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Accent on exposure to world cinema

Staff Reporter

Slew of internationally acclaimed films lined up

— Photo: S.R.Raghunathan

Day One: S.Jagathrakshakan, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, releases a souvenir at the inauguration of Chennai International Film Festival in Chennai on Wednesday. (From left) Actors Karthi Sivakumar and Devayani, ICAF president B.Ramakrishnan, ICAF vice-Chairman S.Ve.Sekhar and U.S. Consul-General Andrew T.Simkin, are in the picture.

CHENNAI: For the next nine days, the city will see a slew of internationally acclaimed films that are lined up to celebrate the spirit of cinema.

Organised by the Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation (ICAF), the seventh edition of Chennai International Film Festival (CIFF), which got under way on Thursday, will have the screening of 120 films from 40 countries.

The films, which are to be screened at Woodlands Theatre, Woodlands Symphony and the South Indian Film Chamber, are expected to attract film buffs across the city.

Inaugurating the film festival, S. Jagathrakshakan, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, said that films are representations of a country’s culture and the exposure to world cinema would widen the horizons of people. Mr. Jagathrakshakan assured that he would request the State and Central governments to offer financial support for the festival.

Andrew T. Simkin, U.S. Consul-General, said that India had produced some of the best films and the festival was a platform to showcase the most creative works from various countries. Pierre Fournier, Consul General, Embassy of France, Puducherry, said France and India share a mutual cultural respect and have entered into an agreement to facilitate more film shooting by Indian Films in France.

Actor Karthi Sivakumar, director S.P.Jananathan, actor Devayani, ICAF president B.Ramakrishnan, secretary E.Thangaraj, Consul General of Federal Republic of Germany Hans-Burkhard Sauerteig and Consult General of Republic of Poland Janusz Blinski spoke.

Five shows have been allotted for screening of the films. Three countries – Belgium, Finland and Netherlands, will be in focus and the maximum number of films will be from these countries There will be a panorama of Czech comedy films, French new wave films and documentary films by popular filmmakers.

Three films – Antichrist, Eyes Wide Open and Petition, — which participated in Cannes Film Festival, and The Other Bank, which won the Special Jury award at IFFI, Goa, will also be part of the CIFF. For the first time, films from Albania and Nepal will take part in the festival.

A delegation of 11 foreign directors and an equal number of Indian directors will participate in interactive sessions that will be held during the festival.

Documentary films of the Canada-based filmmaker Peter Raymount will be part of the festival.

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