December 7th, 2011
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Party time for film buffs


Chennai: It is festival time again. Film-lovers in the city can look forward to watching global film as the Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation (ICAF), gears up for the annual Chennai International Film Festival (CIFF), which will showcase 154 films from 45 countries between 14 and 22 December.

Giving details about the event, Nadigar Sangam president R Sarath Kumar said that the organisers had requested the State government to support the festival.’Watching these films would be like a workshop for actors. They can learn from other actors and directors. The festival would be inaugurated by film-maker Shekhar Kapur.’

Categorised into World Cinema, Retrospective, Country focus and Indian Panorama, the offering will be varied. Tamil feature films and many national award-winning films would also be screened. The expected retrospectives are the films by renowned film makers Hou Hsao-Hsien from Taiwan and Aki Karasmaki from Finland.

The focus would be on Oscar-nominated Malayalam movie Adaminte Makan Abu. A total of 12 Tamil films would be adjudged by a three member jury consisting of cartoonist Madhan, actor-director Prathap Pothen and actor Rohini. This is the third year that the competition for Tamil films is being held, said actress Suhasini Manirathinam. The movie in the fray include Aadukalam, Vaagai Sooda Vaa, Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai, Kho, Maidhanam, Vengayam.

The films would be screened at Woodlands Theatre, Woodlands Symphony, Sathyam’s Studio 5, Inox (Screen 3) and the South Indian Film Chamber theatre. This time, we will have repeat screenings of most movies to suit viewers. E Thangaraj, secretary, ICAF, said ‘there would be seminars and symposiums organised as part of the celebrations’.

‘The discussions can be attended by students, film fans, critics, film personalities or foreign delegates. It will give them a chance to interact with film personalities, said actor Suhasini Maniratnam, a member of the advisory committee. A special ‘Red Carpet’ event, will see the seven best films screened specially for the film fraternity at Inox at 7.30 pm.

Online registration would be available on, which would also provide space for film buffs to send in their comments.


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