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280 films from 79 countries: Australia’s ‘Alma and Oskar’ inaugural film at IFFI


The Austrian film ‘Alma and Oskar’ directed by Dieter Berner will be the inaugural film of the 53rd edition of the International Indian Film Festival (IFFI), which will start in Goa on November 20.

No less than 280 films from 79 countries, including 25 Indian feature films and 20 non-feature films in the “Indian Panorama” section, will be screened during the festival, which will end on November 28.

The Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Spanish director Carlos Saura. An eight-film retrospective dedicated to Saura, who received the Golden Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival for Deprisa Deprisa, will be a major attraction at IFFI.

France is the “Spotlight” country this year – eight French films will be screened as part of the “Country Focus”.

Three films starring Asha Parekh, winner of this year’s Dadasaheb Phalke Award – “Teesri Manzil”, “Do Badan and Kati Patang” – will be screened as part of the Asha Parekh retrospective. ‘Perfect Number’ by Krzysztof Zanussi will be the closing film.

Speaking to the media at New delhi On Monday, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, L Murugan, said five feature films and five non-feature films will be screened to promote films from the North East and mark the Golden Jubilee of Cinema Manipuri.

For the first time, pavilions will appear at the IFFI in line with major international markets such as the Cannes Market. The 42 pavilions will house the film offices of various state governments, participating countries, industry players and media units of the I&B ministry.

Many restored classics will be available in “The Viewing Room” where the rights to these films can be purchased and used at film festivals around the world.

A book adaptation program was introduced to promote the film adaptation of books. Some publishers should also be there to sell the rights to the books for filmmaking. Several films, including “Gandhi”, the Oscar-winning film by Richard Attenborough, will be screened in the “Divyangjan” section, with audio descriptions and integrated subtitles.

Tributes will also be paid to singer Lata Mangeshkar, singer-songwriter Bappi Lahiri, Kathak maestro Pt. Birju Maharaj, actors Ramesh Deo and Maheshwari Amma, singer KK, director Tarun, Assamese actor Nipon Das and the singer Bhupinder Singh. In the international section, IFFI will pay tribute to Bob Rafelson, Ivan Reitman, Peter Bogdanovich, Douglas Trumbell and Monica Vitti.

The “Indian Panorama” will open with Prithvi Konanur’s Kannada film “Hadinelentu” while Divya Cowasji’s “The Show Must Go On” will mark the non-feature film section. There will be special screenings of Pan Nalin’s “Chello Show—The Last Film Show,” India‘s official Oscar entry in the Best Foreign Language category, and Madhur Bhandarkar’s “India Lockdown.”

Upcoming Telugu Movie, Raymo, Deepti Naval and Kalki “Goldfish” by Koechlin and “Tera Kya Hoga Lovely” by Randeep Hooda and Ileana D’Cruz will premiere at IFFI, along with an episode of OTT shows like “Vadhandhi”, “Khakee” and “Fauda Season 4”.

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