Inaugural functions of the 15th International Film Festival of Kerala (IIFK) commenced
The 15th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) started today 10th December 2010 at Thiruvananthapuram. The honorable Chief Minister of Kerala V.S.Achuthanadan inaugurated the mega film festival of Kerala. The event will last until 17th December 2010 showcasing 207 films from 83 countries in 10 theatres in the capital city for eight days. Unlike last years, the youngsters are rushing into Anandapuri, to view world class films in the 15th edition of the Film Festival of Kerala.
Delegates in the Inaugural Functions
Inaugural function held at Nisagandhi auditorium Trivandrum. Delegates in the stage include V.S.Achuthanadan, Waheeda Rehman, Werner Herzog, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, M.A.Baby etc. Legend Waheeda Rehman was the guest of honor at the function .The stage honored Malayalam film lyricist O.N.V. Kurup, who has won 'Njanapith Award' for 2007. Malayalam film director Renjith spoke about the contribution of O.N.V to Malayalam film Industry. Festival book had released by Adoor Gopalakrishnan giving to Cuban ambassador.
Highlights of 15th International Film Festival of Kerala (IIFK) 2010
The first day's films: The first film 'Unreal Forest' disappointed many viewers in the very first day itself. Fifteen world films have played on first day in the various sections including seven films from world film section which are black and white, Domain, Little Rose, The Cicilian Girl, When we live etc and two films in Flamenco section. There is a good responses from viewers about the first day films.
Inaugural Film: The Iranian film Please Don't Disturb of Mohsen Abdolvahab's was the inaugural film. The film portrays how easily the values, passions or human sympathy can be shaken by an insignificant incident, and how easily these can be resolved.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Werner Herzog was honored with IFFK's first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award. Five masterpiece movies of Werner Herzog, Olivier, Assayas, Maria Novara, Apichatpong, Weerasethakal are being displayed at the festival.
Special Film Attraction: Twelve Flamenco films from countries such as Spain, Cameroon and Tanzania, a package of six new films from Africa, a package of seven movies bringing out the newest in Indian cinema and a section devoted to Japanese classical films are some of the other attractions of the festival.
High noon Malayalam Cinema: Another attraction of IIFK is the section titled 'Highnoon Malayalam Cinema,' in which are included one film each by G. Aravindan, G.S. Panicker, P.A. Backer, John Abraham and K.G. George on behalf of the Malayalam cinema in the 1970's and 1980's.
Malayalam movies: Malayalam movies like Aatmakadha, Janaki, Elektra, Makaramanju, Chithrakkuzhal, Veettilekkulla Vazhi, Yugapurushan and Chitra Sutram will be displayed in the Malayalam cinema section. The selected Malayalam films will be awarded a cash grant of Rs.1 lakh each which would be to be shared by the director and producer of the film.
Homage section: There are seven movies in this homage section.The festival will remember Malayalam film personalities such as Venu Nagavally, Girish Puthenchery, M.G. Radhakrishnan, Cochin Haneefa, Sreenath, Azeez, Adoor Pankajam and Mankada Ravivarma, who expired recent years,by showing their films. .
Attractive Awards: The Golden Crow Pheasant Award, The Silver Crow Pheasant Award, Best Debut Film Award, Audience Prize, FIPRESCI Award, Netpac Award are the attractive awards Which will be given by IIFK.