Just like previously, posters of iconic movies have come up in a number of distinguished arterial intersections in Kolkata to mark the annual Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF). But to mark an indication of the instances, the characters within the posters now put on masks.
Whether it’s Marlon Brando in The Godfather, Uttam Kumar in Saptapadi or Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra in Sholay, all don the ever present face cowl. The posters additionally embody stills from Satyajit Ray and Charlie Chaplin classics. They bear the tagline ‘The show must go on’ and make an attraction to folks to take care of bodily distance, put on masks and use sanitisers.
The inauguration of the competition, which has been a star-studded occasion for the reason that Trinamool Congress authorities got here to energy in 2011, will probably be a low-key affair this yr. The inauguration of the competition will probably be from Nabanna Sabhaghar (an auditorium on the State Secretariat). Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan will take part within the digital launch of the competition, which can go on until January 15.
“Together we will overcome this pandemic. But the show must go on. We are going ahead with #KIFF 2021 virtually, on a smaller scale. Glad that my brother @iamsrk will join us virtually at the inaugural event on January 8 at 4 p.m. Watch Kolkata International Film Festival live,” the Chief Minister had just lately mentioned on social media.
A complete 131 movies, together with characteristic movies, shorts and documentaries from 45 international locations, will probably be screened at State-run venues Nandan, Rabindra Sadan, Calcutta Information Centre and Sisir Mancha, amongst others. While bodily screenings will probably be held at these venues, the competition web site states that “this edition is proposed primarily in the online mode for cinema lovers, critics, actors and others so that they continue to feel the pulse of the gala international film festival”.
The movie that marks the inauguration will probably be Satyajit Ray’s traditional Apur Sansar, the third movie within the Apu trilogy that includes Soumitra Chatterjee. The competition can pay a particular tribute to Chatterjee, the legendary actor who handed away as a result of COVID-19 problems in November.
The competition will even display the movies of actors Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor, Tapas Pal, Santu Mukherjee, danseuse Amala Shankar, and administrators Fernando Solanas, Kim Ki-Duk and Basu Chatterjee — all of whom handed away final yr.
The competition will even pay a start centenary tribute to Federico Fellini by screening six of his movies.
KIFF has a aggressive part the place the most effective movie and the most effective director are honoured with a money award of ₹51 lakh and ₹21 lakh respectively.