Wong’s “The Grandmaster” will close the festival, while Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s “The President” will open it.
IFFI, which is in its 45th edition, will screen 179 films from 75 countries.
Cult Indian actor Rajinikanth will receive the ‘Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year’ at the opening ceremony. Iconic Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan will be the chief guest at the event.
This year, the country in focus is China. Following the recent India-China audiovisual co-production agreement, the first meeting of the Indo-China Joint Working Group will take place on the sidelines of the festival.
Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi will be a guest of honour at the festival, as will Swedish filmmaker Jan Troell and Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi.
The festival will also pay homage to departed talents Robin Williams, Richard Attenborough, Zohra Sehgal, Suchitra Sen and Farooq Shaikh by screening some of their work.