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Nawazuddin Siddiqui to be chief guest at IFFK closing ceremony


The eight day long extravaganza, the 26th International Film Festival of Kerala comes to a magnificent close. The eight day-night long festival was as enthralling as it was captivating with its huge audience participation and support. The closing ceremony will be inaugurated by the Minister for Finance, K N Balagopal. Saji Cherian, Minister for Cultural Affairs will preside over the function and distribute the awards. 
Actor Nawazuddin Siddhiqui will be the Chief Guest and writer T. Padmanabhan will be the Guest of Honour at the function. Minister for Cooperation and Registration V N Vasavan will distribute the media awards. 
Advocate V K Prasanth MLA, District Panchayat President Adv. D Sureshkumar, Jury Chairman Girish Kasaravalli, NETPAC Jury Chairperson Rashmi Doraiswamy, FIPRESCI Jury Chairman Ashok Rane and K.R Mohanan Award Jury Chairman Amrit Gangar, Principal Secretary, Dept. of Cultural Affairs Rani George IAS, KSCA Chairman Ranjith, Secretary C Ajoy, Vice-Chairman Premkumar and IFFK Artistic Director Bina Paul will also be present at the function. The award winning film will be screened after the inaugration. The closing ceremony will begin with a fusion music by Madhushree Narayanan and Rajalakshmi at 5.30 p.m.

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IFFK 2022 to award films, directors across nine categories


Films from different parts of the world will be competing for awards across nine categories at the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK 2022).The awards include the Suvarna Chakoram (Golden Crow Pheasant) Award, the Rajatha Chakoram (Silver Crow Pheasant) Award, the Rajatha Chakoram for Best Debut Director and Best Director, the NETPAC Award for Best Asian film and Best Malayalam film, the FIPRESCI Award for Best Debut Director in Malayalam and the FFSI KR Mohanan Endowment. 
Suvarna Chakoram includes a cash prize worth Rs. 20,00,000; while Rajatha Chakoram, awarded to the Best Director, includes a Rs. 4,00,000 cash prize. The Rajatha Chakoram Best Debut Director Award carries a cash prize of Rs. 3,00,000. The cash prize for the Audience Prize Rajata Chakoram is Rs. 2,00,000. The FFSI KR Mohanan Endowment Award will fetch the winner a cash prize of Rs. 1,00,000.
 

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IFFK to celebrate 50 years of Adoors Swayamvaram with video series


The International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK 2022) celebrates 50 years of maestro Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s classic Swayamvaram by launching a series of videos titled Swayamvaram@50 on March 25, on social media.
Swayamvaram@50 will be released by Saji Cherian, Minister for Cultural Affairs. Adoor Gopalakrishnan will preside over the event. The function will be held at 3.30 p.m. at the IFFK Open Forum venue at Tagore Theatre.  Series editor and producer, V K Cherian, and the Malayalam series editor, K N Shaji, will also be present on the occasion.

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Low budget filmmakers say passion is more important than money


The 26th IFFK saw filmmakers supporting passion for cinema to be more important than budget at the ‘Meet the Director’ session held at the Tagore premises. The director of Woman with a Movie Camera, Atal Krishnan, kicked off the session by discussing his debut film which was made at an unbelievable budget of Rs. 5,000. Atal said that the budget sufficed for the film because he was not bothered about the presentation but rather was more adamant on ensuring that the audience grasped the message he wanted to convey.
Likewise, Arvind Pratap, director of the Bhojpuri film Life is Suffering and Death is Salvation, said that paying the actors had been his only concern on the project. Aravind, who had himself handled the camera that he borrowed from his friend besides post-production work like editing and sound mixing, said that passion was the only thing an aspiring filmmaker required. 
Gaurang Jalan, producer of The Wanderlust of Apu, a sequel to Satyajit Ray’s Apu trilogy, also participated in the session. He revealed that the biggest challenge was to equal the brilliance of Satyajit Ray and at the same time make a film that appealed to both the older generation as well as today’s audience.
The session was moderated by Meera Saheb.

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Government politicises film archives


-P.K.Nair Memorial Seminar

Premendra Mazumder, a renowned film critic, while speaking at the P.K.Nair Memorial Seminar held at the 26th International Film Festival of Kerala, stated that the Government is trying to erase the nation’s cultural history by corporatizing the film archives. He further added that, “What was once the archive of the people is now in the hands of corporate gods.”

