Sunday, November 8, 2015

2nd International Film Festival of Colombo (IFFC ) opened with the screening of Cannes Golden Palm award winning film ‘Dheepan’ by the renowned French director Jacques Audiard.

Renowned   Auteur, Adoor Gopalakrishnan and film critic and writer, Aruna Vasudev, will be honoured at the second edition of the International Film Festival of Colombo to be held from November 7 to 11..According to  Handagama, the festival Director the two septuagenarians   would receive the life-time achievement award at the valedictory of the festival. They had been chosen for having put the Asian cinema on the international map.
Over 100 films, from different countries such as Iran, France, Serbia, China, Brazil, Lebanon, Kyrgyzstan, Germany and Bangladesh are being  screened in this festival at five locations in Colombo. Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa, Adoor’s Elippathayam, and Baldvin Zophoníasson’s Vonarstræti (Life in a fishbowl) are part of this young festival. Berlin Golden Bear award winning film ‘Taxi’ by Jafar Panahi, Eisenstein in Guanajuato by Peter Greenaway and Sils Maria by Olivier Assayas will be shown in the festival..The two competition sections of the fest for feature films are set apart for films from Asia and for Sri Lanka.The award would be decided by a jury comprise of Klaus Eder (Germany) – Chairperson, Jeffrey Jeturian (Philippines), Na Renhua (China), Max Tessier (France)and  Fatemeh (Simin) Motamedarya (Iran) and a NATPAC jury.

A bunch of most acclaimed French movies tittled French Film Corner : a gift from France wil be screened.Prof. Dragan Milinovich Simon who is an eminent university professor, producer, drama writer and director will conduct two master class based on the themes of ”Looking at Movies” and ”Reading Kusturica” – At Sri Lanka Foundation.One day (November 9) would be devoted to short films. An exhibition on the Sri Lankan film industry would be held at the premises of the National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka. Handagama informed the media that the festival, organised by the Film Directors’ Guild of Sri Lanka, was being sponsored by the Film Corporation, Ceylon Theatres and the Okinawa International Movie Festival of Japan.

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