Film buffs gather to celebrate the magic of cinema as the curtains for the Kochi leg of the 25th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) go up here on Wednesday.
The five-day film festival has an impressive line-up under eight categories. Bosnian director Jasmila Zbanic Quo Vadis, Aida?, which focuses on the Srebrenica massacre in 1995, is the opening film.
Some of the films to watch out for in the International Cinema Competition section include those by Andrea Martinez Crowther Bird watching, Bahman Tavoosi’s The names of the flowers and that of Alejandro Telemaco Tarraf Piedra SolaMalayalam Cinema is represented by Lijo Jose Pellissery’s Churuli and that of Jayaraj Hasyam in the international competition category. Mohit Priyadarshi’s Kosa and that of Akshay Indikar Chronicle of Space are also part of the category.
Seven films screened in the Indian Cinema Now section will show daring and meaningful attempts to redefine on-screen storytelling. The collection contains Barah by Barah by Gaurav Madan; Balcony T Bhogawan by Biswajeet Bora; Kuthiraivaal by Manoj Jahson and Shyam Sunder; Nasir by Arun Karthick; Seththuman by Thamizh; Laila Aur Satt Geet by Pushpendra Singh; and Pinki Elli? by Prithvi Konanur.
The Malayalam Cinema Today category opens the door to the growing number of young filmmakers ready to take on exciting ventures that meet national and international standards. The list includes Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s A’hrJithin Issac Thomas’s Please attentionDon Palathara’s Santhoshathinte Onnam RahasyamAnd Mahesh Narayanan’s See you soon
Other categories include Kaleidoscope, Godard’s films, a retrospective for South Korean director Lee Chang-dong, and a tribute to nine film personalities.
The films will be shown in the cinemas of Saritha, Savitha, Sangeetha, Sridhar, Kavitha and Padma Screen 1. The protocols prescribed by the health department will be in effect at all locations. Only 50% occupancy is allowed in each theater. Delegates must provide a COVID-19 negative certificate to collect their passes. There are four screenings at the locations every day. Seating is arranged by reservation. Those wishing to attend the festival must reserve their seats online one day in advance.