French film ‘The Princess of Montpensier' to close 41st IFFI

PANAJI: French film The Princess of Montpensier by Bertrand Tavernier, which was the closing film at the Montreal Film Festival this year, will be the closing film of the 41st International Film Festival of India.

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Chowdhury Mohan Jatua will be the chief guest while eminent actor Saif Ali Khan will be the guest of honour at the closing function on 2 December where the awards will also be presented.

The programme, which will be conducted by actors Arjun Bajwa and Neetu Chandra, will have a cultural show conceived and choreographed by actor Gracy Singh who had presented the inaugural function.

Meanwhile, Ghost Writer directed by Roman Polanski will be the mid-fest film.

The Princess of Montpensier (French: La princesse de Montpensier) is a 2010 French period romance film, inspired by the eponymous short story by Madame de La Fayette. It stars Mélanie Thierry in the title role, alongside Gaspard Ulliel, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Lambert Wilson and Raphaël Personnaz. The story takes place in the French aristocracy during the Wars of Religion, and focuses on a young woman who is forced into marriage while passionately in love with another man. The film competed at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival and was released in French cinemas on 3 November 2010.

The mid-fest film is about a ghostwriter hired to complete the memoirs of a former British prime minister. It uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy.

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