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The Mumbai Film Festival, which marks its 20th anniversary this year, has announced its lineup for the World Cinema category, which includes a wide selection of festival winners from Cannes, Sundance, Berlin, Toronto and Venice.
The 64 films from 43 countries include 14 titles from female directors, including Wanuri Kahiu’s controversial lesbian drama Rafiki, which was the first Kenyan pic to be selected at Cannes.
The lineup includes Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, which won best director honors at Cannes; Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi’s 3 Faces; Sundance winner Sorry to Bother You by Boots Riley; Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman; Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, which won the Golden Lion at Venice; Berlinale winner Mug by Malgorzata Szumowska; and Sundance winner The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Desiree Akhavan.
Some of the notable U.S. titles include Gus Van Sant’s Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far On Foot, which will receive its Asian premiere; Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9; Paul Schrader’s First Reformed; and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs from Ethan and Joel Coen.
The diverse slate includes titles from Asian masters such as Jia Zhanghke’s Ash Is Purest White, Lee Chang-dong’s Burning and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters, among others. Also included is Indian director Shivendra Singh Dungapur’s CzechMate: In Search of Jirí Menzel.
The fest previously announced its international competition section, which honors films by debutant directors. Competing for the Golden Gateway Award are Paul Dano’s Wildlife; Adina Pintilie’s Romanian drama Touch Me Not, which won the Golden Bear at Berlin; Sundance directing award winner And Breathe Normally by Isold Uggadottir from Iceland; Sundance screenwriting award winner Nancy by Christine Coe; and Thai cinematographer-turned-director Phuttiphong Aroonpheng’s Manta Ray, which won the Orizzonti prize at Venice.
The event’s opening film will be the Hindi title The Man Who Feels No Pain by Vasan Bala, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it won an audience choice award. The India Gold competition section features such titles as Bulbul Can Sing, the latest film from director Rima Das, whose 2017 pic Village Rockstars has been named India’s entry in the foreign-language film Oscar category.
Organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Images, the Mumbai Film Festival is being presented by telecom major Reliance Jio in association with Fox’s Star India network, and is set to run Oct. 25-Nov. 1.
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