Kochi, Feb 17 (PTI) The Ernakulam leg of the 25th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) kickstarted here on Wednesday with the critically acclaimed Bosnian film 'Quo Vadis, Aida?' being screened in front of a full house.
State Cultural Affairs Minister A K Balan inaugurated the festival at a function organised at the Saritha theatre complex.
The inaugural ceremony was conducted in compliance with strict COVID protocol, including thermal scanning and social distancing.
Bosnian film 'Quo Vadis, Aida?' was screened as the opening film.
The film, which depicts the aftermath of the Bosnian genocide, has been shortlisted for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
Screened in front of a full house at the Saritha theatre, the film received a huge reception from the crowd.
The film is directed by renowned Bosnian film director and screenwriter Jasmila Zbanic.Yasna Duricic, Izudin Bajrovic and Boris Isakovic play the lead roles.
'Quo Vadis, Ida?' has made a mark at the Venice International Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.
The film was nominated for a Bosnian Entry for Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards.
Entry to the theatre was strictly based on reservation.
The seating was arranged adhering to all social distancing norms.
Yet it was a full house crowd, as people had arrived in large numbers to watch this evolving face of contemporary world cinema. PTI TGB BN BN BN