Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival LIVE: Opening ceremony sees starry turnout

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Just hours before the opening ceremony of the Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival is expected to begin at the Liberty Cinema in South Mumbai, the JW Marriot hotel in the western suburbs was the scene of much activity. The Marriot was positively buzzing with delegates — glittering just as the festival, and the festive season, demand. 

Filmmakers and other delegates were seen getting ready to head off to Liberty Cinema for the opening night: Dulquer Salmaan, looking breezy and unhurried; Toronto International Film Festival director Cameron Bailey, dashing in black; Anurag Kashyap — whose Mukkabaaz is the opening film at the fest — chatting with (and then leaving in the company of) other delegates. 

Eveveryone’s making their way to Liberty through gorgeous, busy Mumbai — where we’re all stuck in traffic. 



The 19th edition of Mumbai’s — nay, India’s — most prestigious film festival is all set to kick off. Beginning Thursday, 12 October 2017, the festival will conclude on the 18th, and is taking place across a number of locations in the city, although the Liberty Cinema in South Mumbai remains one of the main venues.

The week-long Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival brings together on one platform, 220 films — from 49 countries and in 51 different languages. That’s quite a show of diversity there, because these languages include rare regional Indian ones such as Ladakhi, Chokri, Brij and Konkani. Films in African languages (including Kikuyu, Bembe, Nyanja, Tonga, Xhosa, Samoan and Lingala) will be another highlight of this edition of the Mumbai Film Festival.

The 2017 edition of MAMI’s film festival sees several ‘firsts’. Ninety two films will compete in the nomination list for the Best Foreign Language Film category, setting a new record. In 2016, 89 films were submitted by countries all across the globe. Additionally, this year also marks the first time that films have been submitted by Haiti, Honduras, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mozambique, Senegal and Syria in the category.

The Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival takes place from 12-18 October 2017

The Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival takes place from 12-18 October 2017

Opening the Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival is Anurag Kashyap’s sports drama Mukkebaaz. The film follows the travails of a boxer from a lower caste, struggling to make his mark. Produced by Aanand L Rai, Mukkebaaz stars Vineet Kumar Singh in the lead role. It was also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2017.

The categories in which various films will be competing at the Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival include India Gold, International Competition, India Story, World Cinema and Dimensions Mumbai. The festival jury is headed by John Madden, with other jury embers including Konkona Sensharma, Alexis Zabe, Celina Jade and Santiago Mitre.

Monica Bellucci is the special guest at this edition of the festival, while veteran actress Sharmila Tagore is being honoured with an ‘Excellence in Cinema (India) Award’.

Firstpost is bringing you LIVE updates from the opening ceremony of the Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival. Stay tuned for more.



Published Date: Oct 12, 2017 06:01 pm | Updated Date: Oct 12, 2017 06:09 pm

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