Mumbai Film Festival has unveiled an impressive line-up of some 200 films this year. And we are trying to make your life little bit easier with the help of google, wiki, imdb and that DNA which has some cinema in it. The films which are making noise all over and the filmmakers you shouldn’t miss. Read on…
– Moneyball : Its the opening film of the festival. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. Brad Pitt. Dir : Bennett Miller (directed Capote). Ebert loved it too. Go for it.
– Sleeping Beauty (D – Julia Leigh. Debut film) : The film was in Cannes competition section this year. According to Peter Bradshaw, Julia Leigh’s adaptation of her novel about a student drawn to prostitution is an elegant, if occasionally preposterous, debut.
– Michael ( D – Markus Schleinzer ) : Premiered in Cannes competition section this year. A drama focused on five months in the life of pedophile who keeps a 10-year-old boy locked in his basement (IMDB Synopsis). It’s the Uneasy cinema of the fest.
– She Monkeys (D – Lisa Aschan ) : Won the Best Narrative Feature at Tribeca Fest and Special Mention at Berlin Fest. The film focuses on psychological power struggles between two teenage girls engaged in equestrian vaulting (via Wiki).
– Melancholia (D – Lars Von Trier) : Lars Von Trier. That should be enough. Though this time LVT made much more news than the film since it premiered at Cannes.
– George Harrison: Living in the Material World (D – Martin Scorsese) : One reason – Scorsese. Another reason? George Harrison. Enough?
– Pina (D – Wim Wenders) : WW goes 3D with this dance film. Homage to German dancer/choreographer Pina Bausch. It’s gorgeous but you will Need Some Patience (NSP). Mark this NSP, we are going to use it again and again.
– Turrin Horse ( D – Bela Tarr) : Tarr’s latest which won the Silver Bear at Berlin Fest. It recalls the whipping of a horse in the Italian city Turin which is rumoured to have caused the mental breakdown of philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. The film is in black-and-white, shot in only 30 long takes by Tarr’s regular cameraman Fred Kelemen, and depicts the repetitive daily lives of the horse and its owner (Via Wiki). If you are not aware of Tarr’s cinema, it NSP.
– Dad Made Dirty Movies – Because the trailer looks super and the title is delicious! But the bad news is can’t find it in the schedule. It was there in the list earlier. Do watch the trailer anyway.
– The Artist (D : Michel Hazanavicius ) – It’s the film that everyone loved at Cannes. It was also nominated for Palme d’ Or and the lead actor Jean Dujardin bagged the Best Actor Award. The story takes place in Hollywood between 1927 and 1931 and focuses on a declining male film star and a rising actress, as silent cinema grows out of fashion and is replaced by the talkies. The film is itself a silent film and in black-and-white (via Wiki).
– Once Upon A Town In Anatloia (D – Nuri Bilge Ceylan) : Premiered at Cannes Fest (Competition) where it was co-winner of the Grand Prix. Like other films by NBC, this one also has lot of moods, melancholy and atmosphere. Again, if you are new to NBC, beware. NSP.
– Restless (D – Gus Vant Sant) : It premiered in Un Certain Regard section at Cannes. No great reviews so far but when it’s a master like GVS, you can’t miss it.
– The Yellow Sea (D – Na Hong-Jin ) : From the director of The Chaser – that should be enough. Premiered at Cannes (Un Certain Regard). Also, NSP.
– Ides Of March (D – George Clooney) : Clooney’s latest directorial venture which opened the Venice Film Festival. Has talents like Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti.
– The Forgiveness Of Blood (D : Joshua Martson) : From the director of Maria Full Of Grace. It won the Silver Berlin Bear for best screenplay.
– Red State (D – Kevin Smith) : Not much encouraging reviews but KS created much hullabaloo and headlines at the Sundance fest with this one. Watch it if you can or it’s out you-know-where.
– Adaminte Makan Abu ( D – Salim Ahamed) : The Malayalam film which bagged 4 National Awards this year – Best Actor/Film/Cinematography/Background Score. Click here for our separate recco post on the film.
– Deool ( D : Umesh Kulkrani) : Two reasons – Valu and Vihir. If you haven’t seen the movies by one of the best desi directors, you surely are missing something.
– Painted Rainbow (D : Geetanjali rao) : India’s best animation filmmaker that most don’t know about.The film opens the Cannes Critics Week segment at the fest as it was in Cannes Critics Week 1996. Don’t miss this one. Click here to know more about the film.
– Mushrooms (Chatrak. D – Vimukthi Jayasundara) – This Indo-Sri Lankan co-production was screened at Cannes and Toronto Fest. Later on it made headlines for frontal nudity and sex scenes which got leaked out on the net.
– Yeh Woh Manzil Toh Nahi ( D – Sudhir Mishra) : Someone finally found a copy of the film! Last time we tried to find a copy, even Sudhir Mishra had no clue about it. A film that most of us have heard about but haven’t seen yet.
– Dekh Indian Circus – Mangesh Hadwale’s debut film in Hindi after his marathi film Tingya.
– Love Wrinkle Free (D- Sandeep Mohan) : For some of us who have been following Sandeep’s quirky short films for some time, this one looks quirky enough. From the synopsis here, it looks like desi woody allen film set in Goa. A full independent production, should be an interesting watch.
Some more fests favourites:
– Historias que so existem quando lembradas (Or Historias. D – Julia Murat ) : Premiered at Venice fest. Had screening at Toronto fest.
– Le Vendeur (The Salesman) : Nominated for Best jury Prize at Sundance Fest
– Another Earth (D: Mike Cahill) : Won the Special Jury prize at Sundance.
– My Little Princess : Premiered at the Cannes 2011
– The Mountain ( Ole Giæver’s ) : Premiered at Berlin Fest, 2011
– Out Of Bounds ( D : Frederikke Aspock) Screened at Cannes 2011. Director is 2004 Cannes Cinefondation short film winner.
– The Slut (Dir. – Hagar Ben Asher) : Screened at Cannes. Cine Foundation winner.
– My Best Enemy (Mein Bester Feind. D : Wolfgang Murnberger) Out Of Competition at Berlin Film festival
– Life Without Principle ( D : Johnnie To ) : Nominated for Golden lion at Venice Fest, 2011
– Azhagarsami’s Horse – The Tamil film which screened at Toronto and Tribeca Fest recently
– Indian Retrosepctive includes some classic like Shaji Karun’s Piravi, Pather Panchali, Ghatashraddha, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, Jahnu Barua’s Aparoopa, Unishe April, Ankur, Seeta Raati, 36 Chowringhee Lane, Swayamvaram and others.
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( PS – Am sure we are missing many other great films, do keep the recco going)