Hollywood actor John Landis set to attend IFFI 2008

October 26th, 2008 - 2:01 pm ICT by IANS  

Panaji, Oct 26 (IANS) Hollywood actor John Landis, best known for directing Michael Jackson’s music videos “Thriller” and “Black or White”, is expected to attend the foreign retrospective segment at the 39th International Film festival of India (IFFI), starting Nov 22 here.”Along with John Landis, his Oscar nominated wife Deborah Nadoolman is also expected to come,” Manoj Srivastava, CEO, Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), said at a press conference here Saturday.

This year, Iran has been chosen for the ‘country focus’ segment, while the Bollywood premiere section is still being vetted by the jury, said Srivastava.

“We have 22 entries from India as of now and we have to whittle it down to five. The movies queued up include those of Amitabh Bachchan, Anupan Kher. There are others directed by Jhanu Barua, M.S. Sathyu and etc,” said Srivastava.

IFFI is also organising heritage walks to provide delegates an opportunity to appreciate Goa’s cultural environs better.

“We have tied up with the Goa Heritage Action Group (GHAG) to work out a programme.”

ESG has also tied up with Bollywood heavyweight Subhash Ghai’s Whistling Woods International (WWI) filmmaking institute to come up with a live CCTV channel at the festival.

Srivastava also informed that a jury led by renowned filmmaker Arvind Sinha is in the final stages of sifting through the 310 odd entries that were received for screening till now.

“The response has been overwhelming. We were expecting about 120 entries. Most of the films were from European countries like France, Holland, etc.”

This is the fourth year that IFFI is being held in Goa, after it was chosen as a permanent venue in 2004.

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