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Global films grab limemight

Entries from Asian, African and Latin American countries will compete with Indian films, as against Asian films in 2004.

india Updated: Nov 30, 2005 11:43 IST

Entries from Asian, African and Latin American countries as against only Asian countries earlier in the competition section would be one of the major highlights of the 36th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) this year.

Disclosing this to mediapersons in his first interaction in connection with the festival beginning here on November 24, Director, Directorate of Film Festival of India (DFF), Afzal Amanullah said fourteen films from thirteen countries would be screened under the competition section in the mega festival.

The Indian entries in the contest are Iqbal directed by Nagesh Kukunoor and Perumazhakkalam (Malayalam) directed by Kamal. The best of all the contending films would be awarded the Goden Peacock besides Rs ten lakh while the promising director adjudged would be given the Silver Peacock and Rs five lakh.

The special jury award, carrying another Silver Peacock and Rs five lakh, would be given to a film or an individual artist for contribution to the film industry.

Famous Chilean film director Miguel Littin heads the international film jury this year for the competition assisted by Australian film director Sabine Derflinger, renowned Indian film director Saeed Akhtar Mirza, famous Iranian actor Faramarz Gharibian, and famous French film director Alain Corneau.

A special section of recent films from Iran besides a package of films from Baden, Wurttemberg, Hamburg in Germany would also be screened at the festival.

The striking feature of the Cinema of the World Section, Mr Amanullah said, was entries from 32 countries.

The IFFI will pay special tributes to Ismail Merchant, the Indian filmmaker who teamed up with James Ivory to produce and direct some of the remarkable English films which won critical accaim the world over.

A retrospective of famous Italian screenwriter, actress and director Lena Wertmuller, who began her career with Federico Fellini, and another famous French actress Isabelle Huppet would be screened on the occasion.

Over 200 films would be screened in the IFFI. More than 2100 delegates have so far the registered, with 1000 of them from Goa alone. Among the Indian sections, the festival pays homage to late Gemini Ganeshan and Sunil Dutt.

The Indian Panorama showcases 21 features and 16 non-features this time. The feature section opens with Daivanamathil (Malayalam) directed by noted filmmaker Jayaraj while the non-feature section opens with The Jaws of Death (English) by Gautam Saikia on November 25.

The mainstream section, which had a collection of twelve best grossers during the past one year, opens with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Black the same day.

With a view to expose the younger generation to the works of great Indian filmmakers of the past generation, the festival introduces a special section MFA Gold showing films that won national film awards. They are two landmark films that won President's gold medal 50 years ago in 1953 and 1954 namely Shyamchi Aai (Marathi) by PK Atre and Mirza Ghalib (Hindi) by late Sohrab Modi.

Significantly, five landmark films that used music as content would also be screened in the IFFI this year.

The festival would premier six latest films with various genres on contemporary subjects. They include Parzania by Rahul Dholakia, Blue Umbrella by Vishal Bharadwaj, Manthan Ek Amrit Pyala (Marathi) by Dr Mrinalini Patil Dayal, Deewane Hue Paagal by Vikram Bhatt and Dubai Return by Aditya Bhattacharya.

Another interesting feature this time is a question-answer session with top stakeholders including producers and actors, both Indian and foreign, in the festival under Master Class curated by filmmaker Vijay Singh wherein master filmmakers would hold interactive sessions on whys and hows of their cinema.

Prominent filmmakers like Shyam Benegal, Sudhir Mishra, Madhur Bhandarkar, Sion Relph (British Film Producer), Alain Corneau (French director besides English actress Dolores Chaplin would conduct various such sessions.

The authorities would screen films outside Panaji only when technically equipped theatres and multiplexes were available like in Margao, Mr Amanullah added.

First Published: Nov 24, 2005 13:00 IST