The 14th edition of Kolkata Film Festival was inaugurated by noted director Mrinal Sen in Kolkata yesterday. Chief Minister of Bengal Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was present with a number of film personalities.
The festival is known as one of the very few in India to showcase proper art movies, washed out of all the glamour.
Mr. Bhattacharjee said: “The films screened this year are mostly contemporary ones and depict the miseries, unique human relationships as well as the social framework in the present world. It is a unique opportunity for directors, actors and technicians to watch the best films made in the last two to three years.”
This year almost 276 movies will be screened from 62 countries and the fest will go on till November 17th. Kannada director Girish Kasaravalli’s ‘Gulabi Talkies‘ was selected to open. Latin American movies are said to dominate the foreign movies section.
Filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s favorites will be celebrated in a separate section known as ‘Remembering Ray’. I’ve heard that his 1971 movie ‘Sikkim‘, which was banned at that time, will be digitally restored to showcase in the festival. The movie is also been archived in the Oscar library.
“A digital view of the film will be available before the end of the festival,” Josef Lindner, preservationist with the U S Academy of Motion Pictures, now restoring the film, said.
Among Bollywood stars, Nandita Das is confirmed to attend the event.