MAMI’s Mumbai Film Festival 2017 to open with Anurag Kashyap’s MUKKEBAAZ; competition & world cinema line up announced

 

The 19th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival organized under the aegis of the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) and supported by Reliance Jio and Star Network has announced its main programme that includes films in its two competitive sections India Gold and International Competition of films by debutants. All are Indian premieres.

The festival will open with Anurag Kashyap’s MUKKEBAAZ, a story of a low caste boxer, set in Bareilly (UP). It will be the world premiere of the film and Kashyap let go off an opportunity to have it in the Busan International Film Festival 2017 to ensure it gets showcased in MAMI. It will be his first film ever to be part of MAMI programme.

 

The weeklong festival will run through 12-18th October 2017. It will showcase more than 200 films from across the world and different parts of India in its competitive and non-competitive sections. The films will be screened at multiple locations on 19 screens of city theatres. The opening ceremony will be held at the iconic Liberty Cinema, New Marine Lines, Mumbai.

 

The line up includes feature and documentary films showcased in the most important film festivals of the world like Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Venice & Toronto. Among them are films that have won top awards at Sundance, Berlin, and Cannes. They will have their India premiere in MAMI 2017. The latest films by the leading and legendary names of world cinema are part of a competently curated festival programme.

 

The festival is expected to have more than 10,000 delegates including film professionals, enthusiasts and lay public.

Oscar winning filmmaker John Madden to head International Competition Jury

John Philip Madden, an English director of film, television, theatre, and radio, will head the Competition Jury of 2017 MAMI. His film Shakespeare in Love won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1998 and the Silver Bear at the 49th Berlin International Film Festival. His other notable features are The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel series and Miss Sloane (2016). He will be joined by Alexis Zabe, an internationally acclaimed cinematographer associated with award winning films like Carlos Reygadas’ Silent Light (2007) and Post Tenebras Lux (2012). His most recent feature film is Sean Baker’s The Florida Project, which premiered at Cannes 2017, and is part of the world cinema line up of MAMI. Other members of the jury are Celina Jade, a Hong Kong-American actress, singer, songwriter, model and martial artist, and Santiago Mitre, an internationally acclaimed Argentine film director and screenwriter known for his features like The Student (2011) and Paulina (2015), which won the Critics’ Week Grand Prix and the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and The Summit (2017), opened at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard and is in World Cinema line up of MAMI.  The only Indian in the jury is Konkona Sensharma, the National Award Winning actress for Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2002), and Omkara (2006). Her debut feature as a director A Death in the Gunj was globally acclaimed and had its world premiere in the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and opened the 2016 MAMI and won a special award as well.

 

 

The line up

 

INDIA GOLD

 

ASHWATTHAMA

Dir: Pushpendra Singh | Brij Dir: Ektara Collective | Hindi

CHECKMATE (TURUP)

Dir: Devashish Makhija | Hindi

GRANNY

Dir: Dipesh Jain | Hindi

JUZE

Dir: Miransha Naik | Konkani

MACHINES

Dir: Rahul Jain | Hindi

RALANG ROAD

Dir: Karma Takapa | Nepali

SEXY DURGA

Dir: Sanal Kumar Sasidharan | Malayalam

UP DOWN & SIDEWAYS (KHO KI PA LU)

Dir: Anushka Meenakshi, Iswar Srikumar | Chokri

VILLAGE ROCKSTARS

Dir: Rima Das | Assamese

ZOO

Dir: Shlok Sharma | Hindi

 

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

 

APOSTASY

Dir: Daniel Kokotajlo UK | English, Urdu

BAD LUCKY GOAT

Dir: Samir Oliveros, Colombia | Creole

I AM NOT A WITCH

Dir: Rungano Nyoni,

UK, France | English, Bemba, Nyanja, Tonga

MONTPARNASSE BIENVENUE (JEUNE FEMME)

Dir: Leonor Seraille France | French

MORE (DAHA)

Dir: Onur Saylak Turkey | Turkish

MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND

Dir: Ana Asensio

USA, Spain | English, Spanish

OBLIVION VERSES

Dir : Alireza Khatami

France, Germany, Netherlands, Chile | Spanish

OH LUCY!

Dir : Atsuko Hirayanagi

USA, Japan | English, Japanese

QUEST

Dir : Jonathan Olshefski USA | English

SCARY MOTHER (SASHI DEDA)

Dir: Ana Urushadze Georgia, Estonia | Georgian

SUMMER 1993 (ESTIU 1993)

Dir: Carla Simón Spain | Catalan

THE WOUND

Dir: John Trengove South Africa | Xhosa

 

INDIA STORY

 

ASK THE SEXPERT

Dir: Vaishali Sinha | English

A VERY OLD MAN WITH ENORMOUS WINGS

Dir: Prateek Vats | Bengali

BHASMASUR

Dir: Nishil Sheth | Hindi

CRY HUMANITY (MANUSANGADA)

Dir: Amshan Kumar | Tamil

NIMMO

Dir: Rahul Shanklya | Hindi

PALE BLUE DOT (SARVANAAM)

