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on 2007/12/10 11:03:42

Week-long Kerala International Film Festival begins



The week-long 12th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), showcasing the best of International and Indian films, has commenced in State capital Thiruvananthapuram.

About 230 films from 54 countries are to be screened at the film festival.

As many as 133 film makers, including those from abroad, are attending the film fest.

The competition section has 14 films, including Naalu Pennungal (Four Women) directed by noted filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan.

The jury is headed by Iranian filmmaker Jafer Fanahi and includes African actor and director Naky Sy Savene, Polish scenarist Agnieska Holland, Indian actor and producer Naseerudeen Shah, and Cuban Film Academy director Rigoberto Lopez.

The best film will get the Golden Pheasant Award with a purse of 10 lakh rupees and the second best film the Silver Pheasant carrying a purse of three lakh rupees.

The special package of Caribbean films, titled Colonial Legacies, dealing with the issues of colonization and slavery will also be screened.

Versatile actor and filmmaker Kamal Hasan inaugurated the event on Friday in the presence of the chief guest, Chilean filmmaker Miguel Littin, state Cultural Affairs Minister M. A. Baby and Malayalam actor Mohanlal.

Hassan said his brush with good cinema came through Malayalam language movies.

"In my early battles in sensible cinema, I could put proudly on my curriculum, all happened in Kerala. It's only later that Tamil Nadu, I was caught up with good cinema. Still a long way to go for Tamil Nadu. I say it was long healthy enmity. This is what we dreamt of, to watch films, to talk to the people, who make and perform in films," Hassan said.

Twelve celebrities who contributed to the growth of Malayalam cinema were honoured at the function.

The opening film was 'Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame' by Mohsen's Makmalbaf's youngest daughter, Hana Makmalbaf.

The festival will conclude on December 14.




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    Saira to be screened at the 12th IFFK

    2007/10/31 9:40:53

    After being screened at the famous Cannes International Film Festival, Saira (starring Navya Nair and Nedmudi Venu in the lead) will now be screened at the 12th International Film Festival of Kerala. The movie has bagged several awards including the best actor award for Nedmudi Venu at the Zimbabwe International Film Festival. Directed by Biju Kumar, Saira revolves around the story of a girl named Saira, daughter of a renowned ghazhal singer.

    The 12th International Film Festival will be held from December 7th to14th at Thiruvananthapuram. The festival is held annually by the State Chalachitra Academy on behalf of Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala offering a week-long treat for film fans.

    Malayalam Cinema News : Saira to be screened at the 12th IFFK


    Pune International Film Fest from Jan. 10

    2008/1/6 12:23:10 The sixth Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) will get under way here with conferring of Lifetime Achievement awards on veteran Bollywood actors Sharmila Tagore and Shammi Kapoor on January 10.

    The inaugural movie of the week-long festival will be "Teeth of Love" from China, festival Director Dr Jabbar Patel said, adding it will feature around 170 films from 40 countries.

    A new addition to the event this year will be the screening of seven comedy films from Europe at the National Film Archives of India (NFAI).

    As many as 15 films in various Indian languages will be showcased in the 'Indian panorama' section in addition to six "Best of Mainstream Hindi Cinema" of 2007, he said.

    Bollywood News : Pune International Film Fest from Jan. 10


    Film festival from December 7

    2007/12/4 2:44:09

    Kerala: Five french films dealing with the problems of youth and the fight against injustice in society would enliven the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK 2007) beginning here on December seven.

    'When you come down from heaven' by Eric Guirado, `Nearby neighbours' (Malik Chibane), `Samia' (Philippe Faucon), `Zim and Co' (Pierre Jolivet), `Wesh Wesh Whats happening' (Rabah Amer Zaimech) and `Forgetting Cheyyene' (Valerie Mineno) are the films that are part of the section.

    A total of 133 film personalities from across the world would be participating in the festival. Five major production and distsribution companies, Celluloid dream, Sony Pictures, Wild Bunch, Pioniwa Films and Fortissimo would also be part of the festival to fetch market for their films at the IFFK which had become a main event in the international calendar of the Federation of International Film Producers Association (FIAPF).

    Latin American director Miguel Littin, Iranian film-maker Mania Akbari, Abdulla Oguz (Turkey) and Pavao Mrinkovic (Croatia) are among the eminent personalities attending the event.

