Monday, December 13, 2010


International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) flagged of at the Nishagandhi open-air auditorium Thiruvananthapuram todayin the presence of thousandas of film enthusiasts and well known film personalities.Werner Herzog, a German film-maker who keeps breaking all known concepts of film-making, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural function. Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan handed over the award to him on behalf of the Govt. of Kerala.Waheeda Rehman, Guest of honour and the the evergreen beauty of yesteryear Hindi cinema was also honored. Jnanpith Award-winning poet O.N.V. Kurup was also honoured at the function.In his inaugural address, Mr. Achuthanandan said cinema represented creative reproduction of the subtle aspects of life. In that, there was universality and timelessness in cinema, just as in other sublime forms of art.

M.A. Baby, Minister for Cultural Affairs who presided over the function., Festival Director K.R. Mohanan gave an overview of the screenings during the eight days of the event. The focus of the event was the best of cinema from Third World countries, while providing the audience a feast of the best of cinema from other parts of the world as well. Film-auteur Adoor Gopalakrishnan, K. Chandrika, Mayor were graced the function. The inaugural function was followed by the screening of the Iranian film Please Don't Disturb directed by Mohsen Abdolvahab. screened during the day.

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