IFFK at 20: Chalachitra Academy to screen iconic films at select city venues

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 1: To whet appetite for world class cinema in the run-up to the 20th edition of International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), Kerala State Chalachitra Academy (KSCA) will hold public screenings of iconic films at select city venues every Sunday.

KSCA chairman Shri T. Rajivnath will inaugurate the first viewing at Manaveeyam veedhi on October 4 at 6.30 pm. Vittorio de Sica’s Italian neo-realist classic, The Bicycle Thieves, will be the first movie screened.

It will be for the first time in the IFFK’s history that Manaveeyam, the bustling cultural hub, hosts auteur works of legendary filmmakers. KSCA has partnered with the street’s Manaveeyam Theruvorakootam collective to showcase the cinematic geniuses for a wider domestic audience. 

In addition, a selection of short films and documentaries will be shown at venues across the capital- city to increase viewer exposure to and appreciation for such works. To help carry their powerful messages across to a local viewership, foreign language movies will feature Malayalam subtitles.

 “We are planning to screen censored copies of movies participating in the 20th edition of IFFK at Manaveeyam to reach out to more people and to make sure our public is part of this festival,” said KSCA secretary Shri Rajendran Nair.

The for-public screenings will run over a two-month period, which culminates with the launch of Kerala’s premier film festival on December 4. IFFK 2015 will run until December 11. 

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