16th Kolkata film fest kicks off; Kurosowa, Tagore in focus

November 10th, 2010 - 11:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Nov 10 (IANS) With a bouquet of 127 films from 38 countries, the 16th Kolkata Film Festival, one of the biggest cultural galas of West Bengal, opened here Wednesday.

Ramananda Sengupta, a renowned cinematographer of yesteryears, inaugurated the festival by lighting the ceremonial oil lamp.

“The festival will showcase 127 films from 38 countries. We have tried to reach out to all those countries. In this festival, we have tried to collect all the colours of rainbow,” said West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, while addressing the inaugural function.

The festival will screen films by iconic Japanese director Akira Kurosowa and movies based on stories by Rabindranath Tagore to celebrate his 150th birth anniversary, he added.

“This year we have one more attraction. We will be showing the documentary ‘Sikkim’ directed by Satyajit Ray,” Bhattacharjee said.

Veteran film director Mrinal Sen and actor Soumitro Chattopadhyay also attended the opening.

A Costa Rican film, “Of Love and Other Demons”, directed by Hilda Hidalgo, kicked off the eight-day carnival, the second oldest film festival of the country.

The film festival will conclude Nov 17.

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