More than 200 movies from as many as 53 countries
will be screened during the festival that will
be held until 14th of this month. Of the few south
Indian movies screened, prominent ones are the
Satyaraj starrer Periyar, Mohanlal starrer Paradesi,
and the Adoor Gopalakrishnan directed Naalu Penungal
that has come in for critical acclaim owing to
its commendable plot that focuses on the life
of four women.
Addressing the crowd, Kamal stated that his learning
of cinema as an art begun in Kerala. “I
am honored to be part of this international festival
and believe that such festivals encourage rare
talent,” he further added.
Eminent personalities like singer S Janaki and
actor K R Vijaya were honored with special awards
acknowledging their contribution to the world
of cinema. Opening day of the festival witnessed
the screening of the Iranian film ‘Buddha
collapsed out of shame’. At the end of the
festival, one film, among the 14 films that are
participating in the contest category, will be
honored with a gold medal and a cash award of
Rs. 10 lakhs.
As reported by us earlier, the Fifth International
film festival will be held in Chennai from 14th
to 23rd December 2007.