19th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala –Simple and Elegant Opening Ceremony
Oommen Chandy, Chief Minister of Kerala lit the traditional lamp at a ceremony held in the Nishagandhi open-air auditorium marking the inaugural of the week-long festival of moving images .From the midst of dignitaries, the compeers invited Italian director Marco Bellocchio to receive the lifetime achievement award.Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan,Minister for Cinema presented the coveted award to him Tawfeek Barhum, main actor of the opening film ‘Dancing Arabs’ was also present during the inaugural ceremony. Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said government has plans to digitize Malayalam classic films. Xie Fei ,renouned Chinese director and the Jury Charman also addressed the gathering. Without much fanfare and non cinema related entertainment programmes the opening ceremony continued with the screening of Eran Riklis’s Israeli movie ‘Dancing Arabs’ with an introduction by Indu Sreekant, the Programme Director of the fest. The festival will continue upto December 19.