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Cold War

The Best Director award winner at Cannes 2018, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War is an epic love saga, in a 4:3 aspect ratio, where a man and a woman begin a tumultuous relationship in the ruins of post world war Poland. The film, as revealed in the end, is inspired and an ode to Pawlikowski’s parents and their love story. For me, this is Pawlikowski’s version of La La Land, and a triumphantly stronger version of it where the couple goes through 15 years of Cold War where they not only cross geographical territories, but also musical ones. Watching this at Regal, moved me into a Sahir Ludhyanvi mood. 

In 1949, while conducting auditions for a Polish folk troupe, Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) is smitten by Zula (Joanna Kulig, earlier seen in Pawlikowski’s stunning Oscar winner Ida), a village girl who could sing extremely well, and is unapologetic in acknowledging her involvement in her father’s murder too. Soon, the ensemble is formed, with Wiktor helming it, and a romance kickstarts,  helmed by Zula’s temperament. This temperamental couple (almost like America and Russia, although more romantically involved) in the cold backdrop, dance their way through this melancholic ballad across thousands of nights, meeting and separating from each other in Berlin, Yugoslavia, and even, Paris. 

The narrative shuffles from highs and low of the relationships, like the tides of the sea, into a melancholic end, almost like the sad ballad which moves from polish folk to French jazz, ultimately ending into a defeating silence. At just 89 minutes, Pawlikowski is completely in control of this epic, where the music allows poetic contemplation upon the carefully designed frames.



Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Bi Gan gives a surreally hypnotic trip, which is a treat to watch, and an equally amusing trip to write about. Divided into two parts, this film’s first half is in 2D, exploring in no linear fashion, the loss and sadness of the protagonist; the second half of the film is a dreamy sequence, shot in a single take, and to be viewed in 3D. Watching this film is like entering into a local jadugar’s tent, you know everything is unreal, but you are still amazed at the countless possibilities. 

In the first half of the film, I was suspended into a semi lull stage, almost hypnotically following Wong Kar Wai styled sequences between the protagonist and the woman. These stylish sequences are often cut to show us the protagonist pondering poetically over life. Such atmospheric blend is sure to put one into drowsy state, and just when my eyes had completely surrendered to the protagonist, he entered a porn theatre and asked me to wear my 3D glasses with him, leading me into an almost hour long sequence. This part, shot in a surreal fashion, is a single take where the protagonist goes through phenomenal spaces like an old hallway of pool tables, a rustic room of slot machines, and an old touring karaoke van setup. One of the most beautiful portions of this long take is the bizarrely slow ropeway sequence which gives us a wider understanding of the space. Bi Gan shows signs of becoming an auteur, because this plotless film is so ambitious and yet strange. For instance, another sequence of the second half has a kid who promises to help the protagonist only if he can defeat him in Ping Pong -the ping pong game ends in a conversation on memories and time, which is extremely elusive.

Watching this film is a hallucinating experience, I would be unapologetic in saying that this was almost like lucid dreaming. Accompanied by a mesmerising cinematography and mesmerising soundscape, Long Day’s Journey into Night makes every other film playing at Mumbai Film Festival fall short in ambition and execution. However, everything at the end is only transitory.




I am not amongst those who can resist an Oliver Assayas film, especially if it also happens to star the greatest of all time Juliette Binoche. Oliver Assayas has been one of the popular favourites at MAMI, with both Clouds of Sils Maria, and Personal Shopper receiving brilliant response. These earlier films were atmospheric thrillers which tackled contemporary themes, however, his latest Non-Fiction is like a warm evening embrace for writers and their contemporary issues. The mehfil of conversations which the lead characters create is a delightful watch.

Alain and Leonard, a writer and a publisher, are overwhelmed by the radical digitalisation of the publishing world. Deaf to the desires of their wives, they struggle to find their place in a society whose locks they can no longer key into. Twitter and Instagram seem to be new literary platforms, and books are no longer in vogue, however e-books are selling like pancakes, and audiobooks recited by celebrity stars are even more in demand. All the four characters are dealing with the change in times, in their own particular manner. They however, share their frustration while hustling through these changes. 

Using dialogues as verbal duels; references of Michael Haneke, Bergman, and even, Star Wars; and the gorgeous performance of Juliette Binoche; Oliver Assayas delivers a scintillating and thought provokingly beautiful Non-Fiction, which although simple in treatment, is ambitious in digging undiscovered depths of philosophy. Almost like a Woody Allen dialogue based tango, Non-Fiction treats heavy questions in a breezy manner, resulting into a sweet, funny, philosophical, and cheerful drama. It is easy to fall short of words while describing Non-Fiction, because all the lines in Non-Fiction are such literary gems, you might have to watch it twice to get the eloquent delight created here.


