Long waited Kolkata Film Festival has started in city last evening. The 16th edition of the Kolkata Film Festival (KFF) began on last evening. The 16th Kolkata Film Festival, the second oldest international film festival in India, began on Wednesday. The festival will continue till Nov 17.

With a bouquet of 127 films from 38 countries, the 16th Kolkata Film Festival, one of the biggest cultural galas of West Bengal, opened here today. Ramananda Sengupta, a renowned cinematographer of last year, inaugurated the festival by lighting the ceremonial oil lamp. Ramananda Sengupta, a renowned cinematographer who jointly cinematographed THE RIVER many years ago, will inaugurate the festival.

One of the biggest attractions of the 16th Kolkata Film Festival is the screening of Satyajit Ray’s documentary SIKKIM banned in India since its making and therefore, never seen by an Indian audience. It will be screened every single day over the festival so that everyone gets a chance to enjoy this historical documentary.

Kolkata Film Festival 2010Rabindranath Tagore will be specially felicitated on the 150th anniversary of his birth at the 16th Kolkata Film Festival this year. Four classic films based on the works of Tagore will be screened. These are – CHARULATA, STREER PATRA, KHOKABABUR PROTYABARTAN and ATITHI.

Another celebration of the contribution of literature to cinema comes in the form of films based on novels and stories by Nobel Laureates. The films in this section are THE PIANO TEACHER, BLINDNESS and THE TIN DRUM. Eight films of Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa will be screened in celebration of his centenary.

‘The festival will showcase 127 films from 38 countries. We have tried to reach out to all those countries. In this festival, we have tried to collect all the colours of rainbow,’ said West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, while addressing the inaugural function.

The Honour section features three of the greatest filmmakers of France, namely ALAIAN RENAIS, OLIVIER ASSAYAS and COSTA GAVRAS. Film buffs should not miss the chance of catching up on Live Ullman in six films, two of her directorial films and four featuring her as an actress.

The Focus is on Jon Jost, a filmmaker from U.S. with six films drawing from diverse subjects and sources. Indian Select will screen 12 films from Bengal, Assam, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh .

A Costa Rican film, “Of Love and Other Demons”, directed by Hilda Hidalgo, kicked off the eight-day carnival, the second oldest film festival of the country.

Veteran film director Mrinal Sen and actor Soumitro Chattopadhyay also attended the opening.

The price of the ticket of festival is between 40 to 50 lakhs.  The fest will held at Rabindra Sadan.

The 16th Kolkata Film Festival will conclude Nov 17.

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