Three films of Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner Asha Parekh The film will be showcased as a retrospective at the upcoming edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which will honor Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura with a lifetime achievement honour.
The 53rd edition of the film festival will be held in Panaji, Goa from November 20 to 28.
National Film Development Corporation of India Managing Director Ravinder Bhakar said on Monday that Teesri Manzil, Do Badan and Kati Patang are three of his favorite films, which were suggested by Asha Parekh herself. He is also the director of the National Film Archive of India (NFAI).
Multiple award winning Spanish director Carlos Sura will be honored with the Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award at IFFI. Eight of his films, including La Caza del Conejo and Ana y los Lobos, will be screened as part of the retrospective.
To mark Manipur’s 50 years in cinema, five Manipuri films, including Ishanou (The Chosen) and Ratan Thiyam – The Man of the Theatre, a documentary on the life of the theater maestro from the northeastern state, will be screened.
Prithvi Konnur’s Kannada film Haidinlantu will debut the features section of Indian Panorama, a major constituent of IFFI. The show Must Go On, written by Divya Kawasji, will mark the beginning of the non-feature film section. Paan Nalin’s Gujarati film ‘Chhelo Show’ (The Last Film Show), India’s official entry to the Oscars in the Best International Film category, and Madhur Bhandarkar’s India Lockdown will have special screenings at the festival.
Taking a lesson from the Marche du Cannes (Cannes Film Market), where India was the country of honor this year, IFFI will have pavilions from over 13 Indian states including Bihar, Punjab, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. and participating countries such as Russia and France.
The new book adaptation program – Books to Box Office inspired by the Venice Film Festival – is introduced as an initiative to bridge the gap between good stories in books and good films that can be adapted.
There will be several gala premieres of Hindi films in which their actors will be present to support and promote cinema. “The storyteller will be shown. Other important and popular movies like Drishyam 2, Goldfish, Bhideya will premiere. What will happen to you Lovely will be shown. Netflix wants to come together with the makers of the Fauda series and they will discuss the creative challenges they face during the shoot.
In an effort towards inclusivity, screening of films like Oscar winning film Gandhi will be screened in the ‘Divyangjan’ (Visual Impaired) section with embedded audio description and subtitles.
According to Information and Broadcasting Secretary Apoorva Chandra, the 53rd edition of IFFI is significant as it is the first chapter to be held in person. COVID-19 Epidemic”.
In the last two IFFIs, many people from other countries could not participate. Flights were not available. This time it will be conducted in a physical format, but keeping in mind the interests of those who still have problems, selected film screenings, masterclasses and talks will be made available virtually.
A completely transformed film market dedicated to discovering, supporting and showcasing South Asian content. “The film market will see a lot of change as for the first time the pavilions of many countries, states and film organizations will be set up on a very beautiful seaside resort in Panaji,” Chandra said.
Austria’s ALMA and Oscar will open the annual festival while Polish film The Perfect Number will close IFFI. Mercedes Bryce Morgan’s Fixation was announced as a mid-fest film.
NFAI films will be screened by NFDC in the ‘Indian Restored Classics’ section. Sohrab Modi’s Nausherwan-e-Adil (1957), Ramesh Maheshwari’s Nanak Naam Jahan Hai (1969), K Vishwanath’s 1980 Telugu film Shankarbharanam and two Satyajit Ray classics – Shatrunj Ke Khiladi (1977) and Ganashatru (1989) line this line. Are part of- UP
Under the tribute section, 18 Indian and five international cinema personalities like Raga Rani Lata Mangeshkar, singer-composer Bappi Lahiri, Kathak maestro Pt. Birju Maharaj, actors Ramesh Dev and Maheshwari Amma, singer KK, singer Bhupinder Singh, as well as film producers Bob Reifelson, Ivan Reitman and actress Monica Vitti.
The edition will see return masterclasses and in-conversation sessions with eminent filmmakers and actors. In screenwriting by V Vijayendra Prasad, on editing by A Sreekar Prasad, and Anupam Kheri Take an acting class. The dialogue session will be moderated by Asha Parekh, Prasoon Joshi, Aanand L Rai, R Balki and Nawazuddin Siddiqui among others.
As France is the spotlight country at IFFI this year, 15 French films, including Les Enfants des Autres by Rebecca Zlotowski, Oistreham by Emmanuel Carre, Belle et Sebastien: Nouvelle Generation by Pierre Corre, La Traversie by Florence Mile, and 16 Answers by Frances. Can be presented as part of a slate.
In the international section, 183 films were short-listed by a five-member jury, headed by Israeli director Nadav Lapid.
“Here, there is a tribute section where films of eminent filmmakers will be screened. It will feature a collection of films to mark the centenary of Pier Paolo Pasolini, an Italian director, writer and journalist. The French institute will pay tribute to Mr Jean-Luc Godard,” said Dr L Murugan, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting.
The films to be presented in collaboration with UNICEF, IFFI’s cause partner, will reflect the dynamic forces that shape childhood and its socio-economic contexts.