The opening ceremony of the 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is being held in Goa. Austrian movie Alma and Oskar, directed by Dieter Berner, is the opening film this year. Total 280 films from 79 countries will be screened at the IFFI.
Ajay Devgn, Kartik Aaryan, Pankaj Tripathi, Manoj Bajpayee, Suniel Shetty, Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan among others are expected to attend the opening ceremony of the 53rd IFFI.
Conducted jointly by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) and Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), the 53rd IFFI will feature retrospectives on Dadasaheb Phalke awardee Asha Parekh and Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura, who will be honoured with the Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement award at the opening ceremony.
As a part of the retrospective, Saura’s eight films, including La Caza del Conejo and Ana Y Los Lobos, will be screened during the gala. Parekh’s Teesri Manzil, Do Badan and Kati Patang will also be showcased.
To mark the golden jubilee of Manipuri cinema, the festival will showcase five feature and five non-feature films, curated by Manipur State Film Development Society under Indian Panorama. Films from the National Film Archive of India — including Sohrab Modi’s Nausherwan-E-Adil (1957), Ramesh Maheshwary’s Nanak Nam Jahaz Hai”(1969), K Vishwanath’s 1980 Telugu movie Sankarabharnam and Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khiladi (1977) as well as Ganashatru (1989) — will be showcased by the NFDC in the ‘Indian Restored Classics’ section.
(With inputs from PTI)
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