The seminar was a platform for critics and delegates to interact on the dire issue of the destruction and corporatization of the movie archives. The session which was inaugurated by esteemed filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan, focused on the fragile state of the film archives and how it is on the verge of being eradicated.

The National Award winning film critic Rashmi Doraiswamy stated that, “India has a strong and healthy film culture with a history of organising film festivals as early as the 1950s. This is now being eroded with corporate giants taking over its reins, which is leading to the centralisation of powers and the interference of Government in cultural activities”. The panel also included film critics Amrit Gangar and C.S. Venkiteswaran. The session was moderated by film critic Namrata Joshi.

The panel included film scholar AmritGangar and film critic C. S. Venkiteswaran, among others. It was moderated by film critic, Namrata Joshi.

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OTT ensured the success of The Great Indian Kitchen- Jeo Baby


Director Jeo Baby, while speaking at the ‘Meet the Director’ session of the 26th IFFK said that the film received wide acceptance and support from women owing to its release on the OTT platform. OTT platforms help to bring cinema and families closer together. His popular film, The Great Indian Kitchen, received wide acceptance and support from women owing to its release on the OTT platform, he added.
Filmmakers may have to make a lot of sacrifices during the making of a movie, but it should not include the director’s concept of the film, opined Vishnu Narayanan, director of Bannerghatta. The session was moderated by Meera Saheb.

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Malayali women should build their own creative spaces - Miriam Joseph


The Open Forum conducted at the International Film Festival of Kerala was remarkable with the presence of five women personalities who have made their signature in the film industry then and now. It had opened up a myriad of moments that revealed many of the hardest experiences that women filmmakers have to undergo. The event Kurdish director Lisa Calan, Madhuja Mukherjee, director of ‘Deep 6’, Boby Sharma Baruah who is one of the members of the NETPAC jury, Mahita UP, the camerawoman of the movie Woman with a Movie camera ,and Tara Ramanujan, director of ‘Nishiddho’ were other panellists joined for the open forum.

Speaking at the event which discussed Women in Cinema, journalist and producer of Bollywood movies, Miriam Joseph said, “I would encourage all women in the Malayalam film industry to find their own space . If they wait for men to give them space, it won't happen. 

Lisa Calan, also confessed that for Kurdish women, fighting against patriarchy only because they have no other choice .Reminiscent of her experiences in filmmaking for 33 years of her career, Boby Sharma Baruah told that both men and women should respect each other as humans. 

Madhuja Mukherjee said that eventhough many changes have taken place in a larger context in the film industry, on a daily basis women in cinema have to face multiple problems right from their own households. On asking Mahita UP, about her role in the film, she said that the movie is an unflinching answer to all the crimes and seemingly ignorant comments against women who strike a mark against the status quo.

The special edition of FFSI women’s magazine, ‘Drishyathalam’ with the cover photo of Lisa Calan, was also released at the event.

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My movies are the voice of the voiceless- Pa. Ranjith


Renowned director Pa Ranjith in his Aravindan Memorial Lecture at the 26th IFFK talked about the use of politics in his movies and the portrayal of subaltern culture. Cinema is a mere reflection of society, he stated. “I make movies to convey my ideologies. I speak about the dalit politics and I strive to break the stereotypical image of subaltern culture”, he opined. “My own native place gave me a lot of bitter experiences. Having grown up amongst discrimination and segregation, the filmmaker in me evolved through these and so my films are a raw portrayal of these experiences”, he added. 
Conversing in the session with Rajesh Rajamani, he stated the need of representation of Dalits in field of arts. He expressed his agitation towards ignorance of mainstream medium for not considering the Dalit participation.
 

