Cinema, a powerful tool to bring the two countries together Ambassador of France Lenain
New Delhi, Nov 16 (PTI) The 53rd International Indian Film Festival (IFFI) will have France as its “flagship country”, a step which, according to French Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain, will bring the two countries closer together.
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of India’s independence, India has been named “Country of Honor” at the Cannes Film Festival Market and from now on the IFFI will present France in the “Country Focus” during its next edition, scheduled to take place from November 20 to 28 in Panjim, Goa.
Lenain said that France and India are two nations with a long and rich history of cinema.
“Cinema is a powerful tool to bring the French and Indian people together. France and India are two nations with a long and rich cinematic history and thriving film industries.
“Indian cinema was honored last June at the Cannes Film Festival, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of India’s independence. Reciprocally, France will be the flagship country of the International Indian Film Festival with an amazing selection of contemporary French films.I hope Indian audiences will enjoy them,” the French Ambassador said here.
The French cinema lineup to be screened at IFFI Goa includes Rebecca Zlotowski’s “Other People’s Children”; “Between Two Worlds” by Emmanuel Carrère; “Belle and Sébastien – Next Generation” by Pierre Core; “The Crossing” by Florence Miailhe; “Seize” by Philippe Lioret, “The Velvet Queen” by Marie Amiguet; “The Green Perfume by Nicolas Pariser; “The Disappeared President by Jean-Marc Peyrefitte and “See you Friday, Robinson” by Mitra Farahani, among others.
“Both Sides of the Blade” by acclaimed French filmmaker Claire Denis will also have a special screening during the film’s gala. PTI SHD ZMN