The 28th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) is gearing up to honor 12 legendary figures in its homage category. This special tribute section will feature 11 remarkable films showcasing the brilliance of renowned artists within the film industry.
The homage category kicks off with the Iranian masterpiece "A Minor" by Dariush Mehrjui. Mehrjui, a recipient of the lifetime achievement award in the 19th edition of IFFK, is celebrated for his groundbreaking and socially conscious films. "A Minor" is a powerful exploration of social injustice and gender inequality,
The festival honors Sumitra Peries, the first female director from Sri Lanka, by screening her acclaimed film "The Tree Goddess." Peries's pioneering work shattered glass ceilings and paved the way for future generations of female filmmakers. "The Tree Goddess," a hauntingly beautiful tale of myth and folklore, is a testament to her enduring legacy.
IFFK pays tribute to Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura, another recipient of the lifetime achievement award, by featuring his masterful film "Cousin Angelica." Saura's distinctive blend of realism and fantasy has captivated audiences worldwide. "Cousin Angelica," a poignant exploration of memory and family dynamics, exemplifies his profound artistry.
The homage category goes beyond borders, featuring international classics that have shaped cinematic history. Ebrahim Golestan's "Brick and Mirror," Jacques Rozier's "Adieu Philippine," Terence Davies' "Distant Voices, Still Lives," and William Friedkin's "The Exorcist" are just a few gems awaiting rediscovery.
The 28th IFFK pays homage to icons of Malayalam cinema, including directors K G George and Siddique, and actors Innocent and Mamukkoya. Their contributions have enriched Malayalam cinema with diverse narratives and unforgettable performances.
The festival delves into the legacy of K G George with a screening of "Yavanika," a cult classic that redefined Malayalam cinema. Its blend of political commentary and theatricality continues to resonate with audiences today.
Laughter fills the air with "Ramji Rao Speaking," a beloved comedy honoring director Siddique and actors Innocent and Mamukkoya. Their comedic chemistry and relatable characters make this film an evergreen crowd-pleaser.
Mamukkoya's talent is further showcased in the award-winning film "Perumazhakkalam" by Kamal. His portrayal of a complex character facing societal pressures remains etched in viewers' minds.
Adoor Gopalakrishnan's "Vidheyan" takes center stage as a remembrance of renowned producer K Ravindranathan Nair, an IFFK J C Daniel award recipient. The film, known for its poignant storytelling, reflects Nair's dedication to meaningful cinema.