Dir: Girish Mohite | Marathi

PUSHKAR PURAN

Dir: Kamal Swaroop | Hindi

RETURNING TO THE FIRST BEAT (PHIR SE SAAM PE AANA)

Dir: Surabhi Sharma | Hindi

THE FORSAKEN

Dir: Jiju Antony | Marathi

THE SUMMER OF MIRACLES

Dir: Prasanth Vijay | Malayalam

WALKING WITH THE WIND

Dir: Praveen Morchhale | Ladakhi

 

WORLD CINEMA

 

24 FRAMES

Dir: Abbas Kiarostami Iran, France | English, Farsi

A GENTLE CREATURE (KROTKAYA)

Dir: Sergei Loznitsa Ukraine | Russian

A SUITABLE GIRL

Dir: Sarita Khurana, Smriti Mundhra USA | English, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi

APRIL’S DAUGHTER (LAS HIJAS DE ABRIL) Dir: Michel Franco

Mexico | Spanish

BARLEY FIELDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN

Dir: Tian Tsering

UK | Tibetan

BEACH RATS

Dir: Eliza Hittman USA | English

BRIGSBY BEAR

Dir: Dave McCary USA | English

CALIFORNIA DREAMS

Dir: Mike Ott USA | English

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

Dir: Luca Guadagnino

Italy, France | English, Italian, French

CENTAUR

Dir: Aktan Arym Kubat Kyrgyzstan , France , Germany , Netherlands | Kirghiz

CHAVELA

Dir: Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi USA | Spanish, Portuguese

CITY OF GHOSTS

Dir: Matthew Heineman USA | Arabic

CLAIRE’S CAMERA (KEUL-LE- EO-UI KA-ME- LA) Dir: Hong Sangsoo

South Korea | Korean, French

DEVIL’S FREEDOM

(LA LIBERTAD DEL DIABLO) Dir: Everardo González

Mexico | Spanish

DINA

Dir: Antonio Santini, Dan Sickles USA | English

FREE AND EASY

Dir: Geng Jun

Hong Kong | Mandarin

HOLY CAMP! (LA LLAMADA)

Dir: Javier Calvo and Javier Ambrossi Spain | Spanish

INVISIBLE

Dir: Pablo Giorgelli

Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Germany, France | Spanish

IT COMES AT NIGHT

Dir: Trey Edward Shults USA | English

LIES WE TELL

Dir: Mitu Misra UK | English

LOVELESS (NELYUBOV)

Dir: Andrey Zvyagintsev Russia | Russian

LOVING PIA (AT ELSKE PIA)

Dir: Daniel Borgman Denmark | Danish

MARLINA THE MURDERER

IN FOUR ACTS

Dir: Mouly Surya

Indonesia, France, Malaysia, Thailand | Indonesian

NOTHINGWOOD

Dir: Sonia Kronlund

France, Germany | Dari, French

NOVEMBER

Dir: Rainer Sarnet

Estonia | Estonian, German

ON BODY AND SOUL (TESTRÖL ÉS LÉLEKRÖL)

Dir: Ildikó Enyedi Hungary | Hungarian

ON THE BEACH AT NIGHT ALONE (BAMUI HAEBYUN-EOSEO HONJA) Dir: Hong Sangsoo

South Korea | Korean

ONE THOUSAND ROPES

Dir: Tusi Tamasese

New Zealand | Samoan, English

PENDULAR

Dir: Julia Murat

Brazil, Argentina | Portuguese

SIGNATURE MOVE

Dir: Jennifer Reeder

USA | English, Urdu, Spanish

SPOOR (POKOT)

Dir: Agnieszka Holland

Poland, Germany, Czech Republic | Polish

SWEET COUNTRY

Dir: Warwick Thornton Australia | English, Arrernte

THE DAY AFTER (GEU-HU)

Dir: Hong Sangsoo South Korea | Korean

THE DEPARTURE

Dir: Lana Wilson USA | Japanese

THE FLORIDA PROJECT

Dir: Sean Baker USA | English

THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE (TOIVON TUOLLA PUOLEN)

Dir: Aki Kaurismaki

Finland, Germany | Finnish, English, Arabic

THE SUMMIT

Dir: Santiago Mitre

Argentina, Spain, France | Spanish

THE PARTY

Dir: Sally Potter UK | English

THE SQUARE

Dir: Ruben Östlund

Sweden, France, Denmark | English, Swedish

THELMA

Dir: Joachim Trier

Norway, Sweden, France, Denmark | Norwegian

UNTITLED

Dir: Michael Glawogger & Monika Willi Austria, Germany | English, German

VAZANTE

Dir: Daniela Thomas

Brazil, Portugal | Portuguese

WAJIB

Dir: Annemarie Jacir

Palestine, France, Germany, Colombia, Norway, Qatar, UAE | Arabic

THE THIRD MURDER (SANDOME NO SATSUJIN)

Dir: Hirokazu Kore-eda Japan | Japanese


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