New Delhi: Four Malayalam movies have been selected to the Indian Panorama (Feature) for the 46th International Film Festival of India (IFFI). Lukka Chuppi directed by Bash Mohammed, Ottal directed by Jayaraj, Sidhartha Siva’s Ain, and Dr Biju’s Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal are the films.
The Man Who Knew Infinity, a British film on Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan’s life, will open the IFFI 2015, with Bollywood star Anil Kapoor and Slumdog Millionaire actor Dev Patel in attendance.
Chief guest Anil Kapoor will inaugurate the 11-day film carnival on November 20 in Goa.
“The festival will present the best of the domestic and international talent. This year the festival will showcase 187 films from 89 countries in World Cinema section along with 26 Feature and 21 Non-Feature films in Indian Panorama section,” Arun Jaitley, Minister for Information and Broadcasting, told reporters here.
Announcing the Indian Panorama, Jaitley stated that the section will have a confluence of remarkable films from different languages and states. Sanskrit film Priyamanasam directed by Vinod Mankara has been chosen as the Opening film in the Panorama section. Bengali films topped the Panorama section with seven movies making it to the list. Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Cannes FIPRESCI winner Masaan, India’ Oscar entry Court are some of the other films in the Indian Panorama section.
The International Competition section, to be chaired by eminent filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, features 15 movies including two Indian titles – Kaushik Ganguly’s Cinemawala and Natoker Moto by Debesh Chatterjee – from Indian Panorama.
Michael Radford, Julia Jentsch, Suha Arraf and Jeon Kyu-Hwan are the other jury members, who will assist Kapur.
Spain is the focus country this year with a special delegation flying down to meet Indian filmmakers here. Films of master Spanish filmmakers Carlos Saura and Pedro Almadovar along with contemporary filmmakers like Alejandro Amenabar will be screened at the festival. The section will also feature Spanish actress Leticia Dolera’s directorial debut ‘Requirements to Be a Normal Person’.
(With agency inputs)