Statesman News Service
Kolkata, 11 November:
After a star-studded inaugural ceremony at Netaji Indoor Stadium, the organisers of the 19th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) had an embarrassing moment when due to a "technical glitch", they failed to screen Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai’s Ana Arabia as scheduled.
The film, which was to be screened at 3 p.m. at Nandan-I, was postponed and later screened after 6 p.m.
Mr Gitai pointed out that the film was screened with its audio completely out of sync, giving the festival organisers a bigger jolt.
Immediately after completing the session titled ‘Master Class’ at Nandan-III, Mr Gitai introduced the film briefly before his interaction with the Press.
However, he noticed a fault and asked the organisers to stop the screening.
Instead, Kim Mordaunt’s The Rocket which was scheduled for 5 p.m. was screened.
To resolve the crisis, Mr Gitai himself took the initiative and went to his hotel room and brought the Digital Cinema Package (DCP) format of the film. However, that too failed. After several talks with CEO of Nandan, Mr Yadav Mandal, the organisers decided to screen the movie with the out of sync print despite strong objections from the filmmaker.