Ministry of Information & Broadcasting22-November, 2006 19:21 IST



The 37th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will take off tomorrow in Goa.  Veteran actor, Shri Shashi Kapoor will be the Chief Guest at the opening ceremony which is expected to be studded with galaxy of stars and will feature a glittering cultural segment.  Actors Shri Anil Kapoor, Shri Prasenjit and Shri Venkatesh will be the Guests of Honour. Ms. Vidya Balan will assist in lighting the Inaugural Lamp.

            The opening film will be ‘Volver’ by Pedro Almodovar from Spain while the closing film will be ‘Babel’ by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu of USA. 

            The Cinema of the World section will feature a choice of the year’s best international cinema.  This year the section will have 52 films from 48 countries.  Well-acclaimed films including films like Marie Antoinette, Borat, All The King’s Men, En Soap, Beerfest, Selon Charlie, Man From The Embassy, C.R.A.Z.Y, Three Mothers, When Do The Girls Show Up  will feature in the section. 

            A competitive section exclusively for Asian/African/Latin American feature films will have 11 films from 10 countries.  A five member Jury chaired by Mr. Rolf De Heer – Film Director from Australia will include Mr. Oliver Assayas, Director from France, Mr. Jahnu Barua, Director from India, Ms. Grazyna Szapolowska, Actress from Poland and Ms. Leticia Bredice-Actress/Director from Argentina. 

            In the Foreign Retrospectives section, famous Australian Film Director and Jury Chairman, Mr. Rolf De Heer’s films and Spanish Actor Javier Bardem’s films are included.  This year, the Country Focus is Argentina.  Five films from the country are featuring under the Country Focus.  “Yugoslavia Aftermath” is a special Retrospective of films from Slovak countries.  

            In a new initiative this year, a Technical Retrospective has been started. This section will cover topics on Digital Editing including a film ‘Cutting Edge’ followed by a Presentation by the famous Editor Steven Cohen, while special Presentations on Film Restoration and Digital Animation will be made by the technicians from Italy. 

            Tributes will be paid to two greats of Indian Cinema - Prithiviraj Kapoor and Sachin Deb Burman.  Their masterpieces Mughal-e-Azam and Jewel Thief will be screened as a tribute. 

            The festival will also pay Homage to 11 personalities who passed away last year.  These include Nadira, Actress, Naushad Ali, Music Director, Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Actor, Malayalam Cinema, P. Bhanumathi, Actress, Dancer, Director, Writer, Telugu and Tamil Cinema, Padmini, Actress, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Dr. Raj Kumar, renowned Kannada Actor, Sri Vidya, Tamil/Malayalam Actress, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Parveen Babi and young Punjabi Film Director and two times National Award winner, Manoj Punj. 

            A Retrospective of the great Malayalam film maker Govindan Aravindan featuring five films will open on 25th November, 2006 with his film ‘Vasthuhara’. 

Indian Panorama will open with ‘Missed Call’ by Mridul Toolsidass and Vinay Subramanian in the feature film category and “And The World Remained Silent” by Ashoke Pandit in the non-feature film category.  Both the sections will feature 20 films each. 

Mainstream Indian cinema is a package of 12 blockbusters across Indian languages.  The section would be inaugurated by the renowned actress Sridevi on 25th November 2006 at Kala Academy.  Rang De Basanti is the opening film of the section. 

The Master’s Classes section curated by Mr. Vijay Singh, film maker from France will contain four films by the Masters followed by interaction with the delegates by the Masters.

Seven films will be screened under ‘Film India Worldwide’ section being curated by Ms. Uma d Cunha. 

A new section ‘NFDC Down The Ages’ featuring 6 films including ‘Gandhi’ and ‘Jane Bhi Do Yaron’ will celebrate the contribution of NFDC. 

Indian premieres at the Festival include films like Yatra by Gautam Ghosh, Kallarali Huvagi (Flower blooms to a stone) Kannada, by T. S. Nagabharna.  Glass House (Marathi) directed by Gajendra Ahire brings forth the trauma of a family after the recent Mumbai local trains blasts.  Thananam Thananam, directed by Kavitha Lankesh, and Antarnad, directed by the Goan Rajendra Talak are musicals. 

            IFFI also features a Film Bazaar for films from India as well as large number of foreign countries, an Open Forum for the press & delegates to interact with film personalities; a Media Centre for the collection and dissemination of information on the Festival; seminars, discussions and press conferences and special Festival publications on the films being shown.


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