47th edition of the International Film Festival of India in Goa
The 47th edition of the International Film Festival of India in Goa was inaugurated in Goa on the 20th of November.
During 9 days, 187 international films from more than 85 countries will be screened. 60 French productions and co-productions are to be shown this year, with 2 French co-productions in the official competition. Since its beginnings in 1952 the IFFI has been the biggest event of its type in India with around 14 000 delegates present each year.
Renowned costume designer Rosalie Varda will be attending the 2016 edition of the festival. France has been honored several times in the past with French guests such as Catherine Deneuve in 2008 and Isabelle Huppert in 2015 . Vincent Lindon was awarded Best Actor in 2015 and Bertrand Tavernier won the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. Bertrand Tavernier’s documentary, A journey through French cinema is being screened at the festival and showcases the history of French cinema.
France has a history of being widely represented at IFFI, staging the amiability of Indo-French ties.
“French Cinema is one that is greatly admired in India”, says Deputy Director of IFFI Rizwan Ahamd, “French master such as Godard or Truffaut have paved the way leaving a legacy for new filmmakers to follow. That is why France was the most represented country in last year’s IFFI.”