Panaji: Showcasing around 200 works of cinematic excellence, the International Film Festival of India will begin here tomorrow with Pakistan and Georgia making their first appearence at the 10-day extravaganza.
Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan will inaugurate the 38th edition of the festival that will showcase 60 award winning feature films from 40 countries.
Romanian film “Four months, Three Weeks and Two Days”, the winner of Golden Palm Award, Festival De Cannes 2007, will be the opening film to be screened at Dinananth Mangeshkar Auditorium, Kala Academy, the venue for the inaugural function.
Manipur will make a come back to the festival after a gap of 11 years. In the foreign film category, 14 feature films from Asia, Africa and Latin America will be showcased in the competitive section
Celebrating India’s 60 years of independence, a special section is programmed which will exhibit documentaries from films division besides feature films from three languages.
Aptly titled “India@ 60”, the section will highlight the spirit of freedom and patriotism.
South Indian actress Priya Mani will be the special invitee for the function. Union Information and Broadcasting Minister P R Dasmunshi and Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat will also grace the festival.
Strong French flavour
Cinegoers will be treated to a pack of 16 movies from France including the Oscar entry “Fauteuils d’Orchestre” (Orchestra Seats), blockbuster “Taxi 4” and three awaited films of this year “99 Francs” (film adaptation of a best seller), “Intimate Enemy” (on Algerian struggle for indpendence) and the “Second Wind” (remake).
The films will be shown in two sections -- six in retrospective “Living Together” and “World Cinema”. Masterpieces like “When You Come Down From Heaven” by Eric Guirard and “What Going On?” by Rabah Ameur-Zaomeche will also be shown.
The World Cinema section has seven 2007 releases and two 2006 releases while the rest were made in 2005.
“Among the countries where cinema has played a role in cultural life, France and India occupy special place. From the inception of this form of art, both India and France have felt a strong inclination for what was commonly known as the 7th art,” French Ambassador Jirtme Bonnafont said.
A 15-member strong French delegation led by veteran filmmaker Alian Corneau whose “The Second Wind” is being screened at the festival and actress Fanny Valette will also attend.