International Film Festival of India set to kick-off today

The event will showcase 212 films from over 68 countries The 49th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2018 will kick-start on Tuesday evening with an opening ceremony that will showcase the theme of a “New India” through a variety of genres of cinema. The ceremony will be held at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium on the outskirts of the city from 4.30 p.m. onwards. The inaugural would entail a 90-minute programme incorporating elements and narratives of the rich and diverse kaleidoscope of the Indian film heritage and industry, which will showcase the themes of history, action and romance. This film festival will showcase 212 films from over 68 countries. International Competition section incorporates 15 films, including three Indian films. As many as 26 feature and 21 non-feature Indian films will be screened in the Indian Panorama section. The festival will open with director Julien Landais’ debut movie The Aspern Papers . The historical drama, based in late 19th century Venice, tries to capture the story of obsession, grandeur lost, and dreams of Byronic adventures. Addressing a press-conference the French-born director said, “The film was set in the overwhelmingly repressive Victorian era, when people could not express their feelings and emotions, and still you will see how it is connected to our world today. Especially concerning women and their independence and freedom. I love what Henry James created at the end of that novel.” He went on to describe it as the “perfect ending for today.” A host of celebrities, led by Akshay Kumar, Karan Johar, Julien Landais, Hrishita Bhatt, Madhur Bhandarkar, Subhash Ghai, Arijit Singh, Ramesh Sippy and Chin Han, among others, will walk the red carpet. The International Competition jury comprises Adrian Sitaru, Anna Ferraioli Ravel, Tom Fitz Patrick, Polish Director Robert Glinski, and Indian member Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. Nearly 8000 delegates have registered for the IFFI 2018, of which over 4,000 have been confirmed, said the organisers. While OLU directed by Shaji N. Karun will be the opening feature film of the Indian Panorama 2018, Marathi film Kharvas directed by Aditya Suhas Jambhale will be the opening non-feature film. Country of Focus Every year IFFI features a “Country of Focus” that brings out the cinematic excellence and contributions of that particular Country. This edition will have Israel as the Country of Focus. Ten films from Israel, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Israel in Mumbai, have been selected in the category, which will open with The Other Story by Avi Nesher. In the State focus section, introduced for the first time, the films from Jharkhand will take the centre stage. It includes Death in the Gunj, Ranchi Diaries, Begum Jaan, among others.

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