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    Stars keep away from Film Festival

    2007/3/28 13:16:16


    The ongoing International Film festival in Hyderabad is coming to a close. While attendance to the festival is good, the actors and actresses seem to have ignored he festival. Not many stars have graced he occasion even though it has been nearly a week since the festival was inaugurated. Admitting that the festival lacked star presence, Tammareddy Bharadwaja said that some of the stars are expected to drop in the next couple of days.

    The reason for many stars keeping themselves away was that the festival is being held openly and not indoor and hence stars fear that there would be a mad scramble by the fans to get closer. However, the real reason is the bitter controversy surrounding the arrangements for the Diamond Jubilee that has left many stars thinking twice before attending the festival.

    Andhra News : Stars keep away from Film Festival


    'Stanley Ka Dabba' goes globe trotting

    2011/10/23 9:29:28 New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS) Filmmaker Amole Gupte's "Stanley Ka Dabba", which has garnered a lot of critical acclaim, will now travel to 10 international film festivals.

    The film, which has Gupte's son, Partho, playing Stanley, has been immensely appreciated for its impressive storyline and fine performances.

    It has already been screened at the Chicago South Asian Film Festival, Prague Indian Film Festival, International Film Festival for Children and Young Audiences SCHLINGEL, the Busan International and Mumbai Film Festival.

    Now it is set for screening at Minsk International Film Festival; AFRIFF International Film Festival Nigeria; Filem'on Belgium; and 29th International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino Poland.

    "We are proud of the film that we have made and the fact that it's going to so many big international film festivals. I am happy that Partho's work is being appreciated and we all are proud of him," said Gupte.

    Vijay Singh of Fox Star Studios, which is the distributor of the movie, says that "Stanley Ka Dabba" is probably the most important film made this year.

    "While the film is set in India, its message is relevant across the world. We are proud that the film has generated such massive excitement and acclaim in various film festivals across the world.

    "It's our little contribution towards enlightening the audiences about the rampant issue of child labour that plagues almost every society," he added.

    Bollywood News : 'Stanley Ka Dabba' goes globe trotting


    Yash Raj glory to shine in festivals

    2007/11/16 11:21:46

    In yet another achievement for Yash Raj Films, two of their films Chak De! India and Kabul Express will be creating waves across the borders. Kabul Express has been invited to be a part of the prestigious Cairo International Film Festival, which is the first ever film festival to be started in West Asia.

    The 31st edition of the festival, takes place from November 27 to December 7. Kabul Express will be screened in the "Festival of Festivals" section in the second half of the festival.

    Chak De!... will be presented at the Cancun International Film Festival, that is being held in Mexico till November 18. The Cancun International Film Festival is renowned for showcasing alternative cinema from all corners of the globe. This year's edition features almost 60 films in the competitive and non-competitive sections.

    Bollywood News : Yash Raj glory to shine in festivals


    Ganesh Navratri festival begins today

    2011/9/1 1:08:47 The festival session which already begins with the entry of Sravanamasa, now catch momentum with Ganesh Navratri Festival that begins today (Thursday). Markets all over the country flooded with people who come for pooja-items purchase during the last two days. Though it is supposed to be a nine day festival, the enthusiasm in the devotees makes them celebrate 13 days in many places. Proportionately, the height of the Ganesh idols is also increasing every year.

    Now, Ganesh idols between 20-50 feet height are seen common in many places in the country, especially in Andhra Pradesh. Earlier, Kharatabad Ganesh in Hyderabad is used to grab entire show. But, now cities like Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada etc are also coming up with 50 feet height Ganesh idols.

    However, there is some positive change in the people's thoughts this time. The campaign made by many NGOs and TV Channels like TV9 has encouraged them to buy clay-Ganesh idols, which are Eco friendly.

    Andhra News : Ganesh Navratri festival begins today


    Women dominate at bigger, better Mumbai film fest

    2011/10/13 18:05:37 Mumbai, Oct 13 (IANS) The 13th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI) that kickstarted Thursday has an impressive line-up of over 200 films from 60 countries, but one stunning difference. Of the films in the highly coveted international competition, almost half are from debut women filmmakers.

    From the 14 films in the highly coveted international competition, which is for first-time film directors, six films are by women filmmakers - truly a first.

    Even the festival organizers weren't aware of this fact.

    "While talking to you I realised that one of the most unprecedented things for any festival is that in competition we have six debut women filmmakers vying for the many prizes," Rashid Irani, senior film critic and a selection committee member told IANS.

