A total of 183 films from 42 countries, including 52 shorts and documentaries, will be screened for moviegoers in 10 theaters over an eight-day period, said Minister of Sports and Youth Aroop Biswas, who is also a key force behind the KIFF, at a press meeting.
A retrospective on Amitabh Bachchan, celebrating his life and work, will be one of the highlights of the 28th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF), to be held from December 15 to 22, a West Bengal minister has said here.
A total of 183 films from 42 countries, including 52 shorts and documentaries, will be screened for moviegoers in 10 theaters over an eight-day period, said Minister of Sports and Youth Aroop Biswas, who is also a key force behind KIFF, at a press conference, where the event logo was also unveiled.
Bachchan’s 1973 film “Abhimaan”, directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, will be screened as the inaugural film, Biswas told reporters.
‘Deewar’ and ‘Kala Patthar’ will also be presented as part of the Bachchan retrospective.
Big B, accompanied by Jaya, will attend the inauguration at the Netaji Indoor Stadium with Shah Rukh Khan, attended by Governor CV Ananda Bose and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
A second exhibition on the famous director Jean-Luc Godard and a centenary tribute section on Hrishikesh Mukherjee are also planned for the festival.
Other directors who would be honored at KIFF include Asit Sen and Tarun Majumder.
KIFF will introduce a new “Game On” section this year, in which seven sports films including “83”, “MS Dhoni, The Untold Story” and “Koni” (1984) will be screened.
Acclaimed director Sudhir Mishra, known for his genre of realistic films, will deliver the prestigious Satyajit Ray Memorial Lecture, who has been an integral part of KIFF since its inception, this year’s topic being “Understanding Cinema in the Changing Era of OTT “.
KIFF Chairman, Raj Chakraborty, a well-known director in the Bengali film industry, the state’s Minister of Cultural Affairs, Indranil Sen, and superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee were among others present at Saturday’s press conference. .
The halls, where the films will be screened, include Cinema Centenary Building, Rabindra Sadan, Nandan 1, 2 and 3, Sisir Manch, Rabindra Okakura Bhavan and Nazrul Tirtha.
(Edited by : Anouchka Sharma)