The fifth edition of the Bangalore International Film Festival (Biffes) to be held on December 20-27 was announced today at the Department of Information in Bangalore. Kauwboy, a film from Netherlands directed by Boudewjin Koole, will be screened as the inaugural film of this edition.
About 160 films from over 50 countries will be shown at four venues — three screens at Inox, Garuda Mall, two screens at Fame Lido, one screen each at Information Centre and Badami House — Basavaraj, Secretary, Department of Kannada and Culture and Information, said. HN Narahari Rao, Artistic Director, Biffes, said the films would be screened under 12 different sections: Retrospectives of five greats — Chan-Wook Park of South Korea, Fatih Akin of Germany, Juliette Binoche of France, Girish Kasaravalli of Karnataka and Jhanu Barua ofAssam ; Masters of Cinema-Revisiting Classics; Anti-war films; Special focus on Germany; Country Focus: Denmark and Taiwan; FIPRESCI (Federation Internationale de la Presse Cinematographicque) Critics award-winners; NETPACK (Network for Promotion of Asian Cinema) award winners; Cinema of the World; Asian Cinema; Chitrabharathi ( Indian Cinema competition); Kannada Cinema and 100 years of Indian cinema.
National award winning actor Tara, who is also part of the Biffes, said that films from other dialects of Karnataka like Konkini and Tulu would be screened as well. The registrations for the fest will begin on December 1. Delegate passes for the public priced at `500 and for students at Rs100 will be available at Badami House, Information Centre, Suchitra Film Society and Karnataka Film Chamber, she said. The Japanese film society has lent eight films of Akira Kurasawa for screening.
With a budget of `2 crore, Biffes this time will be conducting a few other events besides movie screenings. Master class on editing by Andrew Bird from Germany, free open screenings through the week at Freedom Park, and an presentation at Max Mueller Bhavan on accessing their 600 plus German film collection are planned. Like Someone In Love by Abbas Kiarostami (Japan), Japan’s Tragedy by Masahiro Kobayashi, Cannes Palme d’Or winner Amour by Austrian director Michael Haneke, etc. would be a few of must-see movies, Rao said.