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On its Golden Jubilee, IFFI pays homage to two great filmmakers

Films are one of India’s greatest past times. On its Golden Jubilee, International Film Festival of India, IFFI, in Goa is paying homage to two great filmmakers who said goodbye to the world last year.

One is Bernardo Bertolucci and the other is Agnes Varda. Bernardo Bertolucci passed away on 26th November 2018 at the age of 77. He has helmed critically acclaimed gems like 1900 which focussed on the struggle of farmers. His mindboggling feature, Last Emperor also won 9 Oscars.

The Italian director has a unique connection with India. He chose a boy, polishing shoes in Paharganj in Delhi to act in his masterpiece Little Buddha. Defending his style of movie making Bernardo once said: “Maybe I’m an idealist, but I still think of the movie theatre as a cathedral where we all go together to dream the dream together.”

“The Dreamers” starring renowned actress Eva Green, dealt with coming of age and exploring the sexuality of three teenagers. It will be showcased in the 50th IFFI as a mark of tribute and respect to the great Italian filmmaker.

The “grandmother of French New Wave” Agnes Varda has been another legend. She started her career as a photographer before entering the world of cinema. Her take on the excitement in the film making world is inspiring.

Some of her great works include “Cléo From 5 to 7,” “Vagabond” and “faces places”. Her work focuses on feminist issues and producing social commentary with a distinctive experimental style.

She also shaped the career of other stalwarts like Godard and Renais. The film “Varda” by Agnes is her last triumph as the “Queen of French Cinema”. It is a documentary about Agnes herself.

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