The much-awaited celebration of the best films World Wide, The 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) was inaugurated yesterday 10th November 2017 through an attractive Star-Studded Event at Kolkata Netaji Indoor Stadium. The presence of legendary actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Haasan, Mahesh Bhatt, Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Kumar Sanu, noted English filmmaker Michael Winterbottom, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Dev, Goutam Ghosh, Parambrata Chatterjee, Jisshu Sengupta, Indrani Halder, Sabitri Devi, Payel Sarkar, Subhashree Ganguly and many more celebrities from Bengal and other states were seen in the event. It’s a high voltage inaugural gala event, hosted by the West Bengal government under the supervision of our honourable Chief Minister Smt. Mamata Banerjee.
The festival will screen a massive amount of 142 films from 65 countries under 19 different categories till November 17th. Britain is the country which will attract the limelight this year. The British films which will be present are Lady Macbeth, Adult Life Skills and Sea Sorrow A special tribute will be given to 10 famous film-makers such as award-winning Turkish director Yesim Ustaoglu Clair Obscur, French auteurs Arnaud Desplechin Ismael‘s Ghosts starring Marion Cotillard and Claire Denis (Juliette Binoche headlined Bright Sunshine In as also South Korean director & Cannes veteran Hong Sang-soo The Day After. Legendary Indian actors, Late Om Puri and Ramananda Sengupta will get tributes for their achievements too.
This time the festival introduces Rare Indian languages competition category named Unheard India: Rare Indian Languages’. This section will feature 8 films in different languages like Konkani, Monpa, Kodava, Dogri, Chakma, Bodo, Khasi and Maithili.
To give an endeavour to the Bengali film industry, the festival is going to host the première of three Bengali films. These films are Director Biswarup Biswas‘s “Biler Diary”, Director Reshmi Mitra‘s “Baranda”, and Actor & Director Anindya Pulak Banerjee’s “Smug”. Apart from these films, National Award-winning films “Bisorjon”, “Dashakriya” and others have been pegged as “must-watch” by the organizers. The films would be screened across 12 venues in the city.