Austrian film ‘Alma and Oskar’ directed by Dieter Berner will be the first film for the 53rd edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which begins in Goa on November 20.
As many as 280 films from 79 countries, including 25 feature films and 20 non-feature films from India in the ‘Indian Panorama’ section, will be screened at the festival, which ends on November 28.
The Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Spanish film 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 under ‘Country Focus’.
Three films featuring this year’s Dadasaheb Phalke awardee Asha Parekh – ‘Teesri Manzil’, ‘Do Badan and Kati Patang’ – will be screened as part of the Asha Parekh retrospective. Krzysztof Zanussi’s ‘Perfect Number’ will be the final film.
Addressing the media in New Delhi on Monday, Information and Broadcasting Minister L Murugan said five feature films and five non-feature films will be screened to promote films from the Northeast and mark the golden jubilee of Manipuri cinema.
For the first time, pavilions will appear at IFFI in line with major international markets such as the Marche du Cannes. The 42 pavilions will house 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 one will be able to purchase the rights to these films and use them at film festivals around the globe.
A book adaptation program has been introduced to promote film adaptations of books. Some publishers are also expected to be on hand to sell the rights to the books to make movies. Several films, including Richard Attenborough’s Oscar-winning film ‘Gandhi’, will be screened in the ‘Divyangjan’ section with embedded audio descriptions and subtitles.
Singer Lata Mangeshkar, singer-composer Bappi Lahiri, Kathak maestro Pt. Birju Maharaj, actors Ramesh Deo and Maheshwari Amma, singer KK, director Tarun, Assamese actor Nipon Das and singer Bhupinder Singh. In the international section, IFFI will pay tribute to Bob Rafelson, Ivan Reitman, Peter Bogdanovich, Douglas Trumbell and Monica Vitti.
‘Indian Panorama’ will open with Prithvi Konanur’s Kannada film ‘Hadinelentu’ while ‘The Show Must Go On’ by Divya Cowasji 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 entry in the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language category and Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘India Lockdown’.
Upcoming Telugu films, Raymo, Deepti Naval and Kalki Koechlin’s ‘Goldfish’ and Randeep Hooda and Ileana D’Cruz’ ‘Tera Kya Hoga Lovely’ will premiere at IFFI along with a batch of OTT shows like ‘Vadhandhi’, ‘Khakee’ and ‘Fauda Season 4’.