    "And each one of them is such a stunning debut that you have to see it to believe it," he added.

    The films include Julia Leigh's "Sleeping Beauty" from Australia, "History Only Exists When Remembered" by Julia Murat from Brazil/Argentina, "My Little Princess" by Eva Ionesco from France, "The Dead Sea" by Leena Manimekalai from India, "The Mirror Never Lies" by Kamila Andini from Indonesia and "She Monkeys" by Lisa Aschan from Sweden.

    Festival director Srinivasan Narayanan is happy to see so many women filmmakers in this competition.

    "Last year we had an all women's jury and this year we have women dominating the competition section. What more could we ask for?"

    During the seven-day-long film festival, movie buffs will enjoy visual delights from the masters of the art like renowned international directors Lars Von Trier, Wim Wenders, Gus Van Sant and Bela Tarr.

    Apart from this, the winners from the world's best film festivals, including Cannes, Berlin and Venice, will also be showcased during the festival.

    "This is by far the best festival we have had under MAMI so far and the best in the country," MAMI chairman Shyam Benegal told IANS.

    "The quality of any film festival should be judged by its films. This year we have an enviable line up of not only the best films made in the world last year, but also the best from the Cannes Critics Week, first films of Indian filmmakers, great first film in competition etc. There's something in the festival for everyone - the film professionals, cinema lovers and especially the youth hungry for good cinema," he added.

    MAMI organises the festival along with Reliance Entertainment.

    Bollywood News : Women dominate at bigger, better Mumbai film fest


    Adoor's film to premiere in Toronto!

    2007/8/22 8:38:29

    There is a perception in Kerala, that Adoor Gopalakrishnan makes his off-beat movies for International critics!

    Well, once again he is premiering his new film Naalu Pennungal, based on four short stories written by Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai at the prestigious Toronto film festival, which starts on September 1.

    It will be the first official screening of Naalu Pennungal, at the Toronto Festival’s Masters programme. The film has Nandita Bose, Kavya Madhavan, Padmapriya, Gitu Mohandas, Manju Pillai, Ramya Nambisan, Mukesh, Manoj.K.Jayan and others.

    The Doordarshan produced Naalu Pennungal will have its theatrical release in Kerala in October through the Trichur based Emil and Eric, who are also the distributors of Mohanlal’s College Kumaran.

    Malayalam Cinema News : Adoor's film to premiere in Toronto!


    Indian film festival begins on August 11

    2006/7/30 13:36:40 A film festival highlighting the social, cultural and political themes of emerging India and offering an insight into the Indian way of life, will begin in Canadian capital Ottawa next week.

    The festival, organized by the Indian High Commission in cooperation with the Canadian Film Institute, will begin on August 11 and run through August 26.

    The films shown at the festival will include commercially and critically successful Bollywood movies like Amitabh Bachchan starrer 'Baghban', Amol Palekar's 'Paheli', noted South Indian actress-director Revathy's 'Phir Milenge' that deals with HIV/AIDS, and Mahesh Manjrekar's 'Viruddh'.

    'Titli', the Bangla film by Rituparno Ghosh, Sudhir Mishra's 'Chameli', and Jahnu Barua's 'Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara' will also be screened at the festival.

    A large number of people, including Canadian filmmakers and journalists are expected to participate in the event.

    source:hindu

    Bollywood News : Indian film festival begins on August 11


    Mexico hosts Latin America's largest balloon festival

    2011/11/21 17:12:17 Leon (Mexico), Nov 21 (IANS/EFE) The 10th International Balloon Festival, the largest such event in Latin America and one of the largest hot-air ballooning events in the world, started this weekend in Leon, a city in Mexico's Guanajuato state.

    The festival, which features 200 pilots from 14 countries, is expected to draw about 300,000 visitors, including 162,000 foreigners, during its four-day run.

    The International Balloon Festival is an example of the efforts being made by the federal government to promote events and attractions in Mexico, Tourism Secretary Gloria Guevara Manso said.

    More than 2 million people have attended the festival since it started 10 years ago, Guanajuato Gov. Juan Manuel Oliva Ramirez said.

    One of the festival's draws this year is nine-year-old Bobby Bradley, the world's youngest balloon pilot.

    Bradley is from Albuquerque, New Mexico, a city known for hosting the world's largest balloon festival.

