There is perhaps nothing of international importance in Thiruvananthapuram, apart from its beaches, and the Film Festival organised by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy. It was inaugurated on Friday and will showcase 209 films from across 56 countries in 11 theatres across the city.
Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura, who was given the lifetime achievement award said, “I have been in India on several occasions, in Delhi during some film festivals, in Kerala a few years ago, when I received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Mumbai. India is a country that I admire and respect. It is a huge country always in motion and a promise for the future; so far and yet so close, with its contrasts, the anthill of its cities and the attractiveness of its violent colours and contrasts.”
The major attraction of the festival, the competition section, packs in 14 entries that includes four Indian movies from Malayalam, Marathi and Bengali that will compete for the Golden Crow Pheasant Award.
“There is no doubt that IFFK has influenced the Malayalam Film Industry. It is clear from the fact that the number of new generation movies are rising every year,” says Oomen Chandy, chief minister of Kerala, during the opening ceremony.
For the first time, Kerala Chalachitra academy through its marketing wing is extending a helping hand to budding filmmakers by giving them a chance to pitch their scripts with leading producers in Malayalam.
‘Contemporary Masters in Focus’ is one of the most awaited sections which comprises 37 films from filmmakers like Takashi Miike, French new wave director Jean Renoir, Yugoslavian director Goran Paskaljevic, Italian director Macro Bellochio, German director Harun Farocki, French director Clarie Denis and Hariharan.
The festival also showcases seven Samurai films including Kon Ichikawa’s, ‘Actors Revenge’ and Kenji Mizoguchi’s,’ Crucified Lover’ that are a localized military tradition of the Japanese countrymen. Mexican director Arturo Ripstein will be the jury chairman. Peter Scarlet, Aditya Assarat, Khalo Matabane and Gouthami will be the other jury members for the international competition section.