Harsh Desai

528185_574243075956739_144188067_nThe 15th Mumbai Film Festival has just announced its lineup for this year.  The fest will screen over 200 films from 65 countries. Costa-Gavras and Kamal Hassan will be given the Lifetime Achievement Awards at the fest. Among the filmmakers, Asghar Farhadi and Leos Carax are expected to attend.

The fest will also have spotlight on Spanish, Cambodian and Afghan cinema alongwith retrospective of Costa Gravas and a special tribute to Leos Carax.

Dates – 17-24 October 2013

Venues – Liberty Cinema, Metro Big Cinema, Marine Lines are the main festival venues and Cinemax, Versova  as the satellite venue.

– To know more about the fest, click here for its FB page and click here for its Twitter account.

– For registration, you can go to its official website here.

Here’s the complete lineup of the festival

Opening Film

The Butler Dir.: Lee Daniels (USA / 2013 / Col. / 132’)

International Competition for the First Feature Films of Directors

The Rocket Dir.: Kim Mordaunt (Australia-Laos-Thailand / 2013 / Col. / 96’)

La jaula de oro Dir.: Diego Quemada-Díez(Mexico / 2013 / Col. / 102′)

Ilo Ilo Dir.: Anthony Chen (Singapore / 2013 / Col. / 96′)

Mamay Umeng Dir.: Dwein Baltazar (Philippines / 2012 / Col. / 75′)

For Those in Peril Dir.: Paul Wright (UK / 2013 / Col. / 90′)

The Japanese Dog (Cainele Japonez) Dir.: Tudor Cristian Jurgiu (Romania / 2013 / Col. / 85′)

The Plague (La Plaga) Dir.: Neus Ballús (Spain / 2013 / Col. / 85′)

The Strange Little Cat (Das merkwürdige Kätzchen) Dir.: Ramon Zürcher (Germany / 2013 / Col. / 72′)

Another House (L’autre maison) Dir.: Mathieu Roy (Canada / 2013 / Col. / 100′)

Medeas Dir.: Andrea Pallaoro (Italy-Mexico-USA / 2013 / Col. / 98′)

The Voice of The Voiceless (La voz de los silenciados) Dir.: Maximón Monihan (Guatemala-USA / 2013 / Col. / 92′)

Don Jon Dir.: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (USA / 2013 / Col. / 90′)

Fandry Dir.: Nagraj Manjule (India (Marathi) / 2013 / Col. / 103′)

Above The Cut

The Weight of Elephants Dir.: Daniel Joseph Borgman (Denmark-New Zealand-Germany-France / 2013 / Col. / 83′)

A Fold in My Blanket (Chemi sabnis naketsi) Dir.: Zaza Rusadze (Georgia / 2013 / Col. / 75′)

Giraffada Dir.: Rani Massalha (France-Austria-Germany-Italy / 2013 / Col. / 100′)

The Selfish Giant Dir.: Clio Barnard (UK / 2013 / Col. / 95′)

Five Years (Fünf Jahre Leben) Dir.: Stefan Schaller (Germany / 2013 / Col. / 95′)

Diego Star Dir.: Frédérick Pelletier (Canada-Belgium / 2013 / Col. / 91′) The

Amazing Cat Fish (Los insólitos peces gato) Dir.: Claudia Sainte-Luce (Mexico / 2013 / Col. / 88′)

Matterhorn Dir.: Diederik Ebbinge (Netherlands / 2013 / Col. / 87’)

Halley Dir.: Sebastian Hofmann (Mexico-Netherlands / 2012-Nov. / B&W-Col. / 83’)

Autumn Blood Dir.: Markus Blunder (Austria-USA / 2013 / Col. / 97′)

Burned Wings Dir.: Zheng Kuo (China / 2013 / Col. / 105′)

World Cinema

Closed Curtains Dir.: Jafar Panahi, Kamboziya Partovi (Iran / 2013 / Col. / 106’)

Shield Of Straw (Wara No Tate) Dir.: Takashi Miike (Japan / 2013 / Col. / 124’)

On My Way (Elle s’en va) Dir.: Emmanuelle Bercot (France / 2013 / Col. / 116′)

All Is Lost Dir.: J.C Chandor (USA / 2013 / Col. / 106’)

A Long and Happy Life (Dolgaya schastlivaya zhizn) Dir.: Boris Khlebnikov (Russia / 2013 / Col. / 80′)

Vic+Flo Saw a Bear (Vic et Flo ont vu un ours) Dir.: Denis Côté (Canada / 2013 / Col. / 90′)

