Sunday, October 19, 2014

MAMI Diaries: Day 4

With every passing day, the cinema-hungry audiences at the 16th Mumbai Film Festival only keep increasing and the varied line-up of films ensures that every taste is catered to. From Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, that could well be the first Iranian western featuring a female vampire to Lech Majewski’s Polish love story Field of Dogs to Chinese master Zhang Yimou’s war drama Coming Home to Matthew Warchus’ real life inspired British drama Pride to Lars von Trier’s much-hyped sex addiction drama Nymphomaniac Volume 1, there was lots to catch up on the weekend for cinegoers.

clip_image002The film that drew in maximum crowds was undoubtedly Party Girl. Helmed by directed by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis, the French drama, that won Camera d’Or at 2014 Cannes Film Festival, is a story of a bar hostess nearing sixties, who sets out to address her fear of ageing. With her realistic performance, Angélique Litzenburger, who plays the protagonist, ensured that the audience was a part of her party too.

Also witnessing a packed house was Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s social drama Two Days, One Night. A woman’s struggle of asking her colleagues to vote for her to stay on over their bonus, when she is laid off the job, this Marion Cotillard starrer received thumbs up for its sensitive and simplistic narrative as well as the lead’s stellar performance.

On the sidelines was a presentation by Anurag Kashyap on his 2004 release Black Friday, a gritty and dark portrayal of the investigations in the aftermath of the 1993 Bombay bomb blasts. A session on music in film, attended by many budding composers and filmmakers, saw Frenchman Laurent Koppitz from FAMES Project Macedonia in conversation with the British composer Andrew McKay, providing insights into the realities and costs involved in music compositions for films.

- Krutika Behrawala (Contributing writer for FIW)

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