Lineup for the Mumbai Film Festival

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Along with new sections, the Mumbai Film Festival, one of the best film festivals in India shall screen the 37 best French films of the 2012. Take a look!

Mumbai Film Festival

Founded in 1997, the Mumbai Film Festival in its 14th edition this year is all set to host over 200 films from over 65 countries between 18th and 25th October 2012. The festival shall introduce a competition for Indian films called ‘India Gold 2012’ where 13 regional Indian language film makers will compete for the prize money of $100,000 along with the International Competition, Celebrate Age and Dimensions Mumbai.
Classic Indian silent films such as Kaliya, Mardan, Raja Harishchandra and others shall be screened with live orchestra to honour the centenary celebration of Indian Cinema. The festival has been divided into 9 permanent sections: International Competition for the First Feature Films of Directors, World Cinema, Dimensions Mumbai Competition, India Gold Competition, Celebrate Age Competition, Retrospectives, Above the Cut, New Faces in Indian Cinema and The Real Reel

 In its second year, ‘Rendez-vous with French Cinema’ shall screen the crème de la crème of this year’s releases that have won accolades in other international film festivals. Critically acclaimed film De rouille et d’os (Rust and Bone) by the renowned French director Jacques Audiard will be screened  along with nine other inaugural films on 20th October.
De rouille et d’os  stars Matthias Schoenaerts with the winner of Academy Awards, Marion Cotillard. This moving and emotional film  based on the story by Craig Davidson is a love story between an unemployed man and a killer whale trainer who meets with a tragic accident that renders her handicapped. The film competed for Sélection Officielle at Cannes Festival in 2012 and was very well received by critics who highly appreciated the performances by the pair in lead.

Another peak moment of the Festival will be the screening of the winner film Amour (Love)  by the Austrian director Michael Haneke. Amour won The Palme d’or at Cannes this year and has been selected as the official entry to the 85th Academy Awards to compete in the category of Best Foreign Language Film. This is a movie that connoisseurs of drama can look forward to. The film stars Isabelle Hupert,  Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva. Its narrative focuses on the story of an elderly couple as retired music teachers and their sojourn in severely testing times.

Deborah Benattar

We got a chance to talk to Deborah Benattar, the audiovisual attachée at Institut Français en Inde about the collaboration of ‘Rendez-vous with French Cinema‘ with MAMI.

Afmag: How were the films for ‘rendez vous with French cinema’ chosen?
Deborah Benattar: The 10 films for ‘Rendez-vous…‘ were selected by the committee of MAMI with the suggestions provided by Unifrance (Agency for promoting French cinema abroad)  and the French Embassy. The 27 other films were chosen by the committee of MAMI considering the reception of these films in international film festivals.

Afmag : It is a big leap for ‘Rendez vous…‘ for screening a record setting 37 films this year. What would this bring to the Indian audience?
Deborah Benattar: The list includes an animated film, few documentaries along with the other films that belong to varied genres. I believe that the Indian audience would be able to appreciate the diversity of French cinema with this brilliant line-up.

Afmag : What’s your take on this collaboration with MAMI?
Déborah Benattar: This collaboration has enabled us to reach out to a larger audience of cinephiles. NCPA being the epicenter of our screenings, we have chosen four other venues – two in south and two in north Mumbai. Each film shall be screened at least 3 times in all and this will give greater visibility to French films in Mumbai. French Production houses have been invited to the festival in order to strengthen the ties with the Indian film fraternity. This will also facilitate distribution of French films in India and vice versa. Gangs of Wasseypur & Ek tha Tiger being the recent Indian releases in France, English Vinglish will also reach the French shores soon enough. Our collaboration with MAMI has been fruitful and the reception has been quite gratifying. We would love to continue this association for further promotion of French films in India.

De rouille et d'os, Laurence Anyways, Amour, A perdre la raison

NCPA, Inox, Liberty Cinema, Cinemax Versova and Cinemax Sion will host the screenings of the festival.
The schedule and other updates of the festival shall be posted on the website of Mumbai Film Festival
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Here’s the list of French films that you can enjoy at Mumbai Film Festival this year:

De rouille et d’os (Rust and Bone), Jacques Audiard
Quand je serai petit (Twice upon a time) Jean-Paul Rouve
Les adieux à la reine (Farewell my Queen) Benoît Jacquot
Holy Motors (Leos Carax)
Le grand soir (The Big Night) Gustave Kervern et Benoît Delepine
Laurence Anyways (Xavier Dolan)
Après Mai (Something in the air) Olivier Assayas
A perdre la raison (Our children) Joaquim Lafosse
La vie d’une autre (Another Woman’s Life) Sylvie Testud
7 jours à la Havane (7 Days in Havana) Benicio Del Toro, Pablo Trapero, Julio Medem, Elia Suleiman, Gaspar Noé, Juan Carlos Tabio, Laurent Cantet
Amour (Love) Michael Haneke
Une journée particulière (A Special Day) Gilles Jacob
Après la bataille (After the Battle) Yousry Nasrallah
Au-delà des collines (Beyond The Hills) Cristian Mungiu
CaptiveBrillante Mendoza
Djeca, enfants de Sarajevo (Children of Sarajevo) Aida Begic
À moi seule (Coming Home) Frédéric Videau
Cosmopolis , David Cronenberg
Diaz: Don’t Clean Up This Blood , Daniele Vicari
Conteur d’images (Dreamers) Noelle Deschamps
Les rebelles du foot (Football Rebels) Gilles Perez, Gilles Rof
Gebo et l’ombre (Gebo and the Shadow) Manoel de Oliveira
Les Chevaux De Dieu (God’s Horses) Nabil Ayouch
Le Diable n’existe Pas (Kinshasa Kids) Marc Henri Wajnberg
Le Tableau (The PaintingJean-François Laguionie
J’enrage de son absence (Maddened By His Absence) Sandrine Bonnaire
Mystery, Lou Ye
La Nuit d’en face (Night across the Street) Raoul Ruiz
On the RoadWalter Salles
RealityMatteo Garrone
RenoirGilles Bourdos
Aujourd’hui (Today) Alain Gomis
La Part des anges (The Angels’ Share) Ken Loach
Trois Mondes (Three Worlds) Catherine Corsini
Vous n’avez encore rien vu (You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet) Alain Resnais

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