Friday, December 7, 2012

17th International Film Festival of Kerala inagurated

  Chief Minister Oommen Chandy inaugurated the 17th International Film Festival of Kerala at Nishagandhi Auditorium in Thiruvananthapuram. The Chief Minister said that his ministry would  take appropriate measures to have a film festival complex here.K B Ganesh Kumar, Minister for Cinema, Sports and Forest presided over. Shasi Tharoor, Minister of State for Human Resources Development ,Govt. of India released the Festival Book handing over a copy to Mayor  K Chandrika. Actor Mohanlal was the Guest of honour. Festival Jury Chairman Paul Cox and other jury members were also present. 
      Alfred Hitchcock’s silent movie ,‘The Ring’  , released in 1927 , was the opening film.. This film  from the silent era was exhibited with a live background score performed by a special team of seven musicians led by noted jazz master Soweto Kinch. The live orchestration was a treat for the new generation who had never had this ‘silent on the screen and live on instruments’ experience. This film  was restored by the British Film Institute as part their project of restoration of lost films. The live orchestration played to the silent movie after its restoration was performed in Britain only two weeks ago.  
A total number of 198 films from 51 nations across the world are included in festival schedule.The competition section includes 14 films from Asia, Latin America and Africa, apart from four Indian films. Retrospective category comprises masterpiece films of six cinema maestros including Akira Kurosawa, Alfred Hitchcock and Alain Resnais. In connection with the birth centenary of Malayalam actor Sathyan, a special exhibition is b ring arranged in Kanakakunnu Palace.

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