ചലച്ചിത്രോത്സവം (IFFI)

47th International Film Festival of India 2016-Iranian film "Daughter" directed by Reza Mirkarimi won the Golden Peacock award

Iranian film "Daughter" directed by  Reza Mirkarimi won the Golden Peacock award at the 47th International Film Festival of India  This film competed with 21 other films in the festival's international competition section. Reza Mirkarimi said it is his tribute to his teacher Abbas Kirostami,well known auteur who died recently. The award is a Golden Peacock figurine and Rs 40 lakh in cash.Best actor award was won by Farhad Aslani for his role in the film "Daughter" and the best actor female was won by Elina Vasca for her performance in the Latvian film "Mellow Mud". Both awards are accompanied by a silver peacock and Rs 10 lakh each. The best director award was won by Soner Caner and Baris Kaya -- co-directors of the Turkish film "Rauf". The award comes with a silver peacock statuette and Rs 15 lakh in prize money, which was shared by the director-duo.The best director award was won by Soner Caner and Baris Kaya -- co-directors of the Turkish film "Rauf". The award comes with a silver peacock statuette and Rs 15 lakh in prize money, which was shared by the director-duo. The special jury award was won by South Korean director Lee Joon-ik for the film "The Throne". The award comes with a special citation, a silver peacock and a cash prize of Rs 15 lakh. Pepa San Martin's Spanish film from Argentina/Chile "Rara" won the Centenary award for best debut feature film carrying a silver peacock trophy and cash prize of Rs 10 lakh. The ICFT-Unesco Gandhi medal, a special award category created at this IFFI was awarded to the Turkish film "Cold of Kalandar" (Turkey) directed by Mustafa

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47th IFFI-Eight films including ‘Allama’ will compete to receive the prestigious ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal

Films competing for  this award are 'Allama,',‘A Real Vermeer’, ‘Beluga’, ‘Cold of Kalandar’, ‘Exiled’, ‘Harmonia’, ‘The Apology’ and ‘The Family: Dementia’. ICFT Paris in collaboration with UNESCO will award the film that best reflects the Gandhi ideals of peace, tolerance and non-violence, a prestigious Gandhi Medal and Certificate.

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47th IFFI-‘Aloko Udapadi’ is a major milestone in BuddhistPeriod: Chathra Weeraman

Chathra Weeraman ,director of the Sri Lankan film ‘Aloko Udapadi’ said it is a story of human effort to preserve the spiritual heritage of Buddhisim for future generations of mankind. He further added that Sri Lankan film industry is small and so is the budget scale, due to the small viewership. Their film was completed under a budget of INR 6 crores and this is his debut film he said while the SriLanka delegation met the media in theInternational Film Festival of India  venue

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47th IFFI- Removal of censorship helped Korean films to grow- Director Lee Joon-ik of ‘Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet’Director Lee Joon-ik of ‘Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet’

Lee Joon-ik spoke about the removal of censorship in South Korea and its impact on the Korean Film Industry in a press conference  held in the parleys of 47 th IFFI . He said that in the 70s, Hollywood had 80% share in the Korean market, while the Korean cinema only had a 20% share. But, with the complete removal of censorship, now the Korean cinema has gained 30% of the market share, while reducing Hollywood share by up to 50%.

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47th IFFI- Indian Panorama inaugurated with Ishti ,a Sanskrit film

Indian Panorama is a platform for independent film makers to showcase their talent –Venkaiah Naidu

The Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting Shri Venkaiah Naidu opened the Indian Panorama featuring 26 feature and 21 non-feature films. Sanskrit film ‘Ishti’, directed by G Prabha is the opening Feature film of Indian Panorama 2016. It is set in the mid-twentieth century Kerala, when young Namboothiri Brahmins successfully challenged the orthodox, patriarchal traditions of a Brahmin community. Consecutively it is for the second year where a Sanskrit film has been chosen as the opening film of Indian Panorama.Manipuri film ‘Ima Sabitri’, directed by Bobo Khuraijam as the opening Non Feature film of Indian Panorama 2016. The film is an intimate portrayal of Sabitri, who is an Indian stage actor and one of the notable theatre personalities in Manipuri theatre and married to Late Heisnam Kanhailal her theatre associate and fellow Padma Shri Awardee. Indian Panorama this year has 5 entries from the North East.

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47th IFFI - opens with Polish Film ‘Afterimage’ of Andrej Wajda

CURTAINS UP FOR THE 47TH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA
-Honours Korean Film Maker im kwon Taek with Lifetime Achievement Award -Salutes legendary S. P. Balasubrahmanyam with Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality

The 47th International Film Festival of India was inaugurated in Goa, today in the presence of Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Venkaiah Naidu, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Governor of Goa, Mridula Sinha, Chief Minister of Goa Laxmikant Parsekar and  Minister of State, AYUSH Shripad Naik . Guest of Honour and  Actor Sushant Singh Rajput, Ajay Mittal, Secretary I&B Ministry, RK Shrivastava, Chief Secretary Goa, Festival Director C. Senthil Rajan, Ameya Abhyankar-CEO, Entertainment Society were also present  to light the ceremonial lamp.Venkaiah Naidu presented the ‘Centenary Indian Film Personality of the Year-2016’ to legendary singer Padma Bhushan S. P. Balasubrahmanyam for his remarkable, extraordinary and exceptional journey in Indian cinema as a singer, actor and producer. He has been one of the most prolific singers of the country with over 40,000 song recordings to his credit. Speaking on the occasion, S.P. Balasubrahmanyam dedicated the Award to his mother and the Indian soldiers on the border.

Choreographed by the master choreographer, Ganesh Acharya, captivating performances at the opening ceremony celebrated the journey and contribution of women in Indian Cinema and themed as ‘Ode to a Woman’. Dance sequences featured the evolutionary journey of contribution of woman to Indian cinema as a dreamer, radical, leader, creator, fighter, challenger and game changer. Supported by projections of the life and cinema of the period on the background and numbers on stage performances presented a seamless beautiful act recreating the nostalgic memories of woman traversing changing decades.The other celebrities attending the opening include members of the International Jury (Ivan Passer, Larry Smith, Lordan Zafranovic, Nagesh Kukunoor and Leila Kilani) and Indian Panorama jury, Nana Patekar, Mukesh Khanna, Mrinal Kulkarni, Divya Dutta, Sudheer Mishra, Nagesh Kukunoor, Prosenjit Chatterjee and Goutam Ghose.Chief Guest veteran film maker Ramesh Sippy of ‘Sholay’ fame felicitated internationally acclaimed Korean film director and writer, Im Kwon Taek with the prestigious ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’. 

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47th IFFI 2016 -‘After Image’ of late Andrzej Wajda will open the festival, ‘Tamara’, directed by Elia K Schneider being the mid-fest film and ‘The Age of Shadows’, a film by Kim Jee Woon will conclude the event.

Centenary Indian Film personality-2016 award to singer S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Korean Film Maker im Kwon Taek to Get Lifetime Achievement Award

IFFI, the biggest Film Festival of India, turns thirteen this year in Goa. This festival introduces new technologies viz a new laser based phosphor wheel projector from Barco Electronics, used for the very first time in any film festival across the globe.The IFFI this year, will be screening around 300 films from nearly 90 countries.Chief-guest for the opening ceremony will be the Ramesh Sippy, the Guest of Honor will be  Actor Sushant Singh Rajpoot, while special guests include,  Prosenjeet and Gautam Ghosh, renowned directors.The gala opening ceremony for the fest will celebrate the journey and contribution of women in Indian Cinema and themed as ‘Ode to a Woman’, choreographed by the master choreographer, Ganesh Acharya.IFFI 2016 will also have a special screening package of the award winning films from the first ever BRICS Film festival, held in Delhi recently.For the general public, two events have been planned located in the area between Kala Academy and the Children’s Park. Named as ‘Goa High Street’, the event will showcase Goan culture, cuisine, merchandizing and music. At the other event named ‘Children Film Village’, films for youngsters will be screened. Furthermore, as a showstopper, IFFI is introducing ‘Projection Mapping’, a visual delight at the old GMC Building, Goa, every evening. This will entertain the visitors and passer-by to the area with a visual treat.

