49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2018), in Panaji, Goa
I&B Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Actor Akshay Kumar and Director Karan Johar, at the inauguration of the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2018), in Panaji, Goa on November 20, 2018.

Israel to be Country Focus @ International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2018

The 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2018 will be held in Goa from 20th to 28th November, 2018. 49th edition of the festival will showcase 212 films from over 68 countries, which reflects diversity of taste. International Competition section has 15 films out of which 3 are Indian. Competition section itself represents films produced and co-produced by 22 countries.

Festival Kaleidoscope section carries 20 critically acclaimed international films that have been to major film festivals and majority of them being multiple award winners. This is one of the most sought after sections of the festival that showcases best and top films of the year.

World Panorama section has 67 films which are specially curated for the festival. This includes 4 World Premiers, 2 International Premiers, 15 Asia Premiers and 60 India Premiers. This year World Panorama section presents 15 films which are Oscar submissions from respective countries.

Wild at Heart Master in His Craft: Retrospective section of Ingmar Bergman: 2018 marks the 100-year anniversary of Ingmar Bergman’s birth. On this occasion when 100-Year Jubilee is in full swing across the globe, IFFI showcases best 7 films of his career. A documentary on Bergman titled “Bergman Island” directed by Marie Nyrerod which presents the master behind the camera has also been included in this section. The official opening of this section is scheduled on 21st with Panel discussion followed by the screening of ‘Wild Strawberries’.

David Dhawan

Director, David Dhawan and the Actor, Varun Dhawan at the Red Carpet, during the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2018), in Panaji, Goa on November 25, 2018.

The Festival will open with World Premiere of ‘The Aspern Papers’ with international star cast. The Aspern Papers tells a story of obsession, grandeur lost and dreams of Byronic adventures. Delegation: Jonathan Rhys Meyers (lead actor)- Golden Globe winner, Joely Richardson (lead actress)- Oscar nominated actress, Julia Robins (actress), Morgane Polanski (actress and daughter of Roman Polanski), Nicolas Hau (actor) and  Julien Landais (director).

Every year IFFI features a Country of Focus that brings out the cinematic excellence and contributions of that particular Country. In its 49th edition of IFFI, the Country of Focus will be Israel. Ten films in collaboration with the Consulate General of Israel in Mumbai, have been selected for the country focus package. The opening film for the Country Focus Section is ‘The Other Story’ by Avi Nesher. Important celebrities from Israel including the famous Israeli Actor, Alon Aboutboul, as our special guest from Israel, who has worked in several Hollywood films including, Rambo III, Munich by Steven Spielberg, Body of Lies by Ridley Scott and The Dark Knight Rises to name a few. The Indo-Israeli Co-production Seminar is slated to be held on 22nd November,2018.

A State focus section has been proposed for the 49th IFFI, 2018. This section will focus on the films of one of the Indian States, thus shedding light on the art and culture of that particular state. Jharkhand has been selected as the State of Focus for 49th IFFI 2018 and Jharkhand Day will be celebrated on 24th November,2018 as part of the festival. Movies in the Jharkhand Package include Death in the Gunj, Ranchi Diaries, Begum Jaan with others.

The International Competition jury comprises John Irvin, Adrian Sitaru, Polish Director Robert Glinski, Anna Ferraioli Ravel and Indian member Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.

IFFI collaborates with the International Council for Film, Audiovisual Communication (ICFT) Paris, to present a special ICFT prize consisting of the UNESCO Gandhi Medal to a film which reflects the ideals promoted by UNESCO. This year 10 films will be showcased for selection of a film to be presented with this coveted award.

Masterclasses and In-conversation section will feature several renowned celebrities from the Film Industry including Prasoon Joshi, Dan Wolman, Sreekar Prasad, Anil Kapoor, Sumit Israni, Boney Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Jahnvi Kapoor, David Dhawan, Varun Dhawan , Rohit Dhawan, Jairaj, Kaushik Ganguly,Shaji Karun, Srijit Mukhrjee, Sridhar and Sreeram Raghvan, Anupama Chopra, Rajiv masand, Bhawana Somaaya, Jason Hafford, Meghna Gulzar, Leena Yadav, Gauri Shinde.

