Lovers of world cinema are in for a treat – the 13th Trivandrum International Film Festival (TIFF) will be held from August 1 to 7.

Chalachitra brings to you an array of 40 acclaimed international films from 24 countries, to be screened at Kala Bhavan and Tagore Theatre, Thiruvananthapuram.

The inaugural film is ‘Tied Hands’ (2007) by Israeli director Dan Wolman, who is also the chief guest.

Eight of his other films including ‘Foreign Sister’ (2003),‘Ben’s Biography’ (2004) and two of his documentaries will be shown in the Retrospective section.

Noteworthy films in the World Cinema section include Hungarian director Istvan Szabo’s ‘Relatives’ (2006), ‘Departed’(2006) by Martin Scorsese, the South African film ‘Ttsotsi’(2007) by Gavin Hood, the Dutch movie ‘Waiter’ (2007) by Alex ven Warmerdam, Rod Hardy’s Australian film ‘December Boys’ (2007), and David Crorenberg’s Oscar winning ‘Eastern Promises’ (2007), to name a few.

For lovers of Asian cinema there are films such as ‘Wet Dreams’ from Iran by Pouran Derakhshandeh, the hit Pakistani film ‘Khuda Ke Liye’ (2007) and the Chinese period drama ‘Curse of the Golden Flower’ by Zhang Yimou.

Indian cinema is also represented with the likes of Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s ‘Naalu Pennungal,’ ‘Taare Zameen Par’, ‘Jab We Met’ and ‘Jodhaa Akbar’.The closing film of TIFF will be Polish director Andrzej Wajda’s ‘Katyn’ (2007).

There will be five screenings a day at Kalbhavan starting at 8.45 a.m.

Indian films are to be screened at the Tagore Theatre at 5.30 p.m. from August 2 onwards and will be open to the public.

Delegate cards will be issued from the TIFF 2008 festival office at Kala Bhavan starting July 30.

Contact 2473738 or 2358575 for more details.