Thiruvananthapuram: In a few days from now, it would be film festival time for the Kerala capital. With a handsome choice of global and Indian movies on array, the 22nd International Film Festival of Kerala [ IFFK 2017 ] will be set to motion on December 8.
The festival this time around would confer iconic Russian director Alexander Sokurov with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and six Sukurov films will be screened. Renowned Bengali actress Madhabi Mukherjee will be the Chief Guest for the grand opening ceremony. Works by Indian film maker KP Kumaran and Filipino film maker Lino Brocka will also be screened.
Identity and Space, Contemporary Asian Cinema, Japanese Animation, Restored Classics, Jury films and contemporary Masters in Focus are the packages for this year. Movies of Mexican director Michel Franco and Central American director Mahamat Saleh Haroun feature in the package on ‘Contemporary Masters in Focus’.
The Malayalam Selection Today section will feature 7 Malayalam films, while the International Competition section features two Malayalam films by debutant directors. Randu Per (Two People) directed by Prem Shankar, and Aedan directed by Sanju Surendran will be featured at the International Competition. The seven films that will be part of the International feature films are Take Off, Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum, Karutha Joothan, Angamaly Diaries, Maravi, Athishayangalude Venal and Naayinte Hridayam.
Films will be screened at a variety of theatres, which are being spruced up for the big event. The Kerala Chalachitra Academy has begun making elaborate arrangements to make sure that the prestigious event is organised with no hassle whatsoever.
The Indian films featured at the International Competition include Newton and Kadvi Hawa. The Indian Cinema Today will feature seven other films.
The Homage Section will screen films to pay tribute to directors Kundan Shah, K R Mohanan, I V Sasi and actor Om Puri. The 22nd Film Festival will conclude on 15th December.