Best International Films to watch at the 18th JIO MAMI MUMBAI FILM FESTIVAL 2016
written by Souranath Banerjee
And finally that moment is here, that very event for which we all Cinema-Lovers have been impatiently waiting for – the 18th JIO MAMI MUMBAI FILM FESTIVAL 2016 starts from 20th Oct!
And so, it’s time to check out the best of World Cinema – International films (Fiction) that demands your attention while you get busy with the festival!
1. I, Daniel Blake
Fiction | Section: World Cinema. Country: UK, France, Belgium | Year: 2016. Language/s: English | Time: 100 Mins.
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahWgxw9E_h4
A middle aged carpenter who after a heart attack requires state welfare, befriends a single mum and her two kids and it’s their brilliant emotional story of friendship and survival.
Directed by Ken Loach, the film won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year!
Dave Johns incredible performance, certainly one of the must watch films of this festival!
2. Personal Shopper
Fiction | Section: Rendezvous. Country: France | Year: 2016 Language/s: English | Time: 105 Mins.
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIRGyoyBHS8
The fashion underworld of Paris, a young American woman making her living as a personal shopper for a celebrity may have some psychic ability to communicate with the spirits!
A brilliant performance by Kristen Stewart, and directed by Olivier Assayas who shared the Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival this year along with Christian Mungiu!
3. The Salesman
Fiction | Section: World Cinema. Country: Iran, France | Year: 2016. Language/s: Farsi | Time: 123 Mins.
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgPdkCB7sKY
Emad and Rana, a young couple who happen to be performers rehearsing for Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” living in Tehran had to move to a new apartment, a rented one.
But then their relationship gets complicated in more ways than you can imagine.
Directed by Asghar Farhadi, one of the most anticipated films in the festival!
Bacalaureat (original title)
Fiction | Section: World Cinema. Country: Romania | Year: 2016 Language/s: Romanian | Time: 128 Mins.
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VimmuogOOks
A unique father-daughter drama that circles around various intricate emotions and compromises related to parenthood.
Brilliant performances by Adrian Titieni and Maria-Victoria Dragus as the father daughter duo.
Directed by Cristian Mungiu who shared the Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival this year along with Olivier Assayas.
5. The Woman Who Left
Ang babaeng humayo (original title)
Fiction | Section: World Cinema. Country: Philippines | Year: 2016 Language/s: Tagalog | Time: 226 Mins
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiciSsltTFw
A stylishly shot black and white revenge drama directed by Lav Diaz.
A woman plans to take revenge on her former lover, after she had to endure 30 years of wrongful imprisonment.
Incredibly slow, extensive long takes, a nearly four hours long movie – but this one won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival this year!
Fiction | Section: World Cinema, Country: Brazil, France | Year: 2016. Language/s: Portuguese | Time: 145 Mins
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Zln78CcFkA
Aquarius, a two-storey old building and Clara, a 65-year-old widow is the only resident left in that apartment. And she is not ready to sellout at any cost to the company desperate to buy out the whole building.
Nominated for Palme d’Or at the Cannes – directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho, a superbly engaging drama and a brilliant performance by Sonia Braga.
7. The Wailing
Goksung (original title)
Fiction | Section: After Dark. Country: South Korea | Year: 2016 Language/s: Korean | Time: 156 Mins.
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43uAputjI4k
A stranger appears and the horrific rumours starts to spread throughout the village. And then there is death – a series of gruesome killings without any logical reasons!
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Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Hong-jin Na, this is a perfect horror thriller which will keep you guessing till the end!
8. The Red Turtle
La tortue rouge (original title)
Fiction | Section: Rendezvous. Country: France, Belgium | Year: 2016. Language/s: French | Time: 80 Mins
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sw7BggqBpTk
An animation film without dialogues!
It’s about a shipwrecked man on a deserted tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds – a brilliantly beautiful film like a fable or a fairy tale!
Directed by Michael Dudok de Wit, this is one of the prime attraction in the festival since it is the first non-Japanese film to be produced by Studio Ghibli.
9. Under the Shadow (2016)
Fiction | Section: After Dark. Country: Jordan, Qatar, UK | Year: 2016. Language/s: Farsi | Time: 83 Mins
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHVFP80Upxw
Set in Tehran, 1988 during the Iran-Iraq war, a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the war. But then the war is not the only horror they have to endure.
Great acting and superb storytelling, directed by Babak Anvari; this one is a slow paced horror film that lets the tension built up in its own time and yes – the effect is damn scary.
10. Swiss Army Man
Fiction | Section: World Cinema. Country: USA | Year: 2016 Language/s: English. Time: 97 Mins.
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrK1f4TsQfM
A young man named Hank (Paul Dano) gets stranded in an island all alone – yup, exactly like Tom Hanks in Cast Away but instead of a floating Volleyball named Wilson, Hank gets a farting dead-body named Manny (Daniel Radcliffe)!
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Directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert comes an imaginative, humorous and cinematic satire.
and (The ‘+1′ film is not necessarily the best but certainly the most interesting one. A must watch)
Fiction | Section: World Cinema. Country: USA, UK, India, Australia, Japan, Argentina. | Year: 2015. Language/s: English, Hindi, Japanese, Spanish. | Time: 105 Mins.
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJbO8FY3o9U
A global anthology consisting of six short films made by filmmakers representing Japan, Argentina, the UK, the USA, India and Australia with a common goal to dissect love!
Directed by Gael García Bernal, Anurag Kashyap, Natasha Khan, Sebastián Silva, Sion Sono and Mia Wasikowska – definitely one of the prime attractions of this festival.
A few other films that are totally worth your time are Endless Poetry, After the Storm, Neruda, The Lovers and the Despot, Elle, Manchester by the Sea, Austerlitz and Hounds of Love.
Poster courtesy: www.imdb.com and mumbaifilmfestival.com.