Updated November 6, 2018 8:48:42 PM
The 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), to be held in Goa from 20 to 28 November, will feature 212 films from more than 68 countries, reflecting diversity. Israel will be the country that will focus on the gala, where there will be a retrospective of Ingmar Bergman, which marks 100 years since the director's birth.
The IFFI International Competition section this year has 15 films, of which 3 are Indian. The competition segment represents films produced and co-produced by 22 countries, according to a PIB statement.
The Kaleidoscope section of the Festival carries 20 internationally acclaimed films made at major film festivals and the majority of them are award-winning, while the World Panorama section has 67 films specially designed for the festival. It includes 4 World Premieres, 2 International Premieres, 15 Asian Champions and 60 Leaders of India.
Also this year, the World Panorama section presents 15 films submitted by Oscars from respective countries.
The retrospective of Bergman will have a series of seven of his best films. A Bergman documentary titled "The Bergman Island," which features the master behind the camera, is one of the films.
A retrospective movie screening of the recipient of the Best Country Movie Award, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, is presented during the IFFI. This year, actor Vinod Khanna received the posthumous award. IFFI will present some of his best films, such as "Achanak", "Lekin" and "Amar Akbar Anthony".
The IFFI will open with The Aspern Papers World Premiere, which tells a story of persistence, splendor that is lost and dreams of thunderous adventures. His cast, including actors Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Joely Richardson, Julia Robins, Morgane Polanski and Nicolas Hau, apart from director Julien Landais, will be a member of the gala delegation.
As for the country's focus package, ten films in co-operation with the Israeli Consulate General in Mumbai have been selected for the country's focus package. Major figures from Israel, including the famous Israeli actor Alon Aboutboul, will be a special guest. Actor Dan Wolman from Israel will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
For the 49th IFFI, in 2018 a state-centered division has been proposed and Jharkhand is the one chosen this time. The films in the Jharkhand pack include titles such as "Death in Gunj", "Ranchi Diaries" and "Begum Jaan".
The international jury includes John Irvin, Adrian Sitaru, Polish director Robert Glinski, Anna Ferayoli Ravel and Indian member Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.
The Indian Panorama will have 26 distinctive and 21 Indian non-selection choices that will be selected by the jury. "Olu" by Shaji N. Karun will be the band's first feature film, while "Kharvas" directed by Aditya Suhas Jambhale will be the opening film of the Indian Panorama 2018.
At the IFFI this time, the "Tributes" section will award tributes to Shashi Kapoor, Sridevi, M. Caruniandi and Kalpana Lami from India and to Terrence March, Milo Ford and Henry Coates from the foreign world.
The MasterClasses and In-conversation classes will include celebrities such as Prasoon Joshi, Dan Wolman, Sreekar Prasad, Anil Kapoor, Sumit Israni, Boney Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Jahnvi Kapoor, David Dhawan, Varun Dhawan Rohit Dhawan, Jairaj, Kaushik Ganguly, Karun, Srijit Mukhrjee, Sridhar and Sriram Raghavan, Meghna Gulzar, Leena Yadav and Gauri Shinde.
With the number of entries, there will be a special package for visually impaired children with views that will have an acoustic description. "Sholay" and "Hichki" will be presented in this section.
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