The Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival on Monday announced its line-up for 2023, with over 250 films spread across 10 days.
The festival will be held at the Jio World Centre, a convention, theater and concert hall complex at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai. It will take place from October 27 to November 5.
The curation features over 40 world premieres, 45 Asian premieres and 70 South Asian premieres, with a record number of 1000 performances for the South Asian programme.
The festival promises to highlight contemporary films and new cinematic voices from South Asia. The festival’s main competition this year is the South Asian Competition. It aligns with the festival’s new vision of becoming a hub for South Asian and South Asian diaspora film and talent. This competitive section aims to showcase innovative contemporary films from South Asia.
The press conference, held at the Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Center (NMACC) in Mumbai, was attended by illustrious members of the festival’s board of directors. Anupama Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Rana Daggubati, Siddharth Roy Kapur, Vikramaditya Motwane, Zoya Akhtar, Rohan Sippy and Ajay Bijli present the meticulously curated programming of the best of world and South Asian cinema.
Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival Artistic Director Deepti DCunha said: “We are very proud to have achieved such diverse curation in our South Asia section during the first year as we expanded our vision to be a festival focused on “Building an ecosystem for new cinematic voices from South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. “This commitment extends beyond film screenings, aiming to facilitate the exchange of ideas, collaborations and business opportunities, while bringing the best of world cinema to Mumbai.”
Anupama Chopra, Director of Jio MAMI Festival, said: “With each new edition of the festival, we hope to create a greater impact for all our stakeholders, from filmmakers to audiences. Our commitment to cinema and filmmakers remains at the core of “What we stand for at the festival and hope to emerge as a melting pot of talent from around the world while highlighting and creating more opportunities for South Asian films and filmmakers.”
The festival announced the following key categories (competitive and non-competitive):
1. South Asian Competition: Through this competitive section, the festival presents 14 innovative contemporary films from South Asia in various languages.
Reflexes: my aunt by Sumant Bhat, Barir Naam Shahana (A House Called Shahana) by Leesa Gazi, The red suitcase by Fidel Devkota
2. Focus South Asia (Not Out of Competition): This section features films from the South Asian diaspora that highlight and celebrate the diversity of the region. Featuring a potpourri of lengths, languages, methods and forms of storytelling, the films in this section highlight talent from South Asia and the South Asian diaspora and underscore the richness of narratives that make up the South Asian experience. Includes 46 feature films.
Reflexes: All India Ranking by Varun Grover, Pushtainí by Vinod Rawat, Stolen by Karan Tejpal, May by Milin Dhamade
3. South Asian Icons – This section features iconic films from prominent South Asian talents.
Reflexes: Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam by Anand Patwardhan, The emergence of India(r)a by Vikramaditya Motwane, Paradise by Prasanna Vithanage, Something like an autobiography by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki
4. Gala Premier South Asia: This section presents a selection of the most ambitious Indian films of the year. It showcases established talent and diverse leadership voices from across the country.
Reflexes: kennedy by Anurag Kashyap, Sharmajee ki Beti by Tahira Kashyap, Everyone loves Sohrab Handa by Rajat Kapoor
5. Marathi Talkies: Launched in 2016, the section showcases the best of contemporary Marathi cinema. Marathi Talkies is a platform for Jio MAMI to showcase a wider selection of contemporary voices from its home region (Maharashtra). This year the section is curated by Sachin Chate.
Reflexes: Aatmapamphlet (Autobiographical pamphlet) by Ashish Bende, see by Riteish Deshmukh, Dhekun (bedbug) by Kshitij Joshi, Vaalvi by Paresh Mokashi
6. Dimensions Mumbai: Dimensions Mumbai was first launched at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival in 2009 by Ms. Jaya Bachchan, and has been one of the most sought-after sections of the festival. Many Dimensions Mumbai winning filmmakers have directed feature films and web series.
Reflexes: Should I commit suicide or have a cup of coffee? By Vidar Joshi, Half way by Kumar Chheda, mirage city by Anjani Chadha and Nivedita Rani
7. World Cinema – This iconic section features critically acclaimed cinema from around the world created within the festival’s calendar year.
Reflexes: Anatomy of a fall by Justine Triet, The daughters of fire by Pedro Costa, Monster by Hirokazu Kore-eda, In our days by Hong Sang-soo, strange way of life by Pedro Almodóvar, The old oak by Ken Loach, Fallen leaves by Aki Kaurismaki, The Chimera by Alice Rohrwacher, The beast by Bertrand Bonello, Teacher by Bradley Cooper.
8. After Dark: Curated by BIFAN’s Jongsuk Thomas Nam, the section showcases the most exciting features from around the world.
Reflexes: older boy (Restored) by Park Chan-wook, Late night with the devil by Cameron Cairnes, Colin Cairnes, dream scenario by Kristoffer Borgli, bride’s night by Virat Pal
9. Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films: Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films recognizes the growing importance of the short film format. Its goal is to celebrate original short films and help young aspiring filmmakers get the opportunity to showcase their work on the big screen. The Perfect Ten competition, part of the Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films, is open to films under 10 minutes made by Indian filmmakers.
Reflexes: Badminton by Dibakar Banerjee, Next Please by Rishav Kapoor, they (The Drop) by Shrirang Phatak
10. Restored Classics: The festival is deeply committed to honoring and preserving cinematic legacy. This section showcases digitally restored classic movies from India and around the world.
Reflexes: Bugis Streetby Yonfan, chocolate by Claire Denis, Millennium Mambo by Hou Hsiao-Hsien
11. Tribute to MAMI: This section pays tribute to people who have contributed profoundly to cinema by lending their expertise to the advancement of this art form.
12. Retrospective: Jio MAMI pays tribute to great film personalities for their life achievements through the Retrospective section. It returns works from the history of international cinema to the big screen.
13. Summary: section reviews our 2020 and 2022 selection
Reflexes: The rapist by Aparna Sen, Dostojee by Prasun Chatterjee, One night without knowing anything by Payal Kapadia
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