On November 20th, 45th International Film Festival of India officially opened in Panaji – capital of Goa – the Indian seaside resort. China is the guest of honor this year and Mr. Gang Tong – deputy director of State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of China, Mr. Tony Leung and Ms. Ziyi Zhang – Chinese famous movie stars, attended the opening ceremony and the lighting function as distinguished guests.
Chinese movies become a major highlight of this film festival. The Festival especially set up the unit “Focus on China” and nine Chinese films including “Finding Mr. Right”, “Silent Witness” and “Caught in the Web” will be showcased.
In addition, Chinese film “Genuine Love” will compete for the big prize of the Festival – Golden Peacock Award in the International Competition unit. The film “The Grandmaster” directed by Wong Kar-Wai will also be played as the closing film of the Festival.
Mr. Arun Jaitley, India’s Minister of Finance and of Information & Broadcasting, gave a speech at the opening ceremony. He said that films, same as cricket, are beloved by Indian people. In the past decade, Bollywood films are turning commercialized, which is believed to make Indian film industry more professional.
Mr. Jaitley, together with India’s most popular actor Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, awarded the annual Indian Filmmaker Memorial Award to the Indian legendary actor Mr. Rajnikanth. The film festival organizing committee also announced that Hongkong director Wong Kar-Wai would be awarded Lifetime Achievement Award of this Festival at the closing ceremony.
The Festival will end on November 30th and there will be 179 films from all over the world to be showcased.
International Film Festival of India began in 1952, held annually since 1975, is India’s largest and most influential film festival and also one of the international “A” list festivals.