Cochin International Film Festival – 2005

Cochin with stars.The 2nd Cochin International Film Festival 2005 took place from October 27th to November 2nd. This year's festival was flagged off by renowned filmmaker and this years Dada Sahib Phalke Award winner, Adoor Gopalakrishnan; the festival showcased the best of the silver screen from home and abroad. They are into their 21st year of film-related activities, The Cochin Film Society is determined to make the annual event a permanent feature in the cultural scene. The festival was in six packages with 60 films to its credit. Films from France, Iran, Hungary and the neighbouring Pakistan featured in the ‘Contemporary Cinema Section’. It featured the French filmmaker Patrick Leconte's ‘Man on the Train’, (2003). The Pakistani movie, ‘Khamosh Pani', (Silent Waters), directed by Sabiha Sumar, the French director Alain Corneau's ‘Le Cousin’, (1997) and the Iranian film maker, Majid Majidi's classic ‘Baran’, (2001) will also be screened. The Hungarian films will include Istvan Szabo's ‘The Age of Day Dreaming' (1964) and ‘Love Film,' and Zsuzsa Boszormenyi's ‘Guarded Secrets' (2004). ‘Mansarovar', the English film directed by Anup Kurian, which won him the 13th G. Aravindan Puraskaram, is also part of the package. Films from Iran included ‘The Day My Aunt Was Ill’, and ‘Joy of Madness’, directed by Hana Makhmalbaf, the 18-year-old daughter of the legendary filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf. The Indian package included Liji Pullappalli's ‘Sancharam' and Pravin Nair's ‘Oridam from Kerala’ and the national award winning Hindi film, ‘Page 3', directed by Madhur Bhandarkar, the Tamil film, ‘Iyarkkai' by Jananathan was also screened. The ‘Short Film Section' included ‘Rachiyamma', directed by Harikumar, ‘Journey of A Farmer', M.G. Sasi's ‘Oliche Kande', ‘Buddha Never Smiles', ‘Pencil', ‘Kottayathu Ethra Mathayimarundu', and others. Joshy Joseph's controversial film on hanging, ‘One Day from A Hangman's Life' and ‘Naga Story', a film made of five years’ hard work; ‘One Day from A Hangman's Life, was banned in West Bengal. M.A. Rahman's ‘Kovilan - Ente Achachan' was also screened. The organising team, led by the Society president Varghese Mathew, Secretary Suresh Maruthur and Kerala Kalapeedam secretary T. Kaladharan, worked round the clock towards making the whole event a big triumph. Eminent writer K.L. Mohana Varma was the director of the festival.