International Film Festival of India’s (IFFI) official website have announced that their focus country for the 47th Edition of the International Festival is Republic of Korea. Every year the IFFI features a country of focus.
The Country of focus is the theme through which the prominent cinematic contributions of the country are screened at the festival. Through this, the festival encourages friendly ties between India and the other countries.
IFFI’s Previous Countries of Focus:
46th Edition (2015) – Spain
45th Edition (2014) – China
44th Edition (2013) – Japan
43rd Edition (2012) – Turkey
42nd Edition (2011) – USA
Along with the unveiling of the ‘Country of Focus’ the IFFI website listed South Korea’s presence at other film festivals.
South Korea’s Film Festival Accolades:
Venice Film Festival in 2002 for Oasis
Cannes Film Festival in 2004 & 2010 for Oldboy and Poetry respectively
Berlin Film Festival in 2004 for Samaritan Girl
At the Venice Film Festival, Kim Ki-duk had won the Golden Lion award for the film Pietà, which was the first Korean film to win the top prize at one of the world’s most prestigious film festivals.
Jury Selection of Korean Films to Being Screened at IFFI Goa 2016:
The World of Us by Ga-eun Yoon
Assassination by Dong-hoon Choi
Coin Locker Girl by Jun-hee Han
The Shameless by Seung-uk Oh
Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet by Joon-ik Lee
The King of Pigs by Yeon Sang-ho
The IFFI carpet will shine with presence of contemporary stalwarts of Korean Cinema like, Sang-ho Yeon, Zhang Lu and Lee Joon Ik.
Korean Director to receive Lifetime Achievement Award
Also in this edition of the Film Festival, Director Kwon Taek Im, will be honoured with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award.’ The veteran director has directed more than a 100 films in a career that spans over five decades. He has been honoured with a number of awards, including Best Director Award at Cannes Film Festival, 2002 for his movie Chihwaseon.
The film concluding the 47th edition of IFFI with the screening of South Korean official entry for the Academy Awards, The Age of Shadows, directed by Kim Jee Woon.
Image Credits: IFFI Website