Thiruvananthapuram: Kenyan film 'Dreams of Elibidi' by Nick Redding and Kamau Wa Ndung'u and Bengali debutante Aditi Roy's 'Abosheshey' (At the End of It All) has captured attention of the audience at the ongoing 16th International Film Festival of Kerala.
   
'Abosheshey' is about a mother's reminiscences through her diary about her son who had left his native city of Kolkata and found a job in a distant place over marital commitments.
   
His return to Kolkata is merely to deal with legal fomalities that have to be completed after his mother's death.    

The mother's diary carries her thoughts about him, if he ever cares to return, and the city, about its evolution from one generation to another which opens the door for the son to get to know his departed parent.
   
The story of 'Dreams of Elibidi' pivots on the theme of a family comprising a husband and wife, their four daughters and their partners who come to terms with HIV and ghetto life.
   
Both 'Abosheshey' and 'Dreams of Elibidi' received loud applause from the audience at the end of their respective screenings. A total of 11 films vie for the 'Suvarna Chakoram’ (Golden Pheasant) award at the festival, which ends on Dec 16.
   
Other notable films screened in the world cinema section were 'Urumi', a Malayalam film by cinematographer Santhosh Sivan, Russian film 'Elena' by Adrei Zvyagintsev and the 'Return Ticket', a Chinese film by Teng Yung Shing.
   
Mexican film 'A Stone's Throw Away' was screened in the competition section last night. 'Black Butterflies' by African director Paula van der Oest, Chilean film 'The Painting
Lesson' by Pablo Perelman and French film 'The Sleeping Beauty' were Monday's attractions at the festival.
   
Meanwhile, the festival witnessed some unsavory incidents with Malayalam director Sherrey, whose film 'Aadimadhyantham' was omitted from the competition section of the festival on technical grounds, beginning a fast before the Kairali theatre complex, the main venue of the festival.
   
Sherrey said he was staging the protest after the screening was rejected by the organisers despite being cleared by the selection committee.

Agencies