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New Delhi : Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Anurag Thakur on October 22, 2021, announced that Istevan Szabo and Martin Scorsese will be conferred on Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award at 52nd International Film Festival of India in Goa.

Istvan Szabo is one of the most critically acclaimed Hungarian film directors of the past few decades known for masterpieces like Mephisto (1981), Father (1966). Martin Scorsese is one of the major figures of the New Hollywood era, widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential directors in film history.

Speaking during the announcements, Anurag Thakur said, “India is a land of story tellers; our tales have captured the imagination of the world. India’s wide variety of stories rightly makes us the ‘Content Subcontinent’.

The 52nd edition of India’s most prestigious film festival will be held from November 20 to November 28, 2021, in the beach State.

Collaboration with major OTT players : Thakur informed that for the first time ever, IFFI has invited major OTT players to participate at the Festival. In a first, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Zee5, Voot, and Sony Liv,will participate at the Film Festival through exclusive Masterclasses, content launches and previews, curated film package screenings, and various other on-ground and virtual events. Thakur said that the trend of watching movies on OTT is on the rise and IFFI is embracing new technology and providing a platform for the industry artists to interact with OTT players.

Netflix is organising a 3-day virtual Masterclass by the Paris based renowned school of image and arts, Gobelins – School L’image. It will organise the India premiere of ‘ThePower of the Dog’ by Jane Campion. It has also proposed to organise a Special Screening of film ‘Dhamaka’, including an introduction of the film by key talent of the film Kartik Aaryan and a preview of Episode 1 of ‘Aranyak’, an upcoming crime thriller series starring Raveena Tandon and Ashutosh Rana.

Sony Liv has proposed a Masterclass by Scam-1992 screenplay writer – Sumit Purohit and Saurav Dey, moderated by Indranil Chakraborty, Business Head studio Next.

Zee5 has specially curated Breakpoint – the popular Paes & Bhupathi series by Nitesh Tiwari & Ashwini Iyer for IFFI.

Recognising 75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow to mark Azaadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav: In a major announcement, Thakur said that IFFI will provide a platform to young budding talent from across India to connect with mainstream cinema filmmakers and the industry. 75 creative minds (under 35 years) will be invited to interact with industry leaders and attend Masterclasses at the Festival. These youngsters will be selected through a competition for young filmmakers from around the country. The Competition aims to provide a platform to 75 young filmmakers, actors, singers, scriptwriters, and others to showcase their talent at a globally recognised event.

The last date to submit applications online is October 30, 2021. Detailed guidelines to be followed while submitting films for the ‘75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow’, along with the application form is available on www.dff.gov.in and www.iffi.org.

BRICS Film Festival : Thakur also announced that for the first time ever, films from five BRICS nations will be showcased through the BRICS Film Festival alongside IFFI. The five countries vizi.e. Brazil, Russia, South Africa, China, and India are also the Focus Countries of the 52nd IFFI.

Announcing the Opening Film of this edition of IFFI, Thakur said that ‘The King of all the World’ (El Rey de Todo El Mundo) directed by Carlos Saura will be the Opening Film and this will also be the film’s international premier. The Power of the Dog directed by Jane Campion, Winner of Best Director at Venice Film Festival, will be the Mid Fest Film. Around 30 films have been shortlisted for screening at 52nd IFFI from prominent International Film Festivals in the Festival Kaleidoscope and World Panorama Section.

The 52nd IFFI will pay Homage to Dilip Kumar, Sumitra Bhave, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Sanchari Vijay,  Surekha Sikri, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Bertrand Tavenier, Christopher Plummer, and Jean-Claude Carrière.

Retrospective: Retrospective section in the 52nd IFFI will feature renowned Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr. His films have won accolades at Berlin, Cannes,and Locarno Film Festival.

Retrospective of Russian filmmaker and stage director Andrei Konchalovsky will also be shown. His films have won numerous accolades, including the Cannes Grand Prix Spécial du Jury, a FIPRESCI Award, two Silver Lions, three Golden Eagle Awards, and a Primetime Emmy Award. Retrospective will also comprise of Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner Rajinikanth, according to a PIB release.

The festival will pay a Special Tribute to Sir Sean Connery, the first actor to portray fictional British secret agent James Bond on the big screen.