Thursday, November 28, 2019

50th IFFI 2019 Concluded with award ceremony ,‘Marghe and her mother’ directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf being the closing film.


The nine-day festivity on  cinema concluded with the Indian premiere of ‘Marghe and her mother’ directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. The film
 depicts ‘A single mother with a six-year-old daughter struggles with both financial and romantic travails in Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s first film set in Italy. With its layers of symbolism and a certain naivety of storytelling, this is a film that seems, in many ways, more rooted in the past than in the present day. The influence of Italian neorealism is evident throughout the picture, as is a touch of French New Wave, which is an odd and not always successful tonal mix of mannered artificiality and authenticity’.
Awards including Golden Peacock, Silver Peacock, Lifetime Achievement Award were bequeathed during the closing ceremony. The closing ceremony of IFFI 2019 was anchored by Sonali Kulkarni and Kunal Kapoor. The ceremony also witnessed a performance by Hariharan and Lesle Lewis of Colonial Cousins.Tanushree Shankar choreographed a series of dance performances on the theme ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’.  Babul Supriyo, Union Minister of State for Environment, Forest & Climate graced the occasion. The Minister said, “There is no end to education in the field of art. The more you know, you will realize how less you know. With such great endeavors happening in Indian soil and Goa being a permanent and appropriate venue for IFFI for years to come, this is one arena which is going to make all filmmakers evolve by getting to know each other and by the exchange of ideas and endeavors in your mind.”
Satyapal Malik, Chief Guest of the ceremony said that cinema is a powerful medium that can have a deep and far-reaching impact on society. He appealed to filmmakers to make films on socially relevant issues for the improvement of society. Dr. Pramod Sawant, Chief Minister of Goa, Music legend Ilaiyaraja, veteran actor Prem Chopra, Takashi Miike, Wagner Moura, Rakulpreet Singh, Vijay Deverakonda, Rohit Shetty, Aanand L Rai, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Nithya Menen, etc graced the function in which Deputy Chief Ministers of Goa Manohar Ajgaonkar, Chandrakanth Kavlekar, Members of Parliament  Roopa Ganguly and Ravi Kishan, Chief Secretary of Goa Parimal Rai, Vice Chairman of Entertainment Society of Goa Subhash Phal Desai, IFFI Steering Committee members  Shaji N. Karun, Shri Rahul Rawail, and International Jury members  John Bailey, Robin Campillo, Zhang Yang, Lynne Ramsay, Ramesh Sippy were also present on the occasion.
Opening the grandeur ceremony, Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting Amit Khare said that IFFI 2020 and 2021 will be a tribute to the legendary filmmaker of India Satyajit Ray whose centenary celebrations will be observed from next year. “ The event has been quite successful in bringing together film enthusiasts all over the world along with the well-known filmmakers, artists and film critics. Offering insight on the participation numbers, CEO of Entertainment Society of Goa Amit Satija said that in terms of international participation, IFFI saw majority delegates from UK, USA, Sri Lanka, and UAE while Goa, Kerala, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu comprise the majority of the national. Delegates. 

Ilaiyaraja, Prem Chopra, Manju Borah, Aravind Swamy and Ha, bam Paban Kumar were honored occasion. Technical partners of the film festival and International jury members were also felicitated. 

Marghe and Her Mother
A still from ‘Marghe and her mother’ directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf.


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