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Good films open up unfamiliar worlds: Adoor

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CIFF-05 begins; `Oraal' screened as inaugural film



REEL TALK: The filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan having a discussion with K.L. Mohanavarma, writer, at the inauguration of the Cochin International Film Festival in the city on Thursday. — Photo: Mahesh Harilal

KOCHI: The 2nd Cochin International Film Festival (CIFF-05), organised by the Cochin Film Society and the Centre for Studies on the Culture and Heritage of Cochin (CSCHC), began here on Thursday, with the filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan inaugurating the event by lighting the traditional lamp at Sridhar Theatre. Delivering the inaugural address, Mr. Gopalakrishnan said film societies had a big role in moulding society. Good cinema could impart an awareness about issues of humanity and open up worlds unfamiliar to people.

Recalling the beginning of the film-society movement in the State with the Chitralekha Film Society in Thiruvananthapuram in 1965, Mr. Gopalakrishnan said the Cochin Film Society had done a commendable job by sustaining a culture of screening good movies in the city.

He said cinema owners needed to be part of this movement, citing the example of the owner of a multiplex in Pune where a local film festival was held recently. The owner, son of a staff of the legendary Prabhat Studios of Pune, had taken it as a mission to promote good cinema.

Cleansing society

Mayor Mercy Williams, who presided over the function, said cinema should aim at a process of cleansing society's cultural sphere.

Minister for Fisheries and Sports Dominic Presentation honoured Mr. Gopalakrishnan, winner of this year's Dadasaheb Phalke Award. Deputy Mayor C.K. Manishankar presented a memento to him. Festival director K.L. Mohanavarma felicitated Mr. Gopalakrishnan.

The festival book was released by K.V. Thomas, MLA. The film director Sibi Malayil; the actor Mukesh; and Kukku Surendran, who directed the inaugural film, Oraal, spoke.

On Friday, Newspaper Boy, celebrating its golden jubilee; Clint Eastwood's Mystic River; Istvan Szabo's Budapest Tales; Adoor Gopalakrishnan's Swayamvaram; and the Hungarian director Zsuzsa Boszormenyi's Guarded Secrets will be screened at Sridhar Theatre. The screenings will start at 9 a.m. At Café@Sridhar, DVD projections of short and documentary films will be held. The Malayalam film Ullurukkam, the Hindi short film Kinjal; A Neo Realistic Dream (Malayalam); Avan (Malayalam), Unfortunate and The Bamboo Children will be screened from 10 a.m.

At E.M.S. Memorial Town Hall, Satyajith Ray's classic Pather Panchali will be screened for the public from 6 p.m.

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