A Castle in Italy (Un château en Italie) Dir.: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (France / 2013 / Col. / 104’)

The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza) Dir.: Paolo Sorrentino (Italy / 2013 / Col. / 142’)

Mood Indigo (L’écume des jours) Dir.: Michel Gondry (France-Belgium / 2013 / Col. / 125’)

The Nun (La religieuse) Dir.: Guillaume Nicloux (France, Germany, Belgium / 2013 / Col. / 114’)

Michael Kohlhaas Dir.: Arnaud des PALLIÈRES (France-Germany / 2013 / Col. / 122′)

Grigris Dir.: Mahamat-Saleh HAROUN (France / 2013 / Col. / 101′)

Heli Dir.: Amat Escalante (Mexico / 2013 / Col. / 105’)

In The Name of (W imie…) Dir.: Malgoska Szumowska (Poland / 2013 / Col. / 97′)

A Touch Of Sin (Tian Zhu ding) Dir.: JIA zhangke (China-Japan / 2013 / Col. / 133’)

Gold Dir.: Thomas Arslan (Germany / 2013 / Col. / 101’)

Layla Fourie Dir.: Pia Marais (Germany / 2013 / Col. / 105’)

Young & Beautiful (Jeune & Jolie) Dir.: François Ozon (France / 2013 / Col. / 95’)

Blue Is The Warmest Color (La Vie D’adele – Chapitre 1 Et 2) Dir.: Abdellatif Kechiche (France / 2013 / Col. / 179’)

The Spirit of ’45 Dir.: Ken Loach (UK / 2013 / Col. / 94′)

Inside Llewyn Davis Dir.: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen (USA / 2013 / Col. / 105’)

The Immigrant Dir.: James Gray (USA / 2013 / Col. / 120’)

Only God Forgives Dir.: Nicolas Winding Refn (Denmark / 2013 / Col. / 90’)

The Face Of Love Dir.: Arie Posin (USA / 2013 / Col. / 92’)

Before Midnight Dir.: Richard Linklater (USA / 2013 / Col. / 109′)

Le Passé (The Past) Dir.: Asghar Farhadi (France / 2013 / Col. / 130’)

Bekas Dir.: Karzan Kader (Sweden-Finland-Iraq / 2013 / Col. / 97′)

The Canyons Dir.: Paul Schrader (USA / 2013 / Col. / 99’)

Short Term 12 Dir.: Destin Cretton (USA / 2013 / Col. / 96′)

Saving General Yang Dir.: Ronny Yu (Hong Kong-China / 2013 / Col. / 102′)

Killer Toon (Deo Web-toon: Ye-go Sal-in) Dir.: Yong-gyun Kim (South Korea / 2013 / Col. / 104′)

3x3D Dir.: Jean-Luc Godard, Peter Greenaway, Edgar Pêra (France-Portugal / 2013 / Col. / 70′)

Sunlight, Moonlight, Earth (Aftab, Mahtab, Zamin) Dir.: Ali Ghavitan (Iran / 2013 / Col. / 80′)

Tom at the Farm (Tom à la ferme) Dir.: Xavier Dolan (Canada-France / 2013 / Col. / 105′)

The Circle Within (Içimdeki Çember) Dir.: Deniz Çınar (Turkey / 2013 / Col. / 72′)

Wajma (An Afghan Love Story) Dir.: Barmak Akram (Afghanistan-France / 2013 / Col. / 85′)

Le démantèlement Dir.: Sebastien Pilote (Canada / 2013 / Col. / 111′)

Bad Hair (Pelo Malo) Dir.: Mariana Rondon (Venezuela / 2013 / Col. / 95′)

The Major Dir.: Yury Bykov (Russia / 2013 / Col. / 99′)

Stray Dogs (Jiao You) Dir.: Ming-liang Tsai (Taiwan / 2013 / Col. / 138′)

The Mute (El mudo) Dir.: Daniel Vega, Diego Vega (Peru-France-Mexico / 2013 / Col. / 86′)

Jealousy (La jalousie) Dir.: Philippe Garrel (France-Germany / 2013 / Col. / 77′)

Mr. Morgan’s Last Love Dir.: Sandra Nettelbeck (Germany-Belgium / 2013 / Col. / 116′)

Hush…(Suti) Dir.: Lukas Nola (Croatia / 2013 / Col. / 86′)

Burning Bush (Horící ker) Dir.: Agnieszka Holland (Czech Republic / 2013 / Col. / 240′)

The Fifth Estate Dir.: Bill Condon (USA-Belgium / 2013 / Col. / 124′)

