KIFF begins to mark Manna’s death, 100 yrs of Indian cinema

Published on : Sunday, November 10, 2013

kiffIn an endeavour to showcase a global mix of contemporary and regional cinema – the 19th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) will began here on Sunday.

 

The event will begin at Netaji Indoor stadium in the presence of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee along with Indian cinema’s bigwigs – Amitabh Bachchan, West Bengal’s brand ambassador Shah Rukh Khan and Kamal Haasan.

 

The eight-day-long carnival, featuring 189 films from 63 countries is likely to be an enriching experience for cinema connoisseurs.

 

KIFF’s latest edition has gone digital through a mobile application providing detailed information about the screenings across 13 venues in the city.

 

Around 3,000 delegates and 24 international guests, including noted Israel filmmaker Amos Gitai will attend the film festival.

 

To make it an inclusive affair, shows via mobile vans have been organised in five different locations of the city.

 
Rituparno Ghosh’s film “Taak Jhaank’ (Sunglass) will be premiered at KIFF.

 

A special tribute will be paid to the director by screening eight of his movies including “Unishe April”, “Dahan”, “The Last Lear” and “Chitrangada”.

 

To commemorate the legendary singer Manna Dey, who passed away recently, KIFF’s theme song incorporates lyrics from his cult hit “Jibone Ki Paabo Na” from the 1969 Bengali film.

 

 
Marking 100 years of the Indian cinema, dancer Sukalyan Bhattacharya will showcase the
evolution of cinema through his choreography at the opening ceremony, while actress Sharmila Tagore will deliver the Satyajit Ray Memorial lecture on November 14.

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