Portuguese film ‘O Cônsul de Bordéus’ to open IFFI starting Nov 23

Panaji, Nov 13 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) Portuguese Film ‘O Cônsul de Bordéus’ (The Consul of Bordeaux) will open the 42nd Internaional Film Festival of India (IFFI) slated to begin on November 23.

The 90-minutes film directed by Manuel Gonzales was selected among 500 films shortlisted for screening at IFFI 2011. It is based on a true story of how one man saved lives of 30,000 refugees during the World War II, of which more than one third were Jews.

IFFI Director Shankar Mohan said the movie is chosen as it goes well with the theme of the festival ‘The whole world is one family.’

The 2011 award winning movie is based on Sousa Mendes, Portuguese Consul-General who disobeyed Salazar’s orders, in Bordeaux and issued visas to all those that were in need of them, regardless of religion, nationality, race, and situation, thus allowing them to cross the French-Spanish border in transit to Portugal.

By acting according to his conscience and not according to the orders of his superiors he lost his career and the ability to provide for his large family. He died in poverty in 1954.
The 10-day festival is likely to be inaugurated by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan. An official confirmation is however awaited.

(Reporting by John Edwards)

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