The 49th International The Indian Film Festival (IFFI), to be held in Goa from November 20 to 28, will show 212 films from more than 68 countries reflecting diversity. Israel will be the focus country at the gala, where there will be a retrospective section of Ingmar Bergman, marking 100 years of the filmmaker's birth.
The IFFI International Competition section this year has 15 films, of which 3 are Indian. The competition section represents films produced and co-produced by 22 countries, according to a statement of GDP.
The Kaleidoscope Festival section features 20 critically acclaimed international films that went to major film festivals and most of them being multiple winners, while the World Panorama segment has 67 films specially selected for the festival. This includes 4 world premieres, 2 international awards, 15 Asian awards and 60 awards in India.
In addition, this year, the World Panorama section features 15 films that are submissions to the Oscars of their respective countries.
The retrospective section of Bergman will have a list of seven of his best career films. A documentary about Bergman entitled "Bergman Island," which features the master behind the camera, is one of the films.
A film retrospective of the country's most prestigious film award winner, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award is shown during IFFI. This year, actor Vinod Khanna received the award posthumously. IFFI will feature some of his best films including "Achanak", "Lekin" and "Amar Akbar Anthony".
IFFI will open with the world premiere of "The Papers of Aspern", which tells a story of obsession, lost greatness and dreams of Byronian adventures. His cast of stars, including actors Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Joely Richardson, Julia Robins, Morgane Polanski and Nicolas Hau, as well as director Julien Landais, will be part of the delegation at the gala.
As for the country focus package, ten films in collaboration with the Israeli Consulate General in Mumbai were selected for the country's focus package. Important Israeli celebrities, including famed Israeli actor Alon Aboutboul, will be special guests. Actor Dan Wolman of Israel will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
A state focus section was proposed for the 49th IFFI, 2018, and Jharkhand is the chosen one this time around. The films of the Jharkhand package include titles like "Death in the Gunj", "Ranchi Diaries" and "Begum Jaan".
The International Competition jury consists of John Irvin, Adrian Sitaru, Polish director Robert Glinski, Anna Ferraioli Ravel and Indian member Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.
The Indian Panorama section will have 26 longs and 21 non-selected Indians chosen by the jury. "Olu" by Shaji N. Karun will be the opening movie of the segment, while "Kharvas", directed by Aditya Suhas Jambhale, will be the opening movie of the Indian Panorama 2018.
This time at IFFI, the "Homages" section honors Shashi Kapoor, Sridevi, Karunanidhi and Kalpana Lajmi from India, and Terence Marsh, Milos Forman and Anne V Coates from the outside world.
The Masterclasses and In-conversation section will feature celebrities such as Prasoon Joshi, Dan Wolman, Sreekar Prasad, Anil Kapoor, Sumit Israni, Boney Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Jahnvi Kapoor, David Dhawan, Varun Dhawan, Rohit Dhawan, Jairaj, Kaushik Ganguly, Shaji N Karun, Srijit Mukhrjee, Sridhar and Sriram Raghavan, Meghna Gulzar, Leena Yadav and Gauri Shinde.
By making inclusion count, there will be a special package for visually impaired children with screenings that must have audio description. "Sholay" and "Hichki" will be displayed in this section.
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