As the issue of economic refugees weighs heavy on the conscience of the world, an Italian film tackling the issue, Despite the Fog is set to open the 50th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI 2019). The 100-minute film directed by Goran Paskaljevic is a renowned filmmaker, who had earlier picked up honours at several European film festivals.
The film narrates the tale of a child whose parents drown while trying to migrate to Italy in a rubber boat. The boy is eventually found by a childless local couple. The co-production by three European nations will make its Asian premiere at IFFI 2019.
Besides this, the opening ceremony of the 50th edition of the International film festival of India will also feature a 5-7 minute short film tracing the journey of the festival to Goa. This film will be a tribute to former chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who was instrumental in getting IFFI 2019 to Goa in 2004 and making it its permanent venue since then.
While Marghe and Her Mother helmed by Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf will be the closing film of the festival. The film is about a 6-year-old daughter lives with her single mother Claudia who’s been kicked out of her house because of payment difficulties, leaving Marghe to an old woman next door.