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Pedro Almodóvar, Federico Fellini retrospectives to be highlight of Habitat International Film Festival 2020

Besides an impressive lineup of award-winning films, HIFF will feature a collection of British shorts and short animation nominees from EE British Academy Film Awards.

Marcello Mastroianni in a still from Federico Fellini's 8 1/2.

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The third edition of the 2020 Habitat International Film Festival (HIFF), will be held from 13-22 March at the Habitat World, India Habitat Centre (IHC), New Delhi. The festival will feature a formidable selection of critically acclaimed and award-winning features, shorts and documentaries that push the boundaries of cinematic arts and reflect the burning realities of a changing world. 

The festival will showcase an impressive line-up of award-winning and festival favourite films of 2019, which include, About Endlessness, And Then We Danced, Martin Eden, Bangla, The Bare Necessity (Perdix), The Golden Glove (Der Goldene Handschuh) and Babyteeth. 

The retrospective section will present the works of Spanish director, Pedro Almodóvar, where his Dark Habits (1983), What have I Done To Deserve This? (1984), Law of Desire (1987), Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown (1988) and the multiple-award winner Volver (2006), will be screened.  

Joining the worldwide celebrations being held in honour of the 100th birth anniversary of Federico Fellini, one of the most influential filmmakers of all times, seven of his milestone films will be screened at the festival. These will include his magnum opus, La Dolce Vita (1960), which won Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival and the Oscar for Best Costumes (1962), the self-referential, Oscar winner, 8 ½ (1963), and the semi-autobiographical Amarcord (1973), which won the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film (1975). 

Extending conscious and creative solidarity with the International Women’s Day 2020, HIFF is proud to host films by women directors. With diversity at the forefront, the section handpicks distinct voices, across regions, languages and nationalities, each one driven by a unique and striking aesthetic, which places womens’ stories at the center. The Ground Beneath My Feet (2019) by Marie Kreutzer, Proxima (2019) by Alice Winocour, Retrospekt (2018) by Esther Rots and Waterproof (2020) by Daniela König, are some of the films to be screened in this section.  

The Bafta Shorts 2019, a collection of British short films and short animation nominees from the annual EE British Academy Film Awards, celebrating innovative and experimental short fiction and non-fiction films and animation will also be screened at the festival.

Free passes will be available on the HIFF website, and the programmes desk, IHC, from 3 March onwards.


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