After a star-studded opening ceremony, the first day of the festival kicked off with a stunning Kalbelia dance performance. The performances kickstarted the first day on a high note, brightening up every attendee’s morning. But that’s not all. The enthusiasm in the air was increased by the cheers that resounded from the Half Ticket screening of Dhanak. After all, is there anything more cheerful than happy children? We don’t think so!
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Dir: Lukas Valenta Rinner | Argentina, Austria
One of the first films in the International Competition, Parabellum takes us to a small town in Argentina, whose locals are convinced that the apocalypse is coming. They join a survival boot camp, where they are taught botany, camouflage and other survival skills. What follows is a riveting examination of mortality, civilization and the effect impending death can have on a person’s mind. Beautifully shot, Parabellum is first and foremost a visual delight. The film is melancholic, insightful and memorable. To say that the film is anything but a breath of fresh air in the genre would be a gross understatement!