AS THE annual International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa, returns in a hybrid format on November 20, it tries to generates interest with some international personalities and talked-about titles of the year. In its 52th edition, Hollywood stalwart Martin Scorsese and celebrated Hungarian filmmaker Istevan Szabo will be honoured with the Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement award.
Scorsese is one of the major figures of the New Hollywood era, widely regarded as one of the most influential directors in film history. Some of his major works include Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Gangs of New York, and Shutter Island. Szabo, one of the most critically acclaimed Hungarian film directors, is known for masterpieces like Mephisto (1981) Father (1966). Speaking during the IFFI announcement, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting said: “India is a land of storytellers; our tales have captured the imagination of the world.”
Keeping up with the time, IFFI has invited some major streaming video platforms to be a part of the festival. Netflix, Amazon Prime, Zee5, Voot and Sony Liv will participate at the festival through a series of physical and virtual events including masterclasses, content launches and previews and screenings of curated film packages. Netflix will hold a three-day virtual masterclass by the Paris-based renowned school of image and arts, Gobelins School L’image. The festival will host India premiere of Netflix movie and winner of Best Director at Venice Film Festival, The Power of the Dog by Jane Campion. There will be a special screening of Kartik Aaryan’s film Dhamaka too.
Other highlights include a masterclass by Scam 1992 screenplay writers, Sumit Purohit and Saurav Dey organised by SonyLiv as well as Breakpoint, the based series on the friendship and fallout of tennis champions Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi. Thakur said that IFFI will provide a platform to young budding talent from across India to connect with mainstream cinema filmmakers and the industry. IFFI will invite 75 creative minds (under 35 years) to interact with industry leaders and attend masterclasses.
The festival will open with The King of all the World (El Rey de Todo El Mundo), directed by Carlos Saura . Around 30 titles have been shortlisted for screening under the in the Festival Kaleidoscope and World Panorama Section.
The festival will also pay homage to legendary actor Dilip Kumar, celebrated filmmaker Sumitra Bhave, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Sanchari Vijay, Surekha Sikri, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Bertrand Tavenier, Christopher Plummer and Jean-Claude Carriere.
The retrospective section at the festival will feature renowned Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr, Russian filmmaker and stage director Andrei Konchalovsky and Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner Rajinikanth. It will also pay a special tribute to Sean Connery, the first actor to portray fictional British spy James Bond on the big screen.
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