Fans of good films are thronging Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram for their annual tryst with best of world cinema. The International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) which will kickstart Friday evening will showcase 184 films from 62 countries. Navid Mahmoudi’s directorial debut film “Raftan” (Parting) will open the eight-day fiesta.
The 78-minute long film in Dari and Persian narrates the story of Nabi and his girlfriend Fereshteh’s attempts to migrate from Iran to Europe. IFFK has eight other films on migration. The other curated sections include “Gender Bender” and rerospective of English film and television director Ken Loach.
The five films from Kazaksthan, the focus country, includes Darezhan Omirbayev’s “Student”. The 2012 film is loosely based on Fyodor Dostovesky’s ‘Crime and Punishment’. Noted Czech theatre director, actor, and screenwriter, Jiri Menzel will be honoured with the Life Time Achievement Award.
Israel-born Arab filmmaker Michel Khleifi heads the five-member jury, which includes actors Baran Kosari and Seema Biswas. While 15,000 applied, only 13,000 have been issued delegate passes for the state’s biggest cultural extravaganza this year, organisers said. The 490 screenings will be held in 13 theatres spread over the state capital.
The 21st edition of IFFK is coinciding with the “Vajra Keralam Folk Festival”, organised to commemorate the 60th year of the state formation. A good number of people are working tirelessly under film director Kamal, who is chairman of the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, the festival’s Artistic Director Beena Paul said.
A video installation with film posters and a host of discussions will be a speciality of this year’s festival, she added.