The silver jubilee version of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) will formally kick-off on February 10 adhering to strict COVID-19 well being protocol within the backdrop of the pandemic, the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy stated. For the primary time within the historical past of the competition, the venues have been divided into 4 completely different areas of the state–Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Thalassery and Palakkad– due to the pandemic.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the competition at 6.00 PM on Wednesday on the Nishagandhi auditorium right here, adopted by the screening of the inaugural movie, Quo Vadis, Aida?
The Academy stated distinguished friends from the world over will be part of the competition on-line and the five-day first section of the competition will conclude on February 14.
The competition is scheduled to run between February 10 and 14 in Thiruvananthapuram, February 17-21 at Ernakulam, February 23-27 at Thalassery and March 1-5 at Palakkad.
The inaugural ceremony and the award distribution capabilities will probably be held in Thiruvananthapuram and Palakkad respectively.
The competition length has been diminished to 5 days of screening, in six theatres, at every venue, a launch issued by the Academy stated.
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Each delegate and official participating within the competition are being subjected to free antigen exams organised by the academy, in affiliation with the state Well being Division.
“Solely those that check unfavourable will probably be allowed entry into the competition venues. Delegates can even acquire entry by producing a COVID-19 unfavourable certificates, issued no more than 48 hours prior to the entry. Theatres will strictly adhere to all Covid protocols,” the Academy stated.
As many as 80 movies from over 30 international locations will probably be screened this yr.
Of the 14 movies within the International competitors, Lijo Jose Pellissery’s Churuli, which is a world premiere, and Jayaraj’s Hasyam, will characteristic from Malayalam.
The twenty fifth version of the IFFK will even witness new filmmakers making their mark with their intriguing films.
“As many as 10 new filmmakers from Malayalam alone will probably be exhibiting their works at this yr’s competition. In addition to, a number of newcomers from Tamil, Hindi and a range of international languages are additionally prepared to showcase their expertise,” the discharge stated.
The competition will kick begin with the movie Quo vadis, Aida? by Jasmila Zbanic. This movie, which was nominated for the Golden Lion on the Venice Film Festival, is a struggle drama set in a small city known as Srebrenica, Bosnia. Zbanic obtained the Silver Lion Award for Greatest Director for the film at Venice. The movie additionally bagged quite a few different awards and nominations, and its presence makes it a significant spotlight of the twenty fifth IFFK.
Debut director Kavya Prasad’s Vaanku will display below the class Malayalam Cinema Right this moment. The movie is an unorthodox tackle the traditions which the Muslim neighborhood follows.
A complete of 18 movies, together with 4 movies within the International Competitors class, will probably be screened on the primary day of the competition.