLanguage/ Country
6:30 pm The Salesman (Forushande)

Synopsis: Forced out of their apartment due to dangerous works on a neighbouring building, Emad and Rana move into a new flat in the center of Tehran. An incident linked to the previous tenant will dramatically change the young couple’s life …. Read More

Stein AuditoriumPersian
7:00 pm The Left Ear

Synopsis: The film is an adaptation of noted adolescence author Rao Xueman’s book of the same name.The film explores the pain and beauty of growing up in the modern age. Its deeply impacting realistic portrayal of the lives, dreams, love, growth, confusion and redemption of young people and a retelling of the memories, those born […]

GulmoharChinese
9:00 pm Spear

Synopsis: A young man reconciles ancient tradition with the modern, urban world in this debut feature from Stephen Page, artistic director of Australia’s renowned Bangarra Dance Theatre. This visually arresting film may be Stephen Page’s directorial debut, but Page is no stranger to the telling of stories through movement and images. As artistic director of the […]

Stein AuditoriumAustralian
Saturday, March 25 Film LocationLanguage/ Country
11:00 am Mina Walking

Synopsis:  Though Afghan women are no longer prisoners in their homes after the ouster of the Taliban, the country’s destabilization after years of war has alienated impoverished women from education. For children like Mina this means the responsibility to work in order to support her family. Thus, she wanders Kabul’s streets selling cheap trinkets to […]

Stein AuditoriumPersian
2:00 pm Zoltan Fabri Retrospective | Merry-Go-Round (Körhinta)

Synopsis:  In a rural scenery in the throes of difficult changes, lives a humble but promising young farmer girl called Mari Pataki. Her father forbids her from seeing the man she loves. The father, above all preoccupied by work on the fields and prospective wealth, decides to give his daughter in marriage to an old […]

Stein AuditoriumHungarian
4:00 pm Armi Elää! (Armi Alive)

Synopsis: Armi Alive! is a portrayal of a theatre company that is preparing a play about Armi Ratia. Maria, who plays Armi’s role, is in the lead when the group keeps asking who this strange woman really is. The play focuses in Armi’s life between the years 1949 and 1968, when she founds the fashion company […]

Stein AuditoriumFinnish
6:30 pm An Israeli Love Story

Synopsis: In 1947 , 18 year old Margalit lives in “Nahalal” a settlement in northern Israel, loves theatre and dreams of becoming an actress , One day she meets and falls in love with 24 year old Eli Ben Zvi. She tries to get close to him, hoping he’ll fall for her , but things don’t […]

Stein AuditoriumIsrael
7:00 pm Land and Shade

Synopsis: Alfonso is an old farmer who has returned home to tend to his son, who is gravely ill. He rediscovers his old house, where the woman who was once his wife still lives, with his daughter-in-law and grandson. The landscape that awaits him resembles a wasteland. Vast sugar cane plantations surround the house, producing […]

GulmoharSpanish
9:00 pm Herbert (A Heavy Heart)

Synopsis: Former Eastern German boxing champ Herbert has not been a winner in life since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now a hard-up bouncer and debt collector, he tries to revive the past by coaching his young boxing protégé, Eddy. After a training session, Herbert suddenly collapses with spasms of pain; however, he initially chooses […]

Stein AuditoriumGerman
Sunday, March 26 Film LocationLanguage/ Country
11:00 am Zoltan Fabri Retrospective | Édes Anna

Synopsis:  Anna, a young maid, starts to work for the noble Vizy family. Mrs.Vizy is proud of the hard-working servant but doesn’t treat her well. Her nephew seduces Anna with sweet words, but leaves her as soon as she gets pregnant. The humiliations of Anna finally lead to a tragic ending…Read More

Stein AuditoriumHungarian
2:00 pm Motor Bicycle (A NETPAC Presentation)

Synopsis:  A young aspiring musician buys his dream motor bicycle and takes his girlfriend on a joyride. The events that follow deprive him of not only the motorcycle, but also of so much else that’s valuable…Read More

Stein AuditoriumSri Lanka
4:00 pm After the Storm

Synopsis: Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother and beautiful ex-wife seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota […]

Stein AuditoriumJapanese
6:30 pm Under the Shadow

Synopsis:  Tehran, 1988. Shideh lives amid the chaos of the Iran-Iraq war. Accused of subversion and blacklisted from medical college, she is in a state of malaise. Furthermore, her husband is at war, leaving her alone to protect their young daughter, Dorsa. Shortly after a missile hits their apartment building but fails to explode, Dorsa […]

