Thiruvananthapuram

Bicycle Thieves screened with Malayalam subtitles

The Manaveeyam Veedhi here became the venue of the first-ever public screening of the Malayalam-subtitled edition of Vittorio De Sica’s masterpiece Bicycle Thieves .

Dozens of cinema connoisseurs thronged the road on Sunday evening to watch the screening organised by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy (KSCA) in partnership with the Manaveeyam Theruvorakoottam collective.

The 1948 neo-realist classic is the first of several works by iconic film-makers to be screened by the KSCA ahead of the 20th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) this year.

KSCA chairman T. Rajivnath inaugurated the screening in the presence of IFFK artistic director and film-maker Shaji N. Karun.

The KSCA chairman said the powerful message of the movie had stood the test of the time and deserved to be taken to newer audiences.

“It is for this reason that Malayalam subtitles have been provided for the benefit of Malayali audience,” he said.

Films of Masters

As part of the KSCA’s initiative to boost public participation in the IFFK, 10 films—of masters like Bergman, Herzog, Fellini, Kurosawa, among others—have been uploaded on the IFFK’s official Facebook page.

Vote for film

“The public can vote for the film they would like to see the following Sunday,” he said.

Mr. Shaji N. Karun noted the importance of bringing classics of world cinema to a new generation of filmgoers and film-makers.

The public screenings will continue for eight more Sundays and culminate with the film festival on December 4.

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