MAMI calls to Poland's Wajda


NEW DELHI -- The Tenth Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image's (MAMI) International Film Festival will open March 6 with Polish director Andrzej Wajda's Oscar nominee “Katyn,” and close a week later with Cannes winner “The Mourning Forest” by Japan’s Naomi Kawase.

“MAMI is bringing in a wide variety of contemporary films which will offer an interesting exposure to films being made all over the world,” said trustee and director Ashutosh Gowariker (2001 Oscar nominee, “Lagaan”) Monday. MAMI will screen 140 films from 45 countries.

The Global Lifetime Achievement Award will be conferred on Spanish director Carlos Saura -- credits include 1979 Oscar nominee “Mamá Cumple Cien Años” (“Mama Turns 100”) -- and eight of his films will be screened at the festival.

Veteran Bollywood actors Dharamendra and Rishi Kapoor will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards.

The festival will also have a special screening of “To Each of His Own Cinema,” a film made by 25 world-renowned directors to celebrate 60 years of the Cannes Festival in 2007.

Italian silent film “Pinocchio” (1911) will be screened with live music, sponsored by the Italian Consulate of Mumbai.