The prestigious Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2023 is gearing up for a cinematic extravaganza, set to unfold from October 27 to November 5. This edition of the festival is placing a special spotlight on South Asian cinema, promising an engaging and diverse array of films that represent the dynamic cinema from the region. The festival organizers have recently unveiled the much-anticipated line-up for 2023, and it’s nothing short of impressive. Among the prominent titles are Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘Monster,’ Bradley Cooper’s highly acclaimed ‘Maestro,’ Anurag Kashyap’s intriguing ‘Kennedy,’ and Justine Triet’s Palme d’Or-winning masterpiece ‘Anatomy of a Fall.’ Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Kennedy’ and Bradley Cooper’s ‘Maestro’ will have their Indian premieres at this prestigious festival.
Film enthusiasts and industry professionals can expect a rich and diverse selection, with over 250 films spanning various genres. The festival is set to feature more than 40 world premieres, 45 Asia premieres, 70 South Asia premieres, and a remarkable array of 13 diverse sections. Apart from the spotlight films, the festival’s World Cinema line-up includes notable titles such as Wim Wenders’ ‘Perfect Days,’ Madeleine Gavin’s ‘Beyond Utopia,’ Pedro Costa’s ‘The Daughters of Fire,’ Hong Sang-soo’s ‘In Our Day,’ Pedro Almodóvar’s ‘Strange Way of Life,’ Ken Loach’s ‘The Old Oak,’ Aki Kaurismäki’s ‘Fallen Leaves,’ and Alice Rohrwacher’s ‘La Chimera.’
‘Kennedy,’ Anurag Kashyap’s crime noir, is set to take center stage at the Gala Premier South Asia section. This gripping film will share the limelight with other compelling works like ‘Sharmajee ki Beti’ by Tahira Kashyap and ‘Everybody Loves Sohrab Handa’ by Rajat Kapoor. Additionally, ‘Mithya’ by Sumant Bhat, ‘Barir Naam Shahana’ (A House Named Shahana) by Leesa Gazi, and ‘The Red Suitcase’ by Fidel Devkota are all part of the competitive South Asia section, adding to the festival’s vibrant and competitive spirit.
Other segments like Focus South Asia, Icons South Asia, After Dark, and Recap will ensure a captivating and comprehensive film festival experience, providing a platform to celebrate the art of cinema and discover new voices in the film industry. The restored version of Park Chan-wook’s iconic ‘Oldboy’ and other noteworthy films will undoubtedly make this festival an unforgettable cinematic journey for all cinephiles.