Bollywood bigwigs Rekha,Kamal Hassan,Asha Bhonsle and world cinema stalwarts like Susan Sarandon,Iranian director Majid Majidi,Czech helmer Jiri Menzel are set to attend the opening ceremony of the 44th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here tomorrow.
Veteran actress Waheeda Rehman will be conferred with the
first Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year
The award has been instituted to commemorate 100 years of
Indian Cinema,and will be given annually to an outstanding
film personality for his or her contribution to Indian cinema.
One of the best known representatives of the ‘New Wave Czech Cinema’,Menzel will receive the Lifetime Achievement
Award on the occasion. His latest film ‘Don Juans’, will be the opening film of the festival.
The opening ceremony will be marked by a 30 minute cultural show graced by the performance of renowned Kathak exponent Pandit Birju Maharaj.
Rajat Kapoor and southern actress Suhasini Maniratnam will
host the opening ceremony,which will be attended by Union
Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari and Goa
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.
Underlining the necessity of a vibrant dialogue between the film makers and cine goers,festival director Shankar Mohan said this edition will have more interactive sessions this year. The festival will screen 15 Oscar nominated films.
“We will be screening 15 Oscar nominated movies this time,” Mohan said.
Indian Panorama category comprises of 26 feature films and 16 non-feature films. The feature films selected in various
languages include six in Malayalam,five in Bengali,five in
Hindi,three in Marathi and two in English. One film each has
been selected in Konkani,Kannada,Mising,Oriya and Tamil.
The non-feature film segment of the Indian Panorama will open with Kamal Swaroop’s ‘Rangabhoomi’. The non-feature films selected include five in Hindi,three each in Malayalam and English,two each in Marathi and Kashmiri and one in Kudukh.
This year,the festival will spotlight cinema from North-East States of India. The ‘Country Focus’ is on Japan and the segment will showcase a special package of the best that Japan has to offer.
Legendary singer Manna Dey,who passed away recently,will
be honoured with a special tribute along with Pandit Ravi Shankar and filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh.
The festival will close with Edris Elba starrer ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’. Directed by Justin Chadwick and written by William Nicholsan,the film portrays Nelson Mandela’s life journey.
The ten day-long event will have 327 films,80 per cent of which are on the digital format.
The competition section has 15 films,of which two are Indian,including ‘Coffin Maker’ by Veena Bakshi.