Fifteen films, including Simon Franco’s ‘Charlotte’ and Shirin Neshat and Shoja Azari’s ‘’Land of Dreams’, will vie for the top awards as Goa will host the 52nd edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) from November 20-28.
The Golden Peacock Award, earmarked for the best film at the festival, carries a cash prize of ₹40 lakh, to be shared equally by the producer and the director.
The best director’s award will bag the silver peacock award, which carries a cash prize of ₹15 lakh.
The IFFI jury comprises renowned Iranian filmmaker Rakhshān Banietemad along with British film producer Stephen Woolley, Colombian filmmaker Ciro Guerra, Sri Lankan filmmaker Vimukthi Jayasundara and the host nation’s producer-director Nila Madhab Panda.
The line-up also includes ‘Interglade’, by Radu Muntean, which captures the story of three friends on a driving trip into villages down mountain roads.
‘Land of Dreams’ is a movie about Simin, an Iranian woman on a journey to discover what it means to be a free American.
Other films include Nikhil Mahajan’s Marathi movie ‘Godavari’, Masakazu Kaneko’s ‘Ring Wandering’, and ‘Saving One Who Was Dead’ by Václav Kadrnka.