Korean filmmaker Im Kwon Taek being honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Opening Ceremony on the 20th November .Centenary Indian Film Personality of the Year-2016,  Padma Bhushan S. P. Balasubrahmaniam will also be felicitated at the opening ceremony for his remarkable, extraordinary and exceptional journey in Indian cinema as a singer, actor and producer. . IFFI 2016 will have gala screenings, including 4 World Premieres and 6 International Premieres. With 26 Asian premieres and 104 Indian premiers   the 47th IFFI promises to bring the best of cinema from year 2015 and 2016.
The festival will open with a gala opening ceremony, followed by the opening film, ‘After Image’, the last masterpiece by the legendary Polish writer and director, late Andrzej Wajda.

The Indian Panorama section will be inaugurated by the Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, M. Venkaiah Naidu on the 21st of November at INOX-II. Second time in a row, the Indian Panorama will open with a Sanskrit film, ‘Ishti', while non- feature section will open with the film, ‘Ima Sabitri’.Pluis Fernandez and Prakriti Maduro starrer, ‘Tamara’, directed by Elia K Schneider, will be the mid-fest film. This 9-day film fest will conclude with the screening of ‘The Age of Shadows’, a film by Kim Jee Woon

The Republic of Korea is the focus country of IFFI 2016 and South Korea’s Ambassador to India His Excellency Hyun Cho will grace the opening ceremony. Interesting and acclaimed work of contemporary stalwarts of Korean Cinema like, Sang-ho Yeon, Zhang Lu and Lee Joon Ik will be screened at the festival.IFFI 2016 in collaboration with the International Council for Film, Television and Audio-visual Communication (ICFT), Paris and UNESCO will also present the ‘ICFT- UNESCO Gandhi Medal’ to a film, which reflects the ideals of peace, tolerance and non-violence.The special tribute section of IFFI 2016 honours Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda and Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami,  both  passed away early this year.
IFFI for the first time will screen films for specially-abled children with special audio described technology under the Accessible India Campaign/ Sugamaya Bharat Abhiyan and a special package of 20 award winning short films based on the Swachh Bharat theme.

These details were divulged in a  curtain raiser press conference addressed by Director International Film Festival of India (IFFI), C. Senthil Rajan, , Vice Chairman, Entertainment Society of Goa Rajendra Talak, and CEO, Entertainment Society of Goa, Ameya Abhyankar, , in Goa, today.

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47th IFFI 2016-Special tribute to Abbas Kiarostami

47th International Film Festival of India 2016 will pay a special tribute to Abbas Kiarostami, the multi-award-winning Iranian director whose 1997 film Taste of Cherry was awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival, who died died on July 4,2016 at the age of 76.Abbas Kiarostami ,sophisticated, self-possessed master of cinematic poetry had directed numerous films and  received  a number of coveted international awards:

·  The Prix Roberto Rossellini at the Cannes Film Festival (1992)
·  The Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for Taste of Cherry (1997)
·  UNESCO’s Fellini gold medal (1997)
·  The Konrad Wolf Preis of the Academy of the Arts, Berlin (2003)
·  The Praemium Imperiale awarded by the Japan Art Association (2004)
.  Abbas Kiarostami leading a course in Nice, France, in 2007.

IFFI Goa 2016 is to screen these 7 films directed by Abbas Kiarostami and a documentary on him .

1. Like Someone in Love

In Tokyo, an elderly man and a student/escort girl take on different roles over the course of their unusual relationship. The young sex worker develops an unexpected connection with the widower over a period of two days.

· 2012 French-Japanese drama film.
· Competed for the Palme d’Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
·  Abbas Kiarostami’s final feature film.

2. Shirin

114 famous Iranian theatre and cinema actresses, and a French star are mute spectators at a theatrical representation of Khosrow and Shirin, a Persian poem from the twelfth century, put on stage by Kiarostami. The whole story is told by the faces of the women watching the show.

·  2008 Iranian artistic film.
·  First screened at the 65th Venice International Film Festival.
·  Critics dub this film a notable twist in Kiarostami’s career.

3. Take Me Home

Abbas Kiarostami takes his camera to south of Italy and shows us a beautiful and playful video of alleys and stairs there.

·  2016 Silent, B&W Short Film.
·  Kiarostami’s final work.

4. Taste of Cherry

A dark drama about a desperate man on the verge of suicide who seeks someone willing to bury him discreetly.

· 1997 Iranian drama film.
· Won the Palme d’Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.

5. Ten

Ten different sequences examine the emotional lives of women at significant junctures, including the main protagonist’s.

· 2002 Iranian docufiction.
· Nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.

6. The Wind Will Carry Us

A trio of journalists from the city arrive in a little village with a different kind of mission. They pretend to be communications engineers, but they are awaiting the death of woman who is over 100. Among other things, the film explores cultural differences between a man from the city and from a village.

· 1999 Iranian drama film.
·  Nominated for the Golden Lion at the 1999 Venice Film Festival.
·  Won the Grand Special Jury Prize (Silver Lion), the FIPRESCI Prize and the CinemAvvenire at the 1999 Venice Film Festival.

7. Through The Olive Trees

The movie is set in earthquake-ravaged Northern Iran and explores the relationship between the movie director, and the actors. The local actors play a couple who got married right after the earthquake. In reality, the actor is trying to persuade the actress that they should get married.

· 1994 Iranian drama film.
·  Nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival.

8. 76 Minutes and 15 Seconds with Abbas Kiarostami.

In addition to these seven films being screened at IFFI Goa 2016, a documentary on Abbas Kiarostami will be screened under the category, ‘Documenting the Legends.’ The leading aim of this documentary is to share 76 minutes and 15 seconds of undiscovered moments of Abbas Kiarostami’s life and work, in commemoration of his 76 years and 15 days of creative journey. The shots of this documentary are selected out of hundreds of hours of footage, filmed during 25 years of friendship, inside and outside Iran on various occasions: film festivals, photo exhibitions, photography sessions, artistic events, workshops and some unique moments of his daily life.

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NFDC-Film Bazar -Seven films selected in WIP,five are debutants"

Film Bazaar Co-production Market , first of its kind in South Asia is run by NFDC (National Film Development Corporation). All set to launch  the tenth edition from November 20-24, alongside the 47th  International Film Festival of India (IFFI2016) in Panaji, Goa. The NFDC Film Bazaar will take place at the Marriott Resort, Goa .The Work in Progress (WIP) Lab is an editing lab, which gives an opportunity to filmmakers to present their projects in a rough-cut stage to a panel of international film experts for their feedback to reach and accomplish the final cut. Fivefilms  have been selected this year out of  58 entries. In the past editions eminent film personalities  served the panel including Derik Malcolm ,the renowned  film critic.

The selected films for the present edition are "Bombay Rose" (Gitanjali Rao), "In The Shadows" (Dipesh Jain), "Nimmo" (Rahul Shanklya), "Once Again" (Kanwal Sethi), "The Bioscopewala" (Deb Medhekar), "The Gold-Laden Sheep & the Sacred Mountain" (Ridham Janve and "Pratibhasam" (Vipin Vijay).

Debutant director Dipesh Jain has cast acclaimed actors like Manoj Bajpayee, Ranvir Shorey, Shahana Goswami, Neeraj Kabi in "In The Shadows"; while Rahul Shankiya, an assistant director on movies like "Tanu Weds Manu" and "Peepli Live", is making his directorial foray with "Nimmo".

The WIP Lab has helped the making of some award-winning films of recent times. These include Alankrita Shrivastava's "Lipstick Under My Burkha" Milind Dhaimade's "Tu Hai Mera Sunday", Kanu Behl's "Titli" and also Anand Gandhi's "Ship of Theseus".

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47th IFFI 2016-Korean Director Kwon Taek Im to receive Lifetime Achievement

Korean Director Kwon Taek Im to receive Lifetime Achievement

The internationally acclaimed Korean Writer - Director Kwon Taek Im, will be honoured with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award.’ in the 47th International Film Festival of India 2016.In the immediate past Wong Kar Wai ,Chineese film maker (2014)and Russian director Nikita Mikhalkov (2015)were conferred the coveted honour.

In his career span of five decades, Kwon Taek Im has directed more than a 100 films and has been honoured with a number of awards, including Best Director Award at Cannes Film Festival, 2002 for his movie Chihwaseon.

