Kolkata International Film Festival: Amitabh, Shah Rukh, Kamal Haasan to share stage with CM Mamata Banerjee


This year, while Britain will be the “focus country”, the festival will pay homage to cinematographer Ramananda Sengupta and actors Om Puri and Tom Alter. While the best film in this category will win a prize money of Rs 7 lakh, the best director will get Rs 5 lakh. This year, the festival will also introduce a new section, ‘Competition on Indian Language films’, to promote regional Indian cinema. Ten films in nine languages will be screened in this section. Coming as a treat to cine buffs, Jean-Luc Godard’s The Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company (Grandeur et Decadence d’un Petit Commerce de Cinema) — made for French television in 1986 and released in a cinematic format at France in October — will be screened at the festival. 2017-11-10T01:48:12+00:00″>
Published:November 10, 2017 1:48 am

At the Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata Thursday. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App Delegates from countries like Italy, Germany, Turkey, Morocco, Iran, Serbia, UK, China, Sri Lanka, Argentina and others will attend the festival. Subham Dutta

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