JIO MAMI – Day 1 and Day 2.
written by Souranath Banerjee
JIO MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival, 200 films from over 35 countries – it’s happening right now, right here and it’s a heaven for film lovers.
A brief description of the superb cinemas i have watched in the first two days of the festival, detailed review coming up soon.
Day 1 (30th OCT)
Youth (2015), my first film in MAMI and it’s an absolute work of brilliance.
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-T7CM4di_0c
Directed by genius Paolo Sorrentino, the film is already competing for the prestigious Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival.
A film that makes the old become nostalgic of ‘youth’, a film about friendships and relationships, it’s about remembering them, respecting them and appreciating them.
Sunset Song (2015) was the second film of the day and it was such a contrast to the first one!
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MYnCDEAfiE
Though i must confess that this film was not my first choice for the afternoon, but since The Lobster show got cancelled/rescheduled I decided on this one.
And i won’t particularly say i regret my decision.
Though she makes a few tough choices and become successful in turning her life better, but the people and their circumstances keep changing and it’s a hard task to keep up with it.
Set in the early 1900, (before the WW1) in the vastness of the Scottish landscape, the film has brilliant sets and perfect costumes. And awesome camera work by Michael McDonough, most of the frames look like classical paintings of the era.
And the third one is one outstanding film Mountains May Depart (2015).
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzkKT2wzCXk
Directed by legendary Chinese director Zhangke Jia, a film also competing for the prestigious Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival.
Three primary characters and how their lives changes in three different time periods: 1999, 2014, and 2025.
The story has such powerful emotions flowing through the different time-periods, through the ages of time. And each character is unique in it’s own way.
Day 2 (31st OCT)
Was ready to watch acclaimed director Amit Dutta‘s film Aadmi Ki Aurat Aur Anya Kahaniya (2009) but due to some problem with the print Nainsukh (2010) was shown instead. Another film by the same director and it’s such a beautiful film!
A biography of an 18th-century master painter named Nainsukh from Himachal Pradesh.
The film is a visual treat, detailed to perfection. Hardly a few words spoken throughout the film but the impact of it is profound.
The film has been screened and appreciated in many festivals around the world including the 67th Venice film festival and regarded as a masterpiece of Indian modernism.
The second of the day was Placebo (2014), an intense hybrid of docu-drama, animation and fantasy!
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrdLPrZzjh8
India’s toughest grad school, extreme academic pressure, vulnerable young minds and a tendency of self inflicted violence!
Director Abhay Kumar explores the mind space of the restless youth, their dreams, their expressions, their frustrations, and their madness.
A documentary that has managed to focus on a lot of unsaid and often ignored matters that actually affect the lives of our next generation. A very unique film and also probably the most important cinema in the festival.
And finally, the third one, the last but not the least of the day, a film called Krisha (2015).
Actually planned to watch Guy Maddin‘s The Forbidden Room, since i loved one of his earlier film My Winnipeg but somehow his latest work couldn’t hold my attention for long. It may be a great film but not my kind of film.
So, along with my new friend Zeena (who was also leaving the hall), we went next door to watch Krisha, a film written and directed by Trey Edward Shults.
A Thanksgiving dinner party threatened to be ruined when Krisha (who is in her 60s) decides to join her beloved family members after a time gap of 10 years.
And it turned out to be a superbly dramatic film, and what a great performance by Krisha Fairchild!
The tapping music along with quick camera movements and very realistic acting makes this film a great watch.
My second day of MAMI ends with this film. Eagerly waiting for the next few days of uninterrupted cinema. Bring it on.