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IFFI 2018 to conclude with 'Sealed Lips'

Team DF | Panjim

The 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will come to a close with the World Premiere of German film ‘Sealed Lips’. The opening film of the festival ‘The Aspern Papers’ also had its World Premiere at IFFI 2018 in the presence of its vibrant team.

The key cast and crew members of 'Sealed Lips' will be present for the special screening. This includes Director Bernd Böhlich, Director of Photography Thomas Plenert and actors Barbara Schnitzler and Swetlana Schönfeld. Bernd began his career as an assistant director at GDR television. He studied Direction at Film University Potsdam-Babelsberg and has directed more than thirty films since 1983.

A still from the film 'Sealed Lips'

The 100-minute-long film produced by Eva-Marie Martens, Alexander Martens also stars Alexandra Maria Lara, Carlota von Falkenhayn, Robert Stadlober and Karoline Eichhorn. The Directorate of Film Festivals said, “Over the years, German films have carved a niche for themselves in world cinema, courtesy some stellar work produced by German film-makers. We are ecstatic to have one such film from Germany as the closing film of IFFI 2018. And to have its World Premiere here, is an icing on the cake. We look forward to having the Director and the cast of the film with us for the premiere.”

'Sealed Lips' is the story of Antonia Berger, a young German and enthusiastic Communist who goes to the Soviet Union in the 1930s. Whilst there, she is accused of spying and sent to Vorkuta’s labor camp. After being released from the gulag in 1952, she manages to return home to the new socialist East German state with her daughter Lydia. Antonia is forced by her party comrades to keep her terrible experiences secret for the common good. Antonia has to make a choice – between truth and the present.

IFFI 2018 is screening films from around the world in across various categories providing the audience an opportunity to experience world cinema in one place.