Starting today, the 18th Mumbai Film Festival rolls out a week-long feast of 175 films, including features, documentaries and shorts. Contributing to this annual cinematic experience are Movie Mela, workshops, masterclasses and discussions.After scouring through the schedule, here is the list of films that cinema lovers should try catch during this festival.
A Death in the Gunj
The film, which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), marks Konkona Sen Sharma’s debut as a writer-director and has been winning accolades for its ensemble cast and story-telling.
The Red Turtle
Considered one of the most wonderful cinematic works of this year, this dialogue-less animation feature, directed by Michaël Dudok de Wit, follows the life of a castaway on a deserted tropical island populated by turtles, crabs and birds.
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Lipstick Under My Burkha
In her second directorial outing, Alankrita Shrivastava explores the lives of four women, in different stages of her life, living in closed quarters of Bhopal and explores their desires and dreams.
Anatomy of Violence
Deepa Mehta mixes fiction and facts as she collaborates with actors to reimagine the lives of six assailants involved in the December 2012 gang rape incident in Delhi.
Directed by Pablo Larrain, the Chilean film screened at Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes this year, traces a determined police inspector’s hunt for Chilean politician, Pablo Neruda, after he goes into hiding in 1948.
An international festival favourite, Iranian director Ashgar Farhadi shows a young couple play the lead in a local production of Death of a Salesman, even as their relationship turns sour after moving into a new house.
In this French psychological thriller, directed by Paul Verhoeven, a successful CEO of a video game company, played by Isabelle Huppert, tries to learn the identity of the man who raped her.
Swiss Army Man
This 2016 American comedy-drama written and directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, is about a man stranded on a deserted island who befriends a dead body and their surreal journey to get home.
Good Bye Berlin
The latest film by Fatih Akin is about two teenage boys who steal a car and embark on a road trip that will probably change their lives.
An Insignificant Man
A political documentary, directed by Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla, chronicles the spectacular rise of activist Arvind Kejriwal. Premiered at TIFF, this is India’s first narrative virtual reality (VR).
The Little Prince
The opening film of Half Ticket segment, for children and young adults, is based on an animated fantasy adventure family drama of the 1943 cult novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It is directed by Mark Osborne.
Under The Shadow
Directed by Iranian Babak Anvari, this ‘feminist horror’ film shows a mother and daughter haunted by a mysterious evil in 1980s Tehran.
Directed by Pulkit, this psychological thriller featuring actor Manav Kaul in the lead and Sumeet Vyas in a key role, tracks the story of an insomniac professor who is betrayed by his wife and marooned into loneliness.
A mockumentary by Rohit Mittal, which was selected for the 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival, follows a film crew that starts to make a documentary about an auto-rickshaw driver in Mumbai. Soon, they discover his angst, sexual frustration and paranoia.
With Turkey being the ‘Country Focus’, MIFF screens one of the most celebrated Turkish films of recent times. Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, this 2014 Palme d’Or-winner examines the divide between the rich and poor.
Hema Hema :Sing me a Song While I Wait
Directed by Dzongzar Khyentse Rinpoche, this visually rich movie focuses on a group of men and women who gather in the Bhutan forest to enjoy a few days of anonymity.
I, Daniel Blake
The winner of 2016 Palme d’Or, the latest movie directed by Ken Loach expose the bureaucratic loopholes in a welfare state in this highly political, blunt yet moving drama.
Singapore’s submission for the Oscar in the Best Foreign Film category is about a young man who becomes an assistant to a hangman who had executed his father.
After the Storm
Japanese writer-director Hirokazu Kore-Eda offers a contemplation of human failings and life’s disappointments as a private directive tries to reconnect with his family after his father’s death.
This Danish drama directed by Thomas Vinterberg is set in the 1970s Copenhagen in which a couple experiments with collective living.