The very famous International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is gearing up for its 50th edition this year. As it is the silver jubilee edition, the organizers are planning to conduct the carnival on a grand scale. Goa is all decked up to host the festival and the delegates who come to attend it.
The biggest award at IFFI is the Golden Peacock Award which is generally given to the best film in the international competition. This time, there are a total of 15 films in contention. 13 of them are foreign film and two of them are Indian. The two Indian films which made it to the contest are Mai Ghat: Crime No. 103/2005 and Jallikattu.
Directed by national award-winning filmmaker Anant Mahadevan, Mai Ghat: Crime No. 103/2005 is a Marathi feature that is partially based on true events. The story revolves around a mother who seeks justice in her son's death. The film got premiered in Singapore South Asian International Film Festival earlier this year and also won a few awards over there.
On the flip side, there is Lijo Jose Pellissery's Jallikattu. Lijo is a celebrated Malayalam filmmaker who made films like Angamaly Diaries and Ee. Ma. Yau. Jallikattu got premiered in TIFF earlier this year and also had a theatrical release all over India last month. Both the films are carrying a good buzz in the festival circuit and we have to see if they can end up on the winning side or not.