International Film Festival of Kerala 2012: What to look out for?

Here’s a lowdown on the much-awaited Kerala Film Fest, starting December 7

As many as 197 films from various parts of the globe will be screened at the 17th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala, starting in Thiruvananthapuram on December 7.

At the eight-day festival, 14 films from Asia, Africa and Latin American countries will vie for the coveted Suvarna Chakoram (Golden Crow Pheasant).

The Indian representation in this category includes director Nitin Kakkar’s Filmistaan, Kamal’s ID, TV Chandran’s Inheritors of the Earth and Joy Mathew’s Shutter.

In the world cinema section, 78 films of popular directors will be screened. One of the main attractions of the category is 18 Days, a joint venture of nine directors who narrates Egyptian people’s revolution that lasted for 18 days.

Seven films of legendary Malayalam actor Sathyan, whose birth centenary was celebrated recently, will be screened at the fest.

In the Retrospective section, five films of Australian filmmaker Paul Cox will be shown.

The Indian Cinema Now category will have seven films: The Crowning Wish by Rituparno Ghosh; Cosmic Sex by Amitabh Chakraborty; The Script by Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukhtankar; Wave of Silence by Jahnu Barua; The Crier by M Adehyaprata Rajan; Tears of Nandigram by Sarfaraz Alam and Kushik Ganguly’s Sound.

Malayalam Cinema Today will also have seven feature films: Indian Rupee, A Document of Separation, In Recent Times, ChayilliamColor of Sky, Ithramathram and Friday. There will be films of Thilakan, Appachan, T Damodaran, Jose Prakash, Padmakumar, Ashok Mehta and Kris Marker in the homage section.