Monday, October 20, 2014

MAMI Diaries: Day 6

The masters at MAMI

With the 16th Mumbai Film Festival slowly inching to a close, the city cinephiles made a dash to catch up as many movies as they could and they were not disappointed. The second last day of the festival offered an array of international fare including Olivier Assayas’ Clouds Of Sils Maria. Starring the acclaimed Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz, the film is a story of an actress, Maria (Binoche), who, at the peak of her career, is asked to perform in a revival play, however, not the central character that actually made her famous but another, more pathetic one and how her personal assistant (Stewart) helps her prep for it.

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                                                   Imtiaz Ali, Kunal Kapoor, Shyam Benegal and Govind Nihalani

Also on showcase were Edward Berger’s German adolescent drama Jack, Michel Hazanavicius’ French drama The Search, Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent, the biography of the powerhouse fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall – set in Ireland of 1920s, a stirring story of the political activist Jimmy Gralton and his quest to reopen a dance hall that was shut down by the parish.

Indian director Chaitanya Tamhane’s debut feature Court, that follows a court case in which a folk singer is tried for abetting the suicide of a manhole worker with his inflammatory song and bagged an award at the 71st Venice International Film Festival, opened to a packed house at this festival.

On the sidelines was an insightful roundtable conversation conducted by Imtiaz Ali with Shyam Benegal, Nafisa Ali, Govind Nihalani and Kunal Kapoor post which, Benegal’s 1978 period drama Junoon was screened. Meanwhile, Kal Penn and Rajpal Yadav launched the first look and behind-the-scenes footage from their upcoming film Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain, a social thriller based on the Bhopal gas tragedy of 1984.

- Krutika Behrawala (Contributing Writer for FIW)

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