Cinema invites itself – The New Indian Express

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CHENNAI: The best learning for a young filmmaker comes from exposure to a wide variety of media around the world. And what better opportunity to explore them than than the Chennai International Film Festival organized by the Indo Cine Association Foundation, in association with PVR and OneMercuri supported by the government of Tamil Nadu? For its 19th edition from December 30 to January 6, the festival returns with its flagship selection of 121 films from 53 countries.

“Chennai is like the home of South Indian films, there’s a lot going on here in the industry. So we have brought the best films for technicians, artists, producers, people in the film industry, students and moviegoers, ”exclaimed Ravi Kottarakara, of the Film Chamber of Commerce. South India at the press conference on Thursday.

The event will be opened by Nanni Moretti’s Three Floors, nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival and also, a performance by young Indian musician Lydian Nadhaswaram. Other award-winning films will grace the screen throughout the week, including Oscar entries such as A Hero, the Iranian entry for Best International Feature and When Pomegranates Howl, the Australian entry for the same category. . Those looking for French, Korean, Malayalam and German films will not be disappointed.

To celebrate regional cinema, the organizers are organizing a Tamil film competition. The 11 selected films – Ainthu Unarvugal, Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum, Karnan, Kattil and more – will compete for Best Tamizh Film, Second Best Tamizh Film, Special Jury Prize and Amitabh Bachchan Youth Icon Prize. Jury members Balaji Shaktivel, SS Stanley and Poorvaja Sunder will announce their verdict at the closing ceremony, during which violinist Padma Shankar will perform an SP Balasubrahmanyam medley in tribute to the legend and VORTEX of Gaspar Noe, the winner of the Film San Sebastian International Festival 2021 will be screened. The winners will also receive a cash prize. “The director and producer of the best chipmunk film will receive 2 lakh and 1 lakh respectively. For the second best tamizh film, the director and the producer will each receive “1 lakh”, announced E Thangaraj, the festival director.

The Indian Panorama category brought together a variety of regional films from across the country. This includes 21st Tiffin (Gujarati), Dollu (Kannada), ‘Fun’ eral (Marathi), Kalkokko (Bengali) and more. This year, the festival also offers aspiring industry players the opportunity to connect with well-known names in films with their interactive masterclasses. Expect sessions with SJ Surya, Ashwin Saravanan and others, as well as a panel discussion with well-known producers, equipped to answer burning questions from the audience.

“We will ask a team of producers: what do you expect from an artist or what kind of stories do you expect from a studio scriptwriter, or a director of photography? Ravi shares. The festival is not only an opportunity for people to explore other languages ​​in cinema, but also to learn more about the industry from those at the top.

Register for the event on icaf.in, chennaifilmfest.com or insider.in; register directly at SDC Anna Cinemas, # 21, Anna Salai, Triplicane from December 27th. All visitors must provide a vaccination certificate.

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