'The Social Network' to open Mumbai fest


NEW DELHI -- The 12th Mumbai Film Festival, to be held Oct. 21 – 28, will open with "The Social Network" by director David Fincher based on how Facebook was founded.

MFF's lineup includes about 200 films from 58 countries with a special focus on Japanese cinema and a wide selection of world cinema.

But the festival will also get a Hollywood flavor with a Lifetime Achivement Award being presented to Oliver Stone who is also expected to address a film workshop. Veteran Indian actor and film-maker Manoj Kumar will also be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

MFF will also host the world premiere of an international film, Denmark's "Above The Street Below The Water" by director Charlotte Sieling.

Other films participating at MFF include Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere," China's "Winter Vacation" by Li Honggi which won at Locarno, France's Cannes Grand Prix winner "Of Gods and Men" by Xavier Beauvois and Russia's Berlinale winner "How I Ended This Summer" by Alexei Popogrebsky, among others.

Other Hollywood attractions include "Inside Job" starring Matt Damon, "Bunraku" starring Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson and "The Company Men," starring Ben Affleck and Tommy Lee Jones.

MFF is organized by independent body Mumbai Academy of Moving Images (MAMI) and supported by Reliance Big Entertainment.

MFF's film market will see increased international participation with the likes of Fortissimo Films Sales, France-based MK2, Wild Bunch, Memento Films and Beta Cinema expected to attend in addition to LA-based IM Global, in which Reliance Big Entertainment recently acquired a majority stake.

MFF's all-woman jury this year is headed by Oscar-winning director Jane Campion and fellow panelists producer and U.K. Film Council head of Film Fund Tanya Seghatchian, award-winning Iranian director Samira Makhmalbaf, veteran South Korean actress Yoon Jeong-Hee and Indian actress and film-maker Suhasini Maniratnam.
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