Saturday, November 3, 2012

43rd IFFI 2012 to open with Oscar winning ‘Life of Pi’ directed by Ang Lee

43rd International Film Festival of India, IFFI 2012, will open on November 20, with the world premiere of Academy Award Winning Director Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi’. ‘Life of Pi’ which is based on an adapted screenplay of a novel by the same name by Yann Martel, is a 3D adventure film telling the story of a 16 year old Piscine Molitor Patel (Pi) of Pondicherry (Puducheri), who survives a shipwreck along with animals like an orangutan, a zebra, a hyena and a Royal Bengal Tiger. The film explores the issues of spirituality, religion and life as a whole. Ang Lee is the director of acclaimed films such as Sense and Sensibility (1995),  Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Hulk (2003) and Brokeback Mountain (2005). 
Shankar Mohan, Festival Director of  IFFI 2012 made the announcement of the opening film in Mumbai in the presence of the Taiwanese born American Director Ang Lee and the cast and crew of the film, that includes Tabu, Irrfan Khan and the main lead and debutante Suraj Sharma. Shankar Mohan said “it is a great joy to open the festival with a much awaited movie of a world renowned Director  and its India centric theme adds great significance, when we are commemorating the ‘hundred years of Indian Cinema’.”  He announced that the cast and crew of ‘Life of Pi’ would be in Goa to present the film, before the delegates coming from across the world. The 43rd IFFI 2012 will be held in Goa from November 20 – 30, 2012,in which the  eminent Polish film maker Krzysztof Zanussi, will be conferred the Life Time Achievement Award. As part of 100 Years of Indian Cinema, a special Centenary Award will be given away during IFFI 2012, which will be decided by an independent jury. 

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