Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 8 : Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the 23rd edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) at the Nishagandhi auditorium on Friday night.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said Kerala yet again proved that the devastated flood has not dampened the spirit of film fraternity in the State. Earlier, the event was called off in view of the flood, he added.
Bengali film maker Buddhadeb Dasgupta was the Chief guest, and actress and filmmaker Nandita Das the guest of honour. State Cultural Minister AK Balan presided over function in which Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran launched the Festival Handbook by handing it over to Mayor V K Prasanth.
K Muraleedharan MLA inaugurated the Festival Bulletin. Following the ceremony, the opening film, ‘Everybody Knows’ directed by Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, was screened. The fest will screen over 160 films from around the world. Over 90 films have been included in the World Cinema package.
With the message of optimism to the state in its post-flood recovery, a package of six films has been included, named ‘The Human Spirit: Films on Hope and Rebuilding’. ‘Tumbbad’ will be the Midnight Screening.
About 14 films, including ‘Ee.Ma.Yau’ and ‘Sudani From Nigeria’, will compete in the International Competition. As the year is the birth centenary of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, seven of his films, and the documentary ‘Searching for Ingmar Bergman’, will be screened.
In the ‘Remembering the Master’ package, six films by Czech filmmaker Milas Forman will be featured. Six films by Lenin Rajendran have been included in the ‘Lenin Rajendran: Chronicler of our times’ package.
Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker and jury chairman Majid Majidi received the 'Lifetime Achievement award' from Pinarayi Vijayan, which consists of a cash prize of Rs five lakh and a citation.