Born in Changsong, Cheollanam-do, 2 May 1936. He grew up in the southern city Kwangju, where he completed senior high school. His family suffered considerable hardships and losses in the Korean War, so he had to move to Pusan in search of work: he was a labourer before trying to start a business recycling US Army boots into shoes. He moved to Seoul in 1956, where a film director Chung Chang-Hwa offered him work as a production assistant in exchange for room and board. Five years later Chung recommended him as a director, and he completed his first feature in 1962. He was a prolific director of films in various popular genres until the late 1970s but felt a deepening urge to make more serious films that first found in outlet in his 1978 film, Genealogy (1979) (Genealogy). Since 1981's Mandala (1981), he has been considered Korea's leading director. He and his films have won every possible prize in Korea's three annual film awards ceremonies, and a growing number of international festival prizes too. His film Sopyonje (1993) (is the most honoured Korean film ever made, with (to date) 27 domestic and three international prizes; it was also an enormous success in the Korean market.

His complete filmography: “ Hanji (2011); Beyond the Years (2007); Low Life (2004); Strokes of Fire (2002); Chunhyang (2000); Downfall (1997); Festival (1996); Taebek sanmaek (1994); Seopyeonje (1993); General's Son III (1992); Gaebyeok (1991); General's Son II (1991); General's Son (1990); Aje aje bara aje (1989); Yeonsan ilgi (1988); Sibaji (1987); Adada (1987); Ticket (1986); Heureuneun gangmuleul eojji makeorya (1986); Gilsoddeum (1986); Bului dal (1983); Nabipumeseo uleotda (1983); Angae maeul (1983); Oyeomdoen jashikdeul (1982); Woosangui nunmul (1982); Abenko Green Berets (1982); Mandala (1981); Chakko (1980); Gitbaleobtneun gisu (1980); Bokbuin (1980); Shingung (1979); Jeo padowie eoma eolguli (1979); Jokbo (1979); Naeil ddo naeil (1979); Gaggabgodo meon kil (1978); Sangroksu (1978); Imjinrangwa gyewolhyang (1977); Okryegi (1977); Anae (1976); Nakdongkaneun heureuneunga (1976); Maenbalui nunkil (1976); Wangshibri (1976); Eoje, oneul, geurigo naeil (1975); Wae guraetdeonga (1975); Yeonhwa 2 (1975); Yeonhwa (1974); Ulji aneuri (1974); Anaedeului haengjin (1974); Jeungeon (1974); Jabcho (1973); Daechugyeok (1973); Janganmyeonggi obaekwa (1973); Samguk daehyeob (1972); One Returns and the Other Leaves (1972); Myeongdong janhoksa (1972); Myeongdong samgukji (1972); Duljjae eomeoni (1972); Yogeom (1971); Nareul deoisang goerobhiji mara (1971); Weonhan ui tu kkobchu (1971); 30 nyeonmanui daegyeol (1971); Wonhanui geori nuni naerinda (1971); Soknunseobi kin yeoja (1970); Bigeom (1970); Man on the Night Train (1970); A Woman Pursued (1970); Binaerineun seonchangga (1970); Iseulmajeun baekilhong (1970); One-Eyed Mr. Park (1970); Wolhaui geom (1970); Would You Help Me? (1969); Eagle of the Plains (1969); Roegeom (1969); Night of the Full Moon (1969); Escape from Shanghai (1969); Rain on Gomo Bridge (1969); Sanai samdae (1969); Return of the Left-Handed Man (1968); Mongnyeo (1968); Baramgateun sanai (1968); Yohwa Jang Huibin (1968); Manghyang cheonri (1967); Pungunui geomgaek (1967); Cheongsa choryong (1967); Nilniri (1966); Naneum wang-ida (1966); Beobchangeul ullin oki (1966); Jeonjaenggwa yeogyosa (1966); Wanggwa sangno (1965); Bitsoke jida (1965); Yeonghwa mama (1964); Shibnyeon sedo (1964); Dangol jikaksaeng (1964); Shibjamae seonsaeng (1964); Yogmangui gyeolsan (1964); Shinmungo (1963); Mangbuseog (1963); Namjaneun anpallyeo (1963); Danjang lok (1963); Jeonjaenggwa noin (1962) Dumanganga jal itgeola (1962) ” 

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47th International Film Festival of India-47th IFF 2016- 12 award winning films from the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival , May 2016

12 of the films that have won at Cannes International Film Festival 2016 will be screened at IFFI Goa 2016. This includes the winner of Cannes Festival’s highest honour,  the prestigious Palme d’Or.

I, Daniel Blake (UK)

Winner of the Palm d’Or and the Palm Dog Manitarian Award

Directed by Ken Loach, the film won the Palm d’Or, the top prize awarded at Cannes. It was the second Palm d’Or for Loach who won it for The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006). I, Daniel Blake revolves around the life of a middle aged carpenter and a single mother, who find themselves stuck in similar situations. This film will be screened in the Masterstrokes category at IFFI.

2. It’s Only The End Of The World ( Canada)

Winner of the Grand Prix and the Ecumenical Jury Prize

Director Xavier Dolan was just 25 when he stunned the world with Mommy (2014) for which he won the Jury Prize at Cannes. His latest film It’s Only The End Of The World is about Louis, a terminally ill  writer who returns home after a long absence only to bring some unpleasant news to his family. This film will be screened in the  Masterstrokes category at IFFI.

3.  Graduation (Romania)

Winner of Best Director Award

After he made it big on the world stage with 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (which was the opening film at IFFI in 2007), Romanian film maker Cristian Mungiu has established himself as a director to look forward to. Graduationfilm revolves around the life of a doctor and the challenges he has to face as a parent. This film will be a part of the Masterstrokes category at IFFI.

4. The Salesman (Iran)

Winner of the Best Actor and Best Screenplay Award

Asghar Farhadi- the name itself is good enough to send world cinema lovers in a tizzy. Academy Award winner for A Separation (2011), The Salesman is an Iranian-French film directed and scripted by Farhadi. The story is a about a couple who play the lead roles in the local version of  Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. The male lead was played by Shahab Hosseini for which he won the Best Actor and Farhadi took the honors for Best Screenplay. The film is Iran’s entry at the Oscars to be held in 2017

5. Ma’ Rosa (Philippines)

Winner of the Best Actress Award

This Filipino film is directed by Brilliante Mendoza who has made award winning films like Summer Heat (2006), Thy Womb (2012). Shot with portable, inexpensive digital equipment on location in Manila’s poorest neighborhoods, the film revolves around the life of Rosa, portrayed by Jacklyn Jose. Ma’ Rosa will feature in the Masterstrokes category at IFFI. It is the official submission of the Philippines for the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ category of the 89th Academy Awards in 2017.

6.  American Honey ( USA)

Winner of the Prix du Jury (Jury Prize)

American Honey is a British-American directed by Andrea Arnold who has films like Red Road(2006) and the much appreciated Fish Tank (2009) The film is about the adventures of a teenage girl who joins a travelling magazine sales crew also stars Shia LaBeouf  . This movie will be screened in the Cinema of the World category at IFFI.

7. The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Mäki (Finland)

Winner of the Un Certain Regard Award

This Finnish film, directed by Juho Kuosmanen, is a real life story about a famous Finnish boxer Olli Mäki who was in contention for the 1962 World Featherweight title. Shot in Black and White, the film is also the official submission of Finland for the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ category of the 89th Academy Awards in 2017.

8. The Stopover ( France)

Winner of the Un Certain Regard for Best Screenplay Award

The Stopover is a French film directed by sisters Delphine and Muriel Coulin.The story revolves around two young French soldiers who go to Cyprus on a three day leave. This film will be screened in the Cinema of the World Category at IFFI.

9.  Wolf and Sheep ( Afghanistan)

Winner of the Art Cinema Award

Wolf and Sheep is directed by Shahrbanoo Sadat. The film is about an anthropologist who observes isolated shepherd communities in Afghanistan where wolves and sheep share equal importance. The film will be a part of the Centenary Award: Best Debut Feature category at IFFI.

10.  The Neon Demon ( Denmark)

Winner of the Cannes Soundtrack Award

The Neon Demon is a psychological horror film starring  Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, who won the Best Director at Cannes for Drive(2011)  The film is about Jesse, an aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles to pursue her dream. The music is composed by Cliff Martinez and will be screened in the Masterstrokes category at IFFI.

11. The Student (Russia)

Winner of the François Chalais Award

The Student is a Russian film directed by Kirill Serebrennikov. This film is based on a high school student who believes that the world has been lost to evil. Variety called it ” a film that never stops to think; it thinks (and speaks, and shouts) while prodigiously on the move.” The film will feature in the International Competition at IFFI.

