The next edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) will showcase 184 films from around 70 countries in 15 halls as it gears up for its inaugural event on December 9 in Thiruvananthapuram.
According to the festival organizers, films will be screened in 17 categories including International Competition, World Cinema, Indian Cinema Now, Malayalam Cinema Today, Retrospective, Country in Focus, Homage, Silent Films, etc. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will present the Lifetime Achievement Award. Award to Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr who is visiting India for the first time. A legendary pioneer of cinema, Tarr often highlighted humanitarian issues in his films using a unique cinematic philosophy that soon grew into a cinematic concept followed by other filmmakers around the world.
IFFK will honor Tarr with a Retrospective of his films, including Werckmeister Harmonies and Turin Horse. A comprehensive Malayalam book on the master written by CS Venkiteswaran will be released on this occasion.
The state government will award the Spirit of Cinema award to Iranian filmmaker-activist Mahnaz Mohammadi. The Belgian refugee drama Tori and Lokita will open the 27th edition of the festival. It will get its Indian premiere. The film, directed by the Dardenne brothers, had its world premiere in Competition at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival and won the Cannes 75th Anniversary Award.
There are 14 films in the International Competition section, including Hoopoe (Iran), Concerned Citizen (Israel), Cordially Yours (Brazil), Convenience Store (Russian/Slovenian production), Tug of War (Tanzania) and Klondike (Ukraine).
Of these titles, four are from India: Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam, Ariyippu (Malayalam), Ek Jagah Apni (Hindi) and Eikhoigi Yum (Manipuri).
In Malayalam Cinema Today, there are 12 films including Pada, 19 (1) (a), A Thousand and One Lies, Great Depression and Freedom Struggle.
The seven films in the Indian Cinema Now category are Amar Colony, The Storyteller, Opium (Hindi), Anur (Assamese), Niharika, Shesh Pata (Bengali), Jaggi (Punjabi).
Serbia, home to many internationally renowned filmmakers, is the focus of the current edition and the series highlights six films from contemporary Serbian cinema. They are Working Class Heroes, I Can Walk Far, The Father, The Oasis, The Cross in the Dessert and The Beheading of St. John the Baptist.
This year, the festival also recognized five films from the silent and talkie era, including German director FW Murnau’s highly acclaimed silent horror film Nosferatu The Retrospective includes works by Murnau, Serbian master Emir Kusturica and Chilean. -Alejandro Jodorowsky, French avant-garde filmmaker.
For the first time in the history of the gala, the works of the masters of world cinema will have their premiere in India. It features the likes of IFFK’s Kim Ki-duk’s Swan Song Call of God, Bahman Ghobadi Festival’s Four Walls, renowned Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda’s The Broker and Fatih Akin’s Rheingold.
IFFK will also honor French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, screenwriters John Paul and TP Rajeevan, director GS Panicker, actor Prathap Pothen, cinematographer Pappu and producer Atlas Ramachandran.
G Aravindan’s Thampu will be screened in the Classic Reset category. There will be a special screening of Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s Swayamvaram, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
As part of IFFK, two photo exhibitions will be held at the Tagore Theatre. The exhibitions will feature 100 photographs by renowned photographer Punalur Rajan curated by Mangad Ratnakaran and curated by R Gopalakrishnan chronicling the journey of actor Satyan on his 110th birth anniversary.
The film show will end on December 16.