The 26th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF), which began on January 8, concluded on Friday. The film festival, which is held annually in November, was postponed this year in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
This year, 132 films (82 feature films, and 50 short and documentary films) from 45 countries were screened.
Every year, the main venue of the KIFF, Nandan film complex, is decked up with installations and iconic film posters. This year, in addition to the installations, characters in film posters were seen wearing masks to spread the message of maintaining Covid-19 safety protocols.
Special screenings were held in honour of veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee, Bengali actors Tapas Pal and Santu Mukhopadhyay, Hindi actors Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor, danseuse Amala Shankar, filmmaker Basu Chatterjee, South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk, and Argentine filmmaker Fernando Solanas, all of whom died in 2020.
A special photo exhibition was held chronicling the life and six-decade career of Soumitra Chatterjee.
Since its inception in 1985, the Nandan film complex has been the preferred meeting place of people interested in film, music, art and culture, who engage in discussions over cups of tea. This year, an installation was put up to honour tea and its role in defining the environment of Nandan.
On Friday, the concluding day of the 26th edition of KIFF, saw movie lovers thronging Nandan. While visitors failed to maintain social distancing norms, they were seen wearing masks.