23rd International Film Festival of Kerala opens; Majid Majidi receives Lifetime Achievement award

FP Staff

Dec 08, 2018 09:42:57 IST

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday night inaugurated the 23rd edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK). The fete will conclude on 13 December. Inaugurating the event, Vijayan said festivals were the main medium to promote secular ideas and a means to sustain humanity.

23rd International Film Festival of Kerala

23rd International Film Festival of Kerala

"IFFK is a proof of this propagation. Kerala didn't give up in the catastrophic setting of unexpected floods. This year's festival is a testament of the solidarity of cinema lovers," he said.

Bengali filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta was the chief guest and actress and filmmaker Nandita Das was the guest of honour.

Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker and jury chairman Majid Majidi received the Lifetime Achievement award from Vijayan.

Receiving the award, Majidi said: "More than any award and achievement, I would like to cherish the priceless warmth and kindness from the audience."

Following the ceremony, the opening film, Everybody Knows, directed by Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, was screened.

Reports note, the seven-day festival will be featuring 190 films from 65 countries. Two of Malayalam films Ea.Ma.Yau. and Sudani from Nigeria have been nominated for the International section of the festival.

The theme of the festival this year is "The Human Spirit: Films on Hope and Rebuilding".  Six films will be screened under this particular category.

(With inputs from agencies)

Updated Date: Dec 08, 2018 09:42:57 IST