Miss and The Doctors (Tirez la langue, mademoiselle) Dir.: Axelle Ropert (France / 2013 / Col. / 95′)

Locke Dir.: Steven Knight (USA-UK / 2013 / Col. / 85′)

Brahmin Bulls Dir.: Mahesh Pailoor (USA / 2013 / Col. / 96′)

Village of Hope Dir.: Boonsong Nakphoo (Thailand / 2013 / Col. / 72′)

The Armstrong Lie Dir.: Alex Gibney (USA / 2013 / Col. / 122′)

The Keeper of Lost Causes (Kvinden i buret) Dir.: Mikkel Nørgaard (Denmark-Germany-Sweden / 2013 / Col. / 97’)

Dallas Buyers Club Dir.: Jean-Marc Vallée (USA / 2013 / Col. / 155′)

New Spanish Cinema

Son of Cain (Hijo de Cain) Dir.: Jesús Monllaó (Spain / 2013 / Col. / 91′)

Picasso’s Gang (La banda Picasso) Dir.: Fernando Colomo (Spain / 2013 / Col. / 100′)

Combustión Dir.: Daniel Calparsoro (Spain / 2013 / Col. / 103′)

The Liberator (Libertador) Dir.: Alberto Arvelo (Venezuela-Spain / 2013 / Col. / 119’)

Celebration of Spanish Cinema

Viridiana Dir.: Luis Buñuel (Spain-Mexico / 1961 / B&W / 90′)

El verdugo Dir.: Luis García Berlanga (Spain-Italy / 1963 / B&W / 91′)

The Hunt (La caza) Dir.: Carlos Saura (Spain / 1966 / Col. / 91′)

The Spirit of the Beehive (El espíritu de la colmena) Dir.: Víctor Erice (Spain / 1973 / Col. / 97′)

Seven Days in January (Siete días de enero) Dir.: Juan Antonio Bardem (Spain-France / 1979 / Col. / 180′)

Volver a empezar Dir.: José Luis Garci (Spain / 1982 / Col. / 87′)

Lovers of the Arctic Circle (Los amantes del Círculo Polar) Dir.: Julio Medem (Spain-France / 1998 / Col. / 112′)

Your Next Life (La vida que te espera) Dir.: Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón (Spain / 2004 / Col. / 100′)

Welcome Mr. Marshall (Bienvenido Mister Marshall) Dir.: Luis García Berlanga (Spain / 1953 / B&W / 78′)

El barbero de Sevilla Dir.: Benito Perojo (Germany-Spain / 1938 / B&W / 90′)

An Andalusian Dog (Un Chien Andalou) Dir.: Luis Buñuel (France / 1929 / B&W)

Carmen (la de Triana) Dir.: Florian Rey (Germany-Spain / 1938 / B&W / 110′)

The Real Reel

Beyond All Boundaries Dir.: Sushrut Jain (USA-India / 2013 / Col. / 97′)

Brave Miss World Dir.: Cecilia Peck (USA-Israel-Italy-South Africa / 2013 / Col. / 97′)

Blackfish Dir.: Gabriela Cowperthwaite (USA / 2013 / Col. / 82′)

Who is Dayani Cristal Dir.: Marc Silver (UK-USA-Mexico / 2013 / Col. / 80′)

For I Know My Weakness Dir.: John Dentino (USA / 2012 / Col. / 100′)

Fatal Assistance (Assistance mortelle) Dir.: Raoul Peck (France-Haiti-USA-Belgium / 2013 / Col. / 99′)

Stop Over (L’escale) Dir.: Kaveh Bakhtiari (Switzerland-France / 2013 / Col. / 104′)

In the Shadow of the Sun Dir.: Harry Freeland (Tanzania-UK / 2012 / Col. / 84′)

Tales from the Organ Trade Dir.: Ric Esther Bienstock (Canada / 2013 / Col. / 82′)

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer Dir.: Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin (Russia-UK / 2013 / Col. / 88′)

The Only Real Game Dir.: Mirra Bank (USA-India / 2012 / Col. / 82′)

Little big People Dir.: Khalid Mohamed (India (English-Hindi-Marathi) / 2013 / Col. / 52′)

The Act of Killing Dir.: Joshua Oppenheimer (Denmark-Norway-UK / 2012 / Col. / 115′)

What’s Love Got to Do with It? Dir.: Rohena Gera (India / 2013 / Col. / 84′)

Salinger Dir.: Shane Salerno (USA / 2013 / 120′)

Celebrate Age

60 going on 12 (12 ans d’âge) Dir.: Frédéric Proust (France / 2013 / Col. / 89’)

Seventh Cat Dir.: Hiroshi Toda (Japan / 2013 / Col. / 77′)

