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16th IFFK gets off to colourful start in Thiruvananthapuram

The 16th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK 2011) got off to a colourful start here this evening with Chief Minister Oommen Chandy declaring the event open in the presence of eminent film personalities and cultural leaders.

Bollywood actress Jaya Bachchan was the chief guest in the inaugural function held at the Nishagandhi Open air auditorium at Kanakakkunnu Palace.
 
A 23-minute cultural show, featuring 25 Kathakali artistes, was the main highlight of the inaugural function, followed by the screening of the Chinese film Under The Hawthorn Tree, set against the backdrop of the ancient Yangtze River.  
 
The week-long festival will feature 196 films from across 65 countries in 15 different sections. More than 100 delegates from abroad, including 50 eminent personalities, were attending the festival. 
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Eleven films from Asia, Africa and Latin American countries will figure in the competition section. In the retrospective section, films of Robert Bresson (France), Nagisa Oshima (Japan), Theo Angelopoulose (Greece), Adolfas Mekas (USA) and Djibril Diop
Mambety (Senegal) would be screened.
 
In the homage section, films of Raul Ruiz, Mani Kaul, Tariq Masood and Elizabeth Taylor, artists who passed away in 2011, will be screened.
 
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