India’s veteran film maker, Adoor Gopalakrishnan and film critic-author, Aruna Vasudev, will be honoured at the second edition of the International Film Festival of Colombo to be held from November 7 to 11.
Asoka Handagama, Director of the Festival, told The Hindu that the two would receive the life-time achievement award at the valedictory of the festival. They had been chosen for having put the Asian cinema on the international map.
Over 100 films, from different countries would be shown, free of charge, to the public at five locations in Colombo and they included works of local artists as well as internationally acclaimed film makers.
Among the films to be screened were Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa , Adoor’s Elippathayam, and Baldvin Zophoníasson’s Vonarstræti ( Life in a fishbowl ).
The Festival would have films made in different countries such as Iran, France, Serbia, China, Brazil, Lebanon, Kyrgyzstan, Germany and Bangladesh.
This year’s event would have two competitions for feature films, one for Asia and another for Sri Lanka. For the first, 10 films would be short listed and for the second, six films. The films chosen under the two categories would be announced on the final day of the Festival. One day (November 9) would be devoted to short films. An exhibition on the Sri Lankan film industry would be held at the premises of the National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka.
Mr. Handagama said the festival, organised by the Film Directors’ Guild of Sri Lanka, was being sponsored by the Film Corporation, Ceylon Theatres and the Okinawa International Movie Festival of Japan.