Kolkata: The seven-day 26th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) to be held from January 8-15, will commence by paying tribute to two greats — Satyajit Ray on his birth centenary, and Soumitra Chatterjee, who died of post-COVID complications in November last year. Ray’s classic ‘Apur Sansar’ — the third of a trilogy featuring Soumitra Chatterjee will be screened at the inauguration.
Announcing this at a press conference on Saturday, West Bengal PWD Minister Arup Biswas said a total of 131 films (feature, short and documentary formats) will be screened at different theatres of the city, including Nandan and Rabindra Sadan, The Indian Express (TIE) reported.
Minister of State for Cultural Affairs Indranil Sen told reporters that the organising committee had received 1,170 entries from 45 countries, of which 131 were selected for the film carnival.
The annual Satyajit Ray Memorial Lecture, an important part of the festival, will be delivered by director Anubhav Sinha. This year’s topic is “Social Responsibility In Mainstream Indian Cinema,” the report added. Actor-director Parambrata Chatterjee, a member of the organising committee, said six films made by Federico Fellini will also be screened.