This year's edition of the InternationalFilm Festival of India (IFFI), to be held in
The retrospective will screenIn Custody, which Merchant directedhimself, and three films that he produced with James Ivory as director -
Fifty films from 35countries will play in the "Cinema of the World" section of the 10-day festivalwhich has found a permanent home in the coastal state of
The festival will alsoshowcase 21 features and 15 non-features in the "Indian Panorama". Films inthis section include Nagesh Kukunoor's Hindi-language Iqbal; Kamal's Malayalam drama Perumazhakkalam;Aparna Sen's English-langauge 15 ParkAvenue, and Anjan Das' Bengali-language Faltu.
Tributes will also be paidto two other Indian film figures who passed away thisyear - actor, producer, director and politician Sunil Dutt and southern Indianfilm legend Gemini Ganesh. Foreign retrospectives will include the films ofFrench actress Isabelle Huppert and selections from
The festival also features acompetition section for which titles have yet to be announced. Chileanfilmmaker Miguel Littin heads the five-member jury which also includes Frenchdirector Alain Corneau, Indian filmmaker Saeed Akhtar Mirza, Iranian actorFaramarz Gharibian and Austrian director Sabine Derflinger.
Shadows Of Time, a Bengali-language film from German director Florian Gallenberger,will close the event. Gallenberger was a jury member at last year's IFFI.
This year's IFFI will alsofeature a conference - "