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British director John Madden, whose credits include crossover hits The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its sequel, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, will head up this year’s international jury at the Mumbai Film Festival.
Madden, who received an Oscar nomination for best director for his helming of 1998 best picture winner Shakespeare in Love, recently directed the political thriller Miss Sloane starring Jessica Chastain.
Joining Madden on the Mumbai jury are Mexican cinematographer Alexis Zabe (Silver Light), Chinese-American actress Celina Jade (Wolf Warriors 2), Indian actress-director Konkona Sensharma (Death in the Gunj) and Argentinian writer-director Santiago Mitre (The Summit).
The festival will open with acclaimed Indian director Anurag Kashyap’s boxing drama Mukkabaaz (The Brawler), which just premiered in Toronto. The closing film will be announced at a later date.
The international competition section, which features films from first-time directors, includes U.S documentary Quest by Jonathan Olshefski, Apostasy by Daniel Kokotajli (U.K.), Bad Lucky Goat by Samir Oliveros (Colombia), I Am Not a Witch by Rungano Nyoni (U.K.-France), Montparnasse Bienvenue (Jeune Femme) by Leonor Seraille (France), More (Daha) by Onur Saylak (Turkey), Most Beautiful Island by Ana Asensio (U.S.-Spain), Oh! Lucy by Atsuko Hirayanagi (U.S.-Japan), Oblivion Verses by Alireza Khatami (France/Germany/Netherlands/Chile), Scary Mother by Ana Urushadze (Georgia/Estonia), Summer 1993 by Carla Simon (Spain) and The Wound by John Trengove (South Africa).
The festival’s world cinema showcase section includes the likes of The Square, by Swedish writer-director Ruben Ostlund starring Claes Bang and Elisabeth Moss, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, and Russian drama Loveless by Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan) which won the Cannes Jury Prize. Also included is 24 Frames, the final film of the late Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami along with such titles as American horror film It Comes at Night by Trey Edwards Shults and a restored version of Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 cult sci-fi classic Stalker.
The festival’s India Gold competition section features titles from up-and-coming Indian helmers and includes Aswatthama by Pushpiner Singh, In the Shadows by Dipesh Jain, Granny (Ajji) by Devashish Makhija, Juze by Miransha Naik, Machines by Rahul Jain, Ralang Road by Karma Takapa, Sexy Durga by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, Up Down & Sideways (Kho Ki Pa Lu) by Anushka Meenakshi and Iswar Srimumar, Village Rockstars by Rima Das and Zoo by Shlok Sharma.
The festival is organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Images, and its principal sponsor is telecom major Reliance Jio, along with Fox’s Star India network.
The 19th Mumbai Film Festival runs October 12-18.
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