Thiruvananthapuram: The 27th IFFK will be held in Thiruvananthapuram from December 9 to 16. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the festival at Nishagandhi Auditorium, Thiruvananthapuram on December 9th. Minister VN Vasavan will preside. Culture Minister VN Vasavan announced in a press conference that 184 films from 70 countries will be screened at the film festival organized by the Kerala State Film Academy. The minister also said that Hungarian director Bela Thar, who has become a legend in world cinema through his films of philosophical dignity, has been selected for the IFFK Lifetime Achievement Award. The award consists of ten lakh rupees and a sculpture.
Bela Thar’s six films will be exhibited at the fair, presenting a unique narrative style with a philosophical approach to human problems. It includes some of his best films, The Turin Horse and Werkmeister Harmonies. Bela Thar, who is coming to India for the first time, will be awarded the award by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at the closing ceremony on December 16. Film Academy to publish ‘Kalathinte Irulbhoopadangnal’ written by C S Venkateswaran giving a comprehensive introduction to Bela Thar’s film career.