While the “greatest ever” Kolkata International Film Festival is keeping film lovers busy with its selection of films, the same, however, has had many glitches this year.
The brochure containing the details of films and their timings is full of errors. The time slots in the book don’t match the actual time of the screening. On Tuesday, 3 Faces by the Iranian great Jafar Panahi, which was listed in the book to be screened at 4 p.m. was actually shown at 5.15 p.m. Film enthusiasts who had queued up looked visibly disappointed on not being duly informed.
On the festival’s third day, film lovers who queued up an hour before the film was slated to be screened as per the booklet, were seen fuming when they read the film bulletin board outside Rabindra Sadan displaying the time as 5.15 p.m.
One of the staff at the gate said: “Don’t go by the booklet. Most of the timings printed are wrong. Refer to the bulletin boards outside the respective halls.”
One FTII student, Pulkit Sharma, said: “It’s utterly disappointing because this is one such movie which the film lovers want to watch the most. We wanted to watch other films but we will have to miss out on films being shown later in the evening because we clearly can’t miss out on this one.”
Apart from getting the timings wrong, the booklet also had dates jumbled up confusing the public more. A few regulars of the festival also complained about the timing of critically acclaimed films being slotted next to each other, leaving little time for the audience to make the switch from one hall to another.