(PTI)Life of Pi, a gripping tale of a boy, who is adrift at sea on a lifeboat with a tiger will be the opening film at the 43rd International Film Festival of India, scheduled to be held in Goa next month. The film will be premiering on November 20 while the closing film will be Mira Nair’s political thriller The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Shankar Mohan, Director of IFFI, told reporters here.
“We are in the 100th year of cinema…for us opening and closing films have always been important. We were looking for films that have deep Indian connect. And these two films had it,” he said. The film tells the story of a boy who is left in the sea in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger after his family drowns in a shipwreck.
Starring Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Adil Hussain and debutant Suraj Sharma it releases in 3D on November 23. “Tabu and Irrfan will be present during the premiere but Lee won’t be there as he is not in India. We are happy to have the actors at the festival” we share good relations with them,” Mr. Mohan said.
Delhi is going to play host to the first International Film Festival (DIFF) in December this year. Launching the DIFF in Delhi noted film director and actor Tigmanshu Dhulia said,” Delhi’s own film festival will bring opportunities to a lot of youngsters here.”
DIFF will be held December 21-27 with more than 70 countries participating and at least 150 films being shown. Legendary filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan is the chairman of the advisory board of the festival while director Anurag Kashyap, actor Yashpal Sharma, Shiney Ahuja, Shriram Raghavan, Shonali Bose are part of the panel.
DIFF will also honour 100-year-old actress Zohra Sehgal with the life time achievement award. Organisations that have partnered with the festival are Broadway International Film Festival LA, JMT from Israel, Media Box Bangladesh, Turkish Film Industry, Film Factory China and Slade school of fine arts London.
Some of the films to be screened at the festival are Daughters of Theatre, The Artist, Love Birds and Sunshine In The Corner.
After the 65th Cannes International Film Festival, debut director Vasan Bala`s ‘Peddlers’ is now set for screening at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) next month. He is elated. “It`s great that the film has been selected at Toronto after Cannes. Since the French press sighted a very American independent influence on the film, I am quite curious how it will be received here,” Bala said in a press statement.
‘Peddlers’ is a thriller about two parallel love stories – one about a cop and his married neighbour and the other of a girl on a mission and an aimless guy. Co-produced by Eros International, Guneet Monga and Anurag Kashyap, the movie is scheduled to be screened as part of the City to City section with an aim to bring global cities to Toronto audiences, and the focus will be on Mumbai this year.
“TIFF is among world`s top movie events, and is a gateway for international films into the north American region. Eros International saw the potential in the film the moment they saw it and decided to back it up,” Monga said in a press statement. The film features actors like Gulshan Devaiah, Siddharth Menon, Kriti Malhotra and Nimrat Kaur. TIFF will be held Sep 6-16 this year.