Sprocket opera opens in Goa Monday

London– U.K. helmer Andy de Emmony’s “West Is West,” toplined by Indian actor Om Puri, will open the 41st Intl. Film Festival of India in Goa on Monday.

This year 18 films will vie for the fest’s top prize, the Golden Peacock. These include Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Palme D’Or winner “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,” and Susanne Bier’s “In a Better World,” both of which are in Oscar’s foreign-language film race. Total prize money has more than trebled in this edition to $200,000.

Veteran Polish director Jerzy Antczak will head the jury and members include Canadian helmer Sturla Gunnarson, Australian multi-hyphenate Mick Molloy, Locarno fest artistic director Olivier Pere and Indian actress-director Revathy Menon.

The fest will screen 300 films from 65 countries.

There will be retrospectives of Indo-American helmer Mira Nair, Polish multi-hyphenate Jan Jakub Kolski, Cypriot filmmaker Michael Cacoyannis and Jim Jarmusch. In addition, there will be a tribute to French auteur Eric Rohmer, who died earlier this year.

A focus on the cinema of Sri Lanka, Mexico, Australia, Taiwan and Iran will make up some of the fest’s sidebars.

Fest runs Nov. 22-Dec. 2.

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