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Asia’s Oldest and India’s Biggest: 47th International Film Festival (IFFI) to start in Goa from November 20
Panaji, November 19,2016: The 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), reckoned as one of Asia’s oldest and India’s biggest film festival, gets underway in Goa on Sunday.
The nine-day festival will be shorter as compared to the 11-day event held in the past. According to festival director K. Senthil Kumar, the 2016 version is more pruned and has more qualitative programming, including several films which are in the running for the Academy Awards, as well as a promising selection of films screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
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The event will get underway when Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurates it in the presence of Bollywood director Ramesh Sippy at a glittering ceremony at the Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium on the outskirts of the state capital on Sunday.
“There is a slack in attendance if we stretch it for 11 days. Guests generally try to come for a package of three or four days and then go out. So, we try to give them a four-day package so that they stay in nine days and within those nine days we will try to include more number of films,” Kumar told reporters at a press conference in Panaji.
“We have dropped some sections, which were not according to the programming format and we have tried to include new formats. So programming has been reworked with more number of films…. Quality of content will be higher than last year,” Kumar said.
IFFI, which was launched in 1952, is being held annually in Goa since 2004 and is organised by the Directorate of Film Festivals and the Entertainment Society of Goa, which function under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the Goa government respectively.
This edition of the festival includes more than 300 films from 90 countries, although Kumar said that no Pakistani film will be screened in this year’s edition because entries from the neighbouring country, which has shared a simmering relationship with India especially in the recent past, did not make the cut.
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“We had some entries from Pakistan in the selection process. Last year, we had Pakistani films selected, but this year the selection committee decided that the film was not up to the mark,” Kumar said.
At this year’s edition, the opening film will be “After Image”, a movie directed and written by Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda, who died earlier this year.
The film is a biopic of master artist Wladyslaw Strzeminski, while the festival’s closing film is “Age of Shadows” by Kim Jee Woon from South Korea. South Korea is the special focus country at the 47th edition of IFFI and several films from the Asian country will be screened at the event. Incidentally, Woon’s film is the official entry from South Korea at this year’s Oscar awards.
The Indian Panorama section of the festival will open for the second consecutive year, with a Sanskrit film “Ishti”, directed by G. Prabha and will screen 22 films.
One of the most important and coveted sections of the festival, the International Competition section will feature some of the top films of the year, some of which have been celebrated at the Cannes Film Festival and are entries to the Academy awards. Indian films “Sahad Paather Gappo” and “Ishti” will also be competing in this section.
The other films competing under this section are “According to Her”, “Daughter”, “House of Others”, “I, Olga Hepnarova”, “Mellow Mud”, “Nelly”, “Personal Affairs”, “Rauf”, “Scarred Hearts”, “The Last Family”, “The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis”, “The Throne” and “The Student”.
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Festival juries will pick out the best film, best director, best actor-male, best actor-female and a special jury award from the selection in the International Competition section.
In order to promote young directorial talent globally, IFFI 2016 will award a prize for the year’s best young debuting director.
“IFFI has decided to recognise young and upcoming talent from across the film world and will award the centenary award for best debut film of a director,” Kumar said. (IANS)
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The prestigious British-based, Booker Prize, is one of the most prestigious and acclaimed awards given annually to the best work of fiction. This award is given to a work of fiction which is primarily written in English language and published in the United Kingdom or Ireland by the writers of any nationality.
This year, six authors were nominated for their work of fiction, and the winner will be announced on the 3rd of November.
The books which were shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize 2021 are:
1. The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed
British-Somali writer, Nadifa Mohamed's novel, 'The Fortune Men', is a chilling reimagining of Mahmood Mattan's story. Mattan, who is the main character in the book, was a Somali seaman who was wrongfully imprisoned and executed for a murder in Wales.
2. Bewilderment by Richard Powers
Pulitzer-winner, Richard Powers' book is a story of a young astrobiologist, who is in search of finding life on other planets, and his troubled son, Robin. The book is a mixture of sci-fi and family romance. Interestingly, this is Powers' first book after winning the Pulitzer Prize in the year 2019.
3. Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead
This book is about the lives of pilot Marian Graves and Hadley Baxter, who was a troubled Hollywood actress. In the 1950s, Marian embarked on a journey to travel the world but then disappeared without a trace. Fifty years later, Hadley is drawn to play Marian's character, which indirectly leads her to probe the mysteries of the latter's life.
4. No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockdwood
This is the first book by the American poet and memoirist. " 'No One Is Talking About This' is like a love letter to the endless scroll and a profound, modern meditation on love, language, and human connection from a singular voice in American literature," reads the book's blurb. This book was also one of the finalists for this year's Women's Prize for Fiction.
5. A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasam
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6. The Promise by Damon Galgut
Damon Galgut is a South African author. In this book, the author pens down the story about a white South African family living around in Pretoria, and the crisis they face during the last few years because of apartheid.
Today, 17 September,marks the 133rd birth anniversary of Michiyo Tsujimura, who was a Japanese scientist, and worked extensively on decoding the nutritional value of green tea.
Tsujimura spent her early career as a science teacher. And, in 1920, she chased her dream of becoming a scientific researcher at the Hokkaido Imperial University, where she began to analyse the nutritional properties of Japanese silkworms, in which she was very much interested.
After a few years, Tsujimura transferred to the Tokyo Imperial University, and began researching the biochemistry of green tea alongside Dr. Umetaro Suzuki, who is well known for his discovery of vitamin B1.
In their joint research in this area, it was revealed that green tea contained significant amount of vitamin C, which is the first of many, yet unknown molecular compounds in green tea.
Later on, in 1929, Tsujimura isolated catechin, which is bitter ingredient of tea. Then, the next year, she isolated tannin, which is an even more bitter compound. All these findings formed the foundation for her doctoral thesis– "On the Chemical Components of Green Tea", and through all this hard work, she graduated as Japan's first woman doctor of agriculture in the year 1932.
Moreover, Tsujimura also made history as an educator when she became the first ever Dean of the Faculty of Home Economics at the Tokyo Women's Higher Normal School in the year 1950.
Even today, a stone memorial in honor of Dr. Michiyo Tsujimura’s achievements can be found in her birthplace of Okegawa City.