Films to watch out for (Part I) | Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2016

It’s that time of the year again. A weeklong film celebration close to every ardent cinema buff's heart. The time when we eat, sleep and talk films. Yes! We are talking about the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star.  Every year, films from across borders, continents and cultures are screened at the festival, and film buffs are known to enjoy world cinema to their heart's content. The festival is currently in it's 18th edition, and this year too, the lineup of 170+ films is invigorating and eclectic. Honestly, we are super excited to bring you all the scoop and amazing updates from the festival, all week long. But, before we kickstart the festival, we've got you covered with a few special features. In a series of two posts, we present to you a list of top 10 international films which you shouldn't miss for anything! In part one, we discuss the first five movies from the list.

Under The Shadow - Iran
Director: Babak Anvari
This year, the After Dark section at MAMI has got some really spine chilling films, and one of them is Babak Anvari’s film ‘Under the Shadow’.  The film has been under the spotlight, ever since it was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, back in January. It is also Britain’s official entry to the Oscars. The film is sure to give horror cinema fans a chance to lose their sleep, at least for a few nights.

Screening: Day 01, PVR ECX (Audi 1) at 9:15 pm (for more show timings, refer to the full schedule)

Personal Shopper - France
Director: Oliver Assayas
Another film from the After Dark section, which you should not miss! Oliver Assayas' Personal Shopper has Kristen Stewart playing Maureen, a young american in Paris who works as a personal shopper for a celebrity. The story revolves around a ghost story that takes place in the fashion underworld of Paris. Assayas also picked up the Best Director award at Cannes earlier this year.

First Screening: Day 02, PVR ECX (Audi 3), 7:45 pm

Barakah Meets Barakah – Saudi Arabia
Director:  Mahmoud Sabbagh
This film is considered to be the first ever Saudi Arabia’s rom-com exploring the relationship between a civil servant and a social media celebrity.  It won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the Berlinale, and has also been selected as the Saudi Arabian entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 89th Academy Awards.

First Screening: Day 01, PVR Mulund (Audi 1), 8:30 pm

Bacalaureat (Graduation) - Romania
Director: Cristian Mungiu
Master filmmaker Cristian Mungiu bagged the Best Director trophy at Cannes this year with this film. The plot revolves around a doctor and his efforts to help his 18-year-old daughter, who is on the verge of graduation and has a long-planned scholarship in mind.  Mungiu's last film, ‘Beyond The Hills,’ won the best screenplay and actress award four years ago, at the Cannes film festival.

First Screening: Day 02, Lè Rève - Bandra, 11:15 am

The Salesman - Iran
Director: Asghar Farhadi
This film is directed by Asghar Farhadi - highly acclaimed film maker, who had earlier helmed ‘A Separation’ and ‘The Past’. The Salesman is Iran’s official Oscar entry this year. It was also nominated for this year’s Palme d’Or. Actor Shahab Hosseini went on to win the Best Actor award, while Farhadi walked home with the Best Screenplay trophy at the Cannes. The film is a story of a young couple, who play the lead couple in a local rendition of Arthur Miller's 'Death of a Salesman'. 

First Screening: Day 02, PVR Icon (Audi 2), 4:15 pm

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Priya Adivarekar - Founder and Creative Director at Diary of a Dancebee. She is also a renowned Voice Actress and award winning artiste, with serious passion for dance. When not working round the clock, she can be seen reading, enjoying a movie-binge or listening to music.
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