52nd edition of Indian International Film Festival kicks off in Goa from tomorrow


New Delhi [India], November 19 (ANI): The 52nd edition of the Indian International Film Festival (IFFI), Asia’s oldest and largest film festival, will kick off in Goa on Saturday.

Founded in 1952, the film festival is held annually, currently in the state of Goa, to celebrate excellence in world cinema. It will be held from November 20 to 28 of this year.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Youth and Sports, Anurag Singh Thakur, and Chief Minister of Goa, Dr Pramod Sawant, will honor the occasion. The Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting and Fisheries, Livestock and Dairy Production, Dr L. Murugan, will also be present at the opening ceremony.

The festival is jointly organized by the Film Festivals Directorate (under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting) and the Goa Entertainment Society, Government of Goa.

The festival provides the ideal platform to understand and appreciate the film cultures of different nations in the context of their social and cultural ethics.

“The festival will begin with an inaugural ceremony at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium, Panaji, Goa, with the presence of movie personalities like Salman Khan, Ranveer Singh, Ritesh Deshmukh, Genelia Deshmukh, Shraddha Kapoor, among others. This year the IFFI will present more than 300 films from all over the world. Celebrity filmmaker Karan Johar and television personality Manish Paul will host the event, “the statement said.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s IFFI will be hybrid and festival delegates will have the opportunity to participate and watch movies and other events virtually, from the comfort of their own homes.

The IFFI will present 148 films from around 73 countries in the international section with around 12 world premieres, around 7 international premieres, 26 Asian premieres and around 64 Indian premieres. This time the festival received 624 films from 95 countries, compared to 69 countries in the previous edition.

“‘Everyone’s King’ (El Rey by Todo El Mundo) directed by Carlos Saura will be the opening film of the festival. It will also be the international premiere of the film. ‘The Power of the Dog’ directed by Jane Campion, Best Director Award winner at the Venice Film Festival is chosen as the Mid Fest film. Director Asghar Farhadi’s Grand Prize winning film A Hero will be the closing film of the festival, ”the ministry said.

The IFFI World Panorama section will present 55 gems of cinema from around the world. 11 films are selected for the Kaléidoscope Festival including films such as Titane (French) and Souad (Arabic).

The Retrospective section of the 52nd IFFI will feature renowned Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr and Russian filmmaker and director Andrei Konchalovsky.

Renowned actor and Member of Parliament Hema Malini will receive the 2021 Indian Cinema Personality of the Year award at the opening ceremony. Acclaimed lyricist and president, CBFC Shri Prasoon Joshi will receive the award on closing day.

“Each edition of the Indian International Film Festival pays homage to the pillars that the film industry has lost. The Homage section of the 52nd IFFI will present the films of Bertrand Tavernier, Christopher Plummer, Jean-Claude Carriere and Jean-Paul Belmondo in tribute IFFI will also pay tribute to the pillars of Indian cinema Buddhadeb Das Gupta (director), Dilip Kumar (actor), Nedumudi Venu (actor), Puneeth Rajkumar (actor), Sanchari Vijay (actor), Sumitra Bhave (director), Surekha Sikri ( actress) and Waman Bhonsle (editor), ”he said.

“The festival will pay a special tribute to Sir Sean Connery, the first James Bond on the big screen,” the statement added.

In one of the premieres, IFFI will provide a platform for 75 young filmmakers, actors, singers, screenwriters and others to showcase their talent at the globally recognized festival. The 75 creative minds from all over India invited to IFFI to connect with famous filmmakers and industry experts and attend master classes at the Festival. The 75 young people are selected in a competition of young filmmakers from across the country to celebrate the spirit of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.

“For the first time ever, films from five BRICS countries will be presented at the BRICS Film Festival alongside IFFI. This is the sixth edition of the BRICS Film Festival. The five countries, namely Brazil, Russia, South Africa, China and India are also the target countries of the 52nd IFFI and a total of eight films will be screened in this section. The target country is a special segment that recognizes cinematic excellence and the country’s contributions, ”the ministry informed.

The opening of the NFDC Film Bazar will also be virtually inaugurated on this occasion.

Another first, the IFFI invited major players from the OTT to participate in the Festival. Major OTT platforms Netflix, Amazon Prime, Zee5, Voot and Sony Liv will participate in the Film Festival through exclusive masterclasses, content launches and previews, organized film package screenings and various other field events. and virtual.

Netflix is ​​organizing a 3-day virtual master class by the famous Paris-based school of images and arts, Gobelins – School Image. Netflix will also host the Indian premiere of “The Power of the Dog” by Jane Campion. He also offered to host a special screening of the film “Dhamaka”, including an introduction to the film by key film talent Kartik Aaryan and a preview of episode 1 of “Aranyak”, an upcoming series of crime thrillers featuring. starring Raveena Tandon and Ashutosh Rana.

SonyLiv offered a Masterclass from Scam-1992 Writer – Sumit Purohit and Saurav Dey, moderated by Indranil Chakraborty, Business Head studio Next. Zee5 specially curated Breakpoint – Nitesh TiwariAshwini Iyer’s popular Paes and Bhupathi series for IFFI.

Istevan Szabo and Martin Scorsese will receive the very first Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award at the 52nd International Indian Film Festival in Goa. Istvan Szabo is a critically acclaimed Hungarian director known for such masterpieces as Mephisto (1981) and Father (1966). Martin Scorsese is a major figure in the New Hollywood era, widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential directors in the history of cinema.

IFFI 52 will end with the screening of A Hero by Asghar Farhadi, who won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival.

There will also be around 18 specially selected films shown as part of the ongoing Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebration. (ANI)


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