The 47th edition of the prestigious International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is all set to showcase the finest of the world movies. This year, IFFI received around 1000 entries from more than 100 countries from which around 200 films representing 88 countries have been selected. The International Competition section includes 15 films including 2 Indian films, ‘Ishti’ and ‘Sahaj Paather Gappo’
The major attraction of this year’s IFFI is the screening of 12 films that have won prizes at the Cannes in 2016. ‘I, Daniel Blake’ by Ken Loach, the winner of Palme d’Or, the most coveted prize in the international film festival circuit, adorns this list. There will be special tribute sections for the master filmmakers Andrzej Wajda and Abbas Kiarostami who passed away this year. ‘The Nights Of Zayandeh- Rood’, directed by legendary Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf will also be exhibited as a homage to the maestro.
The opening cinema of the festival would be, ‘After-Image’, directed by Andrzej Wajda. The film is about the life of avant-garde painter, Wladyslaw Strzeminski. ‘The Age of Shadows’, the South Korean official nomination for the Academy Awards will be the closing film of IFFI 2016. The movie is directed by Kim Jee-woon.
The ‘Country of Focus’ section in the 47th IFFI will feature films from the Republic of Korea. Last year it was Spain. This section will help delegates build a detailed understanding of the culture, politics and cinema of that particular nation.
‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ of 47th IFFI will be bestowed to Im Kwon-taek who is knows as the father of New Korean Cinema. Im Kwon-taek is one of the most reputable figures in world cinema and a winner of many prestigious awards including the best director at Cannes. Indian personality of the year will be the renowned playback singer, S.P. Balasubrahmanyam.
The festival is organized by The Directorate of Film Festivals of the Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in collaboration with the Entertainment Society of Goa. The latter is a nodal agency founded by the Goa state government for organizing IFFI.