MUMBAI: The 38th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-07) got off to a flying start at
In his remarks, Shah Rukh Khan said, “This premier event is a pride of the nation. Recognizing the contribution of the ordinary man in raising the popularity of cinema. Let’s dedicate 38th IFFI to ordinary people.”
“Cinema provides people independence from loneliness and a perceived bond with the celluloid characters. This enlivens the dreams and a course to look up to. He said, through the medium of cinema we try to reach out to others crossing cultural barriers,” he added.
Dasmunsi in his remarks announced the Government decision to confer life time achievement award on the veteran actor Dilip Kumar. Melody queen, Lata Mangeshkar will be conferred with the life time achievement award for film songs.
Dasmunsi said that in the present era of technological innovations, a new vision is needed to ensure its fruition for the benefit of commoners. Affordable cinema for the huge mass of film lovers in the country should be ensured by harnessing new technology. Indian film legends like Raj Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan have been the true cultural ambassadors of
The Minister said that the committee set up to suggest measures to tackle piracy in the film sector has since submitted its report and the Government is likely to finalize its view on Optical Disc laws for this purpose by December end. Dasmunsi said that improved infrastructure in
Chief Minister of
Secretary (I&B), Asha Swarup, Chief Secretary,
Romanian film â€˜4 months, 3 weeks & 2 daysâ€™ was screened as the opening film. The Director of the opening film Cristian Mungiu and the main actress, Anamaria Marinca were felicitated at the inaugural ceremony. Foreign delegates from
Around 200 films will be screened during the 11-day Festival. The Cinema of the World Section will feature a choice of yearâ€™s best international cinema. This section will have 76 films from 42 countries. A specialized competition for feature films by Asian, African and Latin American Directors is being organized. Under this section, fourteen films from 13 countries have been selected for the competition.
In â€˜Film India Worldwideâ€™ category, three films â€˜AIDS Jaagoâ€™ (Mira Nair), â€˜Amalâ€™ (Richie Mehta) and â€˜The Poolâ€™ (Chris Smith). Retrospective of Ingmar Bergman would feature seven of his highly acclaimed films, namely, â€˜Autumn Sonataâ€™, â€˜Fanny and Alexanderâ€™, â€˜The Seventh Sealâ€™, â€˜The Virgin Springâ€™, â€˜Through a Glass Darklyâ€™, â€˜Shameâ€™, and â€˜Wild Strawberriesâ€™.
Indian Panorama at IFFI – 2007 would present a bouquet of 36 films, 21 features and 15 non-feature films. The package is a mixed bag with stalwarts like Budhadeb Dasgupta and Adoor Gopalakrishnan presenting two films each. The section would have Ami Iyasin Aar Amaar Madhubala (The Voueurs- Feature) and Naushad Ali- the Melody continues (Non Feature) by Budhadeb Dasgupta and Naalu Penunungal (Four Women- Feature) and The Dance of the Enchantress (Non Feature) by Adoor Gopalakrishnan.
The debut directors like Sameer Hanchante, Samir Chanda, and Bhavna Talwar would present their films Gafla (Scam), Ek Nadir Galpo (Tale of a river), and Dharm respectively at the festival. A special section celebrating 60 years of
IFFI also features a Film Bazaar for films from