The 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa, which will be held from November 20 to November 30, will host 20 international and Asian premieres, 91 Indian premieres and 28 Oscar films from 28 different courtiers, this out of a total of 178 films from 79 countries. This was revealed by the director of Directorate of Film Festival, Shankar Mohan during a press briefing held a day before the 45th IFFI opened.
THE OPENING EVENT
The inaugural event will be held on November 20 at 4 p.m. at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee stadium at Taleigao. “The chief guest of the evening will be actor Amitabh Bachchan, who will be accompanied by his wife and actress Jaya Bachchan. Actor Rajnikanth will also be present”, informed Mohan. Megastar Rajnikanth will be conferred with the ‘Centenary Award – Indian Personality of the Year’ during the inaugural event.
The other dignitaries present will be Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Arun Jaitley, Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, among others.
The cultural presentation for the evening will be a dance recital by dancer and actor Shobhana Pillai. The anchors of the evening will be actors Anupam Kher and Raveena Tandon.
The inaugural event will be followed by the screening of the opening movie ‘The President’ by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, at Kala Academy, at 8.30 p.m.
CEO of ESG, Rajan Satardekar mentioned that 50 Kadamba buses will be deployed to shuttle delegates and guests from Campal to the stadium.
FILMS AND MORE
The Country Focus of the 45th IFFI is China and will feature nine films including ‘Finding Mr Right’ by Xue Xiaolu, which will open this section on November 21, at 11.30 a.m., at Kala Academy.
The other sections are Festival Kaleidoscope, SAARC Nation films, Sketches on Screen, Documentaries, Soul of Asia, Retrospective, Homage, Indian Panorama, Vintage, Celebrating Dance in Indian Cinema and Student’s Film. There is also a separate section dedicated to restored classics of Charlie Chaplin and Francois Truffaut.
An exhibition of 48 posters of Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski’s films will be inaugurated on November 21, at 6 p.m., at Inox.
The screening of Richard Attenborough’s ‘Gandhi’ (November 21, 3 p.m., Kala Academy) will be attended by filmmakers Raju Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra.
The Indian Panorama section, with focus on North-East, will open on November 21 with the screening of ‘The Last Adieu’ by Shabnam Sukhdev, at 10.30 a.m., at Inox Screen Two.
“A retrospective of eight of Gulzar’s films will be held”, said Mohan further informing that these movies have been handpicked by Gulzar himself. On November 22 Gulzar’s ‘Libaas’, a never released film, will be screened at 5.30 p.m., at the Maquinez Palace.
The closing ceremony will be held on November 30 at 4 p.m. at the Shyam Prasad Mukherjee stadium where the Lifetime Achievement Award will be conferred to Hong Kong director, Wong Kar-Wai whose film ‘Grand Master’ will be the closing film. The event will be attended by Bollywood actors Richa Chaddha and Rajkumar Rao of ‘Shahid’ fame.