53rd IFFI: Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award to Spanish Film Director and writer Carlos Saura – Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura will be given the Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award and an eight-film retrospective at IFFI. Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, L Murugan announced this in New Delhi. Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura also received the Golden Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival for Deprisa Deprisa, along with two Silver Bears for La caza and Peppermint Frappe, a BAFTA for Carmen, and three awards at Cannes.
- The 53rd edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will be conducted between November 20 and 28. also, IFFI announced the line-up for its Indian Panorama segment in which several feature and non-feature films.
Opening Film and Closing Film
- The Austrian film ‘Alma and Oskar’ will open the annual festival and has been directed by Dieter Berner.
- on the other hand, Krzysztof Zanussi’s ‘Perfect Number’ will be the closing film.
- France is the ‘Spotlight’ country and 8 films will be under the ‘Country Focus’ package.
‘Indian Restored Classics’
- NFDC will showcase a few films from the National Film Archives of India (NFAI) in the ‘Indian Restored Classics’ section including Sohrab Modi’s 1957 costume- drama Nausherwan-E-Adil, Ramesh Maheshwary’s 1969 National Award-winning Punjabi film Nanak Nam Jahaz Hai, K Vishwanath’s 1980 Telugu musical drama Sankarabharnam and two Satyajit Ray classics, the 1977 period-drama Shatranj Ke Khiladi and the 1989 social- drama Ganashatru.
Dadasaheb Phalke winner retrospective
- Three films of the 52nd Dadasaheb Phalke awardee (declared in the 68th National Film Awards) Asha Parekh –Teesri Manzil, Do Badan and Kati Patang are to be screened as part of the Asha Parekh retrospective.
The ‘Homage’ section will have 15 Indian and 5 international films.
15 Indian Films
- Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar,
- singer-composer Bappi Lahiri,
- Kathak maestro Pt. Birju Maharaj, actors Ramesh Deo, Shivkumar Subhramanium, T. Rama Rao, Vatsala Deshmukh, Maheshwari Amma, Salim Ghouse, singer KK, director Tarun Majumder, director-producer Ravi Tandon and Saawan Kumar Tak, actor and theater artist Nipon Goswami, actor and film maker Pratap Pothen, actor Krishnam Raju and singer Bhupinder Singh.
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