Stein AuditoriumJordan/ Qatar/ UK/ Persian
7:00 pm Ballet in Flames of War

Synopsis: An adaptation from real historical events from the winter of 1945. It tells the unity and the comradeship between the ordinary citizens of Heilongjiang border town and the Soviet Red Army who unite as allies to resist the Japanese invasion.The film is a poignant story of love across national borders during the War of Resistance […]

GulmoharChinese
9:00 pm Powidoki (Afterimage)

Synopsis: In 1945, as Stalin sets his hands over Poland, famous painter Wladislaw Strzeminski refuses to compromise on his art with the doctrines of social realism. Persecuted, expelled from his chair at the University, he’s eventually erased from the museums’ walls. With the help of some of his students, he starts fighting against the Party and […]

Stein AuditoriumPolish
Monday, March 27 Film LocationLanguage/ Country
6:30 pm Arrival

Synopsis: When mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe, an elite team – lead by expert linguist Louise Banks – is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten […]

Stein AuditoriumEnglish
7:00 pm Zoltan Fabri Retrospective | The Paul Street Boys (A Pál utcai fiúk)

Synopsis: In Budapest, two rival gangs of young boys lay claim to a vacant lot. The hostilities escalate yet never quite boil over into actual violence. Just when things do get out of hand, however, the problem is “solved” by the city government, which takes over the lot for future development…Read More

GulmoharHungarian
9:00 pm White Blessing

Synopsis: This film is based on a real life events of Sumiya Dorjsuren who competes in the 57 kg and ranks world number one in judoka , according to the Olympic ranking qualification in Rio Olympics 2016. She was born in a herder family in Baruunturuun Soum in the Uvs province, west of Mongolia. The film […]

Stein AuditoriumMongolia
Tuesday, March 28 Film LocationLanguage/ Country
6:30 pm The Diary of Anne Frank

Synopsis: Amsterdam, the year 1942. The Franks, a German-Jewish family, receive notice of their imminent deportation to a Nazi “labour camp”. In order to protect themselves, the family pretends to flee to Switzerland and moves to a hidden apartment in a rear building located on Prinsengracht 263. Month upon month, they spend there, isolated from the […]

Stein AuditoriumGerman
7:00 pm Embrace of the Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente)

Synopsis: Filmed in stunning black-and-white, SERPENT centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers (Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who traveled through […]

GulmoharSpanish
9:00 pm The Commune

Synopsis: Erik, a lecturer in architecture, inherits his father’s large old house in Hellerup, north of Copenhagen. His wife Anna, a well-known television newscaster, suggests that they invite their friends to come and live with them. In this way she hopes to evade the boredom that has begun to seep into their marriage. Before long, […]

Stein AuditoriumDanish
Wednesday, March 29 Film LocationLanguage/ Country
6:30 pm Busanhaeng (Train to Busan)

Synopsis: For her birthday Seok-Woo takes his daughter by train to see her mother in Busan. He and her mother are divorced and he is finding it hard to juggle his career and parental obligations. Soon after boarding the train Seok-Woo realizes that the trip might turn out to be more than he had bargained […]

Stein AuditoriumKorean
7:00 pm Zoltan Fabri Retrospective | Two And Half Times In Hell (Kétfélidő a pokolban)

Synopsis: A Nazi officer wants to organize a Football match between Hungarian labour servicemen of war and Germany on Hitler’s birthday. Onodi once a star football player is called from the Hungary servicemen and is told to organize a team for it. For that Onodi demands extra food and free from any work till the […]

GulmoharHungarian
9:00 pm Vigilia (Being Awake)

Synopsis: At dawn, Santiago wakes up naked and beaten in the middle of the desert. The young man stands very confused and goes back to his father’s house. In the field, his family is suffering a great drought. His father Ernesto receives him at gunpoint, while his dog Arón protects him threateningly between his father […]

Stein AuditoriumArgentina/ Spanish
Thursday, March 30 Film LocationLanguage/ Country
6:30 pm Sink

Synopsis:  Rachel, a Mozambican domestic worker living in Johannesburg, is forced to make a life-changing decision after her daughter, Maia, tragically dies whilst under the care of her South African employers, Michelle and Chris Jordaan. Does she quit her job and return to poverty stricken Mozambique or continue working for the people responsible for the […]

