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IFFI 2018 to showcase 212 films, Israel the focus country

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

is the focus country at the of India (IFFI) this year and the 49th edition of the movie gala will celebrate diversity as it showcases 212 films from over 68 countries.

The festival, to be held from November 20 to 28 in Goa, will screen 10 films in collaboration with the in

The Country of Focus section will kick off with "The Other Story" by

Under International Competition section, 15 films will be presented out of which three are Indian. Competition section itself represents films produced and co-produced by 22 countries.

The Festival Kaleidoscope section will showcase 20 critically-acclaimed international films that have had major runs with majority of them being multiple award winners.

World Panorama has 67 films especially curated for the festival and the section includes four World Premiers, two International Premiers, 15 Asia Premiers and 60 India Premiers. Interestingly, World Panorama presents 15 films which are submissions from respective countries.

This year IFFI will celebrate the legacy of Ingmar Bergman through 'Wild at Heart in His Craft: Retrospective section of Ingmar Bergman' as 2018 marks

Besides seven ouveres by the iconic director, on Bergman titled "Bergman Island" will also be screened. The official opening of this section is scheduled on November 21 with panel discussion followed by the screening of "Wild Strawberries".

The opening film of IFFI is "The Aspern Papers". The period drama will have its World Premiere at the festival and its star cast Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Joely Richardson, Julia Robins, Morgane Polanski, and will be present.

Israeli will be a special guest for Country of Focus section. The Indo-Israeli Co-production Seminar is slated to be held on November 22.

from will be honoured with Life Time Achievement award.

has been selected as the State of Focus for this year's edition and films such as "A Death in the Gunj", "Ranchi Diaries" and "Begum Jaan" with among others will be screened under the segment.

John Irvin, Adrian Sitaru, Polish Robert Glinski, and are part of the

Twenty six feature and 21 non-feature are selected by the jury to be screened as part of Indian Panorama section.

"Olu", directed by Shaji N Karun, will open the feature film segment of Indian Panorama 2018 and Aditya Suhas Jambhale-directed "Kharvas" will kickstart the non-feature film segment of Indian Panorama 2018.

"Homages" section will pay tribute to the film personalities such Shashi Kapoor, Sridevi, M Karunanidhi and along with international names such as Terence Marsh, Milos Forman, and

The legacy of this year's (posthumous) winner will celebrated through his films including "Achanak", "Lekin" and "Amar Akbar Anthony".

As an extension of the Khelo India Branding, Indian Sports Biopics - such as "Mary Kom", "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag" and "MSD: The Untold Story" - will be screened at the 49th IFFI.

Film personalities like Prasoon Joshi, Dan Wolmar, Sreekar Prasad, Anil Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Jahnvi Kapoor, David Dhawan, Varun Dhawan, Kaushik Ganguly, Shaji Karun, Srijit Mukhrjee, Sridhar and Sreeram Raghvan, Anupama Chopra, Rajiv Masand, Bhawana Somaaya, Jason Hafford, Meghna Gulzar, and will be part of the Masterclasses and In-conversation sections.

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 19:15 IST