Firstpost Picks: Films to watch on Day 4 of Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival
The 19th edition of the Jio MAMI film festival is finally here, and there is so much to look forward to if you're a cinephile with unusual tastes! From off-beat Indian stories to international films that you may never have heard of, the festival can expose you to many types of cinema.
The lineup is extensive, and the thought of checking out each film can be exhausting, so Firstpost will provide you with a list of must-watch films that will help you narrow down your choices, every day.
Writer-director Karma Takapa tells the lesser-known story of Sikkim in Ralang Road. Moving beyond the veneer of pristine beauty, the focus is instead on the crime and violence that is brewing in the state. This film follows two teenage boys who fidget their way into the affair of a local woman and their non-Sikkimese professor. It is the first Indian film to to be selected for the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 13 years.
A Suitable Girl
In this documentary, three Indian women who are about to get married find themselves in a tussle against their parents' and society's demands, and coping with the pressures of being a woman in India. Directed by Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra, this film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. This film is said to also challenge conventions and present women who enjoy their individuality.
On Body and Soul
This film is Hungary's official selection for the Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Ildikó Enyedi explores the relationship shared by two abattoir workers, who have the same dream. It won the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Bad Lucky Goat
Bogota-based Samir Oliveros' comedy-drama tells the story of two incompatible siblings who are teenagers, and how their lives change after they accidentally kill a bearded goat. This film was appreciated for the director's ability to make his non-actor leads Honlenny Huffington and Kiara Howard improvise, as well as the mix of soca, mento, reggae and calypso performed by musicians in the film, which has lent to it a distinct flavour, writes Hollywood Reporter.
The Florida Project
This film follows Moonee, a six-year-old girl and her mother, both of whom are part of a community of extended-stay, impoverished motel guests in Florida. It also captures the darker side of Disney Land. Director Sean Baker has worked with Willem Dafoe, as well as several first time actors and children; the later were given the freedom to improvise on set.