Thursday, November 20, 2008

Panaji is ready to host 39th International film festival of India

Panaji , Goa is all set to host the 39th International Film Festival of India .The prestigious IFFI will begin on Nov 22 and continue up to 2nd of December. Rekha ,the famous actor of yester years will be the chief guest at the opening ceremony while Kamal Hassan will be the chief guest of closing ceremony. The festival is being jointly organised by the Directorate of film festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India and the State Government of Goa and the Indian Film Industry.
A total of 15 films from across the world will be featured for competition section which include: Kanachivaram (India-Tamil-Director Priyadarsan) and Mahasatta (India-Marathi-Director R.L More), The Red Spot (Japan/Germany), My Mother’s Tears (Argentina/Germany), Rupantor (Transformation) (Bangladesh), The Song of Sparrows (Iran), Tulpan (Kazakhstan), The Shaft (China), Pensil (Malaysia), Ploning (Philippines), Akasa Kusum (Sri Lanka), The Coffin (Thailand) etc. Peter Chan,Director, Marco Mueller, Venice Film Festival director ,Niki Karimi, Iranian actress , Lav Diaz ,Filipino director and Tabu , Indian actress are the jury members.In the homage section of this edition of the fest the films of G.P.Sippy, B.R.Chopra, F.C.Mehra, Jayashree Gadkar, Raghuvaran, Mahendra Kapoor Jeeva, Sridhar, Vijay Tendulkar and Nabendu Ghosh. There will also be a special tribute to Peter Chan, and Iranian actress and movie director Niki Karimi. Death Without Consent (USA), Barah Aana and Chaurasta-Cross Roads of Love (India), Tandoori Love (Switzerland) are included in the Film India Worldwide section . Films of Aki Kaurismaki (Finland), John Landis (USA) and Wong Kar Wai (Hong Kong) will be screened in the foreign Retrospective . Governor of Goa, S.S Siddhu, the Chief Minister, Digamber Kamath and the Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Anand Sharma will also attend the inaugural function of the festival

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