6000 delegates to attend IFFI 2008

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Panaji, Nov 18 (UNI) About 6000 delegates from India and abroad are expected to attend the 39th International film festival of India (IFFI) to be held here from November 22 to December 2.

Goa Chief Ministr Digamber Kamat and Director of Film Festival S M Khan said in a joint press conference today that 'The Warlord', directed by Peter Chan will be the opening film of the Festival whereas 'The Song of the Sparrows', by renowned Iranian director Majid Majidi will be the closing film.

Noted Bollywood actor Rekha will be inaugurating the festival on November 22 at Kala Academy and popular actor Kamal Hassan will be the chief guest at the closing ceremony on December 2.

Mr Khan said the major attraction of IFFI are 'Cinema of the World' competition section, foreign retrospective besides the Indian Panorama.

In the 'Cinema of the World' section, about 60 films from more than 35 countries will be shown. The competition for films from Asia, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Africa will be judged by the jury comprising Peter Chan, noted director from Hongkong, Marco Muller(Vennice), Niki Karimi (Iran), Lav Diaz (Singapore) and Tabassum Hashmi (India).

In the foreign retrospective section, films of Aki Kaurishmaki( Finland), John Landis (USA), Wong Kar Wai (Hongkong) will be shown.

Mr Khan said films from Russia, Switzerland and Iran will be in focus.

In 'Indian Panorama' section, 47 Indian films and 21 non-features will be shown. There will be a retrospective on Bimal Roy films (Birth Centenary year) also.

Lifetime achievement awards will be conferred on Dilip Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, B Saroja Devi and Tapan Sinha. Homage will be paid to G P Sippy, B R Chopra, F C Mehra, Mahendra Kapoor, Sridhar, Vijay Tendulkar and Nabendu Ghosh among others.

'Yarwing', a film in Kokborok langage of Tripura, the first ever in the north-eastern language, will be the opening film in the Indian Panorama section.

There will also be a special section on 'Taj Mahal' as a tribute to one of the world's most wonderful monuments. The films in this section comprise Shiraj (Silent film,1928), Shah Jahan (1946), Taj Mahal (1963) and Taj Mahal (2005).

The film 'baazar' will be organised by the National Film Development Corporation( NFDC) on the sidelines of IFFI-2008, to create opportunities for networking and business for producers, film makers and distributors across the world, Mr khan added.

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