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Tongue of the Mountains is my story- Lisa Calan


Renowned Kurdish filmmaker and activist, Lisa Calan, whose short film ‘The Tongue of Mountains’ is being shown at the festival, bagged IFFK’s ‘Spirit of Cinema’ award stated that Tongue of the Mountain was based on her own story.  She lost both her legs in a bomb attack, revealed that Tongue of the Mountain throws light on many of the traumatic childhood experiences she faced from an authoritarian regime that does not recognise the rights and freedom of the Kurdish people. 
in her view, language is integral for connecting with people and their stories. For her, language is the bridge that fills the voids created by the untold experiences of the Kurdish people. It has helped her bring these untold stories of the Kurdish people to the world at large through her films. Language is also a rope to which the oppressed can hold onto as a means to save their culture and identities.
Calan expressed concern about the future of the Kurdish minority spread around the borders of Iraq, Iran and Turkey. As language was the only medium they were left with, to express their own culture, their own distinct Kurdish identity, Calan is determined to make her films in the Kurdish language to express herself and her people. She added that the Kurdish language was also a powerful tool for women, in their fight against patriarchy and state atrocities that constrain their freedom and limit their choices.  "As a person, I want to bring changes in my people's lives and show the world that we are not just numbers, but people with dreams", she added. 

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Male dominance is heavily evident in Bangladesh- Azmeri Haque Badhon


Speaking at the ‘In Conversation’ session of the 26th IFFK with Artistic Director of IFFK, Bina Paul, renowned Bangladeshi actress Azmeri Haque Badhon said that patriarchy still rules the Bangladeshi film industry as well as society. “Women in my country who cross 30 neither receive respect nor find relevant work in the film industry, or in society. However, I won accolades at the Cannes Film Festival for Rehana when I was 34 years old!’’ she said, adding that this was the sole result of her perseverance. Badhon, who won worldwide praise for her Azmeri Haque Badhon extraordinary performance as the protagonist in Rehana, recounted how many of the incidents in the film reminded her of her childhood and the abuses she had gone through.

She also expressed how she has called upon Bangladeshi filmmakers to read scripts from the female perspective.
 

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Attitude towards transgender people changes- T. Deepesh


Speaking at the Meet the Director event on the fifth day of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK 2022), the co-director of the Malayalam film Avanovilona, T. Deepesh stated that public attitude towards transgender people has begun to change. He also added that 98 percent of the cast and crew of Avanavilona are transgender people who are highly creative, well-educated and ably employed. Amartya Bhattacharyya, director of Adieu, Godard, and Sourish Dey, director of Bagh, also spoke on the occasion.
 

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IFFK- The audience poll to begin from March 23


The audience poll for the 26th edition of the IFFK will begin on the 23rd, Wednesday. The registered delegates can vote for their favorite films screened under the International Competition category through any of the three methods:- SMS, Mobile App, and through IFFK website, https://registration.iffk.in/

To vote via SMS, the delegates can use the following format- ‘IFFK <SPACE>MOVIE CODE’ and can be sent to 56070.

The 14 movies under the International Competition category are as follows:-

1- Anatolian Leopard  (Film Code : IC001) 
2- Camila Comes Out Tonight  (Film Code : IC002) 
3- Captain Volkonogov Escaped (Film Code : IC003) 
4- Clara Sola (Film Code : IC004) 
5- Costa Brava, Lebanon (Film Code : IC005) 
6- Forbidden  (Film Code : IC006) 
7- I’m Not The River Jhelum  (Film Code : IC007) 
8- Let it be Morning  (Film Code : IC008) 
9- Murina (Film Code : IC009) 
10- Pebbles  (Film Code : IC010) 
11- Sughra and Her Sons (Film Code : IC011) 
12- The Arbit Documentation of an Amphibian Hunt  (Film Code : IC012) 
13- You Resemble Me  (Film Code : IC013) 
14- Yuni  (Film Code : IC014)

The cash prize for the audience award is a total of INR 2 Lakh

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Homegrown movies strike a chord


Home grown movies ranging from the legend, G. Aravindan’s 4K restored version of Kummatty to Jeo Baby’s contemporary The Great Indian Kitchen, found much fanfare equally with the audiences. Malayalam films including Avasavyuham and Nishiddho screened in the International Competition category played to packed houses at International Film Festival of Kerala 2022. All the Malayalam movies at IFFK have been extremely popular with festival-goers, as it together showcased the past glory as well as new experiments etched in the annals of the Malayalam cinema industry. 
The False Eye, which bagged the National Award for Best Movie in 2020; Vignesh’s philosophical drama Allusion; Sherry Govind’s Avanovilona; Siddharth Siva's The Following Persons (Ennivar); Bannerghatta; Sanu Varghese’s Who Knows; and Renjith Sankar's Sunny also played to full houses. The Malayalam films cherry-picked in the Homage category and seven movies under Unforgettable Venuchettan also appealed to crowds of all ages.
 

