‘The Age of Shadows’ to be the closing film for the IFFI 2016

“Would like to incorporate elements of Indian Cinema into Korean films”, says Kim Jee-Woon

‘The Age of Shadows’ to be the closing film for the IFFI 2016
‘The Age of Shadows’, a South Korean action thriller film directed by the critically-acclaimed film maker Kim Jee-Woon, is being screened as the Closing Film for the festival at a gala ceremony at the IFFI, 2016 today. 
Set in Seoul and Shanghai, during the Japanese occupation in the late 1920s, the film depicts an intense drama that unfolds between a group of resistance fighters trying to bring in explosives from Shanghai to destroy key Japanese facilities in Seoul, on one side, and Japanese agents trying to stop them, on the other. A talented Korean-born Japanese police officer, who was previously in the independence movement himself, is thrown into a dilemma between the demands of his reality and the instinct to support a greater cause.
Addressing the media, Mr. Kim said that his film is not an attempt to show action and violence on the screen but to depict intense emotions associated with the Korean Independence struggle against the Japanese occupation. He informed that he has tried his best to show these emotions through special sound effects and the ability of his actors to emote them on the screen.
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Speaking about co-production of movies between India and Korea, the Director said that it would surely be great to incorporate elements of cinema from both countries into each other’s films. He would like to mix the elements of Indian cinema like humour and other real life emotions into Korean films, he added.
Replying to another question, Mr. Kim said that he has been greatly inspired by the stalwarts of Indian cinema like Shri Satyajit Ray and his films like Pather Panchali, Aparajita, among others, have had a major impression on his style of film making. He would like to collaborate with the Indian film industry to make films on history and the Independence struggle in both the countries, he added.
Mr. Song Kang-Ho, the lead Actor in the film, said that he is honoured that their film has been selected as the Closing Film at the IFFI, 2016 and he is hopeful that the times to come would see more critically acclaimed films from both India and Korea being screened for the people in both the countries.
‘The Age of Shadows’ has also been selected as the South Korean entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.
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IFFI provides an opportunity for film experts to share behind the screen experiences: Col. Rathore
Col. RajyavardhanRathore, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting has said that International Film Festival of India provided a unique platform for experts from across the globe to share their behind the screen experiences and stories. He said that both the Centre & State Government were committed and working together to make improvements in the IFFI and provide a rich experience for all the delegates and film fraternity. The Minister said this while interacting with the media today at 47th International Film Festival of India at Goa.
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TheMinister also visited the Multimedia Exhibition setup by National Film Archive of India at the 47th IFFI, Goa.  The Exhibition was centred on the theme of ‘Aazadi 70 Saal, YaadKaroKurbani’ to commemorate 70 years of India’s Independence and its depiction through films. Col. Rathore said that Films were an effective tool as a medium of communication and appreciated the efforts of NFAI in depicting the struggle of freedom fighters through this exhibition on cinema. He also experienced the Exhibition on Virtual Reality which was one of its own kind technological innovation of VR wherein people can visit NFAI premises and the exhibition through a VR gear.
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Speaking to the media on the issue of demonetisation scheme of the Government, Col. Rathore said that this initiative of the Government would bring transparency in the film industry and would curb the use of black money in the film sector. 
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Government committed to Digitise delivery of services – Col Rajyavardhan Rathore

Iranian Film “Daughter” bags Best Movie award at IFFI 2016, receives Golden Peacock Trophy

Turkish Film ‘Cold of Kalandar’ gets the ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi Medal

Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore, Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting has said that Government is taking all efforts to digitalise whole spectrum of services available to the citizens. Convergence of array of services to empower citizens through Mobile technology is happening. The Film Facilitation Office (FFO) set up by the government was a step towards facilitating single window clearance for film makers, promote India as a filming destination and provide the platform for film tourism in the country.  He said this today at the Closing Ceremony of IFFI 2016 at Goa. Honorable Governor of Goa, Smt. Mridula Sinha, Chief Minister of Goa Shri Laxmikant Parsekar and Chief Guest Shri S.S. Rajamouli and senior officials from the Ministry was present on the occasion.
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Speaking on the power of Cinema Col. Rathore said that films were not only a means for entertainment but was a powerful art form which heralded social change. He added that it was a testament to the power of fluency and persuasion that they it was the only art form that is deemed fit to be regulated by an act of Parliament. The role of Cinema to bridge cultures was experienced in IFFI with the partnership between India and the focus country for the year 2016- Republic of Korea through films which acted as gateway for further cultural exchanges.
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PIC: Jury Members being felicitated
Col. Rathore mentioned that Multiplexes had revolutionised the film viewing experience with the top films grossing box office returns due to the Multiplex boom. Paradigm shift in technology also enabled the mobile viewing boom in the country. It enabled individuals to shoot films based on one’s taste and perception of the given environment.  This acted as a big fillip to young film makers and it was evident from the record number of entries at the Swachh Bharat Film Festival organised by the Ministry.
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Earlier Chief  Minister of Goa Shri Lakshmikant Parsekar, in his address said that collaboration between Ministry of I&B, State Government and Film industry made this edition of IFFI a great success which not only promoted Indian Film Industry but also promoting Goa as a creative hub. Chief Guest Shri S S Rajamouli said that biggest beneficiaries of such film festivals are young film makers who gets a platform to see the best of films across the globe and learn from he vision of reputed film makers around the World. Smt. Jayashree Mukherjee, Additional Secretary Ministry of Information & Broadcasting said that IFFI besides showcasing films also provided a large number of avenues for learning in form of workshops and master classes. The efforts by the Jury members were appreciated for selecting the best of Cinema at IFFI.
Best Film award was bagged by the Movie “Daughter”. The award came with the Golden Peacock Trophy, certificate and a cash prize amount of Rs. 40,00,000, shared between the Director and the Producer equally. ‘Daughter’ had also won the best film award in the Moscow International Film Festival earlier this year.  Iranian actor Farhad Aslani won the Best Actor award for his portrayal of the strict father in the same film ‘Daughter’, picking up the Silver Peacock and Rs 10 lakhs in cash prize.
The Best Director award was given to Baris Kaya for the film “Rauf”, who bagged the Silver Peacock Trophy and cash prize of Rs. 15,00,000. While Farhad Aslani was awarded the Best Actor award for the film “Daughter”, Elina Vaska won the Best Actress Award for the film “Fellow Mud”. Both received the Silver Peacock Trophy and cash Prize of Rs 10,00,000 each. Special Jury award was given to Lee Joon-ik for the Direction of the movie “The Throne” who also received the Silver Peacock Award and a cash prize of Rs. 15,00,000.
The ICFT –UNESCO Gandhi Medal was awarded to Turkish film maker Mustafa Kara’s ‘Cold of Kalandar’.  This award, instituted by the International Council for Film & Television, Paris and UNESCO is given to a film that portrays the Gandhian values of peace and harmony.  Kara’s ‘Cold of Kalandar’, set in a mountain village in the Black Sea region is also Turkey’s official entry for ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ category of Oscar Awards. 

Canadian multi-lingual entry ‘The Apology’ by Toronto based Tiffany Hsiung won the Special Mention under the ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi Medal competition.  In all 7 films, including an Indian film ‘Allama’ by T S Nagabharana’s was in the fray for the ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi Medal. 
The Closing ceremony witnessed glitz and glamour through the scintillating musical performances representing a rich musical culture of India composed by Sachin Jigar.
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