'4 Months' to kick off Goa fest


NEW DELHI -- Romanian director Cristian Mungiu's 2007 Cannes Palme d'Or winner "4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days" will open the 38th annual International Film Festival of India in Goa being held Nov. 23-Dec. 3.

The IFFI is organized by New Delhi-based government body Directorate of Film Festivals and the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in collaboration with the Government of Goa. Organizers also said that Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan will inaugurate the festival.

The festival will close with Carlos Saura's Spanish-Portuguese musical "Fados" and will host an Ingmar Bergman retrospective, with screenings of classics like "Autumn Sonata" and "Fanny and Alexander" among others. The IFFI also will celebrate the birth centenary of "the first lady of the Indian screen," 1930s actress Devika Rani.

Details about festival jury members will be announced soon.