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    India’s Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival Unveils 2023 Lineup – The Music news

    Following a three-year pandemic hiatus, India’s Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival is returning in expanded form this fall with a bumper selection of 250 films and an ambitious focus on South Asian cinema.

    The festival, which runs from Oct. 27 to Nov. 5 in Mumbai, revealed the bulk of its lineup Monday and the chair of its main competition jury on Tuesday. Indian-American filmmaker Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, Salaam Bombay!), a Venice Golden Lion winner and Oscar nominee, will lead the jury that selects winners of the festival’s main South Asia competition section.

    Organizers say the festival’s new vision is “to become a hub for South Asian and South Asian Diaspora cinema and talent.” Thus, the competition will showcase 14 “breakthrough contemporary South Asian films” from debutant and second-time filmmakers from across India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal, as well as diaspora diectors from the U.K. and Germany. Some of the highlights include Mithya by Sumanth Bhat, Barir Naam Shahana (A House Named Shahana) by Leesa Gazi and The Red Suitcase by Fidel Devkota (full lineup below).

    Cementing MAMI’s role as the premiere film-world destination for discovering new talent from the region, an additional non-competition section will present 46 films (22 features and 24 non-features) showcasing the rich tapestry of South Asian cinematic visions.  

    “We are very proud that we have managed to achieve such a diverse curation in our South Asia section within the first year of us expanding our vision to be a festival that is focused on building an ecosystem for new cinematic voices from South Asia and the South Asian Diaspora,” said MAMI’s artistic director Deepti DCunha in a statement. “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.” 

    The festival’s focus is not only local. The event’s World Cinema Section will showcase more than 90 titles from over 35 countries, including many recent festival favorites, such as Cannes Palme d’Or winner Anatomy of a Fall by Justine Triet, Bradley Cooper’s Oscar-tipped Maestro, Sundance audience award winner Beyond Utopia from Madeleine Gavin, Monster by Hirokazu Kore-eda, In Our Day by Hong Sang-soo, Strange Way of Life by Pedro Almodóvar, The Old Oak by Ken Loach and Fallen Leaves by Aki Kaurismäki, among many others.

    The festival is also retaining its pre-pandemic mission of being a vital platform for the local filmgoing audience in India to discover important cinema that might not otherwise be available on the big screen in the country.

    “Our curation also has some hidden gems that one wouldn’t be able to otherwise watch in India, as the probability of them independently releasing here is fairly low,” explains Anu Rangchar, the festival’s head of international programming. “There’s something for everyone, and we have curated the section keeping our festival audience in mind, who love to be surprised by the narratives of these films.”

    MAMI’s various other programming strands in 2023 include: the Icons South Asia section, highlighting major films by established regional directors (Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam by Anand Patwardhan, Indi(r)a’s Emergency by Vikramaditya Motwane, Paradise by Prasanna Vithanage, etc.); Gala Premiere South Asia, a selection of the most ambitious Indian films of the year (such as Kennedy by Anurag Kashyap and Everybody Loves Sohrab Handa by Rajat Kapoor); Marathi Talkies, showing off some of the best in contemporary Marathi cinema; After Dark, a genre filmmaking strand; and various restored classics, tributes, retrospectives and shorts.

    The full lineup is below:


    Against the Tide by Sarvnik Kaur
    Marathi, Hindi, Koli | India, France | South Asia Premiere

    Agra by Kanu Behl
    Hindi | India, France | South Asia Premiere

    Bahadur – The Brave by Diwa Shah
    Hindi, Nepali | India | Asia Premiere

    Barir Naam Shahana (A House Named Shahana) by Leesa Gazi
    Bengali | Bangladesh, UK | World Premiere

    Dilli Dark by Dibakar Das Roy
    Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Pidgin English, Yoruba | India | World Premiere

    Guras by Saurav Rai
    Nepali | India | South Asia Premiere

    Kayo Kayo Colour? (Which Colour?) by Shahrukhkhan Chavada
    Gujarati, Hindi | India | Asia Premiere

    Mithya by Sumanth Bhat
    Kannada, Marathi| India | World Premiere

    Rimdogittanga (Rapture) by Dominic Sangma
    Garo | India, China, Netherlands, Qatar, Switzerland | South Asia Premiere

