Panaji, Nov 16 (IEEntertainment) Hand-picked from across the world, the 15 high-quality films in the International Competition section at the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will be competing for the coveted Golden Peacock as well as other awards on offer at the festival.
Only the best of the feature length fiction films from all around the world are selected to compete in this pivotal section at the IFFI. This year, the International Competition section has a total of 15 films, out of which three are Indian. The Indian films – ‘Bhayanakam’, ‘To Let’, and ‘Ee.Ma.Yau’- will be India’s representation in the International Competition section at IFFI 2018.
The film ‘Bhayanakam’ earned its director Jayaraj two National Awards – for Best Director and for Best Adapted Screenplay, in 2017.
‘To Let’ marks the debut of author, poet and cinematographer Chezhiyan Ra as a director.
The director of ‘Ee.Maa.Yau’, Lijo Jose Pellissery, is a critically acclaimed director, best known for Amen and Angamaly Diaries – a cult Malayalam hit which featured 86 debutants.
This year the International Competition section features films representing (produced and co-produced) 22 countries. Interestingly, the section also features an Oscar nominated film in Donbass. The film, which won its director the Un Certain Regard Award for Best Director at Cannes (2018) this year, is Ukraine’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the upcoming 91st Academy Awards.
Speaking about the International Competition section, Directorate of IFFI said, “It is great to see three Indian films make it to the International Competition Section at IFFI this year. It shows that our cinema is thriving and at par with the best from around the world. The selection is exciting and I wish all the filmmakers good luck at the festival.”
The selected films under the category that will be screened at IFFI 2018 are 53 Wars, A Translator, Aga, Divine Wind, Donbass, A Family Tour, Here, Our Struggles, The Manslayer, The Unseen, Van Goghs, When the Trees Fall, Ee.Maa.Yau, To Let, Bhayanakam.
The 49th International Film Festival of India begins on November 20, 2018, and ends on November 28, 2018.