Announcing the line-up of films and the other activities of the festival, Christina Marouda, IFFLA executive director, said in a statement: “We have been discussing honouring Tabu for a long time, and this year felt like the right time. Her work and personality embody everything that IFFLA is about — being fearless, versatile, independent in spirit, unwilling to compromise, brilliant in the range of her performances, and simply beautiful.”
“With half of the festival’s 2019 line-up directed by female filmmakers, this couldn’t be a stronger celebration of women in Indian cinema,” she said.
While Tabu’s film Andhadhun (2017) will be the opening film of the festival, other female filmmakers’ work will also be showcased on the occassion. With several feature, shots and documentaries — films will be shown in nine languages.
Ghode Ko Jalebi Khilane Le Ja Riya Hoon by Anamika Haksar, Jonaki by Aditya Vikram Sengupta featuring veteran Bengali actress Lolita Chatterjee, Namdev Bhau: In Search Of Silence by Dar Gai, The Sweet Requiem by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam among others.
The short film Maya, featuring Kirti Kulhari and Naveen Kasturia, will also be screened at the festival.
The 17th edition of the festival will be held from 11 to 14 April at Regal LA LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center in Los Angeles.