Three films by Dadasaheb Phalke awardee Asha Parekh will be screened as a retrospective at the upcoming edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which will also felicitate Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The 53rd edition of the film gala will take place from November 20 to 28 in Panaji, Goa.
Teesri Manzil, Do Badan and Kati Patang are the three favorites of her films suggested by Asha Parekh herself, National Film Development Corporation of India CEO Ravinder Bhakar said on Monday. He is also the director of the National Film Archive of India (NFAI).
Multiple award-winning Spanish director Carlos Suara 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 shown as part of a retrospective.
To mark 50 years of Manipur in cinema, five Manipuri films, including Ishanou (The Chosen One) and Ratan Thiyam – Man of the Theatre, a documentary on the life of the theater maestro from the northeastern state, will be screened.
Prithvi Konanur’s Kannada film, Hadinelentu, opens the feature section of Indian Panorama, the flagship component of IFFI. The Show Must Go On by Divya Cowasji will kick-start the non-feature film section. Pan Nalin’s Gujarati film ‘Chhello Show’ (The Last Film Show), India’s official entry to the Academy Awards in the Best International Film category, and Madhur Bhandarkar’s India Lockdown will have special screenings at the festival.
Taking a leaf out of the Marche du Cannes (Cannes Film Market), where India was the country of honor this year, IFFI will host pavilions in more than 13 Indian states, including those in 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 – has been introduced as an initiative to bridge the gap between good stories printed in books and good films that can be made by adapting them.
There will be several gala premieres of Hindi films with their actors present to support and promote cinema. “The Storyteller will be screened. Other important and popular films like Drishyam 2, Goldfish, Bhediya will premiere. Tera Kya Hoga Lovely will be screened. Netflix will bring the makers of the series Fauda and they will discuss the creative challenges they face for while they are shooting,” Bhakar told reporters here.
In a bid to be inclusive, screenings of films such as the Oscar-winning film Gandhi will be shown in the ‘Divyangjan’ (Visual Impaired) section with embedded audio descriptions and subtitles.
According to Information and Broadcasting Secretary Apurva Chandra, the 53rd edition of IFFI is significant as it is the first chapter to be organized in person “after the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic”.
“Many people from other countries could not participate in the last two IFFIs. Flight departures were not available. This time it will be held in a physical format, but for those who are still having trouble, select film screenings, masterclasses and lectures will be made available virtually,” said Chandra.
Dedicated to discovering, supporting and showcasing South Asian content, Film Bazaar has undergone a complete overhaul. “The film bazaar would be significantly changed as pavilions of several countries, states and film organizations would be set up for the first time on a very beautiful promenade along the sea in Panaji,” Chandra said.
Austria’s Alma and Oskar open the annual festival, while Polish film The Perfect Number closes IFFI. Mercedes Bryce Morgan’s Fixation was announced as the mid-fest movie.
Films from NFAI will be showcased by NFDC in the ‘Indian Restored Classics’ section. Sohrab Modi’s Nausherwan-E-Adil (1957), Ramesh Maheshwary’s Nanak Nam Jahaz Hai (1969), K Vishwanath’s 1980 Telugu film Sankarabharnam and two Satyajit Ray classics – Shatranj Ke Khiladi (1977) and Ganashat are part of this line . up.
During the tribute section, 18 Indian and five international cinema personalities such as melody queen Lata Mangeshkar, singer-composer Bappi Lahiri, Kathak maestro Pt. Birju Maharaj, actors Ramesh Deo and Maheshwari Amma, singer KK, singer Bhupinder Singh, as well as filmmakers Bob Refealson, Ivan Reitman and actress Monica Vitti.
The edition will see the return of masterclasses and conversation sessions with prominent filmmakers and actors. There will be a masterclass in screenwriting by V Vijayendra Prasad, on editing by A Sreekar Prasad and Anupam Kher will take a class in acting. The sessions in conversation will be led by Asha Parekh, Prasoon Joshi, Aanand L Rai, R Balki and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, among others.
With France in the spotlight this year at IFFI, 15 French films, including Les Enfants des Autres by Rebecca Zlotowski, Ouistreham by Emmanuel Carrère, Belle et Sébastien: Nouvelle génération by Pierre Coré, La Traversée by Florence Miailhe, and 16 ans. is presented as part of the board.
In the international section, 183 films were nominated by a five-person jury, headed by Israeli director Nadav Lapid.
“There is a tribute section here, where films by eminent filmmakers are shown. It will have a collection of films to mark the centenary of Pier Paolo Pasolini, a director, writer and journalist from Italy. The French Institute will present a tribute to Mr. Jean-Luc Godard,” said the Minister of Information and Radio, Dr. L Murugan.
Films will be presented in collaboration with UNICEF, IFFI’s case partner, and will reflect on the dynamic forces that shape childhood and its socio-economic contexts.