Cineastes at­tend­ing the 15th edi­tion of Mum­bai Film Fes­ti­val will be spoilt for choice


Cineastes will be spoilt for choice with the 15th edi­tion of Mum­bai Film Fes­ti­val.

Di­rec­tor Shyam Bene­gal, chair­man of the Mov­ing Academy of Mum­bai Im­ages that is or­gan­is­ing Mum­bai Film Fes­ti­val, says cineastes at­tend­ing the 15th edi­tion of the movie ex­trav­a­ganza are in for a treat. “It’s a sit­u­a­tion that I have been dream­ing about, to have the cream of world cin­ema and films of such qual­ity (in the fes­ti­val),” says Bene­gal. There are pack­ages from Afghanistan, Cambodia and Spain, doc­u­men­taries and a side­bar “Cel­e­brate Age” that fea­tures films high­light­ing is­sues of the el­derly. With an im­pres­sive bou­quet of 200 films, many of which have won top hon­ours at Cannes, Venice and Ber­lin, one has to agree with Bene­gal’s sen­ti­ment. Here is a list of some not-to-be­missed gems: Qissa Anup Singh’s Pun­jabi film won the NET­PAC Award at the re­cently con­cluded Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val. Star­ring Ir­rfan Khan, Tisca Cho­pra, Rasika Dugal and Til­lo­toma Shome, the film is set against In­dia’s par­ti­tion and sees Khan as a Sikh pa­tri­arch, who brings up one of his daugh­ters as a son. The But­ler The But­ler is in­spired by a Wash­ing­ton Post ar­ti­cle on Eugene Allen, an African-Amer­i­can but­ler who served 30 years in the White House. For­est Whi­taker (the but­ler) is the man who sees eight pres­i­dents come and go and si­mul­ta­ne­ously wit­nesses the highs and lows of Amer­i­can pol­i­tics. Did we men­tion that it’s got Oprah star­ring in it too? Salinger This doc­u­men­tary sheds light on the reclu­sive, enig­matic au­thor of the all-time favourite The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger. Film­maker Shane Salerno uses opin­ions of Tom Wolfe, Martin Sheen, Ed­ward Norton, John Cu­sack, Gore Vi­dal and Judd Apa­tow to cre­ate a vivid por­trait of Salinger. The Past Academy Award-win­ning Ira­nian film­maker As­ghar Farhadi, who will also be the jury pres­i­dent of the In­dia Gold side­bar of the fes­ti­val, brings yet another fam­ily drama af­ter A Sep­a­ra­tion, which be­came a sen­sa­tion. Ah­mad (Ali Mosaffa) vis­its Paris to fi­nalise the di­vorce with his wife Marie (Bérénice Bejo) only to dis­cover that things are not all right with her. Be­fore Mid­night Fans of Richard Lin­klater’s Be­fore Sun­rise and Be­fore Sun­set se­ries can­not miss the fi­nal chap­ter in the ro­man­tic jour­ney of Ce­line (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke). More in­sight­ful con­ver­sa­tions and amaz­ing chem­istry guar­an­teed. Blue is the Warm­est Colour It’s un­likely this French love story will be re­leased in In­dia with­out the Cen­tral Board of Film Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion cut­ting the racy 10-minute love­mak­ing scene be­tween the two fe­male leads—Lea Sey­doux and Adèle Exar­chopou­los. That makes this Palm d’Or win­ner a must-see.

A still from Anup Singh’s Qissa

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