Polish filmmaker Zanussi to be given lifetime award at IFFI

Indo Asian News Service

Panaji, Oct 29 (IANS) Polish filmmaker Krysztof Zanussi will be honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the 43rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI), festival organisers said Monday.

A spokesperson for the IFFI organisers said that the 73-year-old Zanussi, who is at present a professor of European films at an institute in Switzerland, will be present at the festival for felicitation.

Zanussi has directed over 25 films in a career which has spanned over 43 years.

"Zanussi has been making films in Poland since 1969, at a time when censorship was high in Poland, which was affiliated to the Eastern Bloc. It is his dedication to the philosophy of film and the subtle criticism of the regime at the time which is being recognised here at the festival," the spokesperson said.

Zanussi's first directorial venture was "The Structure of Crystals" in 1969 while his most recent film was "Revisited" in 2009. The film festival kicks off here Nov 20.

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