The festival films will be classified under 12 categories
Over 160 landmark films from 50 countries will be screened in the weeklong fifth edition of Bangalore International Film Festival (5BIFFes), scheduled to commence on December 20.
Akira Kurosawa fans can watch I Live in Fear, The Hidden Fortress, Yojimbo, Sanjuro, Madadayo, The Idiot , and Scandal, which have not been screened in recent years.
In a Better World (Susan Blier), Babette’s Feast (Gabriel Axel), Monsieur Lazhar (Philippe Falardeau) and Le Havre (Aki Kaurismaki), Like Someone in Love (Abbas Kiarostami) are an added attraction.
Anti-war films such as The English Patient (Anthony Minghella), The City of Life and Death (Chuan Lu), Life is Beautiful (Roberto Benigni), Coming Home (Hal Ashby) and Napola (Dennis Gansel) will be screened under Special Genre category.
The films are classified under 12 categories: Retrospective, Masters of Cinema (Revising Classics), Anti-War (Special Genre), Special Focus on Germany, Country Focus (Denmark and Taiwan), International Film Critics Award winners, Cinema of the World, Asian Cinema, Chitrabharati, Kannada Cinema and 100 years of Indian cinema.
Forty films will be screened in the Cinema of the World category, and 23 under Asian Cinema section. Best works of Chan-Wook Park (South Korea), Fatih Akin (Germany), Juliette Binoche (French actor), Girish Kasaravalli (Karnataka), Jahnu Barua (Assam) will screened in Retrospective category.
Similarly, 17 best works by filmmakers, including Akira Kurosawa (Japan), Henri-Georges Clouzot (France) and Michelangelo Antonioni (Italy) will be screened in Masters of Cinema category.
The films will be shown in seven screens: Inox Garuda Mall (3 screens), Lido Fame (2 screens), Sulochana (at the Information Department) and Priyadarshini (Badami House).
Disclosing this at a press conference on Wednesday, BIFFes artistic director H.N. Narahari Rao said due to lack of time, there will be no International Competition section. However, there will be competition in Asian Cinema, Chitrabharati and Kannada Cinema sections. “While the best film in Chitrabharati section will get Rs. 4 lakh cash award, Asian Cinema and Kannada Cinema will get Rs. 2 lakh each, which will be shared by the producer and the director.”
Selection of Kannada section was on and final list of 9 would be announced shortly said Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy president Tara.
Specialist on editing
Information Secretary B. Basavaraju said there would a Master Class on Editing by Andrew Bird, the British-born film editor who has worked mostly in German cinema, for the benefit of technicians of Kannada film industry.
There would be special session on 100 years of Indian Cinema. “Besides all these, there will be public screening at the Freedom Park every evening during the festival.”
While the curtains of 5BIFFes to go up in Jnanabharati auditorium, a function had been organised at Sulochana Auditorium to mark 100 years of India Cinema, said N. Vishu Kumar, Director Department of Information.