46th IFFI to open on Nov 20 with Dev Patel-starring Ramanujan biopic

  • PTI, Panaji
  • Updated: Nov 19, 2015 14:23 IST
Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel in a scene from The Man Who Kew Infinity which is based on the life of Srinivas Ramanujan. (TheManWhoKnewInfinityMovie/Facebook)

The 46th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will begin in Goa’s capital Panaji on November 20 with a motley of spectacular films from across the world. A huge number of global celebrities are expected to land in the western state to mark their presence at the popular festival.

The 10-day festival will have a stellar line-up of world cinema and participation from national and international dignitaries, an official release issued by IFFI said.

Noted national and international film personalities like filmmakers Shekhar Kapur, Shyam Benegal, Kaushik Ganguli, Matthew Brown, producer-director Pablo Trapero, Alejandro Amenabar, Tom Hooper, Carlos Saura, Michael Radford, Jeon Kyu-Hwan, actors Anil Kapoor, Dev Patel, Julia Jentsch, music director AR Rahman will attend the festival.

Country’s annual biggest film fest will screen 187 movies in World Cinema section, while 47 films will be shown in the Indian Panorama section.

The International Competition will have 15 entries from across the globe, including countries like Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Colombia, France, Germany, Iceland to name a few.

Anil Kapoor will preside over the opening ceremony as the chief guest, while music maestro AR Rahman will be the chief guest at the closing ceremony of the mega event. Matthew Brown’s The Man Who Knew Infinity is the opening film of the festival, while world’s third Sanskrit film Priyamanasam will open the Indian Panorama section.

Watch The Man Who Knew Infinity trailer here:

Argentina’s Oscar entry and this year’s biggest Argentinean box office hit The Clan (El Clan) will be the closing film. Academy Award winner director Tom Hooper’s movie The Danish Girl will be the mid fest film of the festival.

Spain is the Focus Country at the IFFI-2015. The 46th edition of the festival in collaboration with International Council for Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication (ICFT), Paris and UNESCO will award the ICFT-UNESCO Fellini Prize to a film.

Meanwhile, a restored version of Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa will be the opening film in the Indian Classics section at the IFFI.

Guru Dutt in a scene from Hindi film classic Pyaasa.

Produced and directed by Guru Dutt, the 1957 film had an ensemble star cast including Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Mala Sinha, Johnny Walker, Rehman, Mehmood and Tun Tun.

“The screening of Pyaasa will be held on November 21 at Azad Maidan in Panjim that has a capacity of over 1,000 people. There is a huge fan following of Guru Dutt all over the world who have not been able to see this ageless classic in its original form and glory.

Watch Sanskrit film Priyamanasam’s trailer here:

“We will also be re-releasing the film theatrically worldwide after the festival,” said Sushil Kumar Agrawal, CEO of Ultra Media and Entertainment, which has restored the film. The most challenging part in restoring Pyaasa was of sourcing the authentic materials to complete the preservation, Agrawal said.

“After much effort, we found the original camera negatives of the film at an archive in India. However, a lot of the parts of the negatives were either damaged or lost,” he said.

In September, the restored film had world premiere in the competition section at the 72nd Venice Film Festival. It competed with 20 other prestigious restored films from all over the world and was also screened in the ‘restored classics’ section of the recently concluded 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival.

Besides Pyaasa, eight more films under the ‘classics’ section to be screened at the Azad Maidan venue in ‘open air screening’ format are Jait re Jait, Manthan, Bhavani Bhavai, Is Raat ki Subaah Nahi, Uttarayanam, Ek Din Achanak, Ajantrik and Do Bigha Zameen.

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