Thilakan, Appachan, Vindhyan, T. Damoodaran, Jose Prakash, C.P. Padmakumar, Ashok Mehta, Chris Marker and Kenato Shindo will be remembered in the Homage Section of the Festival.

The International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK-2012) will pay tribute to actors, producers and film-makers who passed away during the past year.

Thilakan, Appachan, Vindhyan, T. Damoodaran, Jose Prakash, C.P. Padmakumar, Ashok Mehta, Chris Marker and Kenato Shindo will be remembered in the Homage Section of the Festival.

Fondly called the 'Perunthachan' of Malayalam cinema, Surendranath Thilakan brought honours to the Malayalam film industry with two National Awards and nine State awards in his three decade-long career.

The film Perunthachan' will be featured in the Homage Section.

Maliampurackal Chacko Punnoose, affectionately called Navodaya Appachan, is remembered for being the producer of My Dear Kuttichathan, the first 3D movie in the history of Indian cinema. Appachan was also the producer of the first 70 mm movie in India, Padayottam, and is the founder of Navodaya Studio.

The Festival will honour him with the screening of Ente Mamattykuttyammykku, produced by Appachan and directed by Fazil.

Starting with the production Shalini Ente Koottukari at the age of 19, Vindhyan produced over 20 films in Malayalam. His film Arike, directed by Shyamaprasad, will be featured at the IFFK 2012.

Kala Pani

T. Damodaran, remembered as the script writer of film Kala Pani, passed away on March 28, 2012.

He had teamed up with Priyadarshan to create blockbusters like Arayan, Adwaitham, Kala Pani and Abhimanyu. T. Damoodaran will be remembered with the screening of the Mohanlal starrer Kala Pani at the Festival.

Jose Prakash, “the villan” who dominated the Malayalam Film Industry for nearly 40 years started as a singer. Jose Prakash has acted in around 350 films.

The film that gave him a break, Olavum Theeravum, directed by P.N. Menon, will be screened at the IFFK.

C. P. Padmakumar, the man behind films such as Aparna and Sammohanam, was an art-director turned director and producer. Sammohanam will be played at the IFFK, reminding the audience of Malayalam cinema’s loss.

The man behind the camera for films like Bandit Queen, 36 Chowringee Lane and Utsav, Ashok Mehta, had twice won the National Award for Best Cinematography. Mr. Mehta succumbed to lung cancer in 2012.

The film he is remembered for, Bandit Queen, directed by Shekhar Kapur will be featured at the Festival.

La jetee

Chris Marker, a multi-faceted movie man, first directed the film titled Olympia 5 based on the 1952 Olympic Games. The French film of 28 minutes, La jetee, will be featured at the fest.

Japanese director, scriptwriter and author Kaneto Shindo died at the age of 100 in 2012. Most of his films have an autobiographical shade to them.

At the IFFK, his film The Naked Island will be screened as a tribute to him.

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