India shines at Mumbai fest
Many first-time directors will get an opportunity to showcase their films at the 14th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival, which is known for high-quality films
Ervell E. Menezes

The Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI) or the MAMI film festival as it is popularly known as, will take place at the National Centre for the Performing Arts and Inox cinema both at Nariman Point from October 18 to 25. This festival, known for its high-quality films, is in its 14th edition and the competition section will be open to films by first-time directors.

A still from Anant Gandhi’s The Ship of Theseus
A still from Anant Gandhi’s The Ship of Theseus

There are 13 such films lined up this year from Argentinian filmmaker Gustavo Fernandez Trivifio’s From Tuesday to Tuesday to Alice Winocour’s Augustine (France) and Antonio Mendez Esparza’s Here and There (Spain). There are also two Indian entries, Nusa Syeed’s Valley of Saints and Anant Gandhi’s The Ship of Theseus.

The World Cinema section is up with the latest of the great masters, starting with Alain Resnais’ You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet (France-Germany) to Michael Heneke’s Love (France-Germany) to David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis (France-Canada-Portugal-Italy) to Abbas Kiarostami’s Like Someone in Love (France-Japan) to Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt (Denmark) and Bernardo Bertolucci’s Me and You (Italy).

There are 14 films in the Above to Cut section.The Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, who is here with his House of Flying Daggers, Hero, Curse of the Golden Flower and Raise the Red Lantern. The Indian Lifetime Achievement Award will be conferred upon actress Waheeda Rehman.

Late actors like Rajesh Khanna, Dara Singh and A. K. Hangal will be paid homage during the festival. The highlight of this year’s festival is the introduction of a new competition section for Indian films called ‘India Gold 2012’. This will see 13 Indian language films of debut directors competing for a prize money of $31,000.

The festival will screen a package of restored Indian silent films to mark the centenary celebration of Indian cinema. These films, the screening of which will be accompanied by live orchestra, includes classics such as Kaliya Mardan, Raja Harishchandra, Marthand Varma, Throw Of Dice, Sati Savitri, Jamai Babu, Galliant Heart. The festival will also organise the country’s first-ever panel discussion on the restoration and preservation of films, which will be attended by eminent guests from the World Cinema foundation, Film foundation, Twentieth Century Fox Archives and Academy Film Archive of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Alain Resnais’ You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet 

Alice Winocour’s Augustine

David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis