LONDON – Only days away from financial collapse late last month, the 16th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival will get under way next month (Oct. 14-21). It will feature 185 films from around the world.
Prominent selections include Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy,” Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner,” Ken Loach’s “Jimmy’s Hall,” Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” and Jean-Luc Godard’s “Goodbye to Language.” Films will vie for cash prizes totaling $200,000.
The festival’s continued existence is thanks to a rallying cry led by celebrity film critic (and former Variety correspondent) Anupama Chopra. Her agitation caused several sizeable financial donations to be made by celebrities including filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra, industrialist Anand Mahindra and actor Aamir Khan, among others.
This year, iconic French actress Catherine Deneuve will be given the festival’s lifetime achievement award. Masterclasses with cinematographer Christopher Doyle and filmmaker Mahamat Saleh Haroun have also been announced.
The festival’s market, the Mumbai Film Mart, will introduce a ‘remake market,’ initiated by Unifrance and LaFabrique, where the emphasis will be on remake rights of international films in India.
The festival will also have a focus on Arab cinema, looking at its evolution from the 1950s to the present day. The festival’s annual look at contemporary French cinema will continue as well.
The Music Composers Lab, presented by Abbey Road Studios in association with PRS for Music, returns for its second year.