IFFK Gets Off to a Start on Friday with the Screening of ‘The Insult’

IFFK Gets Off to a Start on Friday with the Screening of ‘The Insult’

The eight-day 22 nd International Film Festival of Kerala commences today (Friday), with the
screening of Ziad Doueiri’s Lebanese film, ‘The Insult’ at Nishagandhi Auditorium at 6 pm.
Renowned actors Madhabi Mukherjee and Prakash Raj will grace the inauguration. The official
inauguration and festivities have been called off owing to the aftermath of the Ockhi cyclone.
‘King of Peking’ at Tagore Theatre and ‘Holy Air’ at Kairali at 10 am, ‘Woodpeckers’ at Kalabhavan
and ‘Dogs and Fools’ at Sree at 10:15 am, and ‘The Blessed’ at Nila at 10:30 am will be screened on
Day One.
The festival features 190 films from 65 countries and will be exhibited in 15 theatres as 445
screenings. There are provisions for the delegates to book their seats for the films via the IFFK official
website, mobile app, or the helpdesk. The helpdesks will be functional from 8am to 9pm and the
bookings can be done one day prior to the screening. Special ramps and other facilities have been
provided for the differently-abled who can avoid the hassle of standing in long queues. The film
festival will come to a close on December 15.

Through the camera lens

A photography exhibition capturing the history of Malayalam cinema, stepping to its 90’s, was
conducted at Kanakakkunnu palace. The exhibition organised under the auspices of Kerala State
Chalachitra Academy and Film Corporation was inaugurated by actor Madhu. The rare moments of the
film sector captured by still photographer P. David were incorporated in the exhibition. Madhu
honoured David, who crossed 50 years in still photography with shawl.  Actor Madhu felt ecstatic on
watching 90 years of Malayalam cinema at a glimpse. Director Sreekumaran Thampy opined that
documents are archetypes of Malayalam Cinema history. ‘Smaranika’ the souvenir analyzing the annual activities of Chalachitra Academy was released. Thampy handed over the copy to actor
Sheela. ‘Ormachitrangal’ encompassing the location stills of various films from Bhargavi Nilayam,
Ahimsa, Sathi, Amaram and the shooting moments of actors including Sathyan, Vincent,
Rajinikanth, John Abraham, I.V.Sasi, was inaugurated by Sheela.
Another attraction is the category devoted to the exhibition of cinema equipment that brought the early
day Malayalam films from the locations to the screens of theatres. The history of Malayalam cinema
with the aid of technological advancements, will endow a gateway for the spectators to see the camera
models. From the ‘Debris’ camera model, used in the 1928 release Vigathakumaran, the first silent
movie, to ‘Aries Plex 16’, and ‘Rolex’, the display is a multifarious collection.
Chalachitra Academy Chairman Kamal, KTDC Chairman M. Vijayakumar, Academy Executive
Council Member Sibi Malayil, and Director T.K.Rajeev Kumar, were present at the function.

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