12. Tramontane (Lebanon)

Winner of the Grand Golden Rail Award

Tramontane is a Lebanese film directed by Vatche Boulghorijan who makes his debut with this feature. The story revolves around Rabih, a young blind man who is in search of his true identity. This film will be a part of the Centenary Award: Best Debut Feature category at IFFI.

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47th International Film Festival of India(47th IFFI2016) International Jury

The International Jury for IFFI 2016

Ivan Passer (ivan passer)- Chairperson (Czech Republic, USA) - internationally acclaimed Writer and Director .His noted films are ,A loves of a blonde (1965) and Fireman’s blonde (1967). He has received Special Prize for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Larry Smith - Member (UK) - internationally acclaimed Cinematographer and Director, best known for his collaborations with director Nicolas Winding Refn and Stanley Kubrick..

Lordan Zafranovic (lordan zafra-novich) - Member (Croatia) - internationally acclaimed Writer and Director.  He started his feature film career by directing film, Sunday (1969). His documentaries Eyes of Beijing (2003) and China’s Terracotta Warriors (2003) won awards for best director at the Belgrade Festival of Documentary and short film. Documentary and experimental film Symphony of the Heaven City (2004) won the UNESCO Prize for the best documentary in 2004

Nagesh Kukunoor - Member (India) -A well known film maker from India  Hyderabad Blues 1&2, Rockford, Iqbal and Dor are some of his most acclaimed films.

Leila Kilani (Laila Kilani) - Member (Morocco) - She is a director and writer, known for Sur La Planche (2011), Tangier, the Burners' Dream (2003), Our Forbidden Places (2008).

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47TH IFFI-2016 -Indian Panorama Feature and Non-Feature Films announced

47TH IFFI 2016 LOGO Indian Panorama films ,to be screened in Goa at 47th International Film Festival of India, 2016 have been finalized.. 

Non-fature films selected.

The Feature Film Jury constituted of the following Members:

         Rajendra Singh Babu(Chairman)

·        Rama Vij, Producer and Director

·        Arup Manna, Director

·        C. V. Reddy, Producer and Director

·        Girish Mohite, Producer and Director

·        Dr. K. Puttaswamy, Writer

·        N. Krishnakumar, Producer and Director

·        Sabyasachi Mohapatra, Filmmaker

·        Sanjay Pawar, Director and Columnist

·        Satinder Mohan, Critic and Journalist

·        Swapan Mullick, Journalist and Film Critic

·        Uday Shankar Pani, Writer and Filmmaker

·        Shri Ahathian, Producer and Director
 The Jury has recommended Sanskrit film ISHTI Directed  G. Prabha as the Opening Feature Film of Indian Panorama 2016.
The Non-Feature films Jury chaired by well-known documentary filmmaker Arvind Sinha has picked 21 films out of 198 eligible entries. The 7 Members Jury took 15 days to finalize the selections. The Jury constituted of the following Members :
        Aarti Srivastava, Documentary Filmmaker
        Abhijit Mazumdar, Documentary Filmmaker
        Gautam Benegal, Animation Filmmaker
        Madhureeta Anand, Film writer and Director
        RONEL HAOBAM, Documentary Filmmaker
        Prof. Suresh Sharma, Film Critic and Documentary Filmmaker

Ima Sabitri directed by Bobo KH has been chosen as the Opening Film by the Non-Feature Film Jury.  
News Courtesy:PIB  

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46th IFFI - ‘Embrace of the Serpent ‘bags Golden Peacock- Curtains down with award presentation in a grand closing ceremony

Kaushik Ganguly’s ‘Cinemawala’ honoured with the UNESCO-Fellini medal

Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Russian filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov 

The 11 day long  46th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) concluded this evening with a splendid closing rite at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium attended by the Governor of Goa, Ms. Mridula Sinha, Chief Minister of Goa  Shri Laxmikant Parsekar, Union Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and I&B Secretary Shri Sunil Arora. Internationally acclaimed music director A. R. Rahman was the chief gust on the closing ceremony.
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The dance group, which shot to fame after winning reality talent show, India's Got Talent 2 presented a choral-style performance on the musical journey of Indian cinema. Famous Sand Artist, Rahul Arya presented his mesmerizing sand art performance at the ceremony.
 
The Award Winners are:

 ‘Embrace of the Serpent’ (Al Abrazo de la Serpiente) bagged theBest Film Award. The film produced by Christina Gallego and directed by Ciro Guerra depicts the first contact, encounter, approach, betrayal and eventually life transcending friendship between Amazonian shaman Karamakate and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.  The film is shot in the Amazonian rain forest in richly detailed black and white. The Best Film Award comprises the Golden Peacock and a citation with a prize money of Rs 40 lakhs (Rs 4 million) to be shared between the Director and the Producer.

Peter Greenaway bagged The Best Director award  for the film ‘Eisenstein in Guanajuato’. Greenway portrays the lead character Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein as an eccentric, self absorbed artiste who travels to a new place and culture and is forced by the experiences he has there to question his assumptions about himself and Stalinist Russia. Peter Greenway is a British film Director, initially trained as a painter, who later took to film making.  The Best Director is presented with a Silver Peacock, a citation and a prize money of Rs 15 lakhs (Rs 1.5 million)

The Best Actor (Male) award  went to Vincent Lindon for his portrayal of a laid off factory worker Thierry Taogourdeau in the film ‘The Measure of a Man’.  The film, a French social drama turns the spotlight on ordinary people who are pushed by circumstances to the corners.

The Best Actor (Female) award was shared by Gunes Sensoy, Doga Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu, Elit Iscan andIlyada Akdogan for portrayal of role of five young orphaned sisters in the Turkish fim ‘Mustang.  The film set in a remote Turkish village depicts the life of five young orphaned sisters and challenges they face growing up as girls in a conservative society.

The Best Actor – Male and Female awards carrying the Silver Peacock, citation and a prize money of Rs 10 lakhs each (Rs 1 million)

The Special Jury Award went to the Spanish film ‘Sealed Cargo’ (Carga Sellada) directed by Julia Vargas.  The Special Jury Award carries a Silver Peacock, citation and a cash prize of Rs 15 lakhs (Rs 1.5 million)

The Serbian film ‘Enclave’ directed by Goran Radovanovic got the special mention award. The main theme of the film is life of Kosovo Serbs in small isolated communities, called enclaves

The International Jury of IFFI 2015 headed by Shekhar Kapur, UK based director, Micheal Radford, Palestinian based Israel director, Ms. Suha Arraf, German Actress, Julia Jentsch and South Korean filmmaker Jeon Kyu-Hwan were the members in the Jury.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Russian film maker, actor and head of Russian Cinematographers’ Union Nikita Mikhalkov was conferred upon the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 46th International Film Festival of India. Mikhalkov trained as an actor at the Shchukin School and studied direction under Mikhail Romm.  At Home Among Strangers (1974) was his first feature, while he garnered international recognition with ‘A Slave of Love’ .Greatly popular for his portrayal of the memorable Sergei in ‘Burnt by the Sun’, Mikhalkov has built up a reputation as an actor's director, winning numerous international awards.  IFFI 2015 had a special tribute section of Mikhalkov’s films, screening his masterpieces – ‘Sunstroke’, ‘the Barber of Siberia’ and ‘Burnt by the Sun’.  The Lifetime Achievement Award carries a Silver Peacock, certificate, shawl and a scroll along with a cash prize of Rs 10 lakhs (Rs 1 million)

ICFT – UNESCO Fellini Medal

The ICFT – UNESCO Fellini Medal was awarded to Kaushik Ganguly’s ‘Cinemawala’ that focuses on the sad state of single screen cinema halls in West Bengal.  In collaboration with International Council for Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication (ICFT), Paris, and UNESCO the UNESCO Fellini Award was presented at IFFI for the first time this year. This medal is given to a film that reflects the socio-cultural ideals promoted by UNESCO.