A retrospective of films of the recipient of the most prestigious film award of the Country, Dadasaheb Phalke Award is showcased during IFFI. This year Vinod Khanna received the award posthumously. IFFI will be showcasing some of his best films including Achanak, Lekin and Amar Akbar Anthony.

Retrospective of the Lifetime Achievement Awardee section recognises the contribution of our Lifetime Achievement Awardee in the field of Cinema by showcasing some of his/her best films. This year Dan Wolman from Israel will be honored with LTA.

‘Homages’ section pays tribute to the film personalities of our country who has taken refuge in the abode of God. This year homage will be paid to Shashi Kapoor, Sridevi, M.Karunanidhi and Kalpana Lajmi. in the International Homages this year we will pay tribute to Terence Marsh, Milos Forman, and Anne V Coates.

A Special Package for Visually Impaired Children special screenings with audio description will be organized for the children who are visually impaired. The festival will showcase the movies ‘Sholay’ and ‘Hichki’ under this section. This year there will be a special presentation of Tunisian films.

News Update| 20 November 2018| 49th edition of IFFI to open today

 The 49th edition of the International Film Festival of India will open today with the gala opening ceremony that will showcase the theme of New India through a variety of genres of cinema. This would entail a 90-minute power-packed programme incorporating elements and narratives of the rich and diverse kaleidoscope of the Indian film heritage and industry.

The colourful opening ceremony will showcase the themes of history, action and romance. Audiences will get to watch an array of on-stage scintillating performances by mainstream Bollywood artists – with Sonu Sood doing an action packed set, Shilpa Rao doing a romantic bit and dancers opening the ceremony with a mesmerising act.

The ceremony will be graced by Governor of Goa, Mridula Sinha; Union Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Rathore; PWD Minister Sudin Madhav Dhavalikar; and Chairperson, Film Certification Appellate Tribunal, Prasoon Joshi. Apart from this, a host of celebrities will walk the red carpet, giving added colour to the ceremony. Amongst the big personalities, it will have Akshay Kumar, Karan Johar, Julien Landais, Hrishita Bhatt, Madhur Bhandarkar, Subhash Ghai, Arijit Singh, Ramesh Sippy and Chin Han.

The ceremony is being held at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium, Goa, from 4.30 pm onwards. The opening ceremony will go live on DD National at 4.30pm

What to Expect from IFFI 2018

26 feature and 21 non – feature Indian films are selected by the Indian Panorama Jury to be screened as part of this section out of the hundreds of entries sent by filmmakers from various parts of the country. The feature film jury selected the film OLU directed by Shaji N Karun as the opening feature film of Indian Panorama 2018. The Non-Feature film Jury selected the film Kharvas directed by Aditya Suhas Jambhale as the Opening non-feature film of Indian Panorama 2018.

This edition of the festival will showcase 212 films from over 68 countries which reflects diversity of taste. International Competition section has 15 films out of which 3 are Indian. Competition section itself represents films produced and co-produced by 22 countries.

In its 49th edition of IFFI, the Country of Focus will be Israel. Ten films in collaboration with the Consulate General of Israel in Mumbai, have been selected for the country focus package. The opening film for the Country Focus Section is ‘The Other Story’ by Avi Nesher.

A State focus section has been proposed for the 49th IFFI, 2018. This section will focus on the films of one of the Indian States, thus shedding light on the art and culture of that particular state. Jharkhand has been selected as the State of Focus for 49th IFFI 2018 and Jharkhand Day will be celebrated on 24th November,2018 as part of the festival. Movies in the Jharkhand Package include Death in the Gunj, Ranchi Diaries, Begum Jaan with others.

Sketch on Screen (Animation Film Package) is a section which has been proposed for the 49th IFFI, 2018. This section will screen around 3 International Feature Length Films done in collaboration with Indian studios.

Open Air Screenings are organized during the festival where a large screen is put up in a vast open area. This year as an extension of the Khelo India Branding, Indian Sports Biopics will be screened at the 49th IFFI.Films .Included in the section are Gold, Mary Kom, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, 1983, MSD: The untold story and Soorma.

