IFFK 2019 to celebrate diversity of life;  7 days 186 films

The International Film Festival of Kerala will be a glorious celebration of modern life and people from around the globe. The festival is set to open on the 6th of December.

As many as 186 films from 73 countries will be shown at 14 theatres in Trivandrum. The 15 categories of films to be screened include Competition, Indian Cinema Now, International Cinema, Retrospective and more.

The prime focus would be on Argentine filmmaker Fernando Solanas at this year’s film festival. Known for his use of the language of film as a weapon of protest and a way of voicing opinion, Solanas will be conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award this year. Five of Solanas’ films will be screened at the festival, an they include Hour of the Furnaces, South and The Journey.

A total of 92 films will be shown in the “World Cinema” category. In the “International Competition” category, 15 films will be competing. This includes two Malayalam films: Lijo Jose Pelissery’s Jellikkettu and Krishand R.K’s A Minor Inconvenience. Alan Deberton’s Pacette and Boris Lojkine’s Camille are some of the acclaimed films in this category. Sameer Vidwan’s fictional biography of India’s first woman doctor Anandi Gopal, Seema Pahwa’s The Funeral and Pradip Kurbah’s Market will be showcased under  the category Indian Cinema Now.

The Kaleidoscope category will host Geethu Mohandas’ Moothon, the State-Award winning Kanthan: The Lover of Colour and Bombay Rose.

Chinese films are at the heart of the Country Focus category. Directors Xie Fie and Wang Qunan have two films each in this group. In the “Contemporary Masters in Focus” category, Swedish filmmaker Roy Andersson and French director Tony Gatliff will each have multiple films screened. Films from Malayali legends such as Lenin Rajendran, M.G.Radhakrishnan and Miss Kumari, T.K.Pareekutty will share space with the likes of Kannada playwright and actor Girish Karnad and Bengali directorial legend Mrinal Sen.