Come November 20, Sunday, the 53rd International Film Festival of India, is set to open with a colorful ceremony at the Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium in Goa.
Moviegoers at home and abroad will be able to savor 280 films from 79 countries around the world bringing diverse emotions, cultures, aspirations and struggles to the screen.
Here are the highlights of the festival:
- “Alma and Oskar”, the Austrian film directed by Dieter Berner, will open the festival
- The closing cinema will be “Perfect Number”, a Polish film directed by Krzysztof Zanussi
- The mid-fest film will be “Fixation”, a 2022 film set in Germany, Canada and the United States and directed by Mercedes Bryce Morgan
- From India, there will be 25 feature films and 19 non-feature films which will be featured in the Indian Panorama
- There will be a special section dedicated to Asha Parekh, winner of the 52nd Dadasaheb Phalke Award, showing three of her films – “Teesri Manzil”, “Do Badan” and “Kati Patang”
- A specially curated set of five feature and non-feature films will celebrate the completion of 50 years of Manipuri cinema
- The National Film Archive of India will screen in the “Indian Restored Classics” section Sohrab Modi’s 1957 costume drama “Nausherwan-E-Adil”, Ramesh Maheshwary’s 1969 Punjabi film “Nanak Nam Jahaz Hai”, the K Vishwanath’s 1980 Telugu musical drama “Sankarabharnam” and two Satyajit Ray’s classics, the 1977 period drama “Shatranj Ke Khiladi” and the 1989 social, “Ganashatru”
- Carlos Saura will receive the Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award
- The flagship country this year is France and 8 films will be screened as part of the Country Focus package
- Across Goa, caravans will be deployed to screen films
- There will also be an outdoor screening on the beach
- The first galas of Hindi films like “The Storyteller” by Paresh Rawal, “Drishyam 2” by Ajay Devgn and Tabu, “Bhediya” by Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon and “Lost” by Yami Gautam will take place