Good to Go (Srecen za umret) Dir.: Matevz Luzar (Slovenia-Croatia / 2013 / Col. / 100′)

At the Crossroads Nondon Bagchi Life and living Dir.: Rajdeep Paul, Sarmistha Maiti (India (English-Bengali) / 2013 / Col. / 70’)

Barefoot To Goa Dir.: Praveen Morchhale (India (Hindi) / 2013 / Col. / 80’)

I’m watching over you (Je veille sur vous) Dir.: Elodie Fiabane (France / 2013 / Col. / 19′)

Arefi, the shepherd (Arefi, der Hirte) Dir.: Daniel Asadi Faezi (Iran-Germany / 2013 / Col. / 9’)

Oh, How I Long Dir.: Riyad Deis (Palenstine / 2013 / Col. / 39′)

Road to Disneyland Dir.: Jamil Hendi (Germany-Romania / 2013 / Col. / 33′)

Mohan Kaka Dir.: Aditya Gowtham (India / 2013 / Col. / 22′)

Shuruaat Dir.: Suresh Shelar (India (Hindi) / 2013 / Col. / 16′)

By Way of the Mountains (Par les montagnes) Dir.: Frédéric Aspisi (Fiji / 2012 / Col. / 44′)

Late Shift – Gunter Grass working on etching for “Dog Years” Dir.: Sigrun Matthiesen (Germany / 2013 / Col. / 20’)

Spotlight on Cambodia

Golden Slumbers (Le sommeil d’or) Dir.: Davy Chou (France-Cambodia / 2011 / Col. / 96′)

A River Changes Course Dir.: Kalyanee Mam (Cambodia / 2013 / Col. / 83′)

The Missing Picture (L’image manquante) Dir.: Rithy Panh (Cambodia-France / 2013 / Col. / 90′)

Red Wedding Dir.: Guillaume Suon, Lida Chan (Cambodia-France / 2012 / Col. / 58′)

Where I Go Dir.: Neang Kavich (Cambodia / 2012 / Col. / 55′)

Two Girls Against The Rain (Bopha Pitorng Chhomnas Tekpleang) Dir.: Sao Sopheak (Cambodia / 2012 / Col. / 11’)

Film India Worldwide

Jadoo Dir.: Amit Gupta (UK / 2013 / Col. / 90′)

Good Morning Karachi Dir.: Sabiha Sumar (Pakistan / 2013 / Col. / 85′)

Red Monsoon Dir.: Eelum Dixit (Nepal / 2013 / Col. / 88′)

Siddharth Dir.: Richie Mehta (Canada / 2013 / Col. / 96′)

Faith Connections Dir.: Pan Nalin (India-France / 2013 / Col. / 115′)


Bad Blood (Mauvais sang) Dir.: Leos Carax (France / 1986 / Col. / 116′)

The Lovers on the Bridge (Les amants du Pont-Neuf) Dir.: Leos Carax (France / 1999 / Col. / 125′)

Holy Motors Dir.: Leos Carax (France / 2012 / Col. / 115′)


Z Dir.: Costa Gavras (France-Algeria / 1969 / Col. / 127′)

State of Siege Dir.: Costa Gavras (France-Italy-Germany / 1972 / Col. / 120′)

Amen Dir.: Costa Gavras (France-Germany-Romania / 2002 / Col. / 132′)

The Ax Dir.: Costa Gavras (Belgium-France-Spain / 2005 / Col. / 122’)

Eden is West (Eden à l’Ouest) Dir.: Costa Gavras (France-Greece-Italy / 2009 / Col. / 110′)

Capital (Le capital) Dir.: Costa Gavras (France / 2012 / Col. / 114′)

Restored Classics

The Floorwalker Dir.: Charles Chaplin (USA / 1916 / B&W / 30′)

Blackmail Dir.: Alfred Hitchcock (UK / 1929 / B&W / 85′)

The King of Comedy Dir.: Martin Scorsese (USA / 1982 / 109′)

Downpour (Ragbar) Dir.: Bahram Beizai (Iran / 1972 / 128′)

Tokyo Story Dir.: Yasujirô Ozu (Japan / 1953 / B&W / 136′)

Time to live and Time to Die (Tong nien wang shi) Dir.: Hsiao-hsien Hou (Taiwan / 1985 / 138′)

All About Eve Dir.: Joseph L. Mankiewicz (USA / 1950 / B&W / 138′)

Experimental Films

A+ Dir.: NobuAdilman (Canada / 2012 / Col. / 6’)

Days of Future Past Dir.: Joe Hambleton (Canada / 2012 / Col. / 7’)

