Three films will be showcased in memory of cinematographer Sengupta (Headmaster, 1959) and actors Tom Alter (Shatranj Ke Khilari, 1977) and Om Puri (Sadgati, 1981).
Homage to Tom Alter, Om Puri and Ramananda Sengupta at Kolkata Film Festival
Kolkata - 06 Nov 2017 13:04 IST
In commemoration of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017, Britain will be the focus country for the 23rd edition of the Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF), India's second oldest film festival, which will also pay homage to icons of Indian cinema Tom Alter (died on 29 Spetember, 2017), Om Puri (died on 6 January, 2017) and Ramananda Sengupta (died on 23 August, 2017).
The festival beginning in Kolkata on 10 November will screen an assemblage of 143 films, spanning 53 countries, under 16 different categories till 17 November.
"As many as 13 films from Britain will be shown during the festival while six films of acclaimed English filmmaker Michael Winterbottom will be screened as part of retrospective," Yadab Mandal, director of KIFF, said on Sunday, 5 November.
Stars Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan will be present at the opening ceremony on 10 November. Tamil film icon Kamal Haasan and filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt are also slated to attend the ceremony, to be presided over by West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
Iranian film maker Mostafa Taghizadeh's Yellow (2017) will kick-off the gala event while prolific French-Swiss filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard's The Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company will be screened in cinematic format at the festival. The 1986 film, made for television, was restored and released in October this year.
According to organizers, this would be the first screening of the film in India.
Three films will be showcased in memory of cinematographer Sengupta (Headmaster, 1959)) and actors Tom Alter (Shatranj Ke Khilari, 1977) and Om Puri (Sadgati, 1981).
As for the competitive section, the women's director's competition has been replaced by 'Innovation in Moving Images' with a prize money of Rs51 lakhs for the Best Film and Rs21 lakhs for the Best Director.
"The women directors' exclusive section was done away with following feedback from the female filmmakers who felt a separate section would create distinctions and they felt it doesn't matter who is male, who is female.. the fact that they make good films, matters most," Mandal said.
Indian languages competition section has been introduced this year in which 10 films in nine languages will fight it out for the Hiralal Sen Memorial Award. Also, there's a prize money of Rs700,000 for Best Film and Rs 500,000 for Best Director.
"As many as eight films in as many languages (Monpa, Konkani, Kodava, Boro, Dogri, Maithili, Khasi and Chakma) will be featured in the 'Unheard India: Rare Indian Languages' section," Mandal said.
Apart from Winterbottom, in the retrospective category, six films of Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, one of Thailand's most celebrated working directors will also be screened.
In a toast to cinematic technique, an exposition of original equipment used by the Lumiere brothers, auteur Satyajit Ray and Ritwick Ghatak has been planned.
The Satyajit Ray Memorial Lecture will be given by Rachel Dwyer, professor of Indian Cultures and Cinema at SOAS, University of London.
A total of 93 foreign language films be screened through the festival and 50 from India.