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42nd IFFI’s big faux pas:                 It gets opening film director’s name wrong

It is surprising that an arm of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry of India, the Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF) that has long years of experience behind it in organising film festivals will commit such a shocking faux pas like getting the name of the director of the opening film of the 42 IFFI so completely wrong. It is also a sad reflection on the media persons who did not even care to crosscheck the information provided to them by the festival authorities in the age of Internet and Ipads.

THE CONSUL OF BORDEAUX the Portuguese film that is slated to open the 42nd International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa, on 23rd November, 2011, is a film directed by Manuel Gonzales as per the statement attributed to the festival director Shankar Mohan and widely reported by the media, including some of the well-known international publications.

This is simply not true. The film is in fact directed by João Correa, and Francisco Manso and the name of Manuel Gonzales does not even appear anywhere in the list of its crew. The 2011 film is based on the life of Portuguese consul general Aristides de Sousa Mendes in Bordeaux (France), who helped thousands of Jewish refugees to escape the country after Hitler's forces invaded Belgium and the Netherlands in May 1940. The film was released in Israel on 12th September, 2011, and awaiting its Portuguese release.

SRK to open and Suriya to close IFFI, Goa

The 42 International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa, (November 23-December 3, 2011) will be opened by Bollywood’s badshah Shah Rukh Khan and closed by Kollywood’s shining star Suriya, making it truly representational of the country’s cinema. The festival’s opening and closing ceremonies will be held at the Ravindra Bhavan Auditorium at Madgaon this year that can seat 2000 spectators.

The new director of IFFI Shankar Mohan promises that the festival will be different and much more exciting this year than the earlier years. It is going to be more people friendly, and technologically updated with 3D screenings happening for the first time in its history. Around 65 countries will be participating in the festival that includes a retrospective of K Balachandar and a tribute to Rabindranath Tagore.

The Lifetime Achievement Award has been revived and will be given away to the noted French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier .

The festival opens with the Portuguese film THE CONSUL OF BORDEAUX by João Correa, and Francisco Manso. The Indian Panorama of 23 films will open with the Malayalam film URUMI by Santosh Sivan, starring Prithviraj, Prabhu Deva, Genelia D'Souza, Vidya Balan and US actor Alexx O'Nell. The 3-D line-up includes CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS by Werner HERZOG and PINA by Wim WENDERS.

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