Masterclasses and In-conversation section will feature several renowned celebrities from the Film Industry including Prasoon Joshi, Dan Wolman, Sreekar Prasad, Anil Kapoor, Sumit Israni, Boney Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Jahnvi Kapoor, David Dhawan, Varun Dhawan , Rohit Dhawan, Jairaj, Kaushik Ganguly,Shaji Karun, Srijit Mukhrjee, Sridhar and Sreeram Raghvan, Anupama Chopra, Rajiv masand, Bhawana Somaaya, Jason Hafford, Meghna Gulzar, Leena Yadav, Gauri Shinde.

Homages’ section pays tribute to the film personalities of our country who has taken refuge in the abode of God. This year homage will be paid to Late Sh. Shashi Kapoor, Late Smt. Sridevi, Late Sh. M.Karunanidhi and Late Ms. Kalpana Lajmi. In the International Homages this year we will pay tribute to Terence Marsh, Milos Forman, and Anne V Coates.

A Special Package for Visually Impaired Children will be organised with special screenings with audio description. The festival will showcase the movies ‘Sholay’ and ‘Hichki’ under this section. This year there will be a special presentation of Tunisian films.

Relive the life of Mahatma Gandhi at IFFI 2018

As India is celebrating the 150th Birth Anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, IFFI ‘2018 will pay a befitting tribute in the festival. The National Film Archives of India in collaboration with the Bureau of Outreach and Communication is organising a multi-media digital exhibition as a tribute to the Mahatma, who inspired countries around the world with his philosophy of Truth and Non-Violence (Satyagraha and Ahimsa).

Titled “Mahatma on Celluloid”, the exhibition provides a state-of-the-art digital experience to the viewers who can relive the life and times of Mahatma, and draw inspiration from his ideals and work. The exhibition will be inaugurated today by Col. RajyavardhanRathore, Minister of State, (I/C), Informaton& Broadcasting in presence of Secretary, Amit Khare. The exhibition will showcase films on Gandhi such as Making of Mahatma and Gandhi on 35 mm screens installed at the venue. The exhibition will also host quizzes, games and interactive events, which will provide the visitors the patriotic fervor by transporting them into the bygone era of freedom movement of India. The exhibition will run throughout the festival. The launch of the exhibition is scheduled for 10:!5 am on 21st Nov at the Kala Academy and is open for public.

It is a real honour to present my film at at IFFI 2018: Julien Landais

As cine lovers await with bated breath for the official opening of the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), the international star cast and crew of the opening film of the festival – ‘The Aspern papers’ –made their presence felt at the press conference held on evening prior to IFFI 2018.

From among the cast and crew of the film, Julien Landais (Director) was present with his actors Nicolas Hau, MsBarbara Meier and Lois Robbins. While addressing the media at the press conference, the Festival Director said, “We are thoroughly delighted to have the cast and crew of The Aspern Papers among us. And what better way to start the 49th edition of IFFI than with a World Premiere! A premiere which speaks for itself, a premiere which will showcase the nuances of cinema, filmmaking, acting, creativity and the way forward. The film kickstarts our whole journey for eight days and it should be a journey which all of us will love to remember. It is a great honour and a privilege to have you here. I thank the cast and crew of The Aspern Papersfor coming to India, coming to Goa, coming to IFFI, and for giving us a great brand value in the international community. Namaskar, welcome to India”

Julien Landais, the Director of The Aspern Papers, said, “It is a real honour for me to be in India to present my film at this prestigious festival. My filmis an adaptation of a famous novella by Henry James, which is set in Venice in the late 19th century. I felt like it was the right subject for my first feature and fit in the incredible actors to embody these special characters. So I’m very happy to be here with my team.”

One of the actors of the film, Lois Robbins was also present at the press conference. She said, “I just want to say  howthrilled I am to be here. It is my first time in India. It is a beautiful country;Goa is fantastic and thank you so much for having us all. Shooting The Aspern Papers was an experience I don’t think I will ever have again as an actor for so many reasons. Firstly, it was an extraordinary cast led by an exceptional director who had a beautiful vision for the film. Just the costumes alone, from the Dolce and Gabbana couture archives, were some of the most beautiful things I will ever wear in my life. It was quite exceptional to work with Jonathan (Rhys-Myers), Poppy (Delevingne), Nicolas (Hau), Barbara (Meier) and MorganePolanski.”

