Football film fest at Biennale draws to a close

Bishop of Cochin, Right Reverend Dr Joseph Kariyil (fourth from left), at the closing ceremony of the Football Films package of the Artists' Cinema programme of the KMB '14 on Friday. Also present are Kochi-Muziris Biennale Artistic Director Jitish Kallat, President Bose Krishnamachari, Secretary Riyas Komu, along with players of yesteryears.

Kochi: Some of the classic movies that portray the trials and tribulations of players both on and off the field were screened at the Artists' Cinema programme, marking the end of an enthusiastic week-long football film fest at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale '14 on Friday.

Yesteryear players of the State were joined by current players and fans at the closing ceremony of 'Hard Tackle: The Untold Story of Football' at the Aspinwall House, the main venue of the biennale.

The closing ceremony witnessed the screening of 1927 silent film, 'Eleven Devils' directed by German filmmaker Zoltan Corda and 'Football as never before' by Hellmuth. The football films package had movies from several countries including Germany, UK, Mexico and Switzerland.

Many players from the victorious 1973 Santosh Trophy Kerala team such as Victor Manjila, Jaffar, K.P. Williams and C.C. Jacob were present. Kerala Blasters midfielder Sushant Mathew and India defender N.P. Pradeep also attended the function.

Kochi Biennale Foundation President Bose Krishnamachari and Artistic Director of Kochi-Muziris Biennale '14, Jitish Kallat, presented mementos to the football stars.

Bishop of Cochin, the Right Reverend Dr. Joseph Kariyil, was the chief guest at the closing ceremony of the football films package. Bishop Dr Kariyil honoured octogenarian coach Rufus D'Souza, a resident of Fort Kochi who has coached generations of footballers at the function.

Biennale Foundation Secretary Riyas Komu announced the foundation's decision to support efforts to restore the Parade Grounds to its former glory to allow the young generation to play football on the ground where several former footballers made their debut.