'Volver' to open Indian film fest


NEW DELHI -- The 37th International Film Festival of India will be held Nov. 23-Dec. 3 in the western coastal state of Goa, the state's chief minister, Pratapsing Rane, said Saturday. The fest will open with Pedro Almodovar's "Volver" while the closing film will be Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Babel."

The festival is organized by the Entertainment Society of Goa and the Indian government's Directorate of Film Festivals. At the IFFI, competing entries will be honored with the Golden Peacock award ($22,000) for best film and the Silver Peacock ($11,000) for most promising director.

Nearly 200 international and Indian films will be screened including retrospectives of films featuring Spanish actor Javier Bardem and Australia-based Dutch director Rolf De Heer, who will also head an international jury that includes Indian filmmaker Jahnu Barua and French writer-irector Olivier Assayas.

The festival -- for which this year's theme is "The Whole World Is One Family" -- will be inaugurated by veteran Indian actor Shashi Kapoor.

Planned events include a special screening of Richard Attenborough's Oscar-winning film "Gandhi" to mark 100 years of the Satyagraha freedom movement launched by Mahatma Gandhi.