Herald: 212 films to be showcased at IFFI 2018

212 films to be showcased at IFFI 2018

08 Nov 2018 05:24am IST

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The 49th International Film Festival of India, 2018 will display 212 films from over 68 countries, reflecting diversity; Israel to be the country focus while Jharkhand to be the state focus for the gala

The 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) - to 

be held in Goa from November 20 to November 28, 2018- 

will showcase 212 films from over 68 countries, reflecting 

diversity of taste.
At the festival, Israel will be the country focus, while Jharkhand will be the state focus.The International Competition section of IFFI this
year has 15 films, out of which 3 are Indian. The section represents films produced and co-produced by 22 countries, according to a Press Information Bureau statement.

The Festival Kaleidoscope section carries 

20 critically acclaimed international films 

that have been to major film festivals and 

majority of them being multiple award 

winners, while the World Panorama 

segment has 67 films which are specially 

curated for the festival. This includes

4 World Premieres, 2 International 

Premieres, 15 Asia Premieres and 

60 India Premieres. Also, this year 

the World Panorama section

presents 15 films which are Oscar 

submissions from respective 

On the occasion of the 100-years anniversary of Ingmar Bergman’s birth, IFFI will have a retrospective section of seven of his career-best films. A documentary on Bergman titled “Bergman Island”, which  presents the master behind the camera, is one of the movies included in this section. The official opening of this section is scheduled on November 21st with the screening of ‘Wild Strawberries’.

A retrospective of films of the recipient of the most 

prestigious film award of the Country, Dadasaheb Phalke

Award is showcased during IFFI. This year, actor Vinod 

Khanna received the award posthumously. IFFI will be 

showcasing some of his best films including “Achanak”, 

“Lekin” and “Amar Akbar Anthony”.
IFFI will open with the World Premiere of “The Aspern Papers”, which tells a story of obsession, grandeur lost and dreams of Byronic adventures. Its star cast, including actors Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Joely Richardson, Julia Robins, Morgane Polanski and Nicolas Hau, apart from director Julien Landais will be a part of the delegation at the festival.

Every year IFFI features a Country of Focus that brings 

out the cinematic excellence and contributions of that 

particular Country. In its 49th edition of IFFI, the Country of 

Focus will be Israel, where the opening film for the Country 

Focus Section is ‘The Other Story’ by Avi Nesher. Ten films 

in collaboration with the Consulate General of Israel in 

Mumbai have been selected for the country focus package. 

Important celebrities from Israel including the famous 

Israeli actor Alon Aboutboul, will be a special guest. Actor 

Dan Wolman from Israel will be honoured with Lifetime 

Achievement Award. The Indo-Israeli Co-production 

Seminar is slated to be held on 22nd November,2018.
A state focus section has been proposed for the 49th IFFI, 2018, and Jharkhand is the chosen one this time. Movies in the Jharkhand package include titles like “Death in the Gunj”, “Ranchi Diaries” and “Begum Jaan”.

The International Competition jury comprises John 

Irvin, Adrian Sitaru, Polish Director Robert Glinski, Anna 

Ferraioli Ravel and Indian member Rakeysh Omprakash 


The Indian Panorama section will have 26 feature and 

21 non-feature Indian chosen by the jury. Shaji N.
Karun’s “Olu” will be the opening feature film of the segment, while “Kharvas” directed by Aditya Suhas Jambhale will be the opening nonfeature film of Indian Panorama 2018.

Sketch on Screen (Animation Film 

Package) is a section that will screen around 

3 International Feature Length Films done in 

collaboration with the Indian studios while 

Indian Sports Biopics will also be screened at 

IFFI. Films included in the section are Gold, 

Mary Kom, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, 1983, MSD: 

The untold story and Soorma.
At IFFI this time, the ‘Homages’ section will pay tributes to Shashi Kapoor, Sridevi, M.Karunanidhi and Kalpana Lajmi from India,and to Terence Marsh, Milos Forman and Anne V Coates from the foreign world.

Masterclasses and In-conversation 

section will feature celebrities like Prasoon 

Joshi, Dan Wolman, Sreekar Prasad, Anil 

Kapoor, Sumit Israni, Boney Kapoor, Arjun 

Kapoor, Jahnvi Kapoor, David Dhawan, Varun 

Dhawan, Rohit Dhawan, Jairaj, Kaushik Ganguly, Shaji 

N. Karun, Srijit Mukhrjee, Sridhar and Sriram Raghavan, 

Meghna Gulzar, Leena Yadav and Gauri Shinde.

IFFI collaborates with the International Council for Film, Audiovisual Communication (ICFT) Paris, to present a special ICFT prize consisting of the UNESCO Gandhi Medal to a film, which reflects the ideals promoted by UNESCO. This year 10 films will be showcased for selection
of a film to be presented with this coveted award. Making inclusivity count, there will be a special package for visually impaired children with screenings which shall have audio description. “Sholay” and “Hichki” will be showcased under this section.

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