Argentinean  crime thriller  ‘El Clan’  was the closing film of the fest . The Clan is a 2015 Argentine crime film directed by Pablo Trapero. It was selected to be screened in the main competition section of the 72nd Venice International Film Festival where director Pablo Trapero won the Silver Lion

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46th IFFI-“Indian cinema has impacted me a lot”-doyen of Russian Film, Nikita Mikhalkov

Nikita Mikhalkov, a known director and Academy award winner  from the Russian cinema has said that, “Indian cinema has great impact on his work. Love and tenderness shown in the films of Raj Kapoor had influenced him since his childhood.   He said that, “Indian cinema is an entirely different planet for me!” Addressing media person at 46th International Film Festival of India 2015 at Goa, Mr   Mikhalkov commented “A film becomes an international film when it is truly national and cultural oriented”.Replying a question about the violence in today world, he got emotional and said has advocated love and passion through his work. “The world has died of its own greed, people value money more than emotions, this leads to violence and aggression”. Nikita Mikhalkov is the son of the famous communist poet Sergey Mikhalkov, who wrote the lyrics of the Soviet national anthem and had strong connections to the Communist Party. Nikita Mikhalkov's mother, Natalya Petrovna Konchalovskaya, was also a poet and daughter of famous painter Pyotr Petrovich Konchalovsky and his wife Olga Vasilievna Surikova, and by her the great granddaughter of another great painter Vasily Surikov. And then last, but not least, Nikita Mikhalkov is the brother of Andrey Konchalovskiy, also a distinguished film director who, unlike Nikita, has worked in the USA.Not only did Mikhalkov direct the Academy Award-winning film "Burnt by the Sun" but he is also well-known as a versatile actor, having appeared in over 40 films, including the role of the Russian Tsar Alexander III in his own "The Barber of Siberia" (1998). Mikhalkov has an impressively long list of wins at the most prestigious film festivals, like Cannes, Venice, Moscow or Karlovy Vary.He thanked the Indian Film festival directorate for conferring Lifetime Achievement Award for 2015 and said he feels proud being included in the list of distinguished personalities who have received the award previously.

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46th IFFI 2015-Training and capacity building can help to produce quality manpower in the field of Film archiving, preservation and restoration: NFAI Director

Speaking on the on going multimedia exhibition at 46th Inter National Film Festival of India, 2015 ParkashMadgum, Director National Films Archive of India (NFAI,ShivendraDungarpur, the founder Director of Film Heritage Foundation and, C SenthilRajan, Director,Directorate of Film Festival said that Film Archiving is   a very challenging task They were addressing a press conference at the media centre to elaborate more on the on going multimedia exhibition at 46th IFFI, 2015. This exhibition was inaugurated by the Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on the  other day.The aim is to preserve every work though preservation exercise is being taken up in phased manner, prioritising films on various criteria.  Underlining the importance of ‘celluloid’ films, the Director,NFAI recalled the remarks of the eminent film maker AdoorGopalakrishnan, that the images on celluloid films are visible against light without any gadget. Training and Capacity building programmes in the field of Preservation and Film Archiving in co-ordination with International Agencies is a very important aspect of the NFHM and can help to produce quality manpower in this field.ShriShivendra Dungarpur said the National Film Heritage Mission (NFHM) is a prestigious project of the Government of India, for acquisition and preservation of filmic heritage of the country.The infrastructure of preservation is most important and needs to be created, he added. He also said that workshops conducted by NFAI provide an opportunity to learn preservation and restoration of films enhancing chances of one’s employability as film preservers.

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46th IFFI-Country Focus ,Kingdom of Spain

"The Kingdom of Spain is the focus country of IFFI 2015. This will provide an opportunity to watch Spanish films of eminent masters from Spain.. The films of master Spanish filmmakers Carlos Saura and Pedro Almadovar along with contemporary filmmakers like Alejandro Amenabar will be screened at the festival. The section will also feature Spanish actress Leticia Dolera's directorial debut 'Requirements to Be a Normal Person'," The other films are  Bad Education(Pedro Almodovar),Goya in Bordeaux (Carlos Saura)Isla Bonita (Fernando Colombo),The Sea Inside(Alejandro Amenabar),Tango (Carlos Saura),Thesis(Alejandro Amenabar),Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown(Pedro Almodovar)

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46th IFFI - Opened with Grace and Glitz

IFFI 2015 Opens in a  glitz mood and screening of the film ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ - Music composer Ilaiyaraaja Receives Centenary Award 

The 46th edition of the International Film Festival of India opened with the lighting of the traditional lamp by Governor of Goa, Mridula Sinha, the Union Minister Information and Broadcasting,  Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley, Minister of Defence, Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of Goa, Laxmikant Parsekar, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Secretary Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Sunil Arora ,  Actor Anil Kapoor as Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour illustrious music composer Ilaiyaraaja. The International Jury Chairman Shekhar Kapur and other members of the Jury Jeon Kyu-hwan, Julia Jentsch, Michael Radford and Suha Arraf were also present. The other Celebrities present on the occasion included Sonakshi Sinha, Kabir Khan, Dev Patel, Devika Bhise and Sushant Singh among others.

 The opening performance – the choreographed welcome song ‘IFFI mein aapka welcome…swagatam’ and live dance performances by Anil Kapoor attracted the audience. 

 During his inaugural address Jaitley said that the International Film Festivals give filmmakers a chance to interact with fellow filmmakers and provide opportunities to showcase the best domestic and international talents. He said that there could not be a better opportunity than a Film Festival to celebrate the excellence of cinema. 

 The Union Minister  Arun Jaitley jointly with Chief Guest Anil Kapoor presented the Centenary Award to the great music composer Ilaiyaraaja. Indian Centenary Personality of the Year award consists of a trophy, a cash component of Rs. 10 lakh and a citation.Regarded as one of the finest music composers in India, Ilaiyaraaja is also an instrumentalist, conductor, singer, and songwriter. 

 In his welcome address, the Chief Minister of Goa,Laxmikant Parsekar said that film is not only a source of entertainment but also art and a powerful medium of education. Earlier welcoming the guests and participants, Sunil Arora, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting briefed the audience about the details of the Festival. A book ‘Legends of Indian Silver Screen” brought out by Publication Division of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting was also released by the Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley.The famous Art Director and production designer Sabu Cyril is the designer for all sets and logo of IFFI 2015.

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46th IFFI-Indian Panorama inaugurated by Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting inaugurated the Indian Panorama section of the 46th IFFI at the Inox theatre complex. The Minister  along with Sunil Arora, Secretary I&B also felicitated the jury members of Feature and Non Feature Film category. They also felicitated the Directors and other cast & crew of the opening films in the Feature and Non-Feature category at the Indian Panorama section at IFFI-2015. Sanskrit film "Priyamanasam"  directed by Vinod  Mankara is the opening film in the feature section, while film "Goonga Pehalwan", based on the life and struggles of Virender Singh, one of India's most accomplished deaf athletes kick-started the non-feature category. “Films are a very important and powerful medium in spreading message across the world. It promotes friendship. Films made in any part of the world are enjoyed across the globe irrespective of language,"  Rathore saidwhile inaugurating the section..Indian Panorama is Government’s initiative to select films of cinematic, thematic and aesthetic excellence and to showcase to the world. This year out of record number of entries of 238 feature films and 146 non-feature films, 26 feature films and 21 non-feature films had been selected by the Indian Panorama Jury. The selection in the feature film category included 7 Bengali, 5 Hindi, 4 Malyalam, 4 Marathi and 1 each in Kannada, Konkani, Sanskrit, Tamil and Wancho (Arunachal Pradesh) languages.

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46th IFFI-Indian Panorama section of 46th International Film Festival of India 2015 -list released

Ottaal, Lukka Chuppi, Ain and Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal  from Malayalam.

Seven films from Bengali, five from Hindi, four each from Marathi and Malayalam, one each from Tamil, Kannada, Arunachali, Konkani, Sanskrit and Bodo.

PRIYAMANASAM (Sanskrit) directed by Vinod Mankara has been chosen as the opening Film in the Indian Panorama section of  the 46th International Film Festival of India 2015.  Given below is the complete list of 26 Feature Films that would be screened in the fest which would be held at Panaji,Goa from 20th November to 30th November.

