Ziad Doueiri’s ‘The Insult’ to Open 22nd IFFK

Ziad Doueiri’s ‘The Insult’ to Open 22nd IFFK

Ziad Doueiri’s ‘The Insult’ to Open 22nd IFFK

The 22nd International Film Fest of Kerala (IFFK) will open on December 8 with the French- Lebanese flick ‘The Insult’. The inaugural screening will be at the Nishagandhi auditorium, and will kick start this year’s edition of the festival. ‘The Insult’, based on this theme, unravels the lives of refugees in the Arab countries in an unmarked yet distinct perspective.

Directed by Lebanese filmmaker Ziad Doueiri, the film sketches the state of two people- Tony, a Lebanon Christian, and Yasser, a refugee Palestinian Christian – who get into a verbal duel, making way to a physical fight. Leading ultimately to the court room, a lot of secret wounds and social realities are revealed. This court room thriller sheds light on many aspects of the lives and politics of those in the war-ravaged regions of Middle East.

‘The Insult’ narrates how interpersonal tussles question the judicial system and thereby leadto international catastrophe. Among the Muslim dominated Middle-East nations, Lebanon stands apart owing to its liberal scenario in the regional, religious, and political issues. The film portrays refugees as the pivotal reason behind the cataclysm. The tensions from hosting so many refugees have long been exploited by various political parties, the left and right, and religions, creating further divisions in a nation that never gets its civil war wounds healed. Doueiri, through the film, has also placed Lebanon’s gritty side in the foreground.

The film addresses all contemporary socio-political and religious controversies, though don’t necessarily reflectthe views and policy of the Lebanese government. The film which bagged the Volpi Cup at the Venice International Film Festival, was selected the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards representing Lebanon. Ziad Doueiri made his directorial debut, ‘West Beirut’, on the civil war.


Festival Office, Delegate Cell Start Functioning

The festival office of the 22nd International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) was inaugurated, on Wednesday, by actor Sri. P Sreekumar, who is also the Chairman of the Cultural Welfare Board, at the Tagore Theatre. Sri. Lenin Rajendran, Chairman, Kerala State Film Development Corporation, inaugurated the delegate cell. The function was devoid of the embellishments of an official ceremony, owing to Ockhi cyclone.

The opening film ‘The Insult’ will be screened on the 8th of December, without any formal inaugural function. In addition to the screening, associated workshops and seminars will be held. Sri Kamal, Chairman, Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, Smt. Bina Paul, Vice-Chairperson, Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, Sri. Sibi Malayil, director and Academy Executive Council member, Sri Mahesh Panchu, Secretary, Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, and Sri V K Joseph, film critic and General Council Member, Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, were present at the festival office opening.

Delegate Pass Distribution Begins

The inauguration of the delegate pass distribution was also conducted sans any ceremony. The distribution of the passes was carried out at 12 counters set up at the Tagore Theatre. Renowned filmmaker T V Chandran handed over the maiden pass to a delegate, Smt. Molly Thomas. Two technical aid counters have also been set up.

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