The Mumbai film festival is back! This year, MAMI (Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image) is all set to showcase the latest cutting-edge independent cinema and art house films in the 19th edition of the film festival. Seven theatres across the city will feature films of various genres – from Bollywood, Hollywood and also cult international movies. The schedule is going to be out soon and you will be able to decide where you can watch each movie, in order to make the most of this festival. Here are some films from the Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival that you must definitely not miss:
The Brawler (Mukkabaaz)
Anurag Kashyap’s sports drama will be opening the festival this year. Based on the story of a lower caste boxer struggling to make his mark in the boxing world, this seems like a classic Kashyap film of an underdog who triumphs in the end. We can only hope that it makes the same impact as his last film (Gangs of Wasseypur) that was showcased in MAMI did.
After Haraamkhor, Shlok Sharma returns with a city-based drama in Zoo. Set in the heart of Mumbai, Zoo depicts lifestyles in and around the city – from the slums of Dharavi to the posh high-rise buildings of South Mumbai. There seem to be three storylines, revolving around people from different parts of the city, and explores how these stories are interconnected.
The experimental project of filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, this 2-hour long drama is a collection of 24 short films inspired by still images, such as paintings and photographs. Certain parts of the film were screened at the Venice International Film Festival last year, with a full-length premiere at Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. 24 Frames now comes to MAMI for the first time in India.
It Comes at Night
MAMI has its fair share of horror movie screenings, with Trey Edward Shults’ mystery thriller ready to take over the ‘After Dark’ section this year. Starring Joel Edgerton, the film explores events in the aftermath of a mysterious apocalypse that leaves the world with few survivors. This is Edgerton’s first movie after Loving, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination.
A Russian film by Andrey Zvyagintsev, Loveless or Nelyubov (original title) focuses on the ongoing divorce of Zhenya and Boris, exploring the resentment, frustration, and recriminations for both parties. In the midst of all this, their 12-year-old son Alyosha disappears, just when they are ready to begin a new chapter in their lives.
After making waves in internationally, the movie is coming to India for the first time in its most premier film festival. Starring the recent Emmy Award winner, Elizabeth Moss, The Square is a Swedish comedy-drama by Ruben Östlund that won the Palme d'Or this year. It deals with the egocentricity of a curator of a contemporary art museum, who is setting up an installation on altruism.
In The Shadows (Gali Guliyan)
Directed by Dipesh Jain, this thriller stars Manoj Bajpayee as a lonely man who spies on people through his hidden cameras. The situation gets murky when a boy, who he would often hear getting beaten up through the walls of his house, goes missing. Bajpayee’s obsessive search for the boy is guaranteed to have you hooked to your seats.
Another movie based on Shakespeare’s works, this Bornila Chatterjee film is the Indian adaptation of Titus Andronicus, starring Tisca Chopra, Arjun Gupta, and Naseeruddin Shah. The film explores the themes of violence, murder, and a wedding – attributes of a typical Bollywood film. It is the movie to watch at MAMI 2017.
Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema
If you are a Bollywood fan, this documentary by Danny Ben-Moshe is made for you. It explores Indian cinema when it began 100 years ago. It was the time when Hindu and Muslim women were discouraged from performing on screen, so Indian Jewish women took on female lead roles. Learn more about the lives and times of Sulochana, Pramila, Nadira and more such women.
The Other Side of Hope
The refugee crisis is one of the biggest problems facing Europe right now. This Aki Kaurismaki film explores the stories of a Syrian refugee in Helsinki and a poker-playing restaurateur who hires the former in his restaurant as a cleaner and dishwasher. Their fates soon intertwine and just when you think that everything is going to be right, it suddenly all goes dark.
Excited to catch these films in theatres? Then register now for the MAMI Film Festival and enjoy seven days of non-stop movies!