The 18th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) to be held here from December 6 to 13 will have films of an array of new generation directors that reflect the hopes, aspirations, complexities, and crises of the modern world. As many as 209 films from 56 countries will vie for top honours in 16 sections. About 35 films are joint productions and 12 films have women directors.
The World Cinema segment will comprise films of young directors who had won awards or participated in various festivals. There are 14 entries, including two Malayalam films, in the competition section. Seven Nigerian films portraying African life will feature in the country focus section. Eight Latin American films of directors who religiously keep themselves away from the pomp and splendour of commercial cinema are a highlight of the festival. Two films of Fritz Lang, known as the exponent of expressionism in Germany, will figure in the Indo-German Connection section.
Seven films have been included in the Samurai films section. These include the works of Kon Ichikawa and Kenji Mizoguchi. In the retrospective section, five films of new wave director Jean Renoir will be a novel experience. As many as 37 films have been included in the section. These include films of Yugoslavian film-maker Goran Paskaljevic, Italian film-maker Marco Bellochio, Japanese director Takashi Mike, French film-maker Claire Denis, and German director Harun Farocki. Six films of Hariharan will also be shown in this section. The films of Carlos Saura will be a highlight of the festival. Six films will be shown in Contemporary Asian Cinema section. Indian Cinema, Malayalam Cinema Today, and Top Angle Indian Cinema sections will have seven films each, and the World Cinema section 79 entries.
Three films of Rituparno Ghosh will feature in the Homage section. The section includes films of actor Sukumari, art director S. Konnanad, and music directors K. Raghavan and V. Dakshinamoorthy. Mexican director Arturo Ripstein is the jury chairman. Peter Scarlet, Aditya Assarat, Khalo Matabane, and Gouthami are jury members of the International Competition section.