Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will inaugurate 17th International Film Festival of Kerala

Offering more than mere entertainment, the 17th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) will get off to a colourful start at the Nishagandhi open-air auditorium here on Friday.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will light the traditional lamp at 6 p.m. to signal the beginning of the eight-day celluloid celebration, one which has been hailed as an event that redesigned the concept of meaningful cinema among the public. Mohanlal, actor, will be the chief guest. Minister in charge of Film Affairs K.B. Ganesh Kumar will preside over the function.

Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor, Health Minister V.S. Sivakumar, Mayor K. Chandrika and K. Muraleedharan and V. Sivankutty, MLAs, will be present, along with Paul Cox, festival jury chairman and Australian film-maker, and other luminaries from the tinsel world.

The festival, which has largely been spared of its usual share of controversies so far this year, will have on its menu carefully selected 198 films from over 50 countries, including works such as Amour , 18 Days , The Ring , Muriel and Stray Dog , to mention a few, that garnered attention in film festivals around the globe. Standing out among the offerings will be the competition section with 14 films, four of them from India, the films from Asia, Latin America and Africa, and a section set aside exclusively for women film-makers in which 25 acclaimed films of 24 women directors will be screened.

For those who wish to relish and learn from the masters, masterpieces from stalwarts like Akira Kurosawa, Alfred Hitchcock and Alain Resnais are included in the Retrospective category. The festival will celebrate the birth centenary of the Malayalam actor Sathyan with a special exhibition on his career and six of his movies.

Opening movie

The inaugural function, IFFK officials say, will be a unique event in itself with the opening movie, Hitchcock’s silent work of art The Ring , to be screened in an entirely innovative manner.

Apart from a live background score, the audience will be taken back in time, with the inaugural venue being a replica of the Roosevelt Theatre in Los Angeles, where the movie was premiered way back in 1927.

The festival will conclude on December 14.

  • The festival has 198 films on its menu

  • It will celebrate the birth centenary of Sathyan

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