‘Court’ing success in the city
The week-long celebration of cinephilia at the 16th Mumbai Film Festival ended on a high note with David Ayer’s Brad Pitt-starrer Fury, set during the World War II, as its closing film. Earlier in the day, the movie buffs caught up on the best of world cinema, many of which were repeat screenings. The two notable films on this day were The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius’ French drama The Search and Kim-ki Duk’s South Korean thriller One On One. With riveting performances by Berenice Bejo and the nine-year-old Abdul Khalim Mamutsiev, The Search, set during the 90s’ war-torn Chechnya, was a moving tale of a young boy taken in by a woman working with the Human Rights Committee and their special relationship. On the other hand, Duk’s revenge drama was a gory affair about seven suspects who are hunted down after the murder of a girl.
Madhuri Dixit-Nene and Aamir Khan
The highlight of this day was indeed a glittering awards ceremony, attended by Bollywood’s crème de la crème including Madhuri Dixit-Nene and Aamir Khan. Peter Webber-led International Competition jury presented the Golden Gateway of India award for Best Film to Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court – that also won the Best Director award and Special Jury Mention for the Ensemble Cast -- while the Mexican drama Gueros bagged The Silver Gateway of India trophy. Meanwhile, French actor Martin Loizillon earned the Best Actor trophy for Fever and the Silver Gateway of India trophy for Best Actress was given to Liron Ben-Shlush for her exceptional performance in Next To Her. Finally, the jury award for Best Work Camera was bagged by Anthony ‘Tat’ Radcliffe for his cinematography in the historical action film ’71.
Within the India Gold section, Bikas Ranjan Mishra’s Chauranga was adjudged the Best Film and won the Golden Gateway of India award while Avinash Arun’s Killa won the Silver Gateway, with the film also receiving special award for its ensemble cast. In the short film competition, Dimensions Mumbai, Disha Rindani’s Mumbai 70 won the best film award while Shristi Jain’s Unfit received the second prize. Ramachandra Gaonkar’s Selfie received a special mention by the jury.
- Krutika Behrawala (Contributing Writer at FIW)