Hope would be message writ on IFFK screens this year, as  ‘Vellapokkathil’ will be screened at the 23rd International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK). The film from Malayalam Cinema’s veteran director Jayaraj is based on Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai’s short story of the same title. The film was the recipient of the 2007 National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film Direction.

It will be screened under the ‘The Human Spirit: Films on Hope and Rebuilding’ package. Set in the backdrop of the 1924 floods, the film revolves around a pet dog – Appu – who gets isolated in the deluge.

Besides, as a mark of respect to Nelson Mandela, Justin Chadwick’s ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ will be screened under the package as part of the revolutionary leader’s birth centenary. Mel Gibson’s ‘Apocalypto’, Benh Zeitlin’s ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’, Fisher Stevens’s ‘Before the Flood’, and Wim Wenders’s ‘Pope Francis: A Man of His Word’, are the other films included in the package.

By Manoj

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