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Animation films need more encouragement- Suresh Eriyaat


Renowned animator Suresh Eriyat said that animated films are not getting the acceptance that mainstream films get. He also said that the creativity and effort behind animation films are
often segregated as technical and seen as a lesser effort when it is infact more. He was speaking at an animation workshop that was held as part of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK 2022). He also added that animation movies have still not fully developed in India due to the lack of encouragement from the industry. While technical aspects may let them down, our animation films were creatively on par with the best, he opined. 

Kandittund, an independent project of Studio Eeksaurus, was screened at the workshop. The director of the film, Aditi Krishna Das and the narrator of the film, P.N.K. Panicker, were also present on the occasion.
 

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There are no government policies to support independent cinema- Adoor Gopalakrishnan


While talking in the open forum on ‘Film Policies in India’, renowned filmmaker and sixteen-time National Award winner, Shri. Adoor Gopalakrishnan commented that there are constant attacks and attempts by authoritative regimes to dismantle the purpose and art of films. He also warned if censorship and super censorship continue to impede the freedom of good cinemas, then the Indian film industry will fall back to Bollywood culture, constrained in entertainment with no sense of real-life and value for culture. Culture and filmmaking receive the least priority in Government interventions and the central government is trying to erase what Jawaharlal Nehru once laid down for the development of real cinemas, he opined. “Democracy is not the autocracy of the majority", he added. Adoor was the harbinger of the new wave of art films into Mollywood and had head started various movements to bring film discourses into the mainstream. Adoor Gopalakrishnan is also the recipient of Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, Dadasaheb Phalke Award and J.C. Daniel Award.

Premendra Mazumdar, National award-winning documentary director Joshy Joseph and Dr C. S Venkateshwar were the other eminent personalities present at the discussion.

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IFFK 2022 Symposium- OTT platforms will offer more opportunities


‘OTT Platforms & New Exhibition Possibilities for Malayalam Cinema’, the topic of day one of the three-day Malayalam Cinema Symposium held in IFFK 2022, opened up discussion on the opportunities emerging through OTT platforms. The distinguished panel opined that the OTT platforms will bring more opportunities to filmmakers and more and more producers were opting for OTT releases. OTT platform provides safety as well as financial relief to producers, said Producer G. Suresh Kumar. Sangeetha Janardhanan, OTT consultant opined that OTT platforms are more ‘content driven, and not star driven’. OTT platforms chose films or shows primarily based on the script. 
Producer Vijay Babu stated that cinemas and OTT platforms will co-exist and support each other and contrary to popular belief, OTT platforms do not employ brokers or middlemen. 
Day one of the symposium, which was held at Hotel Apollo Dimora, ended with a Q&A session. Filmmaker Shyamaprasad, producers Vijay Babu, G. Suresh Kumar, Sangeetha Janardhanan, Svetlana Naudiyal, Programming Head, MUBI India, were the panel members.

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Entries to IFFK Media Awards: Last date March 24


The IFFK 2022 will close submission of entries for its Media Awards at 1 pm on March 24 (Thursday). Journalists working in the print, visual, radio and online media, who are reporting on the film festival, are invited to submit their entries to the IFFK Media Cell at Tagore Theatre. The award for general coverage is given based on overall reporting excellence. Entries must be submitted separately for each award. Visual and audio media reports should be submitted in pen drives (2 copies each). Online media shall share the links of their reports to iffkmediaawards2022@gmail.com by mail/ links to pen drive. Print media reports should be submitted in the original (3 copies).  All entries must be attested by the head of the institution.
The Media Awards include: Best Print Media; Best Visual Media; Best Audio Media; and Best Online Media.
The Individual Awards include: Best Print Media Reporter; Best Visual Media Reporter; Best Photographer; and Best Cameraman.
The awards will be presented at the closing ceremony of IFFK 2022 on March 25 at Nishagandhi.