Stein AuditoriumSouth Africa
7:00 pm Truman

Synopsis: Julián receives the unexpected visit of his friend Tomás, who lives in Canada. The two friends, along with Truman, the former’s loyal dog, will share emotional and surprising moments during four intense days, caused by Julián’s complicated situation…Read More

GulmoharSpain
9:00 pm The Similars (Los Parecidos)

Synopsis: On the rainy night of October 2, 1968, eight people waiting in a remote bus station for a bus heading to Mexico City, start experiencing a strange phenomenon. Threatened by paranoia and fear, the strangers show the best and worst of themselves as they try to unravel the mysterious condition that is invading each […]

Stein AuditoriumMexican
Friday, March 31 Film LocationLanguage/ Country
6:30 pm My Life as a Zucchini

Synopsis: Zucchini is a rather unusual nickname for a 9-year-old boy and his unique story is surprisingly universal. After his mother’s sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by a kind police officer Raymond, who accompanies Zucchini to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. At first Zucchini struggles to find his place in […]

Stein AuditoriumSwitzerland/ French
7:00 pm Driving with Selvi

Synopsis: Selvi, like so many girls living within India’s patriarchal culture, is forced to marry at a young age, only to find herself in a violent and abusive marriage. One day in deep despair, she chooses to escape, going to a highway with the intention of throwing herself under the wheels of a bus. Instead she […]

GulmoharCanada/ English
9:00 pm Poet on a Business Trip

Synopsis: Shot nearly a decade prior to its production, the film follows a poet as he sets off on an inhospitable “business trip” through Xinjiang. The physically exhausting tour provides an existential brothel visit, bumps along a bad road, and a glimpse of a disappearing world, as well as sixteen melancholy poems.The only independent film […]

Stein AuditoriumChinese
Saturday, April 1 Film LocationLanguage/ Country
11:00 am The Forest

Synopsis: A new teacher arrives at a small village in rural Thailand. He has just left the monkhood and has taken a job at the local school in a quest to discover life outside the monastery. He finds that one of his pupils is a mute girl who is being bullied by the other children […]

Stein AuditoriumThailand
11:00 am Zoltan Fabri Retrospective | The Tót Family (Istenhozta, ŐrnagyÚr!)

Synopsis: The Tót family resides in Northern Hungary. The couple has a daughter and a son, the latter a member of the armed forces. When his weary major is ordered to take a vacation, the son talks him into a visit to his family home. Comedy endues when the Tót’s go overboard trying to make […]

GulmoharHungarian
2:00 pm White Sun (Seto Surya)

Synopsis: When his father dies, former anti-regime partisan Chandra must travel to his remote mountain village after nearly a decade away. Little Pooja is anxiously awaiting to see the man she thinks is her father for the first time. But she’s confused when Chandra arrives with Badri, a young street orphan rumoured to be his […]

Stein AuditoriumNepal
2:00 pm Key House Mirror

Synopsis: Lily (76) is sure there’s nothing wrong with her. The only reason she lives in a care home is because of her husband Max’s illness: a series of strokes has reduced him to a vegetable. The fact that Lily isn’t exactly the way she used to be becomes slowly clear – the title refers to […]

GulmoharDanish
4:00 pm The Return

Synopsis: Wen, a political detainee, is released after many years of imprisonment. Arrested for being an alleged communist, he returns, an old man, to an uneasy reunion with his children. Has his sacrifice come at too great a price? Wen wanders through the city to see how his homeland has transformed into a shining metropolis. […]

Stein AuditoriumSingapore/ Mandarin/ English/ Malay
4:00 pm How to Change the World

Synopsis: In 1971, a group of friends sail into a nuclear test zone, and their protest captures the world’s imagination. Using never before seen archive that brings their extraordinary world to life, ‘How To Change The World’ is the story of the pioneers who founded Greenpeace and defined the modern green movement…Read More

GulmoharEnglish
5:45 pm Panel Discussion – Rising Presence of Asian Cinema in International Film Festivals

Festivals Panelists Green Zeng (Director of Return) June Chua (Producer of Return) Shubhra Gupta (Journalist, Columnist & Film Critic) Raman Chawla (Curator/ Film Programmer, Managing Trustee India of Network for Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC)

6:30 pm Destiny

Synopsis: Autism is a condition not well understood by many in China. Destiny tells the story of 9-year-old Xi He ,who although has been diagnosed as autistic, attends a “normal” school at the continuous insistence of his mother. Despite the growing fear of his classmates and their parents over his condition and his occasional outbursts, and […]

