17th PIFF to be held from January 11 to 17

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Monday, 7 January 2019

At the 17th edition of Pune International Film Festival (PIFF), the interactive sessions between the film industry professionals and new aspirants, named ‘PIFF Forum’ will be the highlight. 

Pune: At the 17th edition of Pune International Film Festival (PIFF), the interactive sessions between the film industry professionals and new aspirants, named ‘PIFF Forum’ will be the highlight. 

At this unique initiative, the film lovers will get a chance to interact and listen about the journey of artists in this section. Well-known faces such as Shyam Benegal, Rohini Hattangadi, Pravin Tarde, Sreeram Raghavan, and many more to participate in the forum discussions.

The 17th edition of PIFF will be held from January 11 to 17. This year, about 150 films from more than 114 countries will be screened at the festival.

To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary year of Mahatma Gandhi, the theme of the festival this year is ‘In Search of Truth’. Adhering to this, National Film Archive of India (NFAI) will host an exhibition of film posters depicting life, values, and ideals of Mahatma Gandhi.
 
This time, seven Marathi feature films have been nominated in the competition. The films ‘Mulshi Pattern’, ‘Naal’, ‘Khatla Bitla’, ‘Bhonga’, ‘Chumbak’, ‘Bodhi and Dithee’ have made it to the list.

As the film industries in India have lost many eminent personalities, PIFF will be paying tributes to them in various forms. The Festival will pay homage to actress Sridevi, director Kalpana Lajmi, and Japanese screenwriter Shinobu Hashimoto in the form of their film screenings. To commemorate their birth anniversaries, entrance at City Pride Kothrud will be named after music composer Sudhir Phadke and poet GD Madgulkar, and a film forum will be named after humourist PL Deshpande. PIFF will also honour the memory of filmmaker Mrinal Sen, who passed away recently.

The festival will open with the screening of Spanish film ‘Damn Kids’ from Chile of Gonzalo Justiniano. Under section ‘Retrospective’, three films each from veteran directors Mehboob Khan and Bernardo Bertolucci will be screened. In the section ‘Country Focus’, 13 films will be screened, from three countries, Hungary (4), Argentina (6) and Turkey (3). Like each year this year, too, PIFF jury panel includes experts from all parts of the world. 

This year, ‘Vijay Tendulkar Memorial Lecture’ will be delivered by well-known writer Kamlesh Pandey. Apart from the regular venues, this time, INOX Camp will also be a part of PIFF. Also, considering the great response that the late night slot received from the working film-lovers last year, screenings will be organised between 9 to 11 pm at NFAI.

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