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Voting for Audience Poll Award begins on March 23


The 26th IFFK 2022 will mark the 19th anniversary of the Audience Poll Award (Rajata Chakoram). The Rajata Chakoram is presented to the director of a film voted as the Best Entry in Competition by the IFFK delegates. This award was popularised by ace filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan who initiated the procedure of the public paying and registering to vote for the award, making it a truly democratic process. The Audience Poll Award was first established in 2002 and was won by filmmaker T.V. Chandran for his film, Dany. Only time the Audience Poll Award was not presented was during 2020-21, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The previous award was won by the Malayalam film Jellikettu, directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery, in 2019. Several international film festivals have followed the IFFK example and instituted audience poll awards.

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IFFK 2022 pays tribute to Madhu Master


The 26th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK 2022) paid tribute to dramatist and social activist Madhu Master, who passed away recently. 
Kerala State Chalachitra Academy Chairman Renjith, filmmaker T. V. Chandran, Priyanandan and C. Ajoy were present on the occasion.
T. V. Chandran recalled several instances from his life, talking about the wonderful moments they has spent together. He spoke about  Madhu Master's attributes, especially the way he had disarmed others with his love and compassion, and his humanitarian activities.

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Lisa Calan- Turkish government completely neglects all art forms


“The government of Turkey only follows a policy of only promoting industries and professions that are considered beneficial for the country, while completely neglecting all art forms”, said director Lisa Çalan at the ‘In Conversation’ session with Haritha Savithri at the 26th International Film Festival of Kerala. She also said that it was creating a crisis for the art world in Turkey. She further added that she had to prove that a woman can handle many jobs in the film industry in a patriarchal society.“There are several hurdles to producers of Kurdish movies in Turkey”, she opined.

But working against the patriarchal Turkish society had taught her how to be a versatile cinema professional. Her experience was a proof that women can competently handle jobs across all fields of work. 

Çalan also spoke about the ignorance she had to face due to the lack of acceptance of her art. She pointed out that cinema was more of an activist movement than an art form for her, helping her to showcase her struggles and views to a massive audience.
 

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Filmmakers choose to pretend rather than question- Natesh Hedge


“Filmmakers these days are into movies that props up the current autocratic political system. Hence the mass support for such films”, said Natesh Hedge while speaking at the ‘Meet the Director’ session on the third day of the 26th IFFK. 

He also added that the public does not want to watch movies that question the regressive administrative systems. His movie Pedro was banned at its screening in the Bangalore Film Festival accusing that the movie hurts religious sentiments.  Natesh openly expressed his opposition towards the recently rereleased movie The Kashmiri Files which has gained excessive national hype as these kinds of movies are made to create a binary division.

The director of Boomba Ride Biswajeet Bora expressed his concern regarding independent directors facing various challenges to remain in the mainstream cinema. Directors Rahul Riji Nair (The False Eye), Tara Ramanujan (Forbidden), Prabhash Chandra (I’m Not The River Jhelum), Rahman Brothers (Stomp) and scriptwriter Shahi Kabir (Nayattu – The Hunt) also participated in the session moderated by Meera Sahib.
 

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Haritha Savithri's debut 'Sin' releases at IFFK 2022


Apart from premiering films and organising cultural programmes, the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK 2022) offers an ideal platform to release literary works.
 
On the third day of IFFK 2022, Savithri’s debut work 'Sin' published by Mathrubhumi Books was released at the event by Bina Paul, eminent editor and the artistic director of IFFK by handing over the first copy of 'Sin' to Lisa Calan, Kurdish director.  

Speaking on the occasion, Savithri stated that her book was more than just a novel. It was an account of the life, politics, blood, sweat and tears of the Kurdish people. “Don't consider this as just another story; it is [an account] of their life,” she added.
 

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Jallikkattu and Churuli are my recent Indian favourites- Shozo Ichiyama


The renowned producer and a Jury member of the 26th International Film Festival of Kerala, Shozo Ichiyama opened up about his journey as a producer and his thoughts on the Malayalam cinema industry. He also drew the similarities of Tokyo Filmex with the International Film Festival of Kerala.

Reminiscing the film festival, he added, "I created an independent film festival, Tokyo Filmex, which introduced Asian independent films to the audience in Tokyo. I feel the selections in both film festivals are very similar."

