The curtain for the 9th edition of the Bengaluru International Film Festival (Biffes) was raised to a start on the steps of the Vidhana Soudha on Thursday.
The formal inauguration of the BIFFes which is scheduled to be held simultaneously in Mysuru and Bengaluru heard more discussion focused solely on the problems faced by Kannada cinema.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who inaugurated the event, raised questions about the quality of Kannada cinema and sought to know the number of quality films among the 200-plus films that were produced the previous year. He said “It doesn’t portend well for the film industry if I speak about the quality. But compared to the films that were coming out earlier, the quality is dipping by the day,”
Siddaramaiah said the KFCC has to think about the quality of the films being produced these days. “I have watched Bangarada Manushya five times. But such films have become scarce nowadays. Films with violence and dialogues with double meanings are hurting the feelings of people. It is the duty of those concerned with cinema to consider the development seriously,” he added.
The inauguration ceremony had a unique video-mapping show on the cinema, and the history of cinema, right from the Lumiere brothers to the recent Thithi of Raam Reddy, unfolded on the eight Corinthian pillars of the Vidhana Soudha and the screen behind.
La Vache (One Man and His Cow) by Algerian film-maker Mohamed Hamidi was screened for the audience as the inaugural film, and the response was enthusiastic.
11 screens at PVR cinemas in Orion Mall, Bengaluru, and four screens at INOX cinemas, Mall of Mysore, Mysuru, will be screening over 240 films from as many as 60 countries till next Thursday.