Festival to offer feast of world cinema from tomorrow

Chennai, Dec 12 : Complementing the annual 'Marghazhi' season of the best of Carnatic music, will be the 10th Chennai International Film Festival which is slated to be held here from tomorrow to December 20, packaging a variety of avante garde and the so called middle of the road cinema as well as some of the commercial variety.

Conceived in 2003 by the Chennai based Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation, the festival which has a new sponsor-real estate firm Casa Grande and the Tamil Nadu Government, the festival will have the World Cinema Section its highlight. Amour (MichaelHaneka-2012 Cannes Prie D'Or or Golden Palme award, Pieta (South Koreaen Director Kim ki duk that won four awards in Venic), The Gardner(iran), Le Grnd Soir(The Grand Evening-French), Sister(french-Swiss directed by Ursula Meir-2012 Berlin Silver Awrd), Wr Witch)Canada-Kim Nguyen), Rust & Bone(France/Belgium), Porifrio(Colombia) and Melancholia (Denmark) will regale fans of artistic cinema, one of the organising Committee members actress director Suhasini Maniratnam said.

This section will also include Oscar nominated bangladeshi film Pleasure Boy Komala by Humayun Ahmed, Oscar award winning from Japan Departure by Yojiro- Takita, Someone in Love (Japan), Angels Share(UK) and Epilogue(Israel). Film buffs would never get a chance to watch such films but for festivals such as this, Ms Suhasini said.More than 160 films from 57 countries have been announced as part of the festival with a tribute to Indian cinema that turns 100 years in 2013. Under this category some classics like Chandralekha (Tamil), Mega Sandesam (Telugu), Patherpanchali(Benga of legendary Oscar winning Bengali film maker Satyajit Ray), Guide (Hindi of the late Anand brothers Dev and Vijay Anand), Dweepa (Kannada) and Vasthuhara (Malayalam) would be screened.

Another highlight of the festival will be the retrospective of one of the renowned film makers in world cinema Claude Chabrol of France. Five of his films will regale fans of French cinema, the country where the art of cinema itself originated. Indian Panorama, two film tribute that includes the popular film Zorba The Greek) and Indian Panorama will be the other sections in the festival. Eleven Directors from abroad including two Festival Directors, more than 15 foreign representatives with festival films and ten directors from Indian cinema will comprise the delegates who will participate in the festival, according to the Director of the Festival and founder of Indo- Cine Appreciation Foundation Mr Thangraj.

Thirteen Tamil films that had been critically acclaimed, including the 1966 mythological 'Karnan', one of the protagonists of the famous Indian epic Mahabharatha, will also be screened. The icing on the cake will be the presence of Bollywood icon and 'quiz master' Amitabh Bachchan. The maestros in the making from the music school of double Oscar winner A R Rahman will perform at the opening ceremony. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa who herself hails from Kollywood and Tollywood, so to speak, has enhanced the state government's grant for the festival this year.

- Agencies

Published On : Dec 12, 2012