He opined script is one of the important things to decide, but he pay more attention to the subject and the cinematic style. Ichiyama recalled the struggles faced during filming a film named Chasuke’s Journey that a lot of unexpected things happened during the shoot, and the worst was that a big typhoon that attacked Okinawa, where the film was being shot.

Shozo Ichiyama also revealed his admiration for the Malayalam movie industry as he said, "I watch Indian films occasionally and my recent favorites are Jallikattu and Churuli. 
 

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Freedom of filmmakers being constricted, says Anurag Kashyap at IFFK 2022


Speaking at an Open Forum conducted on the topic ‘Indian cinema and the idea of cinema’ held at the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK 2022) on the second day of the fest, popular filmmaker Anurag Kashyap elaborated on how the freedom of filmmakers had been constrained in contemporary India. 
Kashyap stated that contemporary films now focus on patriotism and social satire, and filmmakers are scared of taking on political subjects. He also opened up about the difficulties in having to express one’s creativity in an India which is scared of the vocal sections of society. 
“I am not the brave person I used to be when I was starting out as a young filmmaker,” confessed Kashyap. The struggle right now is to figure out how to get a film seen by the audience, he added. Lauding Kerala for upholding freedom of expression, with the state government providing critical support to the film industry, Kashyap expressed interest in collaborating with the Malayalam film industry.
Emphasising on the importance of mainstream cinema in discovering and supporting fresh talent, Kashyap said his role as a producer was to expand the possibilities of cinema. 
Film critics G.P Ramachandran and V.K. Joseph also participated in the forum. Mammed and Regi MD moderated the proceedings.
 

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Restored 4K version of G.Aravindan's Kummatty screened at IFFK 2022


The restored 4K version of Kummatty, one of late G.Aravindan’s classics, was screened today at Kairali Theatre as part of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK 2022). Prior to the screening, writer Kalpetta Narayanan made a passionate speech about the late filmmaker, followed by Shivendra Singh Durgapur, the founder-director of Film Heritage Foundation, writer Paul Zacharia, and the lead actor of Kummatty, Ashok. The 4K restored version of the movie served to provide a window to the genius filmmaker’s works, most of which remain out of reach.
Shivendra Singh Durgapur stated that the important thing in restoration was to take into consideration the scratches and film grains on the old negatives while rendering it pristine for a new generation of viewers. He added that Aravindan’s Thampu would be the next film to be restored. 
Ace editor Bina Paul gave the introductory speech, while the presidential speech was delivered by the chairman of Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, Ranjith. The Secretary, C. Ajoy, proposed a vote of thanks.

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To Create is to Preserve, a Refurbishment of G. Aravindan's Classic Kummatty


On the second day of the 26th IFFK, the festival successfully held an In-conversation session with Shivendra Singh Durgapur- the founder of 'Film Heritage Foundation', documentary filmmaker, and renowned film archivist. During his conversation with the notable film critic Dr. C S Venkiteswaran, Mr Durgapur mentioned that by upgrading films like Kummatty to 4K format it is not just the movies but the obsolete lives and cultures that co-exist with the films are being preserved.

He talked extensively about the intense process regarding the restoration of Indian movies and about the importance of perceiving a movie with the culture and history from which it has emerged.

He also stressed the importance of crowdfunding for accomplishing the restoration process of significant films as the process is so exorbitant. 
 

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26th IFFK rises with the spirit of cinema


Curtains went up for the 26th International Film Festival of Kerala at Nishagandhi, with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurating the event. Appearing as an unannounced special guest, actor Bhavana received a rousing welcome from those gathered on the occasion. 
In the seven-day-long cultural event, over 180 movies from various Asian, African, Latin American and European countries will be showcased in 14 theatres of the state capital. 
The government stands proudly and strongly with the women who work with dedication in the field of cinema”, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan while inaugurating the 26th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala. IFFK is a creative space that upholds strong feminist ideals. One of the films selected for the International Competition category at the IFFK is directed by a woman and it is produced with the government fund set for women filmmakers, added CM. 
Against the backdrop of Covid’s survival, the International Film Festival will feature a variety of films depicting the survival and hopeful existence of human life and the growth and evolution of mankind. The festival honoured Turkish filmmaker Lisa Calan, a young Kurdish director who lost her legs in an ISIS attack in 2005, with the Spirit of the Cinema award. The Chief Minister also opined that cinema is the most popular and influential medium of all art forms created by man so far. “Lisa Çalan, who responded to regime terrorism and racism through her films, made progressive use of the medium of cinema. 
Popular Indian director Anurag Kashyap, who was a special guest at the event, said "Kerala was chronicling the times we live in". 
"In a time like this in India, I make movies in Hindi, where we are distorting our history. Kerala is actually chronicling the times we live in, with their cinema... Today, the best of Indian cinema is coming from God's own country. It's so inspiring... Congratulations to the state for always standing up to the bullies. Thank you so much," Kashyap said in his brief speech 
 

