The 21st International Film Festival of Kerala, the most celebrated movie fete of film enthusiasts comes to an end tomorrow. 184 films have been screened under 15 categories from 62 nations. Films discussing social issues like gender inequality, and migration topped category chart.
The screenings took place in 13 theatres in Thiruvananthapuram from 9th to 16th December. 81 films were screened under the World Classics category. The films from 50 nations including India have been premiered under this category. The films of Michel Khleifi, Seema Biswas, Serik Aprymov, Baran Kosari, and Pedro Pimenta who are Jury members of 21st IFFK have screened under various categories. ‘Clair Obscur’, ‘Clash’, ‘Cold of Kalandar’ and ‘Sink’ became the top rated among the 15 competition films. ‘Manhole’ directed by Vidhu Vincent and ‘Kadupookkunna neram’ by Dr. Biju became the Malayalam films which attained people’s attention.
Noted Malayalam film director K S Sethumadhavan was honoured by screening five of his movies. Ken Loach, renowned film maker from United Kingdom has also been honoured by screening nine of his contributions.
‘The Net’ directed by veteran South Korean film maker Kim Ki-Duk, ‘A death in the Gunj’ by Indian actor Konkana Sen Sharma and Leena Yadav’s ‘Parched’ were much talked films.
As the fest is known for its transgender friendly gestures, it could ensure the active participation from transgender activists too. Another major attraction of the 21st season of IFFK was its call for a plastic free fest. The overall decorations were based on the green protocol and the number of flex boards was bare minimum.
The team IFFK has also introduced mobile applications in order to keep the delegates updated about the screenings. The provisions of RFID card and near frequency communication kept the fest organized.
The folk festival in association with ‘Vajra Keralam’ fete added colours to the aura. Traditional art forms like Mudiyettu, Chavittunadakom, folk songs and shadow puppetry were organized as a part of it and it made the evenings more vibrant.