IFFI Goa 2017 lures cinephiles with an attractive line-up

Celebrating cinema in Goa


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November 23, 2017

/ By / Kolkata

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The jury that selected Nude by Ravi Jadhav and S Durga by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan must have done something right with the selection process as the diverse range of films in the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) list is drawing cinephiles in large numbers.

Sections such as the Indian Panorama, World Cinema and International Competition of films have already witnessed a lot of attention. A section dedicated to James Bond as a retrospective will showcase Bond movies from 1960 to 2012 while restored classics of Godard and Bunuel will also find inquisitive film buffs loitering about the streets of Goa. The festival catalogue says “195 films, 82 countries, 1 festival.”

Amidst the varied film programmes in the festival and the NFDC Film Bazaar, there are hopeful anecdotes that go beyond the autonomy of the jury, the dubious aspect of press accreditation and the pertinent issue of dropping two films.

A strong lineup

From the National Award winning Marathi film Kaasav directed by Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar to the Iranian film Man of Integrity that won the Un Certain Regard in this year’s Cannes Film Festival this year’s IFFI will be featuring a wide range of world cinema including 20 Oscar entries from various countries.

Film enthusiasts in Goa will be able to watch the Palm d’Or winner of this year The Square by Ruben Ostlund which was also screened in the recently concluded 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF 2017). The film delves deep into a sarcastic narrative taking the fake outlook of the art world as a subject. A film on Rabindranath Tagore and his relationship with an Argentine lady, Victoria Ocampo who nursed the poet during her illness in Argentina will also get featured in this year’s IFFI. The Indian production film is called The Argentinean and features Victor Bannerjee acting as Tagore.


Urban Voice at the Film Bazaar

Catch the screening at IFFI 2017

Catch the screening at IFFI 2017

Urban Voice, Aneek Chaudhuri’s upcoming music documentary is set to get a screening tomorrow at the NFDC Film Bazaar section of IFFI Goa 2017. Based on the life of the urban folk musician, Susmit Bose, Urban Voice is a docu-drama echoing his significance in Indian music scenario. It is produced under the banner of La Artiste productions in association with Adler and Associates.

The 75-minute docu-drama revolves around 1960’s folk and pop singer-songwriter, Susmit Bose as an account of his perception of great changes around the globe all these years. Even after being a resident of India, his primary language to compose songs has been English till date and for the same, he was thoroughly criticized. More than this, he did not get his due as a singer and was even termed as a ‘clone of Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger’.

According to Aneek, “Urban folk music itself is a genre that does not find a well-deserved acceptance in our country as people hardly know its history and what is its definition.” Aneek also states about Susmit Bose as “he is the person who has been active for a period of over 45 years and more than this, he is a pioneer behind this kind of music in India. This documentary is about justifying his significance in the music history of India and hopefully, my film will succeed in doing so.”


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