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A 9-day international film festival begins today in Goa

by Joe Bourn

Actors Pankaj Tripathi, Suneil Shetty, Prabhu Deva, Manoj Bajpayee and Ajay Devgn will be honored with Special Honors at the 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which begins in Goa on November 20.

The honors will be conferred at the inaugural ceremony on Sunday evening, which will be attended by Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur, MoS I&B L Murugan, Goa Governor PS Sreedharan and Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.

There will be a special announcement for the Indian Personality of the Year award, which was presented to actors Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth and lyricist Prasoon Joshi in the past.

After all, short films will be released for the 75 years of Independence. An exhibition showcasing technology and various elements related to cinema and aesthetics was also organized by the Film and Television Institute of India this year. The show highlights what’s new in the entertainment technology arena.

Austrian film Alma and Oscar, directed by Dieter Berner, will open this year’s edition, which has 280 films from 79 countries. The Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Spanish director Carlos Saura. Also part of the line-up is an eight-film retrospective dedicated to Saura.

France is this year’s ‘Spotlight’ country, with eight of its films screened as part of the Country Focus package. Three films by the award-winning Dadasaheb Phalke Asha Parekh – Teesri Manzil, Do Badan and Kati Patang – will be screened, while the festival closes on November 28 with Krzysztof Zanussi’s Perfect Number.

To promote films from the North East, five features and five non-features will mark the golden jubilee of Manipuri cinema.

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