Pulse Dir.: Anuradha Chandra (India / 2012 / Col. / 23’)

Burning Star Dir.: Joshua Gen Solondz (USA / 2011 / Col. / 4’)

Serious Ladies Dir.: Susanne Sachsse (Germany / 2013 / Col. / 21’)

Play Life Series Dir.: Ella Raidel (Austria / 2012 / Col. / 11’)

Item Number Dir.: Oliver Husain (Canada-India / 2012 / Col. / 16’)

Artists Films

Nayi Kheti Dir.: Pallavi Paul (India / 2013 / Col. / 12′)

Iceboat Dir.: Neha Choksi (USA / 2013 / Col. / 10′)

To Dance like your Dad Dir.: Hetain Patel (UK / 2009 / Col. / 6′)

Narcissicon Dir.: Kiran Subbaiah (India / 2009 / Col. / 43′)

Forerunner Dir.: Sahej Rahal (India / 2013 / Col. / 13′)

People to be Resembling Dir.: The Otolith Group (UK / Col. / 22′)

Kabul Fresh 2013

Eye witness Dir.: Rafi Behroozian & Alka Sadat (Afghanistan / 2011 / Col. / 12′)

Driving Test Dir.: Mahbouba Ebrahimi (Afghanistan / 2011 / Col. / 26′)

A Time Called Oldness Dir.: Hamed Alizadeh (Afghanistan / 2013 / 22′)

End of Love Dir.: Ghafar Azad (Afghanistan / 2013 / Col. / 13′)

Life Imprisonment Dir.: Gholamreza Majedi (Afghanistan / 2013 / Col. / 4′)

One Wish Dir.: Mohamed (Aref) Abedin (Afghanistan / 2013 / Col. / 4′)

The Glasses Dir.: S Hussein Mousavi (Afghanistan / 2011 / Col. / 11′)

Kabul Ambulance Dir.: Taj Mohammad Bakhtari (Afghanistan / 2011 / Col. / 26′)

Amir and Sara Dir.: Jalal Hussaini (Afghanistan / 2013 / Col. / 16′)

India Gold 2013

Liar’s Dice Dir.: Geethu Mohandas (India (Hindi) / 2013 / Col. / 104′)

Crossing Bridges Dir.: Sange Dorjee Thongdok (India (Sherdukpen) / 2013 / Col. / 102′)

The World of Goopi and Bagha (Goopy gawaiya bagha bajaiya) Dir.: Shilpa Ranade (India (Hindi) / 2013 / Col. / 78′)

Virgin Talkies (Kanyaka Talkies) Dir.: K R Manoj (India (Malayalam) / 2013 / Col. / 115′)

A Silent Way (Ko: Yad) Dir.: Manju Borah (India / 2012 / Col. / 90′)

Monologue (Maunraag) Dir.: Vaibhav Abnave (India (Marathi) / 2013 / Col. / 92′)

Invincible (Ajeyo) Dir.: Jahnu Barua (India (Assamese) / 2013 / Col. / 116′)

Powerless (Katiyabaaz) Dir.: Fahad Mustafa, Deepti Kakkar (India-USA / 2013 / Col. / 84′)

Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost Dir.: Anup Singh (India (Panjabi) / 2013 / Col. / 109′)

Oonga Dir.: Devashish Makhija (India / 2013 / Col. / 98′)

Sunglass (Taak Jhaank) Dir.: Rituparno Ghosh (India / 2013 / Col.)

Mastram Dir.: Akhilesh Jaiswal (India / 2013 / Col.)

New Faces in Indian Cinema

Bakrapur (The Goat Vote) Dir.: Janaki Vishwanathan (India (Hindi) / 2013 / Col. / 82′)

Wild Berries (Kaphal) Dir.: Batul Mukhtiar (India (Hindi) / 2013 / Col. / 90′)

Sulemani Keeda Dir.: Amit V Masurkar (India-USA / 2013 / Col. / 90′)

Munsif Dir.: Umashankar Swamy (India (Kannada) / 2012 / Col. / 106′)

Dimensions Mumbai

Seat Down Dir.: Sachin Sanjay Kadam Share

Dir.: Abhiraj Rajadhyaksha

Monsoon Drive Dir.: Mohit Modi

The Zero Mile Storm Dir.: Jehanin Pajnigar,

Radhika Boontra Raah (Path) Dir.: Dhruv Dilip Datar

…Till Debt Do Us Part Dir.: Kenneth.A.Lawrence

To you both Dir.: Ridhesh Seipal

Jaun Kahaan Dir.: Ankita Mishra

Kabutarkhana Dir.: Markand Bhaskar Sawant

Jashn-E-Dawaat Dir.: Karan Asnani

The Handicapped Colony Dir.: Sameer Nerkar

In This City Dir.: Keyur Kajavadara S.

