Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2017: Must Watch (Day 4, 15th October)

Well, it’s a Sunday and hence the schedule is going to be jam packed with the best of films. Here are our picks:

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Mother! (Screen 3, 10:30 am)
Well, this movie needs no recommendation from us. One of the most controversial films to have released this year, Mother! has been in the news for its sensational content.

Call Me By Your Name (Screen 1, 12:15 pm)
A film which would certainly figure in the Top 5 films of this fest. Critic consensus of Rotten Tomatoes says “Call Me by Your Name offers a melancholy, powerfully affecting portrait of first love, empathetically acted by Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer.”

On Body and Soul (Screen 3, 4:20 pm)
It’s touted as one of the most wildly imaginative films of the year.

Plot – When a man and woman who meet at work begin to know each other, they discover that they have the same dreams at night, and they decide to make them come true.

Awards – Golden Bear at Berlin Film Festival

Zoo (Screen 4, 6:45 pm)
Shot entirely on an i-Phone this is the second feature of the talented Shlok Sharma who directed the acclaimed Haraamkhor before. It was screened at the Busan International Film Festival as well.

The Other side of hope (screen 4. 9:25 pm)
Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismaki’s latest film is about a poker-playing restaurateur and former traveling salesman befriending a group of refugees that has recently arrived in Finland. Kaurismaki is supposed to be at his quirky best here.

 

 

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Good Time (screen 3, 10:00 am)
Held as a bitterly realistic drama, this one is another totally unmissable film of the festival.

Plot – After a heist goes awry, a bank robber tries to free his brother from Rikers Island, all in one night.

Patti Cakes (screen 4, 1:10 pm)
One of the most loved American indies of this year, Patti Cake$ is about an  aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$, who is fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in New Jersey.

Bright Sunshine In (Screen 4, 4 pm)
Legendary actress Juliet Binochet stars in this latest film by celebrated director Claire Denis, which Peter Bradshaw has called a ‘sophisticated delight‘.

It comes at night (Screen 1, 10:00 pm)
Peter Bradshaw on the movie “Everything about the atmosphere in It Comes at Night is tense, and the tension comes both from within and without – human betrayal and airborne sickness.

 

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Third Murder (Screen 1, 11:00 am)
Japanese filmmaker Kore-eda ventures into making a thriller which was screened at the Main Competition section of the Venice International Film Festival.

Plot – Mikuma has a criminal record dating back many years and is now under the spotlight again. It looks like an open and shut case, for Mikuma has confessed to the new charge. Enter prominent lawyer Shigemori, who harbours other ideas, which could mean the difference between life and death.

Wonderstruck (Screen 1, 4:15 pm)
Todd Haynes adaptation of the popular novel seems to be a visual delight.

 

 

 

 

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A Fantastic Woman (Screen 6, 2:30 pm)
It’s one of the most celebrated movies of the festival circuit this year and touted to get the first significant acting for a transgender performer to Daniella Vega.

Plot – A transgender singer faces scorn and discrimination after the sudden death of her older boyfriend.

Nothingwood (Screen 6, 8:15 pm)
One of those documentaries which are as entertaining as feature films. The subject here is filmmaking itself.

Plot – On a trip to the Kabul area, Salim Shaheen, a prolific filmmaker from Afghanistan, shows several of his 110 films and, decides to shoot his next project while he is there.

 

 

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Loveless (12:30 pm)
Andrey Zvyagintsev has marvelled one and all with this last film Leviathan. Well, his latest one is supposed to be equally good. Here’s Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw calling Zvyagintsev’s film ‘another masterpiece in this apocalyptic study of a failed marriage and the subsequent disappearance of a child’

The Square (5:55 pm)
Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year, The Square is a poignant satirical drama reflecting our times – about the sense of community, moral courage and the affluent person’s need for egocentricity in an increasingly uncertain world.

The Florida Project (8:05 pm)
Tangerine filmmaker Sean Baker’s Florida Project has been winning hearts and awards throughout the world. It’s definitely one of the top 5 movies to watch at the festival this year.

 

 

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Ask the Sexpert ( Screen 8, 8:15 pm)
Dr. Mahendra Watsa is sort of a legendary figure in Mumbai, due to his sexual wellness columns in the Mumbai Mirror. A documentary film on the man is bound to be an entertaining watch!

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