131 films to be screened at 26th Kolkata film festival

Arup Biswas from West Bengal said Rai’s classic Apur Sansar – the third part of Soumitra Chatterjee’s trilogy – will be held from January 8 to 15 at the inauguration of the 26th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF).

The seven-day ceremony will begin by paying tribute to two superheroes – autism Satyajit Ray on his birth centenary, and Chatterjee, who died of post-COVID complications in November last year, PWD minister said in a press meeting here on Saturday Said during.

Biswas, who has been actively involved in organizing the festival over the years, said a total of 131 films – in feature, short and documentary format – will be screened in various theaters across the city including Nandan and Ravindra Sadan.

Minister of State for Cultural Affairs Indranil Sen, who was also present at the meeting, told reporters that the organizing committee received 1,170 entries from 45 countries, 131 of which were shortlisted for the Film Carnival.

An important part of the celebration will be the annual Satyajit Ray Memorial Lecture delivered by director Anubhav Sinha, the theme of this year being “Social Responsibility in Mainstream Indian Cinema”.

Acting-director Parambrata Chatterjee, member of the organizing committee, said that six films of Federico Fellini will also be shown at the week-long gala.

He said that tickets for the festival and representative cards will be available online.

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