Passed By Censor” to be curtain-raiser at IFFK
Turkish filmmaker Seehat Karaaslan’s psychological drama “Passed by Censor” will be the opening film at the 24th International Film Festival of Kerala, which is all set to commence in a few hours.
The official inaugural film, will have its Indian premiere at the IFFK, soon after the inaugural ceremony at the Nishagandhi Auditorium. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the festival, in the presence of Chief Guest and Minister for Tourism Kadakampally Surendran at a function to be presided over by Minister for Cultural Affairs A K Balan. Veteran actress Saradha will grace the event.
Karaaslan has won over 60 awards for his works. “Passed By Censor” is an extraordinary take on the life of a prison ‘letter examiner’ Zakir, in Istanbul. Zakir leads an uneventful life until he becomes obsessed with the photograph of the wife of an inmate. The film delves into his unravelling state of mind and the trouble his obsession brings. It essentially examines the notion of privacy, surveillance and abuse of power in an authoritarian system.
The film has won Best Actor, Best Director and the Critics Award at the Ankara International Film Festival, Best Editing and Best Screenplay Awards at the Istanbul International Film Festival as well as the FEDEORA Award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. “Passed by Censor” was also selected for the Cannes Ciné fondation Residence.
Kanthan – The Lover of Colour’ to Feature in Kaleidoscope
The 24th International Film Festival of Kerala will feature debutant director Shareef Easa’s State Award-winning film, ‘Kanthan: The Lover of Colour’, in the “Kaleidoscope” segment. The movie will have its first screening on December 7 at 12 pm at the Kripa theatre. This will be the first Malayalam film to be screened at this edition of IFFK. The film will also have two more screenings – on December 10 at 8.45 pm and December 13, at 12 noon.
The story, based on the lives of the Adiyan tribal community at Thirunelli in Wayanad, narrates the difficulties the community face, the denial of their basic rights, their role in the democratic set-up and so on. The film draws attention to the marginalisation and apathy tribals face on a daily basis. The director has also emphasised on environmental issues in the film.
The highlight of the movie is it’s narration in Ravulla, their tribal language. It draws audience to the tribal rituals and traditions that are getting conveniently revamped in accordance with changing circumstances.
‘Kanthan – The Lover of Colour’, was chosen as the Best Film at the Kerala State Film Awards for 2018.