Films to watch on Day 2 of Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival: Checkmate, 24 Frames
Featured in the India Gold section and presented by the Ektara Collective, this film was made largely with help from people who lived in the area where it was shot. It tells the story of a neighbourhood where chess is a popular pastime. While playing the game, tensions often get fueled, with morality and religion getting dragged into it. This film focuses on the lives of a married journalist, a young woman and a domestic worker, all of whose lives are affected by the game.
This psyhcological thriller is Georgia's official submission for the Oscars. In it, a middle-aged woman strives for emancipation from the burden of domestic duties through writing a dark, erotic novel which she keeps a secret. This film marks Ana Urushadze's debut as a director. Premiering at the Locarno Film Festival, it went on to win the top prize at the Sarajevo Film Festival.
When an Abbas Kiarostami film is being screened at a film festival, you simply cannot afford to miss it. 24 Frames is the late Iranian director's last film, and it has been described as having a "narcotic quality". In it, he has used green screen technology to reveal the moments that preceded and followed the photographs that he took.
What Will People Say
Iram Haq chose to tell her own story through fiction. In the film, a Pakistani teenager living in Norway is sent back to her home town when her family accuses her of spoiling their reputation. It stars Adil Hussain and Maria Mozhdah in the lead roles. What triggers the antagonism against Maria's character, who seems to live a double life, is that she is caught with her boyfriend in her room.
Directed by Hong Sang-soo and starring Isabelle Huppert, this film is actually about a film festival. It chronicles the experiences and conversations of two lonely women at Cannes. The protagonist Claire, who is a music teacher, believes that she has the ability to change the lives of the people she photographs through her camera.
Check out the day-wise schedule of Jio MAMI 19th Film Festival here.