    "I'm really excited," Bradley told EFE moments before taking off in his ultra-light balloon Saturday.

    The boy hopes to earn his pilot's license at 16, the minimum age for flying a conventional balloon under international regulations.

    The 200 balloons participating in the festival took off for their first flight at 7 a.m. Saturday, filling the sky with a variety of shapes and colors.

    Sports : Mexico hosts Latin America's largest balloon festival


    Mumbai fest gets bigger, better with foreign lineup

    2011/10/13 18:02:20 Mumbai, Oct 13 (IANS) The 13th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival(MAMI)that kickstarted Thursday has an impressive line-up of over 200 films from 60 countries. Almost half the films in the competition section are by women directors.

    During the seven-day-long film festival, movie buffs will enjoy visual delights from the masters of the art like renowned international directors Lars Von Trier, Wim Wenders, Gus Van Sant and Bela Tarr.

    Apart from this, the winners from the world's best film festivals, including Cannes, Berlin and Venice, will also be showcased during the festival.

    "This is by far the best festival we have had under MAMI so far and the best in the country," MAMI chairman Shyam Benegal told IANS.

    "The quality of any film festival should be judged by its films. This year we have an enviable line up of not only the best films made in the world last year, but also the best from the Cannes Critics Week, first films of Indian filmmakers, great first film in competition etc. There's something in the festival for everyone - the film professionals, cinema lovers and especially the youth hungry for good cinema," he added.

    MAMI organises the festival along with Reliance Entertainment.

    Another surprising element of this year MAMI is that from the 14 films in the highly coveted international competition, which is for first-time film directors, six films are by women filmmakers - truly a first for any classy film festival in the world.

    Even the festival organizers weren't aware of this fact.

    "While talking to you I realised that one of the most unprecedented things for any festival is that in competition we have six debut women filmmakers vying for the many prizes," Rashid Irani, senior film critic and a selection committee member told IANS.

    "And each one of them is such a stunning debut that you have to see it to believe it," he added.

    The films include Julia Leigh's "Sleeping Beauty" from Australia, "History Only Exists When Remembered" by Julia Murat from Brazil/Argentina, "My Little Princess" by Eva Ionesco from France, "The Dead Sea" by Leena Manimekalai from India, "The Mirror Never Lies" by Kamila Andini from Indonesia and "She Monkeys" by Lisa Aschan from Sweden.

    Festival director Srinivasan Narayanan is happy to see so many women filmmakers in this competition.

    "Last year we had an all women's jury and this year we have women dominating the competition section. What more could we ask for?"

    Bollywood News : Mumbai fest gets bigger, better with foreign lineup


    Polling begins in TN, Kerala and Puduchery

    2011/4/13 4:08:12 Polling for Assembly elections in Tamilnadu, Kerala and Puduchery begins today. While, DMK lead by Karunanidhi and Congress party are contesting in alliance, AIADMK represented by Jaya Lalitha and some regional parties are facing the elections in Tamilnadu. There are 2773 candidates (including 136 women candidates) in the fray for 234 Assembly seats and 4.60 crores of voters will decide their fate in Tamilnadu.

    In Kerala the fight is in between, the ruling LDF and Congress ally UDF. LDF is lead by the Kerala Chief Minister Atchyutanandan. There are 971 candidates in the field in which many of them are independents, trying their luck for 140 seats in Kerala. Around 2.31 Crores of voters will seize their fate in the ballot boxes today.

    In Pudhucherry, there are 187 candidates in the race contesting for 30 Assembly seats. There are 8.1 lakhs of voters in this state. The fight is between Congress, DMK, AIADMK, NR.Congress.

    The verdict will come out on 13th of next month.

    Andhra News : Polling begins in TN, Kerala and Puduchery


    IFFI aims to be 'people friendly'

    2011/9/5 16:19:42

    Panaji, Sep 5 (IANS) The International Film Festival of India (IFFI), held annually in Goa, will be presented in a new "people friendly" avatar this year, an official said Monday.

    Speaking to reporters here, IFFI director Shankar Mohan said that some of the films screened at the festival will be shown on big screens for non-delegates at pre-decided venues.

    ?This year, IFFI is going to be different. The films will be more global and the festival itself will be people friendly.

    ?We will be introducing open air screening of the movies for non-delegates,? Mohan added.

