Cine goers will get to watch critically acclaimed films

The focus of the 19{+t}{+h}Kolkata International Film Festival this year where 189 films are to be screened will be on South East Asian films which despite being “critically acclaimed” have not been accessible to the cine goers of the city, said a senior official of the State’s Department of Information and Cultural Affairs here on Monday.

The festival is to be inaugurated on November 10.

The reason for focusing on such films at the festival is to create awareness among the viewers of the city “about the culture and film-making traditions of our neighbouring countries” said Atri Bhatacharya, Secretary of the Department of Information and Cultural Affairs.

This year the films of two critically acclaimed directors — Reha Erdem from Turkey and Grain Nugroho from Indonesia — will be screened in the film festival which will begin with the screening of the late Rituparno Ghosh’s film Sunglass .

The best South East Asian Film will be awarded the Network for Promotion of Asian Cinema award.

The technical innovations, such as the introduction of a mobile application which can provide viewers access to information about the festival — such as schedule and venue of screening of the films selected for this year, said Mr. Bhattacharya.

He said the mobile application along with different merchandise such as T-shirts upon which the famous dialogues of several Bengali films are inscribed and coffee mugs are part of the effort to make the film festival “more appealing to the youth because they will take the future of cinema forward.”

Actors Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kamal Hassan as well as veterans from the Bengali film industry like Mithun Chakraborty will attend the inauguration.