Film fest kicks off in new Goa digs

World Brief

India’s biggest movie event, the government-backed 36th Intl. Film Festival of India, will kick off in its new permanent home in Goa on Thursday.

It will open with the Brazilian film “Olga,” directed by Jayme Monjardim, and close Dec. 4 with German helmer Florian Gallenberger’s Bengali-lingo film “Shadows of Time.”

It also features a tribute to the late Indian-born producer Ismail Merchant along with screenings of his films “In Custody,” “A Room With a View,” “Heat and Dust” and “Remains of the Day.”

The 16-film competition section has been extended from Asia to include African and Latin American countries for the first time.

Bollywood thesps Aamir Khan and Kamal Haasan along with helmer Shekhar Kapur, among others, will speak on the role of entertainment industry in India’s efforts at globalization.

As last year, Bollywood blockbusters will unspool on screens set up on Goa’s beaches.