When we think of Mumbai, we think of Cinema. Movies are love. Feeling low? Watch a movie. Bored? Happy? Dreamy? Sarcastic? You’ ll always find just the right movie to suit your mood. They are your 4- AM best friends who would never betray you.
This is the time movie buffs around the world have been waiting for- THE MUMBAI FILM FESTIVAL.
The Mayanagri grasps world attention all over again by the 16th Mumbai Film Festival from October 14-21.
Organised by the esteemed Mumbai Academy of Moving Images (MAMI), the Mumbai Film Festival aims to promote appreciation of good cinema, through exposure to the best of films the world has to offer.
It is an initiative supported by Reliance Entertainment.
The programme is divided into nine sections: International Competition for the First Feature Films of Directors, World Cinema, Indian Frame, Dimensions Mumbai, Retrospectives, Above the Cut, New Faces in Indian Cinema and The Real Reel.
The 16th Mumbai Film Festival (MFF) witnessed a glitzy opening ceremony on October 14, with the presence of Bollywood actors like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Kalki Koechlin among others. Aishwarya, Helen and Catherine Deneuve were the guest of honour at the opening ceremony at Chandan Cinema in Mumbai on Thursday, October 14th, 2014.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan presented the lifetime achievement award to the twelve-time Cesar Award nominee Catherine Deneuve at the opening ceremony of 16th Mumbai Film Festival whereas Akshay Kumar presented the award to our very own Mehbooba, Helen.
It commenced with American-French drama film “SERENA” by Susanne Bier which premiered at BFI London Film Festival, casting Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmo_LNHvvuE
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE SWEET- SIXTEEN MUMBAI FILM FESTIVAL:
1. The festival’s continued existence is thanks to a rallying cry led by celebrity film critic (and former Variety correspondent) Anupama Chopra. Her agitation caused several sizeable financial donations to be made by celebrities including filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra, industrialist Anand Mahindra and actor Aamir Khan, among others.
2. For their contribution to the world of Cinema, this year’s 16th MFF lifetime achievement award will be given to two women who epitomize grace, talent and have inspired and amazed audiences over the years… Ms. Catherine Deneuve and Ms. Helen
3. Masterclasses with cinematographer Christopher Doyle and filmmaker Mahamat Saleh Haroun have also been scheduled.
4. The festival’s market, the Mumbai Film Mart, will introduce a ‘remake market,’ initiated by Unifrance and LaFabrique, where the emphasis will be on remake rights of international films in India.
5. The festival will also have a focus on Arab cinema, looking at its evolution from the 1950s to the present day. The festival’s annual look at contemporary French cinema will continue as well.
6. The Music Composers Lab, presented by Abbey Road Studios in association with PRS for Music, returns for its second year.
7. Here’s noted film critic Anupama Chopra’s list of #MustWatch films at the 16th Mumbai Film Festival.
8. #MFF2014 doesn’t have a venue in town due to unavailability of the necessary exemptions and severe budget constraints.
9. Here is the complete lineup of the Mumbai Film Festival: http://dearcinema.com/news/complete-lineup-mumbai-film-festival-2014/2043
10. You can pledge for MAMI and show a bit of heart to save the heart. Visit mumbaifilmfest.org/pledge. #Pledge4MAMI
- MFF2014 is proud to screen Australia’s entry for Oscars 2015, “Charlie’s Country”, directed by Rolf de Heer, in the “World Cinema” category. Was also selected in the “Un Certain Regard” section at Cannes 2014 where David Gulpilil won the award for Best Actor.
- A socio-political psychological thriller about a middle class man, “Dombivli Return”, the directorial debut of Mahendra Teredesai, is selected in the “New Faces in Indian Cinema” category. Actor Sandeep Kulkarni turns producer with this one.
- Recipient of “Swann d’or for Best Director” at Cabourg Romantic Film Festival 2014, french comedy-drama film “In The Courtyard (Dans la cour)” directed by Pierre Salvadori, will screen in “Rendezvous with French Cinema’ category
There are so many Award- winning movies under one banner. This is something you definitely can’t afford to miss! Have a look at the #MFF2014 Survival Guide.
Survival tips? Check.
List of Must Watch? Check.
Excitement quotient- 500/100
You’re all set to relish your eyes.
Lights. Camera. Action.