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Siraj Syed is the India Correspondent for and a member of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics. He is a Film Festival Correspondent since 1976, Film-critic since 1969 and a Feature-writer since 1970. 



IFFI 50, IV: 17 films in specially curated Master Frames section

IFFI 50, IV: 17 films in specially curated Master Frames section

2019 marks the 50th year of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI). The 50th International Film Festival of India, 2019, will witness over 200 selected films from 76 countries, 26 feature films and 15 non feature films in Indian panorama section, and more than 10,000 people and film lovers are expected to participate in the golden jubilee edition.

On the occasion, a special section has been curated, called Master Frames, in which films made by current and recently acknowledged masters will be shown.

The section has 17 films, by film-makers of international repute, like Pedro Almodovar, Lav Diaz, Xavier Dolan, Dardenne Brothers, Costa Gavras, Wernor Herzog, Hirokazu Koreeda, Fatih Akin, and more.

The films in this category are:

About Endlessness by Roy Andersson

Adults in the Room by Costa Gavras, his first film in seven years, based on a book with the same title

By The Grace of God by Francois Ozon

Commitment by Semih Kaplanoglu

Daniel by Niels Arden Oplev

Devil Between The Legs by Arturo Ripstein

Family Romance LLC by Werner Herzog

Guest of Honor, by Lifetime Achievement Award Winner of IFFI 2017, Atom Egoyan

Matthias & Maxime by Xavier Dolan

Mr. Jones by Agniezka Holland

Pain and Glory by Pedro Almodovar

The Golden Glove by Fatih Akin

The Halt by Lav Diaz

The Truth by Hirokazu Koreeda

The Weasel’s Tale by Juan José Campanella

Young Ahmed by Dardenne Brothers

Most of the films in this category are being shown for the first time in India, which is a matter of pride for IFFI.

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Syed Siraj
(Siraj Associates)

Siraj Syed is a film-critic since 1970 and a Former President of the Freelance Film Journalists' Combine of India.

He is the India Correspondent of and a member of FIPRESCI, the international Federation of Film Critics, Munich, Germany

Siraj Syed has contributed over 1,015 articles on cinema, international film festivals, conventions, exhibitions, etc., most recently, at IFFI (Goa), MIFF (Mumbai), MFF/MAMI (Mumbai) and CommunicAsia (Singapore). He often edits film festival daily bulletins.

He is also an actor and a dubbing artiste. Further, he has been teaching media, acting and dubbing at over 30 institutes in India and Singapore, since 1984.

Bandra West, Mumbai


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