India’s biggest film festival for cinematic disruption and discovery has announced its line-up for its prestigious India Gold section, which is the competition category for the latest Indian films from across the country. The 10 films that made the cut are an exciting celebration of India’s cultural diversity. This includes languages like Pahari, Maithili, Assamese, Nepali, Hindustani and Bengali. The 21st edition of the festival also marks the return of a host of creators from the Jio MAMI with Star family. Bhaskar Hazarika, whose film The River of Fables (Kothanodi) was screened at the festival in 2015 is back with his new film, Ravening (Aamis) which will have its Asia Premiere at the section. Archana Atul Phadke’s Marathi documentary, About Love will be premiering this year (after winning the best film award for her short film, Sagar Setu in Dimensions Mumbai, 2009) along with Prateek Vats’ Eeb Allay Ooo! (A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings) premiered at Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star, 2017.
Speaking about the line-up this year, Smriti Kiran, Artistic Director, MAMI said, “India Gold is at the heart of our selection. We are an international film festival but bringing the best Indian narratives to the world and to India is at the core of our mission. Festivals from across the world have now begun to look at us as the gateway to credible Indian cinema and we take that responsibility very seriously. I am happy we are able to take the narrative forward for our storytellers a notch higher every year.”
The line-up includes -- About Love; Bitter Chestnut; Bombay Rose; Eeb Allay Ooo!; Gamak Ghar; Invitation; Just Like That (Aise Hi); Pearl of the Desert (Maru ro Moti); Ravening (Aamis); That Cloud Never Left
The Jio MAMI 21st Mumbai Film Festival with Star will take place from October 17 to 24.