Stein AuditoriumChinese/ Mandarin
7:00 pm Take Me Home

Synopsis: Abbas Kiarostami takes his camera to south of Italy and shows us a beautiful and playful video of alleys and stairs there…Read More

GulmoharIran
7:00 pm 76 Minutes and 15 Seconds With Abbas Kiarostami

Synopsis: A singular, touching portrait of Abbas Kiarostami based on the memories of his closest collaborators. For over 25 years, he was right by his side. Photographer, cinematographer and author Seifollah Samadian, who worked as the DOP on ABC Africa and Five, wanted to pay his own tribute to Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, who died […]

GulmoharIran
9:00 pm In Bed with Victoria

Synopsis: Late 30-something Victoria is a beautiful Parisian criminal lawyer who also happens to be a self-involved workaholic sex-addict. She attends a wedding party where she encounters her ex-husband, a former drug dealer, and her sexy loser friend Vincent. Feeling completely torn apart by the pressure from all sides, she is on the verge of a […]

Stein AuditoriumFrench
Sunday, April 2 Film LocationLanguage/ Country
11:00 am Hema Hema sing me a Song while I Wait

Synopsis: Somewhere deep in a forest, there is a secret gathering every twelve years to celebrate anonymity. Masked, the men and women participate in ancient rituals and dances from the full moon to the new moon. The large group has been specifically chosen by old leader Agay, but his reasons remain mysterious. Having given up […]

Stein AuditoriumDzongkha/ Bhutan
11:00 am To The Fore

Synopsis: Ji-Won is a world famous cyclist. Ming and Tian who have just started their careers become his lead outs. With excellent teamwork, they score a surprise victory against a stronger team. However the team gets dissolved due to financial trouble. Ming and Tian sign up with different teams and come to challenge Ji – […]

GulmoharChinese
2:00 pm My Name Is Victoria (Victoria)

Synopsis: Victoria, a young Spanish woman, dances through the Berlin scene with abandon. She meets four mates outside a club who introduce themselves as Sonne, Boxer, Blinker and Fuß. They quickly get chatting. Sonne and Victoria take a fancy to each other and slip away from the group at the first opportunity. But their tender […]

Stein AuditoriumGerman
4:00 pm Road to Mandalay

Synopsis: The people-traffickers have a well-established route from Burma into Thailand across the Mekong River, along quiet country roads, passing bribed police checkpoints and into Bangkok, where the illegal migrants are on their own. Lianqing is one of five illegals who travels this route one summer night in 2013; along the way a fellow migrant called […]

Stein AuditoriumSouthwestern Mandarin/ Burmese
4:00 pm Zoltan Fabri Retrospective | The Witness (A tanú)

Synopsis: Banned for over a decade for its outspoken criticism of the post-WWII communist regime in Hungary, Péter Bacsó’s ‘The Witness’ has since then achieved unparalleled cult status in its native land. The film takes place during the height of the Rákosi Era, which was closely modeled after the ruthless and brutal Stalin regime…Read More

GulmoharHungarian
4:00 pm Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass

Synopsis: With no shortage of sweeping takes of Vietnam’s lush countryside and ragged seaside cliffs, Yellow Flowers on Green Grass evokes a return to childhood through the story of two young brothers who share an inseparable, yet complicated and tumultuous bond. Jealousy erupts into violence when Thieu and Tuong compete for the attention and affection […]

GulmoharVietnam
6:30 pm A Syrian Love Story

Synopsis: Filmed over 5 years, A Syrian Love Story charts an incredible odyssey to political freedom in the West. For Raghda and Amer, it is a journey of hope, dreams and despair: for the revolution, their homeland and each other…Read More

GulmoharEnglish
6:30 pm Warehoused (Almanacedos)

Synopsis: After working for 39 years in the Salvaleon warehouse, Mr. Lino is preparing for retirement. He spends the last five days at work training Nin, his replacement. Despite Mr. Lin’s specific explanations, Nin realises that hardly anything ever happens in the quiet building. As time goes by, rigorously cadenced by meaningless tasks and uncomfortable silences, […]

Stein AuditoriumMexico/ Spanish
9:00 pm Cold of Kalandar (A NETPAC Presentation)

Synopsis: Mehmet is a man who lives with his two children, wife, and mother in a mountain village on Black Sea. He earns his bread by breeding a few animals, while looking for a mineral reserve on the mountains with a great passion and hope. However, his endless pursuit is perceived as useless by his mother […]

Stein AuditoriumTurkish/ Hungary
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