Narrating her experience while shooting the film, Lois further said, “It was a lot of fun on the very first day of the shooting of the film. It was very hot in Venice. And I had on a very heavy cape, a hat and gloves and we were shooting in a gondola. For every take, I had to take my gloves on and off. The costume people couldn’t come inside the gondola with me. So for every take, Jonathan would get into the gondola and adjust the gloves and the cape for me. And I was swooning. He is quite handsome. That might have been my favourite day of shooting.”

The Aspern Papers tells a story of obsession, grandeur lost and dreams of Byronic adventures.The filmis an adaptation of a famous novella by Henry James based on the letters Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote to Mary Shelley’s stepsister Claire Clairmont. The film stars Golden Globe winnerMr.Jonathan Rhys Meyers (lead actor), Golden Globe nominated actressMs.Joely Richardson (lead actress), her mothersix time Oscar nominee and Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave, Ms. Julia Robins (actress), Ms.Morgane Polanski (actress ) – daughter of Roman Polanski, and Mr. Nicolas Hau(actor).

Synopsis of TheAspern Papers:

Set in Venice in the late 19th century, it tells the story of an American editor determined to get his hands on the letters his icon, the Romantic poet Jeffrey Aspern, wrote to his beautiful lover and muse, Juliana Bordereau. Juliana lives in a Venetian palazzo with her niece Miss Tina, who she seems to control and Morton tries to manipulate. But when the ambitious adventurer trifles with Miss Tina’s affections she learns to see through his scheme.

The film was shot where Henry James actually wrote it – on original locations in Venice. James Ivory, an old India hand and a recent Academy Award winner is one of the Executive Producers of  the film.

News Update| 20 November 2018| Best quotes @ IFFI 2018 Opening

India is a land of storytellers where every person has a story to tell:  Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

“IFFI is a very inspiring place and it is a great place for people who worship art and it is a place that showcases high quality cinema from across the world.” – Arijit Singh

“There is a lot to do in Indian cinema now. There are several platforms now available which is a good thing. We have digital revolution happening in the country. There is lot of content in the digital space, now all we have to do is empower our writers. Akshay Kumar is one of our mega stars and has consistently pushed meaningful cinema along with commercial cinema. There is substance as well as an inspiring message in his films. Other stars should also do such socially entertaining films.” – Karan Johar –

“There are so many things happening in India in the entertainment industry. Our Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore is doing an incredible job of combining entertainment and education. It is very important to have films which have substance and meaning behind it. Because of such films and initiative there are lakhs of villages who get information free of cost and there are massive changes through it.” – Akshay Kumar

“I am very happy that our cinema is recognised globally. Our content is getting the exposure on the world stage. We are thankful to the love my family receives and the appreciation my brothers, uncle and everyone gets. Hope to contribute more to the Indian industry.” – Randhir Kapoor

 “I am very optimistic that there are various platforms available now – be it the big screen, television, digital and OTT platforms. Now it is our task to create ideas and quality content. The quality shouldn’t be hampered in the process. We have always been a strong VFX supplier to the international market. Our future for VFX and animation is bright and we should optimise it.” – Siddharth Roy Kapoor

“Happy to be a part of IFFI. Congratulations to the entire team of IFFI to have such a massive event at a world-class level. There are amazing films featured and shown at Indian Panaroma, some exciting masterclasses to look forward to. I have been part of IFFI since the days of Chandni Bar and continue to be a part of it.” – Madhur Bhandarkar

“IFFI is a great platform and it grows more and more every year. It is tremendous that regional films are getting recognition and have a platform to showcase. There is one film from Ladakh and another from Lakshadweep. That’s great for any cinema lover.” – Rahul Rawail

“I am a bit nervous since I am also a part of International Jury this year. Each movie is outstanding and it is difficult to say which one is better. I am a great admirer of V Shantaram’s work and I have learnt from him how one can combine commercial success with artistic expression.” – Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

 

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