 S.lno ... Title ...   Language ....   Director

1. Radiopetti (Tamil )Hari Viswanath

 2. Nanu Avanalla…….Avalu (Kannada) B.S. Lingadevaru

3. Ramsingh Charile (Hindi) Nitin Kakkar

 4. The Head Hunter Wancho (Arunachali) Nilanjan Datta

5. Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa (Hindi) Buddhadeb Dasgupta

6. Rajkahini (Bengali) Srijit Mukherji

7. Pakaram (Bengali )Sankar Debnath

8. Nachom-ia Kumpasar (Konkani) Bardroy Barretto

9. Lukka Chuppi (Malayalam) Bash Mohammed

10. The Silence (Marathi )Gajendra Ahire

11. Nanak Shah Fakir (Hindi) A.K. Bir

12. Priyamanasam (Sanskrit )Vinod Mankara

13. Sohra Bridge (Bengali) Bappaditya Bandopadhyay

14. Ottaal (Malayalam) Jayaraj

15. Katyar Kaljat Ghusali (Marathi) Subodh Bhave

16. Cinemawala (Bengali )Kaushik Ganguly

17. Natoker Moto (Bengali) Debesh Chatterjee

18. Ain (Malayalam) Sidhartha Siva

19. Koti (Marathi )Suhaas Surykant Bhosale

20. Masaan (Hindi) Neeraj Ghaywan

21. Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal (Malayalam) Dr. Biju

22. Kadambari (Bengali )Suman Ghosh

23. Onyo Opalaa (Bengali) Satarupa Sanyal

24. Dau Huduni Methai (Bodo) Manju Borah

 25. Bajrangi Bhaijaan (Hindi )Kabir Khan

26. *Court (Marathi )Chaitanya Tamhane

*(included being the Best Feature Film in 62nd National Film Award)

The Jury for Feature Films, headed by filmmaker Aribam Syam Sharma has selected 26 films out of 230 eligible entries. The 13 Members Jury took 27 days to finalize the selections. The Jury constituted of the following Members : I. Shri Tapan Biswas, Producer 2. Shri Mahesh Aney, Cinematographer3. Ms. Bhagirathi, Actress/Director4. Shri Dilip Patnaik, Director 5. Shri Phonsok Ladakhi, Actor/Director 6 Shri Praveen Sattaru, Director 7. Major Ravi, Director/Actor

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46th IFFI 2015- pays Special tribute to film personalities who passed away last year including K Balachander, Ravindra Jain, M.S. Vishwanathan Aadesh Shrivastava and Manorama

International Film Festival ,would pay homage to the film personalities who passed away last year, in the forth coming  46th  International Film Festival of India (IFFI)2015. The list include Dadasaheb Phalke Award winners director K. Balachander and producer D. Ramanaidu , celebrated music composers Ravindra Jain, M.S. Viswanathan and Aadesh Shrivastava, actors Deven Verma, Manorama and Indra Bania, producer Eddida Nageshwar Rao ,film directors Nirad Mohapatra and Bidyut Chakravarty.The most memorable films of all these eminent film personalities will be screened in the festival.

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Retrospective of Shashi Kapoor films in 46th IFFI 2015

46th International Film Festival of India 2015 has included a Special Retrospective of Shashi Kapoor films among others. Government of India conferred Shashi Kapoor  this year’s Dadasaheb Phalke Award.Shashi appeared in 160 movies including 12 English and 148 Hindi films out of which he played the solo lead hero in 61 films and played lead hero in 53 multi-star cast films. He has also produced 6 films including Junoon, which won National Award in 1979.The special Retrospective section will screen 8   films of Shashi Kapoor including   Junoon(19790, New Delhi Times (1986), Utsav (1984), In Custody (Muhafiz) (1993), Kalyug (1981), Deewar (1975), Shakespearwallah (1965) and House holder (1963).

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45th IFFI - Russian Film ‘Leviathan’ adjudged as best film and awarded the Golden Peacock

The Russian Film ‘Leviathan’ has been awarded the Golden Peacock at the 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI).. Mrs Mridula Sinha, Governor of Goa and Waheeda Rehman, actress of yester years jointly presented the award to the director Andrey Zvyagintsev at a glittering closing ceremony of the 45th IFFI at Goa .

"Leviathan" is a modern day retelling of the Biblical story of Jobs set in contemporary Russia. Kolia lives in a small town near the Barents Sea, in North Russia. He has his own auto-repair shop. His shop stands right next to the house where he lives with his young wife Lilya and his son from a previous marriage Romka.

Vadim Sergeyich, the Mayor of the town, wants to take away his business, his house and his land. First he tries buying off Kolia but Kolia isn’t interested in money, he doesn’t want to lose everything he has: not only the land, but also all the beauty that has surrounded him from the day of his birth. As Vadim Sergeyich starts being more aggressive, Kolia asks his best friend Dmitri, a lawyer from Moscow, to help him, unaware that this would change his life forever.

“Andrei Zvyagintsev's Leviathan is a sober and compelling tragic drama of corruption and intimidation in contemporary Russia, set in a desolate widescreen panorama. This is a movie which seems to be influenced by the Old Testament and Elia Kazan; it starts off looking like a reasonably scaled drama about a little guy taking on big government. Then it escalates to a new plane in which man is taking on the biggest, most cruel and implacable government of all, and the final sequence of devastation must surely be influenced by the final moments of Tarkovsky's The Sacrifice.”(The Guardian)
The best director award was given to Nadav Lapid for the Israeli film ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’ for an impressive portrayal of a prodigy poet and enigmatic teacher.

The best actor (Female) award was shared by two actors, both for their roles as teachers in two different films. Alina Rodriguez was awarded with Best Actor (Female) for her portrayal of a teacher in a Cuban film ‘Behaviour’. Sarit Larry also got the best actor (Female) award for her outstanding performance as a teacher in the film ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’. The Best Actor (Male) award was also shared by two actors. Alexey Serebryakov, who won the best actor award for his role in the film ‘Leviathan’ and Dular Sarkar, a dwarf actor won the best actor award for his lead role in the Bengali film, Chhotober Chhobi. His acting depicts the struggle for survival of a community in a socially hostile environment.

The Marathi film, Ek Hajarachi Note had the distinction of getting two awards. It was given the Special Jury Award and the Centenary Award for best film. The director of the film, Shrihari Sathe received the awards.

The Lifetime Achievement award was given to Wong Kar-Wai ,the  Chinese film maker.. Wong Kar-Wai said that he is very much moved as well as honoured by the award. He appreciated the hospitality extended to him and the support to Chinese Cinema at IFFI.  Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Minister of State of the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting appreciated the effort by the social-media team of Information and Broadcasting Ministry which created a special programme ’Talkathon’ which served as a platform for interaction between the audience and film experts/personalities on social media at IFFI . Earlier, Laxmikant Parsekar , Chief Minister of Goa, announced that efforts would be made to enhance infrastructure in Goa as the number of the delegates at IFFI is growing phenomenally and this year the number of delegates reached a record high of 13 thousand. Artistes from the North-East gave scintillating performances encapsulating various dance forms from the region.

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Technology has driven mankind to a mad race and so also cinema - Dr. Rashmi Doraiswamy

A panel discussion on technology versus creativity in cinema was held at the 45th IFFI today. Ashok Rane, the Director of Indian Film Academy opined that while technology on one hand has made cinema production easier, it has snatched away the longevity of the film on the other. The story value in the film is being undermined by technology as the producers are focusing on technology at the cost of the story.

Another panelist, Dr. Rashmi Doraiswamy, who is a Professor at the Academy of Third World Studies at Jamia Millia Islamia, subscribing to the observations of Mr. Rane said that, technology has driven mankind to a mad race and the same has happened in cinema also. In technology there is no space for silence and instead of mind, the cinema is catering to the body. She however, appreciated technology for making low-budget films possible.

M.K. Raghavendra, film scholar and critic also participated in the deliberations Replying to a query Raghavendra said that science fictions have nothing to do with progress in the field of science and a number of countries who have made strides in science have hardly rolled out much science fictions.

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IDPA and DD National signing M.O.U to showcase documentary films . Plans to create a Welfare Trust for Independent producers on the anvil says Mike Pandey

The Independent Documentary Producers’ Association (IDPA) has made a milestone achievement with the signing of a 5-year contract with Doordarshan to showcase documentaries from all across India., Mike Pandey , the President of IDPA and documentary film maker disclosed this at a press conference which he addressed along with Priti Chandriani , IDPA General Secretary at the 45th IFFI in Goa today. Mike Pandey said that the MOU has been signed with DD National , and under the MOU, the documentary makers will be paid substantially , which will help them to recover their costs to an extent.

