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India's Kerala Film Fest Grows.

Although it leads the world in film output, India has only four international film festivals. The International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) is the second major film festival of India and reported a larger contingent of delegates this year.

The Festival, held this past March 30-April 8, is in its fifth year and alternates between three cities in the Southern state of Kerala, an area punctuated by humid air, sandy beaches and a thriving Malayam home cinema. This year, the Festival was held in the city of Calicut with more than 400 delegates in attendance and 200 films and shorts screened, including last year's Cannes "Camera D'Or" winner, the Malayam film Throne of Death by Murali Nair.

The Festival jury headed by Marco Mullet (director of the Locarno Film Festival), awarded Best Picture to Korean director Yoon Inho's film Mayonnaise, about the mother-daughter relationship. Honorable Mentions went to Indian director Jayaraj's film on aging parents, Pathos, and Brazilian director Tata Amaral's Through the Window, about gang life in Brazil.
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Publication:Video Age International
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Date:May 1, 2000
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