The 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival is set for a star shower.
Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol will be back on November 10 for the film fest’s inaugural ceremony at Netaji Indoor stadium. Kamal Haasan and Mahesh Bhatt are the other big Bolly draws at the inauguration.
A total of 143 films from 53 countries will be screened under 16 sections at 12 venues. Iranian film Yellow, directed by Mostafa Taqizadeh, will be the inaugural movie.
The Hiralal Sen Memorial Award will be given to winners among the Indian language films, which will be screened in the competition section for the first time this year.
Jean-Luc Godard’s 1986 film The Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company that was made for television will be shown as one of the high points of the fest, which will play out from November 10-17.
The UK is the ‘focus country’ and English filmmaker Michael Winterbottom, who has directed films like the Angelina Jolie-starrer A Mighty Heart, is slated to attend. “Having Michael Winterbottom attend, we hope that you’ll get to see a very contemporary British director and producer with his retrospective… of course he came from television into film and has done all sorts of different things. In my country, film is a great industry but the reality is it is television and film… it’s not just James Bond and Harry Potter, it is Game of Thrones,” said Bruce Bucknell, the British deputy high commissioner in Calcutta.
Rachel Dwyer, professor of Indian Cultures and Cinema at SOAS, University of London, will deliver the Satyajit Ray Memorial Lecture.