Despite a setback caused by the devastating floods, the 23rd edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala is all set to kick off on Friday at Thiruvananthapuram offering the best of world cinema.
190 films from 65 countries will be screened at the festival. Asghar Farhadi’s Everybody Knows, starring Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, is the opening film of the festival. Lijo Jose Pellissery’s Ee. Ma. Yau that won two awards at IFFI, Goa and Zakariya’s Sudani from Nigeria are the Malayalam films in the competition section.
The theme of the IFFK is ‘Rebuild Kerala’, and many cost-cutting initiatives were taken by the govt to keep it minimal. The delegate fees have been enhanced to INR 2000. The film print format has given way to digital, as not a single movie will be screened in film format.
Besides, Kerala State Chalachitra Academy has introduced three-day passes for the festival from this year. The passes are meant for those who are unable to attend all the days of the week-long festival. The registration fee for the special three-day pass is Rs 1,000.