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French-Lebanese movie 'The Insult' to open 22nd IFFK

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

Battered by cyclone Ockhi, will forgo the inaugural ceremony of its mega film festival which opens here tomorrow, organisers said.

The 22nd edition of the of (IFFK) will open with the French-Lebanese film, "The Insult", which explores the lives of refugees in Arab countries.

The festival will begin on a quiet note without the opening ceremony as the southern state is yet to recover from the cyclone which hit the coast last week, claiming 36 lives and causing widespread damage.

Directed by Lebanese filmmaker Ziad Doueiri, the opening film bagged the Volpi Cup at the Venice International Film Festival and would be screened tomorrow evening, marking the start of the festival, organising body Film Academy said.

Bengali actress Madhabi Mukherjee, the star of Satyajit Ray's 1964 film "Charulata", and South Indian actor Prakash Raj are expected to attend the first screening.

The had yesterday said the controversial Malayalam movie "S Durga" would be screened at the festival if it got a clearance from the high court.

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had cancelled the certification of the film on November 28.

The film's producer and director have challenged the suspension of the certificate in the High Court.

According to the Academy, 190 films from 65 countries would be screened at the one week-long gala.

The competition section includes 14 films, of which two are in Malayalam.

Films will be shown in 20 different categories such as 'Indian Cinema Today', 'Malayalam Films Today', 'Contemporary Masters in Focus', 'Retrospective' and 'Identity and Space'.

This year, films from Brazil will be the 'Country Focus'.

Six films curated by film scholar Stefan Solomon will be exhibited in this section, Academy sources said.

The festival would screen the films of 35 women directors under various categories and these would focus on the subject of 'Being Woman'.

Four of the 14 films in the 'International Competition' section have been made by women.

Rima Das is the only woman director in the 'Indian Cinema Now' section.

In the 'Uprooted: Films on identity and space' category, Geethu Mohandass film "Liar's Dice" will be screened.

Bengali award-winning filmmaker Aparna Sen, who will deliver the Aravindan Memorial lecture, will also screen her latest feature film "Sonata", which is about three unmarried women living in a metropolis.

Marco Mueller, who was festival director at various international film festivals, is the jury chairman of IFFK this year.

Filmmakers T V Chandran, Colombian actor Marlon Moreno, French editor Mary Stephen and African cinema scholar and film critic Aboubakar Sanogo are also on the jury.

The festival will pay homage to cinema personalities K R Mohanan, I V Sasi, Kundan Shah and Om Puri, who died this year, and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

A total of 8,848 seats have been arranged in various theatres in the town for the festival, which would conclude on December 15, Academy sources added.

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First Published: Thu, December 07 2017. 15:00 IST