    Goa has been home to the IFFI for nearly a decade now. But the festival, which takes place in the last week of November, has seen controversy every year due to organisational issues and spats between the union information broadcasting ministry?s Directorate of Film Festivals and the Goa government?s Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), which provides the logistics for the festival.

    ?We are trying to address those concerns,? Mohan said, adding that shifting of the venue from Panaji, the capital, to Margao, chief minister Digambar Kamat?s constituency located 30 kms from here, was one such issue.

    Mohan also said that this year around, adequate attention will be given to the branding aspect of IFFI.

    ?There will be uniformity in the design of the festival this time. The entire film festival will have uniform theme,? Mohan said,

    Bollywood News : IFFI aims to be 'people friendly'


    Seven Day in Slow Motion for Fest

    2011/11/12 14:48:47
    Indian sensation, Seven Days in Slow Motion will be screened at the 17th International Film Festival to be held here from November 14 to 20.

    K Basi Reddy from Digiquest Studios, which co-produced the film, said that the film was screened in International Film Festivals like Chicago Film Festival, Indian Film Festival, New Jersey South-Asian Independent Cine Fest and Bangkok International Film Festival. Kids have the nature of changing fickle minded persons and the director of the film has showcased that point in a very convincing way in this film.

    Director Uma Kanth said that the story of the film is based on above middle class Indian families and the relation between parents and their children. The movie is very sensitive and the director highlighted the child marriage act efficiently. The story revolves around three kids who are very fascinated to make a short movie after seeing a camera from a person who visits Hyderabad from USA on a personal trip.

    Anu Malik has scored the music for the film. (INN)

    Telugu Cinema News : Seven Day in Slow Motion for Fest


    Shah Rukh Khan to inaugurate IFFI

    2011/11/17 20:44:42 (IANS) Superstar Shah Rukh Khan will inaugurate the 42nd International Film Festival of India to be held here Nov 23-Dec 3.

    "Shah Rukh will flag off the 42nd edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa. He would formally inaugurate the 10-day extravaganza on Nov 23 at Ravindra Bhavan auditorium in Margao," festival director Shankar Mohan said in a statement.

    The festival aims to be a one-stop-shop for cultural exchanges between Indian filmmakers as well as artists and cinema experts from several countries. More than 100 movies from 65 countries will be screened during the festival.

    While the film festival will be inaugurated by Shah Rukh, southern superstar Suriya, known for his movies like "Rakht Charitra", "Perazhagan" and "Vaaranam Aayiram" will bring the curtains down.

    The guest list of the festivals include eminent French filmmaker Luc Besson, Hollywood actress Michelle Yeoh, Laurance Kardish, Dan Wolman, Raima Sen, Dino Morea and Prem Chopra.

    Bollywood News : Shah Rukh Khan to inaugurate IFFI


    Bollywood should add content, says Naseeruddin Shah

    2007/12/10 12:01:00

    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Actor Naseeruddin Shah has said that popular Bollywood films should have some content if they are to sustain the current interest they receive among the international audience.

    Participating in an Open Forum organised as part of the ongoing International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) here on Sunday Mr. Shah said, “suddenly, commercial Hindi films made in Mumbai have become popular among the international circles, just like Indian food has become popular. But Indian food had some substance. Unless Bollywood films infuse some content into them, their current fascination among International audience will disappear soon.”

    Capturing life

    “I am not sure of the revolutionary or life-altering possibilities of cinema. But I am sure cinema is a medium which can capture life more authentically than any other medium. If 100 years later somebody were to make an assessment of Indian life based on Bollywood films, it would be tragic. I am into serious cinema to explore this life capturing possibility of the medium.”

    Filmmakers P.T. Kunjumuhammed and Sreedhar Rangayan were also present at the Forum.

    A seminar on ‘Cinema at/of the margins’ organised as part of the festival dwelt on the issues of marginalisation and how cinema as a form of resistance can express those issues.

    Bollywood News :  Bollywood should add content, says Naseeruddin Shah


    Madhavan's first English film set for release

    2006/7/28 13:01:12

    After the smashing success of "Rang De Basanti", superstar Madhavan is now hoping to score another hit with his debut English film "Nothing But Life" that will premiere in Mumbai soon.

    Directed by award winning Kerala filmmaker Rajiv Anchal and shot entirely in the US, Madhavan plays Roby, a suicidal man who finds himself in a psychiatric ward.

    The film shows Roby, an orphan, being taken to the US with help from a benevolent priest. He endears himself to fellow Keralites with his helpful nature in no time.