    Shivamma by Jaishankar Aryar
    Kannada | India | South Asia Premiere

    Sthal (A Match) by Jayant Somalkar
    Marathi | India | Asia Premiere

    Thadavu (The Sentence) by Fazil Razak
    Malayalam | India | World Premiere

    The Monk and the Gun by Pawo Choyning Dorji
    Dzongkha, English | Bhutan, France, USA, Taiwan | India Premiere

    The Red Suitcase by Fidel Devkota
    Nepali | Nepal, Sri Lanka | Asia Premiere

    FOCUS SOUTH ASIA – Non-Competition (Features)

    Aattam (The Play) by Anand Ekarshi
    Malayalam | India | Asia Premiere

    Aiz Maka Falea Tuka (Today Me, Tomorrow You) by Sreejith Karnaver
    Konkani | India | World Premiere

    All India Rank by Varun Grover
    Hindi | India | Asia Premiere

    Bailadila by Shailendra Sahu
    Hindi | India | World Premiere

    Be Kucheye Khoshbakht (And, Toward Happy Alleys) by Sreemoyee Singh
    English, Farsi | India | South Asia Premiere

    Before Spring by Shrutismriti Changkakoti
    Assamese | India | World Premiere

    Chingari (The Spark) by Rajesh S. Jala
    Hindi | India | South Asia Premiere

    Daayam (Inheritance) by Prasanth Vijay
    Malayalam | India | World Premiere

    Dear Latika by Kanchan Pant
    Hindi, Kumaoni | India | World Premiere

    Follower by Harshad Nalawade
    Hindi, Kannada, Marathi | India | Asia Premiere

    Ghaath (Ambush) by Chhatrapal Ninawe
    Marathi | India | Asia Premiere

    Naangal (This Is Us) by Avinash Prakash
    Tamil | India | World Premiere

    Namaskar! Main Ravish Kumar (While We Watched) by Vinay Shukla
    English, Hindi| India, UK | Asia Premiere

    Pushtaini (Ancestral) by Vinod Rawat
    English, Hindi, Kumaoni | India | Asia Premiere

    Riders on the Storm by Jason Motlagh, Mark Oltmanns
    Farsi, Pashto | Austria | Asia Premiere

    Sahela (Companion) by Raghuvir Joshi
    English, Hindi | Australia | Asia Premiere

    Shwe Pyi Taw Hmyaw Taing Way (Golden Land Fantasy) by Anatta
    Burmese | Myanmar | World Premiere

    Stolen by Karan Tejpal
    English, Hindi, Marwari, Santhali | India | Asia Premiere

    Sultana’s Dream by Isabel Herguera
    Basque, Bengali, Hindi, English, Spanish | India, Germany, Spain | South Asia Premiere

    The Scavenger of Dreams by Suman Ghosh
    Hindi | India | South Asia Premiere

    Was Von Der Liebe Bleibt (Between Us) by Kanwal Sethi
    German | Germany | Asia Premiere

    Zende by Akshay Shah
    English, Hindi, Marathi | India | World Premiere


    Animating the Archive: Short Films by Amit Dutta

    Gau Ayeko Bato (A Road to a Village) by Nabin Subba
    Nepali | Nepal | South Asia Premiere

    Indi(r)a’s Emergency by Vikramaditya Motwane
    English, Hindi | India | World Premiere

    PaathKatha (The Golden Thread) by Nishtha Jain
    Bengali, Hindi | India, Netherlands, Norway, UK | South Asia Premiere

    Paradise by Prasanna Vithanage
    English, Hindi, Malayalam, Sinhala, Tamil | Sri Lanka, India | South Asia Premiere

    Something Like an Autobiography by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki
    Bengali | Bangladesh, Germany, India | South Asia Premiere

    Trolley Times by Gurvinder Singh
    Punjabi | India | World Premiere

    Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (The World is Family) by Anand Patwardhan
    English, Hindi, Marathi | India | Asia Premiere


    Berlin by Atul Sabharwal
    English, Hindi | India | Asia Premiere

    Everybody Loves Sohrab Handa by Rajat Kapoor
    Hindi | India | World Premiere

    Joram by Devashish Makhija
    Hindi | India | South Asia Premiere

    Kennedy by Anurag Kashyap
    Hindi | India | South Asia Premiere

    Sharmajee Ki Beti by Tahira Kashyap Khurrana
    Hindi | India | World Premiere

    Yellow Bus by Wendy Bednarz
    Arabic, English, Hindi, Tagalog, Urdu | India, Jordan, UAE, USA | Asia Premiere

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