Explaining the significance of documentary films, Mike Pandey said that they have an educational purpose and must be promoted in partnership with the government as well as banks/institutions under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). For this, IDPA proposes to approach the government to set up a TV channel for value based educational films for which the IDPA will partner with the government and various other agencies. Such a channel will help to achieve better programmes like Swachhta Abhiyan, women’s and children’s health, environment conservation among others by showcasing these issues with the help of documentaries, he added.

Giving more details, the IDPA President said that IDPA is trying to create a Welfare Trust for Independent Producers to help them in times of crises. The documentary film makers are educators of future , what they are capturing today will be part of history tomorrow eg documentary films on Jawahar Lal Nehru. Accordingly, the IDPA plans to hold festivals in Universities across India, he added. Mike Pandey said that they are willing to create IDPA centres in states for regular screening of documentary films . He urged the organisers of IFFI to give opportunity to documentary film makers to showcase their films at the IFFI for which a documentary lounge should be created to enable buyers and other film makers to view the films , discuss and negotiate. Documentary film makers should also be honoured and given awards at the IFFI, he added.

Answering a question on agreements for co-production with foreign film makers, Mike Pandey said that several bottlenecks exist including getting clearances and double taxation among others.

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‘RI’ - the low cost, national Award Winning, Khasi Film at the 45th IFFI

‘RI’ has, militancy in Meghalaya as its background but actually it ,deals with human feelings and relationships, says Pradip Kurbah , the Director of the Khasi film in  the 45th IFFI. Addressing  the media  in the Press room of 45TH International Film Festival of India in Goa, Pradip said that film making in Meghalaya has picked up only recently . The infrastructure for screening films is very poor in the state, government support is yet to begin and the challenge of ever-changing technology makes it difficult for film makers to give technically good productions. The Director, working in the field of Khasi film industry since the age of seventeen said that the film RI was shot in 18 days with a total budget of only Rs 22 lakhs. Films in local language get quickly displaced by Bollywood Blockbusters, due to which they have to take the film to villages and show them on projectors, he revealed. Such films can’t recover costs due to this difficulty and making a new film is a struggle even for an established director, he added. The lead actor Merlvin Mukhim explained that the film portrays the common collective past of the North-East and has been made to educated today’s youth.

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45 th IFFI -Films around 90 minutes are” fast food films”-Shaji Karun

Speaking in a press conference at 45th International Film Festival of India ,Director from Kerala and director of Panorama entry Sopaanam,” ,Shaji N Karun said that he made the film with 200 minutes purposely as Films around 90 minutes are” fast food films”. . ‘Art transcends everything. So is the art of sound for a male drummer and the body for a female danseuse ,Shaji added. Krishnan Unni,the sound recordist and sound visualizer said he used  11.1 sound and recorded the sounds of ‘Chenda ‘out door to keep the quality of the sound.He added that he used around 60 sound tracks in some points to incorporate the desired effect. Saji Nair, cinematographer also addressed the media

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Literature has not its place in Cinema and News-Items both are Likely to form baseline for Cinema

In a brainstorming session on ‘have newspapers replaced literature as a source for cinema’ at 45th IFFI , panelists opined that although a trend for picking up newspaper-headlines as raw-material for movies has emerged of late, yet the literature has not altogether vanished from the cinema. Initiating the discussion, senior film critic Ratnottama Sengupta put forth the common perception that cinema today was losing seriousness after it started borrowing less from the literature. She however termed the discussion as the first such interaction between the film critic circle on one hand and media as a whole on the other. She said, it’s a paradox that film criticism, most of the times talks about actors and their lifestyle but remains silent on the hurdles, commercial viability and infrastructure available to the cinema. ShiladityaSen, a senior film journalist expressed his concern over lack of aesthetics and cinema language in the regional films. He said, there are two awards for ‘original screenplay’ and for ‘adapted screenplay’ that would enthuse filmmakers to write their own films. Odiafilm director SabyasachiMohapatra structured his film AdimBichar on SahityaAkademi winner but found it difficult to release it in theatres because it was seen as serious film, he said.

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Talkathon@IFFI a new initiative to connect virtual space

The Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore inaugurated 'Talkathon@IFFI-Connecting Virtual Space with Physical World' by video conferencing, at the 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2014), in Panaji, Goa . Film DirectorDavid Dhawan, Director, IFFI, Shankar Mohan, Actor Manish Paul and Actress & Kathak Dancer Prachi Shah were also present. How do you make film lovers around the world participate in IFFI 2014? Talkathon @ IFFI has an answer for this. This new media initiative covering Twitter, Facebook and YouTube gives an opportunity to twitterati from India and abroad to ask questions to a panel of film makers, actors and festival organizers through tweets or Facebook or other social media.

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45th IFFI-Cinema Means Love and Responsibility not Business: Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Cinema has different meanings for different persons. For me Cinema is love and responsibility towards society and not  pure business, says Mohsen Makhmalbaf, one of the legend film makers in Iran contemporary World.. Interacting with the press at 45th International Film Festival of India, he said that he loves India for its culture, diversity of ideas, philosophies and Gandhi’s idea of non-violence. He loves Indian audience for the way they comment, share and discuss cinema. He narrated that as a child he could not watch cinema because of religious views of his grandmother. She used to tell him that those watching cinema are cursed to go to hell. He was arrested for political reasons and was in jail for five years. He suffered bullet injuries and underwent three surgeries. Getting access to books after six months in jail, he read about 2000 books in four years of imprisonment. Initially influenced by revolutionary ideas of Che Guevara, he came to appreciate ideas of non-violence as preached by Mahatma Gandhi. He said that his family has five film makers, three are women and two men are in minority. His wife MarziehMeshkinihas directed ‘The Day I Became a Woman’ (RooziKeZanShodam) which is being screened at the IFFI. The film is on the status of Iranian women.

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45th IFFI -Indian Panorama Opened with Screening of ‘The Last Adieu’ and ‘Elizabeth Ekadashi’

Indian Panorama 2014 opened here with the screening of Non-Feature Film ‘The Last Adieu’ and Feature Film‘Elizabeth Ekadashi’. The opening unfolded with Chief Guest actor ManojBajpaialong with Festival Director, Shankar Mohan felicitating the jury of both Non-Feature Film and Feature Film sections. Those felicitated included Non-Feature Films jury AbhiramBhadkamkar, BabuKambrath, OinamDoren, R. Buvana, ShilaDatta and Vivek Mohan. The jury of Feature Films includes A.K. Bir (Chairman), SatarupaSanyal, VinodGanatra, Ganga RajuGunnam, UtpalBorpujari, OinamGautam Singh, GautamanBhaskaran, Sameer Hanchate.

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Slawomir Idziak from Poland is the Jury Chairman of International Jury of the 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI)

Slawomir Idziak from Poland is a noted cinematographer, screenwriter, director and lecturer is the Jury Chairman of the 45th IFFI.The other members include Zhang Jianya, a filmmaker from China, Marie Brenner, a New York based writer, Seema Biswas, Actress from Assam and Nadia Dresti, the head of International Locarno Film Festival.

Slawomir Idziak has worked with cinema legends such as Krzysztof Kieslowski, Andrzej Wajda and Krzysztof Zanussi. He has received a number of awards and distinctions in Berlin, Venice, Prague, Auckland and Gdynia. He was also nominated for BAFTA cesar and Oscar awards.

Zhang Jianya’s work includes Red Elephant, Kidnap of Carajan, The Hero, Red Snow, The Dream is Alive. Because of his outstanding achievements, Zhang was named one of the most important representatives of China’s fifth generation directors.

Marie Brenner has published 5 books, including ‘Great Dames: What I Learned from Older Women’, House of Dreams and The Bingham Family of Louisville. Her expose of the tobacco industry “The Man Who Knew Too Much”, was basis for the 1999 movie The Insider, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards.

Seema Biswas Actress from Assam won the 1996 national Film Award for Best Actress for her role in Bandit Queen. Biswas won Canada’s Genie Award for her role as the widow Shakuntala in Deepa Mehta’s Water (2005).

Nadia Dresti the other member of International Jury is specialist of film promotion, public and press relations.

