The upcoming International Film Festival in India, scheduled to be held in Goa, will screen 212 films from 68 countries, an organizer said on Friday.
The festival will be opened with Julien Landais's film "The Aspern Papers" based on a novel written by acclaimed author Henry James. Stars like Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Joely Richardson, Julia Robins, Morgane Polanski, Nicholas Howe will be present at the opening date of the event, which will run from 20-28 November.
"The international racing section has 15 films, three of which are Indian. It's a compulsory thing that has been going on for a while .. and the contest part represents movies produced and co-produced by 22 different countries," Festival Director Chaitanya Prasad said.
Israel has been chosen as the focus country for the event, which will contain a package of films from the Middle East countries, added Prasad.
"With regard to the countries, there are about 144 international films from 68 countries in the international section. There are 15 renowned films that will be celebrated for the Golden Peacock Award." We have two debut makers who have made it to the international competition section, "he said.
"There are two international premiers, 15 Asian premiers and about 60 Indian premiers," Prasad said, adding that 15 films that will be screened at the event have also been submitted as contributions to the Academy Award.
The festival will also contain a retrospective part of the famous Swedish director Ingmar Bergman.
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