Crab Catchers Dir.: Prem Hessenkamp

Rickshaw Roko Mitra Mandal Dir.: Sristi Jain

Shukriya Mumbai (Thank You Mumbai) Dir.: NIkhil Gupta

Mumbai Cha Vadapav Dir.: Akshay S. Dhanavale

1992 Negative Dir.: Dixit Parkar

Mascara Dir.: Daria Gaikalova

Matryoshka Dir.: Mayank singh Addiction Dir.: Bhaumik Mevada

*Subject to change before the festival*

Last few years of Mumbai Film Festival have been wet dreams for any film buff. The game was simple – they picked up all the winners and nominees from all the top film festivals of the world. This year’s list is yet to be out but some titles have been confirmed. And going by these titles, it seems like they are on right track this year too.

  • Among the big ones are Rust and Bone by Jacques Audiard (was in competition at Cannes), Walter Salles’ On The Road and Blancanieves (Snow White) by Pablo Bergera, a reinvention of the Brothers Grimm classic.
  • Nandini Ramnath’s report in Mint Lounge has confirmed few more titles. This includes Michael Haneke’s Amour, David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, Ken Loach’s The Angels’ Share, Danish films A Royal Affair and The Hunt, Kauwboy and this year’s fest favourite Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild.
  • Almost all the films have been doing the festival rounds. Amour won the Palme d’Or and Loach won the Jury prize at the Cannes film festival this year. A Royal Affair was in competition at the Berlin Film Festival and The Hunt was in competition at Cannes where its actor Mads Mikkelsen bagged the trophy for the best actor. Kauwboy bagged the best First Feature award at the Berlin Film Festival.
  • Among the documentaries are Alison Klayman’s Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry and Shivendra Singh Dungarpur’s Celluloid Man which we have been tracking for a long time. Klayman bagged a special jury prize at the Sundance Fest.
  •  There’s also going to be a long list of classics, black & white gems and silent films. Some of the confirmed titles are Franz Osten’s A Throw of Dice (1929), Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard (1963), Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America(1984), Dhundiraj Govind Phalke’s Kaliya Mardan, Osten’s Shiraz, Baburao Painter’s Muraliwala (1927) and Sati Savitri (1927), Robert Rossellini’s The Machine That Kills Bad People (1952), Visconti’s Senso (1954), Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Accattone (1961), Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist (1970), Federico Fellini’s Roma (1972), Quo Vadis (1913), and Nanni Moretti’s Dear Diary (1993).
  • Indiewire’s report has also confirmed few more titles which have been restored. The Twentieth Century Fox Archive will present 8 films spanning 40 years in the ‘Fox Classics’ series. This includes Sunrise (1928), How Green Was My Valley(1941), Laura (1944), Leave Her to Heaven(1945), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Wild River(1960), The Leopard and Two for the Road(1967).
  • Seven other films which have been restored will also be screened. This includes Satyajit Ray’s Charulata(1964), The Chess Players (1977), The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1945), Uday Shankar’s Kalpana (1948), Once Upon A Time In America and The Cineteca Bologna will present two silent Italian silent classics.
  • Festival Dates : 18-25 October, 2012.
  • Venue : NCPA and INOX. Can anyone confirm if Cinemax Versova will also have screenings or not?
  • Shifting the venue to South Bombay is a strange decision when the film industry and related people seems to be mostly from suburbs. If you had been to Cinemax Versova for last year’s fest, you know the kind of crowd it attracted. And at the same time screenings at Metro and Cinemax Sion were going almost empty. I might be biased because Andheri (west) suits me best and travelling in Bombay is quite exhausting. So putting up a poll here.

Best Foreign Language Film – This is one category which is getting tougher every year. Because an Oscar Award easily turns into big bucks for any film from any country. And this year 65 countries have submitted films for consideration.

Harishchandrachi FactoryMarathi film Harishchandrachi Factory is India’s official entry to this year’s Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film Category. The film is directed by Paresh Mokashi who has been doing theatre since last twenty years. Harishchandrachi Factory is Mokashi’s debut film. The film traces the obstacles and hurdles faced by Dhundiraj Phalke ( or Dada Saheb Phalke, also known as the father of Indian cinema) while he was making the first Indian film Raja Harishchandra in 1913. So,  Harishchandrachi Factory will compete with films from 64 countries!

And here is the complete list of films from 65 countries, in alphabetical order….

