What To Expect At Jio MAMI Mumbai Festival With Star 2017
The nineteenth edition of the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star, which is organised by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image, has a larger roster of films than the last edition. From Thursday, October 12 to Wednesday, October 18, 220 films from 49 countries will be screened at seven locations, including Thane.
The difference between this edition and past ones is that a number of events that are normally part of the festival will take place before it begins. For instance, Movie Mela, a day-long series of panel discussions featuring film stars and filmmakers, will take place on Saturday, October 7. The Word to Screen Market, at which publishers and literary agents pitched books and manuscripts to makers of film, television and digital content, was held on Thursday, August 24. The idea, said the organisers at a press conference on Thursday, September 14 was to allow visitors to focus on watching movies.
The entire line-up of movies and the schedule is yet to be announced. So far the India Gold, International Competition, India Story and World Cinema sections have been released. Other sections such as Rendezvous, a selection of French cinema; After Dark, a line-up of horror movies; and Half Ticket, a series of children’s films are yet to be revealed.
The festival will open with Anurag Kashyap’s Mukkabaaz at Liberty Cinema. It’s about a lower caste boxer in Bareilly trying to make it in the sport. His career gets winded when he punches the local don in the face. The world cinema section, the star attraction for many movie buffs, offers a number of films that were feted at international festivals this year. Among the notable ones that were released this year are Abbas Kiarostami’s 24 Frames which was issued posthumously after he died last year; Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name; Beach Rats by Eliza Hittman, who scored the best direction prize at the Sundance Film Festival; Matthew Heineman’s City of Ghosts; It Comes at Night by Trey Edward Shults; Ildiko Enyedi’s On Body and Soul, which won the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival this year; Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless; Ruben Ostlund’s The Square, which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year, and The Party by Sally Potter.
The films in the India Gold section, which features local movies that were made this year, include Karma Takapa’s Nepali movie Ralang Road, Rima Das’s Assamese film Village Rockstars and Miransha Naik’s Juze.
The complete schedule is yet to be released. Watch out for our picks of movies to catch at the festival.