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Curtain will rise for the 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) at Goa tomorrow

178 Films from 79 countries during eleven day festival

26 feature and 15 non-feature films in Indian Panorama

The 45th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will take off at Panaji ,Goa with a gala show of music and dance from 20th to 30th November, 2014. The 11-day film fiesta will project the excellence  of the film art and  film cultures of 79 countries.  The 2014 edition of the Festival is 11th in a row at Panaji,Goa. Speaking to the media at the press conference Director Festival Shankar Mohan informed the media that Amitabh Bachchan  will be the Chief Guest at the opening ceremony while,JeonSoo-il (South Korea),Mohsen Makhmalbaf(Iran)and Polish film maker KrzysztofZanussi would be the Guests of Honour. Actor AnupamKher and RaveenaTandon will compere the programme.The other celebrities to be present include Jaya Bhduri Bachan ,ShekharKapur,SatishKaushik, and RoopaGanguli.

Rajnikant would be bestowed with Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year. The award was instituted last year to commemorate 100 years of Indian Cinema. Chinese Film maker Wong KarWai would receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. “The President” directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Iran) will be the opening film while the festival will close with “The Grandmaster” by Wong KarWai (China).

China is the focus country for the festival. IFFI 2014 would screen 178 films from 79 countries across different categories which include World Cinema (61 films), Master-strokes (11 films), Festival Kaleidoscope (20 films), Soul of Asia (7 films), Documentaries (6 films), Animated Films (6 films). Besides, Indian Panorama section would include 26 Feature and 15 Non-Feature Films. North-East being the focus region of the festival, IFFI 2014 would be showcasing 7 films from North Eastern part of India. Regional cinema would also be an integral part of the festival. Retrospective sections on Gulzar and JahnuBaruah, Special Homage films on Richard Attenborough, Robin Williams, ZohraSehgal, SuchitraSen, and special tribute to Farooq Sheikh would be other attractions this year. A special section of films that focus on dance, personality based retrospectives, and Masterclasses/workshopswould also form a part of IFFI 2014. 

The new attraction is open air Screening of Indian filmsat Campal Football Ground for the general public free of cost on first come first basis. The screening will open with film “Gandhi” on 21st November,2014 at 7.30 P.M and will show an Indian film every day at the same time and venue till 27th November,2014.Besides the world premieres, IFFI 2014 offers a repertoire of activities, such as The Film Bazar, 3D Films, Dinners, Master classes, Stalls and Open-Air Screenings for the delegates.

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45th IFFI -Lifetime Achievement award to Wong Kar Wai

Wong Kar Wai , Celebrated Hong Kong director will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award at the 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), to be held in Goa from November 20-30. Wong Kar-wai (born 17 July 1956) is   ‘a Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker, internationally renowned as an auteur for his visually unique, highly stylised, emotionally resonant work, including Ah fei zing zyun (1990), Dung che sai duk (1994), Chung Hing sam lam (1994), Do lok tin si (1995), Chun gwong cha sit (1997), 2046 (2004) and My Blueberry Nights (2007), Yi dai zong shi (2013). His film Fa yeung nin wa (2000), starring Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung, garnered widespread critical acclaim. Wong's films frequently feature protagonists who yearn for romance in the midst of a knowingly brief life and scenes that can often be described as sketchy, digressive, exhilarating, and containing vivid imagery. Wong was the first Chinese director to win the Best Director Award of Cannes Film Festival (for his work Chun gwong cha sit in 1997). Wong was the President of the Jury at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, which makes him the only Chinese person to preside over the jury at the Cannes Film Festival. He was also the President of the Jury at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival in February 2013. In 2006, Wong accepted the National Order of the Legion of Honour: Knight (Highest Degree) from the French Government. In 2013, Wong accepted Order of Arts and Letters: Commander (Highest Degree) by the French Minister of Culture’.

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Paresh Mokashi"s "Elizabeth Ekadashi" would be the Opening Film of the Indian Panorama section of 45th IFFI

Paresh Mokashi's upcoming film 'Elizabeth Ekadashi' is chosen as the Opening Film of the Indian Panorama section of the 45th edition of the International Film Festival of India 2014 (IFFI). 'Harishchandrachi Factory' ,Paresh Mokashi’s  directorial debut film  released in 2009, was selected as India's official entry to Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film Category.   It also won many a awards including 56th National Film Awards: National Film Award for Best Feature Film in          Marathi ,2008 – John Abraham National Awards in the fourth edition of SIGNS, 2009 – Ahmedabad International Film Festival: Best Feature Film, 2009 – 18th Aravindan Puraskaram: Best Debutant Director , 2009 – Balasaheb Sarpotdar Award: Best Feature Film, 2009 – Gollapudi Srinivas Award: Best Debutant Director,2009 – 14th International Film Festival of Kerala: Hassan Kutty Award for Best Debut Indian Film,2009 – 46th Maharashtra State Film Awards(Best Feature Film,Best Director,Best Art Direction: Nitin Chandrakant Desai,2009 – India's Official entry: Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film,2009 – 1st International Film Festival Kolhapur: Public Choice Award,2009 – Marathi International Film and Theatre Awards: Best Screenplay,2009 – Pune International Film Festival: Best Director (Marathi Section) 2009 – V Shantaram Award: Best Costume: Mridul Patwardhan, Mahesh Sherla, Geeta Godbole, and 2010 – Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles: Audience Choice Awards 'Shwaas' (2004),  was his first film in Marathi won many awards. 'Elizabeth Ekadashi' is a story about a kid and his group of friends who stay in Pandharpur. The director promises that the film will be an entertaining watch for the young and the old alike. 

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45th IFFI -The President’ directed by Mohsin Makhmalbaf is the opening film

The 45th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), organized by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting ,Govt of India is all set to open on November 20 with the screening of the Iranian film ‘The President’ directed by Mohsin Makhmalbaf. The story concerns an ageing dictator in an unnamed country, known only as the President, played by Georgian actor Misha Gomiashvilli. “When his exhausted regime’s sadism, cynicism and brutality become too much to bear, there is a coup. His grotesquely spoilt wife and daughters flee the country but the President is left behind with his adored grandson (Dachi Orvelashvilli), whose parents have been killed in the revolution. The President has always had a mawkish fondness for this boy - a projection of his own infantilised status and pampered privilege. They steal ragged clothes and a guitar and the old man and child have to disguise themselves as a travelling street musician and his dancing monkey-boy, and live among the people they oppressed; the bounty on their heads rises inexorably and all the time they fear discovery and violent death at the hands of a newly disloyal military which the President (clearly a former army officer) indoctrinated in savagery” .The film has already been presented at the Venice Film Festival.

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45TH International Film Festival of India 2014(45th IFFI)- Indian Panorama -26 Feature Films selected

The Jury for Feature Films, headed by renowned filmmakerA.K.Bir selected the following 26 Feature Films for the Indian Panorama section of the 45th International Film Festival of India  which would run from November 20 to 30-  2014

Othello( Assamese) Hemanta Kumar Das.
Punashcha ( Bengali )Souvik Mitra.
Chotoder Chobi (Bengali) Kaushik Ganguly.
Bodhon(Bengali) Ayananshu Banerjee.
Jodi Love Dile Na Praane (Bengali) Ms. Sudeshna Roy &Mr. Abhijit Guha.
Teenkahon (Bengali )Bauddhayan Mukherji.
Gour Hari Dastaan -The freedom File (Hindi) Ananth Narayan Mahadevan.
Ankhon Dekhi (Hindi )Rajat Kapoor.
1-December ( Kannada) P. Sheshadri.
Ri  (Khasi ) Pradip  Kurbah.
1983 (Malayalam) Abrid Shine.
North 24 Kaatham (Malayalam )Anil Radhakrishnan  Menon.
Njan Steve Lopez (Malayalam) Rajeev Ravi.
Drishyam( Malayalam) Jeethu Joseph.
Munnariyippu( Malayalam) Venu.
Swapaanam( Malayalam) Shaji N. Karun.
Njaan( Malayalam) Ranjith.
Ek Hazarachi Note( Marathi) Shrihari Sathe.
Elizabeth Ekadashi (Marathi )Paresh Mokashi.
Killa (Marathi )Avinash Arun.
Dr. Prakash Baba Amte The Real Hero (Marathi )Samruddhi Porey.
Yellow( Marathi )Mahesh Limaye.
Lokmanya Ek Yugpurush( Marathi )Om Raut.
A Rainy Day (Marathi) Rajendra Talak.
Adim Vichar (Odiya) Sabyasachi Mohapatra.
Kuttram Kadithal (Tamil )Bramma G.
Elizabeth Ekadashi (Director:Paresh Mokashi ) has been chosen as the Opening Film by the Feature Film Jury of Indian Panorama 2014.

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