The Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) this year, once again, as promised, gives all us movie buffs the biggest platform to interact with the doyens of cinema from all over the world.
After being founded in 1997, the academy, now a gathering of film personalities such as Yash Chopra, Sudhir Mishra, Ashutosh Gowarikar, Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, renowned actresses Shabana Azmi and Jaya Bachchan, actor-director Amol Palekar and Farhan Akhtar, with the help of Reliance Big Entertainment and American Express is back with the 14th Mumbai Film Festival.
The festival promises to feature a lineup of over 200 movies with special event segments dedicated to French, Italian, Afghan and Indian cinema as well as silent films accompanied by a live orchestra. The 14th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival will be held from the 18th – 25th October, 2012 at National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) & Inox, Nariman Point, Liberty Cinemas, Marine Lines as the main festival venues and Cinemax, Andheri and Cinemax Sion as the satellite venues. It has been announced that vivacious superstar Sridevi will light the ceremonial lamp to mark the auspicious occasion on October 18, 2012 at the opening ceremony of the city’s most eagerly awaited cultural event.
MAMI is poised to pay homage to Indian cinema’s first “Superstar”, Hindi film legend Rajesh Khanna by dedicating a special segment to screen one of the late star’s most memorable films Aradhana. The film’s screening is scheduled to be held in the Godrej theatre at NCPA on 21st October at 1.15 p.m. Apart from Rajesh Khanna, The festival is also paying homage to Dara Singh by screening his movie Samson directed by Nanabhai Bhatt and to A K Hangal by screening his movie Dattak directed by Gul Bahar Singh. Both will be screened at the Godrej theatre on 23rdOctober at 1.15 p.m. and on 20th October at 4.00 pm respectively.
While the festival will conclude with the screening of Blancanieves as its Closing Film, a 2012 black-and-white silent Spanish drama film directed by Spanish auteur Pablo Berger, here is a list of films that are going to be high-fliers at the festival:
Silver Linings Playbook by David O. Russell
Beasts of the Southern Wild by Benh Zeitlin
Shadow by Manoel de Oliveira
Valley of Saints by Musa Sayeed
Kathaa by Prashant Rasaily
Neighbouring Sounds by Kleber Mendonça Filho
Stories We Tell by Sarah Polley
Peculiar vacation and other illnesses by Yosep Anggi Noen
You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet by Alain Resnais
Love (Amour) by Michael Haneke
Like Someone in Love by Abbas Kiarostam
Outrage Beyond by Takeshi Kitano
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