Panaji: Russia partnering with India as the ‘Country of Focus’ at the forthcoming 50th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), to be inaugurated in Goa on November 20, will showcase seven of her latest films before the delegates of the nine-day mega film event.
These films include ‘Abigail’ (2019/ steampunk fantasy adventure) directed by Aleksandr Boguslavskiy, ‘Acid’ (2018/ drama) directed by Alexander Gorchilin, ‘Andrey Tarkovsky: A Cinema Prayer’ (2019/ documentary), ‘Beanpole’ (2019/ historical drama) directed by Kantemir Balagov, ‘Great poetry’ (2019/ drama) directed by Aleksandr Lungin, ‘Once in Trubchevsk’ (2019/ drama) directed by Larissa Sadilova and ‘Why don’t you just die!’ (2019/ comedy thriller) directed By Kirill Sokolov.
IFFI features a ‘Country of Focus’ every year that brings out the cinematic excellence and contributions of that particular country. In the 49th edition of the film festival held last year, the ‘Country of Focus’ was Israel.
“The 50th edition of @iffigoa is pleased to join hands with Russia as the Country of Focus,” state the organisers of the annual mega film festival, further adding, “Each year at IFFI, a country is chosen as ‘Country of Focus’ and its cinematic masterpieces are screened, aiming to strengthen the bond between India and the chosen country through films.”
One of the entries featured in the ‘Country of Focus’ section of IFFI 2019 is ‘Andrey Tarkovsky: A Cinema Prayer’. It is considered as one of the masterpieces of Andrei Tarkovsky, and is a documentary that recounts Tarkovsky’s life and work, letting the director tell the story himself, as he shares with audiences his memories, his view of art and his reflections on the destiny of the artiste and the meaning of human existence.
Meanwhile, IFFI has joined hands with the International Council for Film, and Television and Audio-Visual Communication Paris (ICFT) to present a prestigious ICFT award consisting of the UNESCO Medal to a selected film, which upholds the values exhibited by Mahatma Gandhi for his immense contribution to the society for preserving peace and non-violence.
This year, there are eight renowned films competing for this exemplary award. An Indian film, ‘Bahattar Hoorain’ (2019) has been shortlisted amongst these eight films to compete for this honorary award, amongst which are also the winner of the Berlinale’s Best First Feature Award, ‘Oray’ (2019/ Germany); and Venice Critics’ Week Closing Film, ‘Sanctorum’ (2019/ Mexico, Qatar and Dominican Republic).
The other five movies that will be reaching for this award are ‘Ama Khando’ (2019/ Nepal), ‘The Infiltrators’ (2019/ USA), and ‘The Warden-Sorkhpoost’ (2019/ Iran), besides ‘Vitality’ and ‘Rwanda’.
The winner of this award will be selected by an independent jury and the award would be handed over during the closing ceremony of the festival on November 28.