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Restored 4K version of Aravindan's classic Kummatty to be screened tomorrow at IFFK 2022


Heralding a proud moment for the Malayalam film industry, a new restored 4K version of G. Aravindan's 1979 classic Kummatty will be screened tomorrow, March 19, at the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK 2022). 
A wonderful opportunity for the present generation to catch up on the past glory of Malayalam films, Kummatty will be screened under the Rediscovering the Classics section, at 11.30 am at Sree Theatre. This is the first 4K version of the masterpiece to be shown in India. The 4K restoration was carried out by the Film Heritage Foundation in collaboration with Hollywood director Martin Scorseses The Film Foundation and the Bologna-based Cinetica de Bologna in Italy.

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CM to present Spirit Cinema Award to Iranian filmmaker Lisa Calan at IFFK 2022


Iranian film director Lisa Calan will receive the Spirit of Cinema Award from Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on March 18, the inaugural day of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK 2022). Calan had both her legs amputated in a bomb blast engineered by the ISIS in 2015. However, Calan refused to be cowed down, even going so far as to bury her legs in her father’s grave.

IFFK will be honoring this brave film director who has stood with the survivors and exposed the issues faced by the Kurdish people to the world. Her powerful film, Language of Mountains, which portrays the survival story of Kurdish people in the backdrop of a school, will premiere at IFFK 2022 under the section, Spirit of Cinema. The first screening will be on March 19 at Ariesplux-6 Cinema.

The constant conflicts in Iran and Turkey have left a deep scar in the minds of the Kurdish people. These and other incidents served to widen Calan’s perspectives. By honoring Calan, IFFK aims to send a message of solidarity with the struggling Kurdish women in their fight for justice and freedom.

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IFFK 2022 opens a window to the fading cultures of nations riven by conflict


The International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK 2022), which began with much fanfare in Thiruvananthapuram today, will showcase the cultures of nations riven by conflict, including their embattled music, art and language through films that focus on these aspects, on Saturday, March 19. Marooned in Iraq and Money Has Four Legs will be premiered in the ‘Framing the Conflict’ category at Ariesplex-6 Theatre at 11.45 a.m. and 3.30 p.m., respectively.
Bahman Ghobadi’s Kurdish-Iranian movie Marooned in Iraq, portrays the challenging journeys of a Kurdish family devoted to music, losing its moorings from the fear of ethnic annihilation and language overhaul. The film takes an unexpected shift after a Kurdish musician and his sons set off in search of his lost ex-wife. Burmese director Maung Sun’s Money Has Four Legs, satirizes the life of an artist based on events in Myanmar’s modern history, portraying the travails of a young director trying to make his first film, put upon by financial hurdles, artistic oppression, censorship and sheer hopelessness.

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IFFK 2022 goes green with electric cars for official transportation


The International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK 2022) is turning eco-friendly, utilising electric cars for official purposes.The organisers of IFFK, Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, has tied up with the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) to take this environmentally-friendly step. Electric cars will form part of IFFK official fleet for the duration of the festival. 
Ten e-cars will be available for IFFK officials 24X7. KSEB’s aim in partnering with IFFK offering e-car facilities is not only to spread awareness on ways of combating pollution, but also to encourage people to shift to eco-friendly means of transportation. 
The KSEB CMD Dr. B Ashok and KSCA chairman and director Ranjith jointly flagged off the newly introduced electric cars at Tagore theatre premises onThursday. The service of KSRTC buses also marks its first entry into the fest. As usual, the service of Auto-rickshaws will also be available  during the fest.