NOVEMBER 20-28, 2018
The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) first took place in 1952 in Bombay. It was conducted by the Films Division, Government of India. IFFI aims at providing a platform to showcase vernacular cinema. It also attempts to project the excellence of the art of filmmaking by screening films from across the globe. It was the first international film festival to be held in Asia. IFFI is jointly organised by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Directorate of Film Festivals and the Government of Goa.
The 49th edition of the festival will showcase 212 films from over 68 countries. This year, IFFI will celebrate the legacy of legendary Swedish writer-director, Ingmar Bergman, through seven of his best films under the ‘Wild At Heart Master In His Craft: Retrospective Section of Ingmar Bergman’ to celebrate his 100th birth anniversary.
The Aspern Papers
Director Julien Landais’s period drama takes us back to the world of Byronic adventures, where a young poet tries to obtain love letters written by a yesteryear poet to his lady love. The film stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Joely Richardson, Julia Robins, Morgane Polanski and Nicolas Hau.
Ee Maa Yove
SKETCH ON SCREEN
Blade Runner 2049
RETROSPECTIVE OF MASTERS
Summer With Monika
Fanny and Alexander
ICFT UNESCO GANDHI MEDAL
Rain of Homs
Olu (Opening Film)
Raazi (Mainstream cinema)
SPECIAL PACKAGE FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED CHILDREN
OPEN AIR SCREENING OF SPORTS FILMS
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
This section will pay posthumous tributes to Shashi Kapoor, Sridevi, Kalpana Lajmi, M Karunanidhi, Terence Marsh, Milos Forman and Anne V Coates. Films such as Amadeus, In The Line Of Fire and Oliver! will be screened to pay respects.
The country of focus at the 49th edition of the festival is Israel. This is its attempt to enhance the cultural exchange between the countries. It will give a platform for filmmakers of both countries to connect and collaborate. Israeli films like Footnote, Longing, The Bubble and Para Aduma will be screened among others. A total of ten films have been chosen in collaboration with the Consulate General of Israel in Mumbai.
Jharkhand has been chosen as the State of focus at the gala event. A Death In The Gunj, Ranchi Diaries and Begum Jaan will be screened in this segment.
CENTENARY AWARD FOR BEST DEBUT FEATURE FILM OF A DIRECTOR
IFFI offers a chance to debut directors to showcase their craft. The Centenary Award is given to the best debut director. Some of the films directed by first-time directors that will be screened are Abyakto, Night Comes On, Respeto, The Pigeon and Volcano.
RETROSPECTIVE OF DADASAHEB PHALKE AWARD WINNER
This prestigious award will be posthumously conferred on Vinod Khanna. The film festival will showcase some of his most popular films such as Achanak, Lekin and Amar Akbar Anthony.
– Titas Chowdhury