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What to watch at the Mumbai Film Festival this year
Nishat Bari  5th Oct 2013

Still from Blue is the Warmest Colour

he Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) is back with a 15th edition of its Mumbai Film Festival which opens with Lee Daniel's The Butler on October 17. The film about a White House butler who has served nine US presidents is among the long line up of films that have been making waves at numerous international film festivals. Some 200 films will be screened, a shade less than last year, at three venues—Metro Adlabs and Liberty at Marine Lines and Cinemax Versova; only this time delegates have to block their seats in advance instead of queuing up outside the venue.

Amongst the pick are award winning films from film festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Venice, restored Hollywood classics, a spotlight on films from Cambodia, Afghanistan and Spain along with sections for new Indian filmmakers. The Mumbai Film Mart that aims at promoting international collaborations is back with new initiatives like India Project room and Filmy Room. There is also a new Music Composer's Lab to facilitate interactions between music professionals in the film industry.

The most anticipated film is Abdellatif Kechiche’s French film Blue Is The Warmest Colour, winner of Palme D’or at Cannes this year.

The most anticipated films are Abdellatif Kechiche's French film Blue Is The Warmest Colour, winner of Palme D'or at Cannes, Jia Zhangke's Chinese film A Touch of Sin, Jafar Panahi's Iranian film Closed Curtain, Neus Ballús' Spanish film The Plague, and Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's French-Persian film Le Passé (The Past). Farhadi will also head the festival's India Gold 2013 competition jury panel that comprises of British director Waris Hussein, Hong Kong film critic Roger Garcia, Afghan director Siddiq Barmak and Australian editor Jill Bilcock. Also being screened is Charlie Chaplin's 1916 film The Floorwalker whose restoration was financially assisted by Amitabh Bachchan.Image 2nd

MAMI's lifetime achievement awards will be conferred on Indian actor Kamal Haasan and Oscar winning Greco-French writer-director Costa Gavras while the festival will screen a retrospective of six Gavras movies including Z (1969), State of Siege (1972) and Capital (2012).

Keeping with the tradition of launching independent Indian filmmakers, the festival has as part of its line-up Liar Dice starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui by Geethu Mohandas, Siddharth by Canadian-Indian filmmaker Richie Mehta, The World of Goopi and Bagha by Shilpa Ranade and Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost starring Irrfan by Anup Singh.

The festival is on from October 17 to 24.

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