The 15th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) is starting today at Thiruvananthapuram. Two hundred seven films from 83 countries will be screened in 10 theatres in the capital city for eight days. Iranian Mohsen Abdolvahab"s film Please Don"t Disturb is the inaugural film.
The festival will showcase 16 competition sections and films from Asia, Africa and Latin America are dominating all the competition sections. Malayalam movies like Aatmakadha, Janaki, Elektra, Makaramanju, Chithrakkuzhal, Veettilekkulla Vazhi, Yugapurushan and Chitra Sutram have found place in the cinema section.
Werner Herzog will be honoured with IFFK"s first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award. Five masterpiece movies of Werner Herzog, Olivier Assayas, Maria Novara, Apichatpong Weerasethakal are being displayed at the festival.
Legend Waheeda Rehman is the guest of honour at the function. Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan will honour Werner Herzog and Jnanpith winner ONV Kurup on the occasion. The festival will also pay homage to Malayalam film personalities such as Venu Nagavally, Girish Puthenchery, M.G. Radhakrishnan, Cochin Haneefa, Sreenath, Azeez, Adoor Pankajam and Mankada Ravivarma.