Best International Films to watch at MAMI 2017
Best International Films to watch at MAMI 2017.
As the Mumbaikars bid adieu to the colorful Navaratri and Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations and await for the dazzling Diwali fiesta to begin, there is another very important Festival that the film-lovers of Mumbai simply can’t afford to miss!
A unique festival of Cinema that promises to entertain us for seven days in a row, from 12 to 18 October!
Yes, the 19th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival is here, and it’s raining films from all across the globe! To be more specific there are in total 220 films from 49 countries and in 51 languages!
Along with a number of prestigious International movies under the World Cinema and the International Competition category, MAMI also offers a great selection of Indian Cinema under the sections India Gold and India Story. Other categories are the Half Ticket (for children), After Dark (focused on the horror/fantasy genre), Spotlight, Restored classics and many others.
And then of course if you want a picture with Monica Bellucci, most welcome!
Too many good movies and not so many days, so be specific of which films you pick and I hope this list helps you to choose among some of the Best International Films to watch at MAMI 2017.
Make sure you don’t miss any of these!
10. On Body and Soul (2017)
Teströl és lélekröl (original title)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfGeMbSEx9k
The setting being a slaughter house, this is an exceptional love story between two ordinary people wrapped in strange identical dreams.
Brilliant performances and a unique script, directed by Ildikó Enyedi, the Hungarian film has already won the prestigious FIPRESCI Prize and the Golden Berlin Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival!
9. Call Me by Your Name (2017)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9AYPxH5NTM
‘Call me by your name and I’ll call you by mine.’
It is about an affair between two men, a young visiting student and the son of the American professor.
Premiered at Sundance Film Festival, the critics already raving about this one, directed by Luca Guadagnino, the film promises a heartfelt yet heartbreaking story of two people in love on a hot summer somewhere in a small town of Italy!
8. The Florida Project (2017)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwQ-NH1rRT4
Set up just in the outskirts of Disney World this is the story of a mischievous 6-year old (Brooklynn Prince) and her friends, her mother, her neighborhood – basically the world around her!
Directed by Sean Baker (of Tangerine fame), and also featuring Willem Dafoe this film is attracting a lot of attention (mostly praises) from the critics as well as from the general audience.
7. On the Beach at Night Alone (2017)
Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja (original title)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7CP5ipqqwU
‘Where’s love? It’s not even visible. You need to see it in order to search for it.’
This South Korean cinema is about an actress who roams around a seaside town contemplating on her realtionship with a married man.
Directed by Sang-soo Hon, the protagonist Min-hee Kim already won the Silver Berlin Bear as the best actress for this year.
6. The Third Murder (2017)
Sandome no satsujin (original title)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Plr3V4TYBQE
A man with a criminal record gets accused and arrested again and this time it seems to be an open and shut case. But then a prominent lawyer turns around the facts and this will make all the difference between life and death!
Directed by aclaimed Hirokazu Koreeda, this Japanese film with two brilliant actors Masaharu Fukuyama and Kôji Yakusho looks promising court-room drama!
5. The Other Side of Hope (2017)
Toivon tuolla puolen (original title)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85cyiMBvPXQ
A Finnish man who opens his own restaurant and a Syrian guy who comes to Finland in order to start a new life. The stories of these two men finally meet up and become one!
Realistic et with a comic touch, acclaimed filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki won the Silver Berlin Bear at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival in the Best director category!
4. A Gentle Creature (2017)
Krotkaya (original title)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sun3D8VqkGY
Nominated for Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, this Russian film is the story of a woman who investigates a return of a parcel that she sent to her husband who is serving prison time in an isolated town in Siberia.
Directed by Sergei Loznitsa, this one is an perfect example of superlative acting and brilliant story-telling, a slow yet highly cinematic experience.
3. 24 Frames (2017)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBO0rqY4uQY
A collection of 24 short four-and-a-half minutes films inspired by still images, including paintings and photographs!
An experimental project directed by the acclaimed filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami over the last three years of his life. I am sure this will be a film with great aesthetics, simple yet artistic like all the earlier films from the director.
2. Loveless (2017)
Nelyubov (original title)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLegoO4NdD8
The film that won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the ARRI/OSRAM Award at the Munich Film Festival and was nominated ‘best film’ at the London Film Festival this year!
Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev, this one is about a couple who must team up to find their missing son although they are going through a divorce.
Official submission of Russia for the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ category of the 90th Academy Awards in 2018.
- The Square (2017)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKDPrpJEGBY
“The Square” is the name of a unique contemporary show that has gained huge popularity
Swedish director Ruben Östlund (of Force Majeure fame) has made a brilliant satirical drama, absurd and surreal but very entertaining!
Along with many other wins in numerous film festivals, the film swept away the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year!
and (The ‘+1′ film is not necessarily the best but certainly the most innovative one. A must watch)
+1. Mother! (2017)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpICoc65uh0
The peaceful life of a couple is disturbed by some uninvited guests.
Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer all together in a psychological horror thriller directed by Darren Aronofsky – this only should be reason enough to watch this film!
Though incredibly mixed reactions from the audiences, I guess it will be one of those films which you will passionately love or hate!
A few other films that are very much worth checking out are
November directed by Rainer Sarnet; City of Ghosts directed by Matthew Heineman; Beach Rats directed by Eliza Hittman; It Comes at Night directed by Trey Edward Shults.
Poster courtesy: www.imdb.com.