IFFI 2017: Movies You Must Watch!

Amidst all the controversies surrounding current year’s edition of IFFI, let us not forget that the festival will still showcase some really fine films from across the world. Here are our recommendations of the international films on show:Continue reading “IFFI 2017: Movies You Must Watch!”

MAMI 2017 Report: Best films from 19th Mumbai Film Festival

Yes, it’s a month late, but i thought that the recommendations in here would come in handy for those who are attending upcoming film festivals like IFFI, IFFK and PIFF.

As usual, the MAMI organised Mumbai Film Festival this year, too, had a great line-up of films from across the globe. But their selection of Indian films (especially Marathi) left a lot to be desired. Apart from the films, any report cannot miss the fact that how well organised this year’s event was compared to previous years. There were no major technical issues with any screenings and even the much feared BookMyShow booking system worked smoothly.

I watched fewer films this year but that meant i didn’t waste time watching abjectly bad movies. Of course, the strategy also meant that i missed out on a few gems as well. So, these are the ones i would highly recommend:Continue reading “MAMI 2017 Report: Best films from 19th Mumbai Film Festival”

Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2017: Must Watch (Day 4, 15th October)

Well, it’s a Sunday and hence the schedule is going to be jam packed with the best of films. Here are our picks:

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Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2017: Must Watch (Day 3, 14th October)!

The weekend is usually the time when the best films are scheduled to be screened. Here are our picks:

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Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2017: Must Watch (Day 2)!

Here’s the list of movies we feel you shouldn’t miss on Day 2 (Friday, 13th October) of the film festival:

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Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2017: Must Watch (Day 1)!

Just like last year, this time, too, we are back with our recommendations for the movies that you just cannot miss at the 19th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star.

We admit, that it is quite a task to go through all the films listed and narrow down on the few you would be watching. To make matters easier for you, we would be putting up daily recommendations of the movies across all venues, so keep checking out this space everyday of the festival!

Here’s the list of movies to be screened on Day 1 (12th October) that we feel are a must watch:

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On Body and Soul (Screen 1, 10:00 am)
It’s touted as one of the most wildly imaginative films of the year.

Plot – When a man and woman who meet at work begin to know each other, they discover that they have the same dreams at night, and they decide to make them come true.

Awards – Golden Bear at Berlin Film Festival


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Bad Black (Screen 4, 2:00 pm)
Variety describes this Ugandan indie movie as ‘a deliriously entertaining multi-genre mashup‘. Need we say anymore? Also, experience tells us that it’s good to watch a fun film amidst the usually ‘heavy’ that one sees at film festivals. This one perfectly fits the bill.

City of Ghosts (Screen 1, 6:00pm )
Considered as one of the frontrunners for the Oscar for Best Documentary, this film has been wowing audiences at film festivals.

Plot – Syrian rebels who call themselves Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently risk their lives to document the atrocities committed by ISIS in their homeland.



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The Venerable W. (Screen 3, 3:30pm)
Given the current Rohingya refugee crisis, this documentary is highly topical.It focuses on the paradox of communal violence in a country which is predominantly Buddhist – the world’s most peaceful of religions.


Funeral Parade of Roses (Screen 4, 6:15 pm)
This Restored Classic is loosely adapted from ‘Oedipus Rex’ and is set in the underground gay counter-culture of Tokyo of 1960s. Not a screening that you would want to miss!


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On The Beach At Night Alone – (Screen 2, 4:40 pm)
One of the most celebrated Korean director of the arthouse circuit, this Hang Sang-soo directed film was in the main competition at Berlin this year.

Plot – After a publicized affair with her director, an actress leaves South Korea and goes to Hamburg, where she gains insight into the meanings of love and identity.



All the films at this venue are a recommended watch. Yes – Patti Cakes, Wonderstruck, Last Flag Flying and Mother!


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Loveless (Screen 6, 6:25pm)
Andrey Zvyagintsev has marvelled one and all with this last film Leviathan. Well, his latest one is supposed to be equally good. Here’s Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw calling Zvyagintsev’s film ‘another masterpiece in this apocalyptic study of a failed marriage and the subsequent disappearance of a child’


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November (Screen 8, 6:00pm)
Plot – The story is set in a pagan Estonian village where werewolves, the plague, and spirits roam. The villagers’ main problem is how to survive the cold, dark winter.

Intriguing, ain’t it?




PVR Thane
Unfortunately, there seems to be nothing worth a watch at Thane on Thursday. The delegates might as well travel to other venues.




Loveless: Trailer

Loveless (Russian: Nelyubov) is a 2017 Russian drama film directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. It competed for the Palme d’Or in the main competition section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Jury Prize. Continue reading “Loveless: Trailer”