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IFFI 2019: Festival to host retrospective of British director Ken Loach

The festival will host a screening of Loach's most famous films, including The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006), Jimmy's Hall (2014), and I, Daniel Blake (2016).

Shriram Iyengar

Although there are several major reasons one should not miss out on the golden jubilee year of the International Film Festival of India this year, one more interesting reason to attend is a retrospective of veteran British director Ken Loach's work.

The festival will screen films directed by Loach such as The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006), Jimmy’s Hall (2014), I Daniel Blake (2016) and Sorry We Missed You (2019), among others. Loach has been directing films for over 50 years, and the 50th year of IFFI pays tribute to the filmmaker.

Besides various retrospectives, this year the focus is also on woman directors. Fifty films directed by women will be screened at IFFI. Interestingly, out of more than 200 films on the festival's programme this year, 24 are in the race for the Academy awards. Four of these films are in the race for international competition at the awards.

IFFI is set to take place from 20 through 28 November in Goa, the permanent venue of the festival. This year being the 50th edition, plans are to make it bigger and better with Union information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar and Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant keenly following each and every development related to the festival.

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