The Man Who Knew Infinity—a film based on the true story of friendship between Indian mathematician Ramanujan and Professor G H Hardy — will be the opening film at the 46th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) to be held in Goa from November 20 to 30.
This year’s film fest will showcase 187 films from 89 countries, including one from Pakistan, in the World Cinema section and 26 feature and 21 non-feature films in Indian Panorama section.
Unveiling these details, Information & Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley Tuesday said that IFFI held a special significance and had become a global brand in the world of cinema. It promoted excellence and provided an opportunity to showcase the best domestic and international talent, he added.
On the focus country for the film festival, Jaitley said the ‘Kingdom of Spain’ would be the focus country for IFFI 2015.
The films of Spanish filmmakers Carlos Saura and Pedro Almadovar along with contemporary filmmakers like Alejandro Amenabar would be screened at the festival.
The section would also feature Spanish actress Leticia Dolera’s directorial debut, Requirements to Be a Normal Person. Fifteen films from across the globe will feature in the IFFI 2015’s International Competition.
Actor Anil Kapoor would be the chief guest at the opening ceremony for the festival.
Jaitley added that this year, IFFI would feature a special section on ‘World Cinema Restored Classics’ to highlight the idea of film restoration. This would feature a package of classics to put the spotlight on National Film Heritage Mission.
The Minister further said that the film festival would also introduce a new segment, ‘First Cut’ to recognise young talent in the field of cinema and would screen some of the outstanding directorial debuts of 2015.
The section would feature emerging filmmakers including Brian Perkins (Golden Kingdom, US), Michael Klette (Solness, Germany) among others. The festival in association with the Oscar Academy would also promote skill development in filmmaking through master classes on varied topics like sound designing, film archive and film editing.
This year’s IFFI would also include special award — “ICFT- UNESCO Fellini Prize” — in collaboration with the International Council for Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication, Paris and UNESCO. The award would be presented to a film which reflects the ideals of peace, tolerance, non-violence and friendship promoted by UNESCO.