The last quarter of the year has a bounty of film fests around the country. Mumbai is gearing up for what is arguably the best festival in the country, the annual Mumbai Film Festival or MAMI as it’s known after the organiser, Mumbai Academy of Moving Image. The Navrasa Duende fest in Delhi has a tempting line-up of classic cinema and the Chennai International Film Festival will screen Indian and foreign cinema.
Jio MAMI 21st Mumbai Film Festival with Star 2019
Every year, cinephiles pencil in October in their diaries for the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, which showcases cinema across various genres. This edition features over 200 films from 53 countries, making it India’s biggest film event. Some of the heavy hitters in the world cinema category are Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman (pictured above), Pedro Almodovar’s Pain and Glory, James Gray’s Ad Astra and Ari Aster’s Midsommar. For more information and the schedule, see here.
When: Thursday, October 17 to Thursday, October 24.
Where: Multiple venues, Mumbai.
Navrasa Duende World Movie Fest 2019
Come November and Delhi gears up to celebrate world cinema with the Navrasa Duende World Movie Fest. The fourth edition will showcase movies from Sweden, Iran, India, Russia, Japan, France, Italy and America. Watch films from the silent era, French poetic realistic cinema, Italian neo-realism, Hollywood movies and independent movies and contemporary blockbusters from India. Catch iconic movies such as Wong Kar-wai’s In The Mood For Love, Robert Wise’s The Sound of Music, Bimal Roy’s Madhumati, Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin, Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander and Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List.
When: Saturday, November 16, 2019, to Sunday, August 9, 2020
Where: Sirifort Auditorium 2, Asian Games Village Complex, Delhi.
17th Chennai International Film Festival
Organised by the Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation, an NGO that works to promote parallel and non-commercial cinema in Chennai, the Chennai International Film Festival (CIFF) screens international and Indian cinema. Since its inception in 2003, CIFF has evolved to include a competition section for Tamil cinema. Held across six venues, the festival will offer films such as Sven Taddicken’s The Most Beautiful Couple, Midi Z’s Nina Wu, Claudio Giovannesi’s Piranhas, Nima Javidi’s The Warden and Andreas Goldstein’s Adam und Evelyn.
When: Thursday, December 12 to Thursday, December 19
Where: Multiple Venues, Chennai.