The 49th edition of the International Film Festival in India will be opened with the world premiere of "The Aspern Papers" in the presence of its international starry and crew members.
Set in Venice in the late 19th century and based on Henry James "eponymous novella," The Aspern Papers "is a story of obsession, size loss and dreams of Byronic adventures.
A delegation representing this movie coming to Goa will consist of leading actor Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, leading actress and Golden Globe winner Joely Richardson and Oscar nominated actress Julia Robins, in addition to actress and daughter of Roman Polanski, Morgane Polanski, actor Nicolas Hau and the director Julien Landais.
This year, the Country Focus segment of the megafilm festival will show films from Israel, while the State Focus segment will be devoted to Jharkhand.
Every year, IFFI also acknowledges contributions from a filmmaker and presents the Lifetime Achievement Award for him or her, which shows some of his / her best movies. This year, Dan Wolman from Israel will be honored with the award.
IFFI 2018, held in Goa from 20-28 November, will show 212 films from over 68 countries, reflecting the diversity of flavors. The international competition part of this film festival contains 15 films, three of which are Indian. This section represents movies produced and co-produced by 22 countries.
The International Competition Jury consists of John Irvin, Adrian Sitaru, Polish Director Robert Glinski, Anna Ferraioli Ravel and Indian filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.
In addition, the festival kaleidoscope section will carry 20 critically acclaimed international films that have been featured at major film festivals, of which the majority are several prize winners.
The world panorama section will contain 67 movies, specially cured for the festival. This section will cover four world premiers, two international premiers, 15 Asian premiere and 60 Indian premiere.
This year, the world panorama section will also feature 15 films, which are Oscar entries from each country.
Every year, IFFI has a national focus area that gives rise to film quality and contributions from a particular country. At IFFI 2018, the country will focus on Israel. Ten films in collaboration with the Consulate General in Israel in Mumbai have been selected for this segment.
The opening film for the country focus is "The Other Story" by Avi Nesher. Major celebrities from Israel, including the famous Israeli actor Alon Aboutboul, visit Goa during the festival. The Indo-Israeli Samproduction Seminar is also scheduled to be held on 22 November.
A state focus group has been proposed for the 49th edition of IFFI 2018. This section will focus on the films in one of the Indian states, thus highlighting the art and culture of the state concerned. Jharkhand has been chosen as a state focus for this film festival, while Jharkhand Day is celebrated on November 24th as part of the festival. Movies in the Jharkhand package include "Death in the Gunj", "Ranchi Diaries" and "Begum Jaan", in addition to others.
Sketch on Screen – Animated Movie Package – is another episode of IFFI 2018, screening around three international films of functional length in collaboration with Indian studios.
"Open Air Screenings" is another highlight in this nine-day film festival, where a big screen is placed in a large open space. This year, as an extension of Khelo India Branding, Indian sports biopic will be screened, including "Gold", "Mary Kom", "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag", "1983", "MSD: The Untold story" and "Soorma".
IFFI also collaborates with the International Film, Audiovisual Council, Paris, to present a special ICFT award consisting of the UNESCO Gandhi medal for a film reflecting the ideals promoted by UNESCO.
This year, 10 films will be presented for the selection of films presented with this coveted award.
The championship section as well as the conversation section will involve the participation of several celebrity celebrities from the film industry, including 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 Karun, Srijit Mukherjee, Sridhar Raghavan, Sreeram Raghvan, Anupama Chopra, Rajiv Masand, Bhawana Somaaya, Jason Hafford, Meghna Gulzar, Leena Yadav and Gauri Shinde.
A retrospective of films by the recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award is presented under each IFFI. This year, actor Vinod Khanna was awarded posthumously. IFFI will present some of his best movies, including "Achanak", "Lekin" and "Amar Akbar Anthony".
The homages section will celebrate the movie personalities in our country, which has gone away, this year. This year, tribute will be paid to Shashi Kapoor, Sridevi, M Karunanidhi and Kalpana Lajmi.
In international tribute, tribute will be paid to British production designer Terence Marsh; Czech-American film director, scriptwriter, actor Milos Forman; and British film editor Anne V Coates, most known as editor of David Lean's epic film "Lawrence of Arabia"; (1962), for which she won an Oscar.
A special package for visually impaired children / special screenings with audio description will be organized for children who are visually impaired.
The festival will present the films "Sholay" and "Hichki" in this section.
This year, a special presentation of Tunisian films will be featured at IFFI 2018.