Albania, “Alive!,” Artan Minarolli, director;
Argentina, “El Secreto de Sus Ojos,” Juan Jose Campanella, director;
Armenia, “Autumn of the Magician,” Rouben Kevorkov and Vaheh Kevorkov, directors;
Australia, “Samson & Delilah,” Warwick Thornton, director;
Austria, “For a Moment Freedom,” Arash T. Riahi, director;
Bangladesh, “Beyond the Circle,” Golam Rabbany Biplob, director;
Belgium, “The Misfortunates,” Felix van Groeningen, director;
Bolivia, “Zona Sur,” Juan Carlos Valdivia, director;
Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Nightguards,” Namik Kabil, director;
Brazil, “Time of Fear,” Sergio Rezende, director;
Bulgaria, “The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner,” Stephan Komandarev, director;
Canada, “I Killed My Mother,” Xavier Dolan, director;
Chile, “Dawson, Isla 10,” Miguel Littin, director;
China, “Forever Enthralled,” Chen Kaige, director;
Colombia, “The Wind Journeys,” Ciro Guerra, director;
Croatia, “Donkey,” Antonio Nuic, director;
Cuba, “Fallen Gods,” Ernesto Daranas, director;
Czech Republic, “Protektor,” Marek Najbrt, director;
Denmark, “Terribly Happy,” Henrik Ruben Genz, director;
Estonia, “December Heat,” Asko Kase, director;
Finland, “Letters to Father Jacob,” Klaus Haro, director;
France, “Un Prophete,” Jacques Audiard, director;
Georgia, “The Other Bank,” George Ovashvili, director;
Germany, “The White Ribbon,” Michael Haneke, director;
Greece, “Slaves in Their Bonds,” Tony Lykouressis, director;
Hong Kong, “Prince of Tears,” Yonfan, director;
Hungary, “Chameleon,” Krisztina Goda, director;
Iceland, “Reykjavik-Rotterdam,” Oskar Jonasson, director;
India, “Harishchandrachi Factory,” Paresh Mokashi, director;
Indonesia, “Jamila and the President,” Ratna Sarumpaet;
Iran, “About Elly,” Asghar Farhadi, director;
Israel, “Ajami,” Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani, director;
Italy, “Baaria,” Giuseppe Tornatore, director;
Japan, “Nobody to Watch over Me,” Ryoichi Kimizuka, director;
Kazakhstan, “Kelin,” Ermek Tursunov, director;
Korea, “Mother,” Joon-ho Bong, director;
Lithuania, “Vortex,” Gytis Luksas, director;
Luxembourg, “Refractaire,” Nicolas Steil, director;
Macedonia, “Wingless,” Ivo Trajkov, director;
Mexico, “Backyard,” Carlos Carrera, director;
Morocco, “Casanegra,” Nour-Eddine Lakhmari, director;
The Netherlands, “Winter in Wartime,” Martin Koolhoven, director;
Norway, “Max Manus,” Espen Sandberg and Joachim Roenning, directors;
Peru, “The Milk of Sorrow,” Claudia Llosa, director;
Philippines, “Grandpa Is Dead,” Soxie H. Topacio, director;
Poland, “Reverse,” Borys Lankosz, director;
Portugal, “Doomed Love,” Mario Barroso, director;
Puerto Rico, “Kabo and Platon,” Edmundo H. Rodriguez, director;
Romania, “Police, Adjective,” Corneliu Porumboiu, director;
Russia, “Ward No. 6,” Karen Shakhnazarov, director;
Serbia, “St. George Shoots the Dragon,” Srdjan Dragojevic, director;
Slovakia, “Broken Promise,” Jiri Chlumsky, director;
Slovenia, “Landscape No. 2,” Vinko Moderndorfer, director;
South Africa, “White Wedding,” Jann Turner, director;
Spain, “The Dancer and the Thief,” Fernando Trueba, director;
Sri Lanka, “The Road from Elephant Pass,” Chandran Rutnam;
Sweden, “Involuntary,” Ruben Ostlund, director;
Switzerland, “Home,” Ursula Meier, director;
Taiwan, “No Puedo Vivir sin Ti,” Leon Dai, director;
Thailand, “Best of Times,” Yongyoot Thongkongtoon, director;
Turkey, “I Saw the Sun,” Mahsun Kirmizigul, director;
United Kingdom, “Afghan Star,” Havana Marking, director;
Uruguay, “Bad Day for Fishing,” Alvaro Brechner, director;
Venezuela, “Libertador Morales, El Justiciero,” Efterpi Charalambidis, director;
Vietnam, “Don’t Burn It,” Dang Nhat Minh. 

For more details about the Harishchandrachi Factory (film/director/promos), click on the website link .