Hollywood veteran Martin Scorsese and celebrated Hungarian filmmaker Istevan Szabo will be honoured with the Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award at the this year’s International Film Festival of India (IFFI). India’s Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur announced that on Friday, reports PTI. The 52nd edition of the film festival will be held from November 20 to 28 in Goa, India.
While Szabo is known for his masterpieces like 1966’s Father and 1981 movie Mephisto, Scorsese is one of the major figures of the New Hollywood era, widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential directors in film history.
The minister also announced that for the first time ever, films from five BRICS nations will be showcased through the BRICS Film Festival alongside IFFI. The five countries — Brazil, Russia, South Africa, China and India– are also the Focus Countries of the 52nd IFFI.
The opening film of this edition of IFFI will be The King of all the World, directed by Carlos Saura. Around 30 titles have been shortlisted for screening at 52nd IFFI from prominent International Film Festivals in the Festival Kaleidoscope and World Panorama Section.
The festival will also pay homage to legendary actor Dilip Kumar, celebrated filmmaker Sumitra Bhave, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Sanchari Vijay, Surekha Sikri, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Bertrand Tavenier, Christopher Plummer and Jean-Claude Carriere.
The festival will also pay a special tribute to Sean Connery, the first actor to portray fictional British spy James Bond on the big screen.