    "He works as a barman in a casino in Las Vegas. He is a simple, happy-go-lucky guy who believes in helping people in distress. In the mission, he is ably assisted by two of his close friends Johnny (Madhupal) and a professor (Innocent)," Anchal told IANS.

    The film takes a turn after Roby gambles his friend's money away on the day of his departure to India. Unable to withstand the guilt, he attempts suicide and finds himself in the psychiatric ward of a hospital.

    In the hospital, life takes another turn for Roby when he runs into two women --
    a Kerala nurse Vandana (Kaveri), who reminds him of childhood sweetheart and the Kerala village he grew up in, and US-born Rachel, also admitted because she tried to commit suicide.

    Tamil actor Nazar is the psychiatrist who puts Roby on the road to recovery.

    The screenplay is by former journalist Bobby Nair.

    "I am leaving to Mumbai to finalise the dates for the all India release which would take place next month. For the world release, I have already begun talks with people in the US. If things go well, this film could well find a place in the forthcoming Sundance Film Festival and others," said Anchal.

    This is his 10th film. Anchal's third film "Kashmeeram" won him the Kerala Film Critics Award in 1994. In 1997, his "Guru" was India's official entry for the Oscars. In 2003, he shot to international fame with "Beyond the Soul" winning an award at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.

    source:newkerala

    Bollywood News :  Madhavan's first English film set for release


    Bollywood invasion in IFFI: Mammootty

    2006/11/26 10:26:51 Expressing concern over the increasing influence of Bollywood in India's most prestigious film festival, the ongoing IFFI at Goa, a top South Indian filmstar on Saturday said the organisers failed to acknowledge regional films.

    "There is Bollywood invasion in the film festival. The organisers have not acknowledged Malayalam cinema and the vibrant film industry in Kerala," well known actor Mammootty told reporters here.

    Just like in the Cannes and Berlin film festivals, where there is invasion of Hollywood films, in IFFI, a lot of prominence is given to the Hindi films, he alleged.

    Termed as India's Cannes, the 10-day festival which began on November 23, had failed to send invitations to Amitabh Bachchan for the inaugural and closing ceremonies, Mammootty said.

    Asked if he had been invited for the festival, Mammootty ducked the question with a smile.

    The actor, was in Kochi to attend a press meet, when his opinion was sought on the film festival.

    source:HINDU

    Bollywood News : Bollywood invasion in IFFI: Mammootty


    IIFI to open with award-winning Romanian movie

    2007/11/16 11:52:20

    The Romanian winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, will be the opening movie of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) which begins in Goa Nov 23.

    Directorate of Film Festivals chief Neelam Kapur announced in New Delhi that the opening ceremony would be "simple and elegant" and in keeping with international standards. Ever since the venue of IFFI was shifted to Goa in 2004, the organisers have been criticised for attempting a distracting carnival, also lending to congestion in the state capital Panaji.

    Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan will be the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony, which will be attended by politicians from New Delhi and Goa and other film personalities.

    The director of the opening film Cristian Mungiu and the lead actress Anamaria Marinca are expected to be present at the inaugural ceremony. Besides, there will be delegates from Netherlands, China, Poland and Mexico.

    The Indian Panorama section of IFFI 2007 will showcase 36 films, including 21 feature films. The section will have two works each of stalwarts Budhadeb Dasgupta and Adoor Gopalakrishnan.

    The section will have the feature films Ami Iyasin Aar Amaar Madhubala (The Voyeurs) and Naalu Penunungal (Four Women) as well as non-feature films Naushad Ali - The Melody Continues and The Dance of the Enchantress.

    Debut directors like Sameer Hanchante, Samir Chanda and Bhavna Talwar will present their films Gafla (Scam), Ek Nadir Galpo (Tale of a River), and Dharm respectively at the festival.

    A specialised competition for feature films by Asian, African and Latin American directors is also being organized. Films produced after Sep 1, 2006 are eligible.

    Fourteen films have been selected from 13 countries for the competition. Eminent Hungarian filmmaker Marta Mazaros heads the jury, which includes Turkish actress Meltem Cumbul, Kerala cinematographer, film director and script-writer Shaji N. Karun, Argentine film director Pablo Cesar and New Zealand film-maker Robert Sarkies.

    Bollywood News : IIFI to open with award-winning Romanian movie


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