The 50th International Film Festival of India is going to be held at Goa from November 20 to 28, and has several Tamil and Malayalam films that will be screened alongside 200 films from around 76 countries. Among these, 26 are feature films and 15 non-feature films.
The Tamil films in chosen to be screened in the feature category are Parthiban's Oththa Seruppu Size 7 and Lakshmi Ramakrishnan's House owner. The three Malayalam films to be showcased are Lijo Jose Pellissery’s Jallikattu, Manu Ashokan’s Uyare, and TK Rajeev Kumar’s Kolambi.
Two Tamil and seven Malayalam films have been selected for the Panorama section.
On making it to the IFFI, Parthiban had said in an interview, “I am humbled with the lovely gesture of the jury members, who have recognized my efforts and this is an absolute gateway for Oththa Seruppu Size 7 to find a global reach.
Parthiban also thanked his colleagues for their support. “Right from music director Santhosh Narayanan’s song, Sathya’s BGM, Resul Pookkutty sir’s mind-blowing sound, Ramji’s cinematography, it added more substance to the film,” he said, adding apart from the selection of the film itself, to have it screened at the festival in its golden jubilee year is yet another reason for him to celebrate.
House Owner director Lakshmy Ramakrishnan, meanwhile, said that the selection of the film was “completely unexpected” and a “surprise”. “Although I was very happy about the way my industry friends, the press and the media recieved the film, I was in a dilemma whether to change my pattern of filmmaking. This turn of events nurtures me with more confidence to pursue my passion,” she said, thanking the jury members for selecting her film.
Lakshmy also congratulated Parthiban. “His innovative work has gotten acknowledged at the Indian Panorama. I wish him great success for his unparalleled attempt in Oththa Seruppu Size 7.”
While Jallikattu has just released at the cinemas and Uyare has been a big success, besides the three, Malayali director Manoj Kana’s Kenjira as another feature film at the Indian Panorama. The film has been made in Paniya language.
In a first, IFFI will screen films with audio description for the visually impaired. Several film stars and about 10,000 movie lovers are expected to participate in the film festival this year.
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