New Delhi: Malayalam filmmaker Jayaraj's upcoming historical drama Veeram, which stars Kunal Kapoor in the lead role, will open the BRICS Film Festival on September 2.
Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Information and Broadcasting, today unveiled the official poster for the film festival here. The five-day festival will screen films from Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa besides India. The closing film will be Chinese superstar Jackie Chan- starrer Skiptrace. China will host the next edition of the festival.
Veeram is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's play, Macbeth, and is the fifth installment in Jayaraj's Navarasa series.
The festival will also have a competitive section. Each member country will nominate four films showcasing creative talent from selected themes and thus a total of 20 films will be screened.
Films will be judged by an eminent jury comprising a noted filmmaker of each member country. The jury, including Kannada filmmaker T S Nagabharana, will give their recommendation for an award, which will include a BRICS Gold Medal and certificate of excellence under several categories such as best film, best director, and best actor male and female.
National Award-winning films Baahubali, Bajirao Mastani and Thithi are among the Indian films in the competitive section.
"The festival will be a platform for the people from the film industries of member countries to provide them an opportunity to explore areas of cooperation which can be leveraged to economic grouping," Naidu said.
The festival will take place at Siri Fort Auditorium here.